1 sandwich, 2 recipes, 3 miles

February 20, 2011

What a busy day this has been! And it’s not even 3PM :mrgreen:

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Despite the fact that I’m a food blogger (well, one of my many hats), I never seem to find the time to bake or do special food projects. When I write about food three times per day, the last thing I want to do in my free time is dirty up the kitchen again right after posting lunch! But I’ve been itching to be creative, so this morning seemed like a wide open window for dirtying dishes.

Especially dishes I could lick clean!!

My first project was a batch of Lemon Rosemary Biscotti!

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Wayyyyy back in the day – two years ago to be precise – I won a batch of Earl Gray Biscotti from Sarah of Tales of Expansion. I’ve been thinking about them ever since!!

I tweaked the original recipe to include rosemary and lemon instead of Earl Gray, and they came out absolutely divine!

Lemon craving averted!

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See Sarah’s original recipe here

Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp any-kind-of sugar
  • 2 tbsp herb of your choice (chopped fresh rosemary for me)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 chopped dates
  • 1.5 tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1.5 tbsp canola oil

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Pulse the dry together, add the wet, and pulse a bit more until a nice dough comes together.

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It will be really dry and crumbly, so you’ll want to mash it all together into a ball before molding into a square snake. This was harder to do than it seems, but possible! Mine was tiny – only about a thumbnail cross section, so you can shape it however you like – or double the recipe for bigger pieces.

Wrap the snake in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

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After chilling, slice biscotti and bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes.

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The thumbnail squares are awesome, but the two BALLS I made are even better!! I’d recommend forming the dough into balls and baking for 10 minutes. Divine!

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I had one after lunch!

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Project #2: Honey Crunch Peanut Butter

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Possibly the best peanut butter I’ve ever had!?! Gritty, crunchy, drippy, salty AND sweet. All in one!

I used a bag of Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Peanuts as the base. This only cost me $2.99 – not bad for a completely customizable product – especially in texture.

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Process:

  • 3 cups honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup more peanuts pulsed in at end for crunch

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It’s too bad I don’t have kids to lick my bowls for me – I was forced to clean the pot myself!

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After my kitchen projects, Matt and I went hiking! 
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Just 10 minutes from our house is Ivy Creek Natural Area – 6 miles of nicely marked trails. So cool this is so close to home!

Note that they said no jogging – guess we’ll be forced to walk!

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We covered about 3.5 miles, but the up and down of hills was enough to make my legs pretty tired! [My blisters were fine with thin socks and wide tennis shoes, thank goodness]

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We paused on this bench for a while to take in nature. I can’t remember the last time I just SAT and LISTENED!

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Once back at home, we were hungry for lunch despite the peanut butter + biscotti snacking!

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I attempted to re-create the tempeh sandwich that Faith had on Thursday at Sprout.

We mixed molasses and soy sauce (1 tbsp to 1/2 tbsp)

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And pan-seared the tempeh slabs, topping them with the sauce at the end.

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The sandwich was good – with sprouts and spinach – but not nearly as good as Sprout’s version!

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Side of orange – shared with the husband

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Time for a nice shower, laundry, grocery shopping and nachos!

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1 Natalia - a side of simple February 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Gritty, crunchy, and drippy all combined into one pb jar? Sounds way too good to be true ;) Have a great afternoon, Kath!

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2 faith @ gracefulfitness February 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

That tempeh needs more sauce! Lots more ooey gooey sauce!
I’ve been wanting to get out to the Ivy trails, even though I was a little pissed when I saw you can’t jog there. So lame.

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3 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) February 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I need to start making my own nut butter. A made raw walnut butter awhile ago and LOVED it!

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4 Julia February 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I. Want. That. Peanut. Butter. It looks delicious!
And it’s great you have a trail so near by. Lucky you, it’s perfect for a sunday afternoon hike :)

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5 Meg February 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

SO glad you decided to keep playing in the kitchen :) My Mom would LOVE that biscotti – she’s a biscotti fiend and loves lemon, too. Thank you!!

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6 Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner February 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I’m going to have to remember that molasses + soy sauce for tempeh or tofu…it’s so simple, but I bet it’s delicious!

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7 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

“the last thing I want to do in my free time is dirty up the kitchen again right after posting lunch”–

AMEN to that!

I often wonder how you post 3 times a day…just b/c by the time one meal and blogging about it is done, it’s about time to do the next one! Let alone “creative” stuff…so thank you for taking the time today to make the biscotti.

And the nut butter. THANKS For posting the minute by minute visual of it. That is sooo helpful what the stages looked like. Love those peanuts from TJs. And also love the placemat.

Molasses tempeh, nice!

Trails and hiking…wonderful.

AWESOME post, Kath :)

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8 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) February 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

You literally just had my dream day! Baking, hiking, eating…yeah, I’m jealous. I admire you for making PB; I’m waaay too scared of the noise/killing the Vita/annoying the family :p

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9 stacey-healthylife February 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

The biscotti sounds awesome. And so simple. I bet you could use the base and alter the flavors.

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10 Dorry February 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

There’s nothing better than homemade peanut butter! The extra peanuts at the end are key for crunch. Looks like y’all are having a perfect Sunday if you ask me!

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11 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

That biscotti sounds and looks amazing! My mom loves rosemary so maybe I’ll make it for her and surprise her with a package. ;)

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12 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

what wonderful trails!

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13 AJ @ Flowing to Fifty February 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Honey and peanut butter in one delicious jar? Brilliant! Looks like a nice day in your world.

