Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Almond Peanut Butter

I'm like a walking advertisement for making homemade nut butters. I always tell people about it and they look at me like I'm crazy (or they'll even ask "...isn't there butter in peanut butter?"....*sigh*). But seriously, I cannot emphasize this enough:

MAKING HOMEMADE NUT BUTTERS IS REALLY REALLY RIDICULOUSLY EASY. 
LIKE...I MEAN IT.
Allow me to break down the entire process:
Throw nuts in food processor (or powerful blender).
Process.

...that's it.

The only time it might get a smidge more complicated than that (which is still insanely easy) is if 1. You decide to add in other stuff like chocolate, honey, salt, etc. Which involves--throwing those things in with the nuts. Again...that's it. OR 2. If you're using a drier nut (such as almonds) you may need to pour in a little oil (olive oil, peanut oil, canola, coconut, etc.) That's all. I'm not kidding when I say ANYONE can make this.
Now, although this nut butter has almonds in it-it is paired with the very oily peanuts which means this is a super duper easy one. I just put the nuts in there, let them go, then I had tasty tassssty almond peanut butter!

Now, enough about how easy it is to MAKE this almond peanut butter, let's talk about how easy it is to LOOOVE to eat it! Before I moved to NYC I had never had a nut butter other than peanut butter-heck, I didn't even know they existed! One day someone mentioned how almond butter was healthier and I tried it and was like "Eh it's good but not as good as my good 'ole pb!"

As I've already mentioned, almond butter did grow on me. However, it could never replace peanut butter in my heart. But now...I DON'T HAVE TO CHOOSE! I get all the best flavors of almond and peanut butters in one place, and the health benefits of the almonds get in there too.

Really....I can't think of a better thing to spread on my toast. Or waffles (speaking of which, keep an eye out for a particularly special waffle recipe next week!). Oooh or maybe bake in cookies??

Endless possibilities. :)

Almond Peanut Butter

Author: Kayle, "The Cooking Actress"

16 oz. of nuts make approx. 1 and 1/2 cups of nut butter
Ingredients:
  • 8 oz. dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted (if using unsalted just add some salt, to taste)
  • 8 oz. dry roasted almonds, unsalted
Preparation:
  • Place almonds and peanuts into a food processor (or very high powered blender).
  • Process until the nuts become crushed, eventually form a ball, then break down into a gritty nut butter, continuing to process until it has reach desired smoothness (the whole process should take approximately 5 minutes). 
  • Taste and season if desired (with salt, honey, sugar, etc. Up to you!)
  • Pour into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for about a month (will keep at room temperature for 1 week).
Seriously.
You've gotta try it!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Browned Butter Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Just accept this fact: If a sweet recipe calls for melted butter....you can be pretty certain that I'll ending up browning it. As long as we've all agreed to this, we can carry on being friends. Glad we had this talk.

So yeah. These peanut butter cup blondies looked great to begin with, and they're only made better by browning that butter!
The texture is lovely-chewy and soft yet sturdy. Then you have the mellow peanut butter punctuated by dashes of rich peanut butter cup bites. And the added complexity of the browned butter adds just that little extra special something. 

And you can whip these yummies up in one bowl! (I mean...plus a skillet for browning the butter. Worth it.)
I made these lovelies to take to my grandma's for her 4th of July pool party. Did they go over well?

My cousin Christian (who is 16) ate at least 3 and kept saying, "Kayle...THESE ARE SO GOOD.", his little sister, my cousin Brianna, ate 1 (even though she's "sensitive to peanut butter" ! She insisted it was worth it) my brother ate 2 and 1/2, my cousin's husband ate about 2, and I don't even know who all ate what else, all I know is they were gone pretty darned quick. My Aunt complained that I should have cut them into smaller pieces because they were so rich! Josh (my bro) and I agree that we think she's crazy but hey, to each their own. 

Perhaps you should be the judge?
(You know...for science...)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Something Saturdays (7/19/14)

Here we are again!

I spent 2 days at Conneaut Lake with Michael's dad's side of the family-they go for a week in July every year and it's always such a blast!

I love Weird Al-and he's back! The best is all the comedians in the video! My favorite song he released this week would have to be Word Crimes, though. Entertaining AND informative! :P

Posts from this week
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna
Healthier No Bake Cookies
Engagement Photos by JTate Design

Recent links bookmarked (visit my Pinterest for more)
Roasted Almond, Chocolate Chip, and Cocoa Nib Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt (Joanne Eats Well)
Yeeeah. Read the name of these cookies. AMAZING.

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Girl Meets World-I finally saw it. Thoughts: Maya is practically doing an imitation of one young Shawn Hunter, if he were a blonde girl in a sparkly outfit. Farkle is doing the same with early Boy Meets World character Meekus. This whole thing has been Disney-channelized (aka over the top, awful acting and lots of bright colors). And finally...WHAT IN GOD'S NAME HAPPENED TO BEN SAVAGE'S NOSE??! WHY IS IT SOOO POINTY?!

True Blood-Awww Eric and Sookie again! But also...Sookie and Bill. And more fun flashbacks! I don't care what anyone says, I'm enjoying this season so far (much more than the past few)-plus hoooray they saved almost everyone!

Teen Wolf-I sort of hate that Liam kid, as well as all the assassin stuff. Still love Stiles.

Married at First Sight-Have you heard about this show? Um...I sort of love it. Don't judge me.

Hot in Cleveland-Hm, I wonder how long Joy and Mitch will last? Until the season finale perhaps? Stupid show has made me crazy pessimistic about the characters' relationships.

Pretty Little Liars-Cmon Aria, give in to Ezraaaa. And the chances of the awesome twist ending from the books happening is looking less and less likely...which is annoying.

Instagram Latel(a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

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