Roasted Macadamia Butter
Macadamia nuts have the highest level of monounsaturated fats, but they are also expensive, since the macadamia tree only produces nuts after seven to 10 years. Making your own nut butter ensures that it contains just nuts — and none of the sugar or hydrogenated oils that some brands include. The roasted macadamia nuts are central to this butter, but try blending in pitted medjool dates for a little sweetness or folding in toasted coconut flakes for a tropical flavor. Spoon this macadamia nut butter over warm pancakes or waffles, or whisk a spoonful of the nut butter into salad dressings to add depth.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 1pound raw macadamia nuts (about 3 cups)
- Kosher salt (optional)
Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden and nicely toasted, about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Transfer to a rack and cool completely, 30 minutes.
Step 2Place nuts in a food processor and purée until smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed (mixture may clump up, but will eventually become creamy). Season to taste with salt, if desired. Macadamia butter will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 3 weeks.