Raw superfood almond butter

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With the rhythm of city life as busy as it is, I always latch hopefully on to clever butters, bars and wholefood conconctions that purport to have it all in one… and this latest creation does just that – it is the most super and delicious little paste to have in your kitchen, on hand to help you fight whatever the day throws at you with energy and power. In fact, it is so tightly packed with flavour and goodness I am almost waiting for it to give me special powers as it becomes my new favourite multi-vitamin, multi-protein, multi-deliciousness sidekick.

There are rows upon rows of raw nut butters around in the stores at the moment and having tried a few I can vouch for their usefulness. But since it’s always better, and more exciting, to try and make things oneself at home, I have taken all the ingredients I am drawn towards and love and made my own extra dense recipe. It does need a Vitamix – the nuts are had to grind and with a normal blender or pestle and mortar you would really have your work cut out. It is not impossible without, but much easier with.

Alomnds and hemp oil provide a healthy fat base here, while gojis pack in the antioxidants and immune-boosting vitamin C. Chia gives a vital hit of fibre and, along with cinnamon, regulates blood sugar levels, while bee pollen gives us a super efficient dose of protein and nutty honey crunch. Vanilla and sea salt catapult it into the next realm of pleasure.

Perfect with fruit, porridge, smoothies or even just on a fresh crunchy stick of celery, this is serious spirit fuel, and will keep you energised and sated through thick and thin.

In emotional / spiritual / energetic emergencies, you can also eat it straight off the spoon.

Makes 1 jar

Ingredients:

2/3 cup almonds (ideally pre-soaked)

1 tbsp goji berries

1 tbsp bee pollen

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp cold-pressed hemp oil

A pinch of cinnamon

A pinch of sea salt

1 vanilla pod

2-3 tbsp water

Blend all the ingredients except the water until you have a thick crunchy paste. If you have presoaked your nuts and the consistency is ok, you may not need any water. If it is on the thick side, ad a little water very slowly as you blend until it is creamy and smooth.

Store in a jar in the fridge, keeps for up to six days.

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