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14 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

That peanut butter looks really good! My mom has been begging me to make some, but I don’t know if my food processor can handle it.

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15 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

That PB looks delicious!! I’d want to open a box of crackers and dig in. YUM! :)

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16 Katie February 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Ummmmmmmm that PB is looking amazing! I wish I could have some of that right now spread on my brown rice cake instead of almond butter : p

Well your tempeh sandwich looks good to me , but yeah sometimes the original place ( sprout ) is the best!

Have a great night! <3 xoxo

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17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Dang woman, I am tired just reading what you are up to today! I seem to always dirty the kitchen on the days that I don’t feel like cleaning it…like today. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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18 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) February 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

That peanut butter looks awesome!! I want to make pecan praline butter soon.

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19 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I have that same bag of peanuts and have been wanting to use it to make peanut butter, glad to know it turned out well!

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20 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I’ve never made homemade peanut butter before. Who knew it was that easy?! Do you usually make your own pb?

That’s so cool that the hiking is right by your house :) Gotta love it when nature is at your back door ;) We live 10 minutes from Crowders Mtn and on a spring day we can bike there in no time :D

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21 Alaina February 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

What a lovely park to go for a walk. Kind of weird that there’s no jogging? Ah, well.

Thanks for another great peanut butter post!!! :-)

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22 Courtney @ the granola chronicles February 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I love hiking – there are great places to do so out here in California. How wonderful it is that you have a beautiful place close by!

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23 Brittany February 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I would give anything to get my fiance to even TRY most of the things I eat, let alone ever try tempeh!! Has your husband always been open to trying new foods?

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24 KathEats February 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Yes, he’s an adventurous eater with an open mind for everything

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25 Flourchild February 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Very nice scenery ! How fun you all get out to enjoy some fresh air in such a pretty area!
The food looks good too!

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26 Baking 'n' Books February 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I want to live in C’Ville so I can walk somewhere where I won’t get ran over by a car! ;)

Love tempeh (not the price tag though…). What “kind” do you normally get? I’ve noticed here they have a “3-grain”, “Quinoa” and “Seaweed” kind; I’m not sure what mine has been – just “soybean” I think…

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27 KathEats February 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I like the 3 grain one the best

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28 Baking 'n' Books February 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Thanks! I didn’t think you would understand what I was talking about and that it existed in my part of the world only :)

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29 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I love lemon desserts — and I laughed at the “form snake” and “wrap snake”. Sounds delicious though.

And how hilaious that there is “no jogging allowed” there. But sometimes it is nice to just walk and really enjoy the scenery!

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30 Allison @ OneWhiteTulip February 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Oh, Kath! The biscotti recipe looked good, but they were so un-biscotti shaped. =( My italian heart is sad! If you just wanted little balls and squares, well, to each their own! But otherwise, shape it in a loaf, bake it until just golden, pull it out, slice into traditional biscotti shape, then bake again until nice and toasty and cripsy! It is kind of a pain, haha, so I can see the appeal of biscotti squares.

I have a little tiny 4 cup cuisinart food processor…I’m wondering if I could do nut butter in it! The honey roasted nut butter sounds delicious!

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31 KathEats February 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Well, yeah, I might have called them shortbread cookies! But Sarah’s original recipe called them biscotti so that’s what they became! I think next time they’ll just be ballz :)

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32 Allison @ OneWhiteTulip February 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Haha! Well, regardless, they look delicious!

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33 Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I was just thinking about your tempeh sandwiches a couple of days ago as I was reading another blog. I just don’t like it enough to eat it that way; I only seem to like it with it has loads of some sort of spicy sauce on it.

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34 Namaste Gurl February 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Mmmm, love all your easy and yummy recipes! I’ve been on the kick with Ashley’s wholemade nut butters. But buying pre- roasted and spiced nuts is a wonderful idea- saves tons of time and energy!
Your hike looks amazing- I’m envious :)

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35 Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Whoa, that biscotti sounds awesome!! I’m a sucker for biscotti but it’s not always the easiest thing to get right. Looks great!

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36 Kelly February 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I never know quite what to do with Tempeh so I think I’m going to give that marinade a try.

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37 Annie@stronghealthyfit February 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Oh man I LOVE biscotti! The bakery where I work makes two amazing flavors: lemon ginger and dark chocolate pistachio, and they’re not too dry which is how I like ‘em!

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38 Christine February 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I really, really love how you post your recipes, with the pictures. When it comes to most things I can get by with written instructions, but with cooking the more pictures the better! I desperately want to make this peanut butter but am scared of how quickly it would disappear…

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39 Annette @ enjoyyourhealthylife February 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I am def going to try making some nut butter….thank YOU for the inspiration!!

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40 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) February 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Mmm…chunky, honey roasted peanut butter. That sounds amazing. :D

I love sitting and listening to nature. So peaceful. I honestly don’t do it enough. :D

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41 Theresa February 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Hi Kath,

I read your blog regulary and love it. This is off topic but I just want you to know, I made Sardine Salad today and I Loved It!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your blog, sharing your passions and turning me on to sardines ;)

<3
Theresa

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42 KathEats February 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Yayyyyyyy!

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43 Katherine: Unemployed February 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

this is the first recipe I’ve ever ever seen to combine rosemary and dates!

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44 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

That peanut butter sounds/looks so good! I need to try my hand at making my own peanut butter asap!

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45 Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Oh, I can’t wait to see what kind of nachos you made tonight.
Your biscotti bites look really easy to eat since they are bite size and not one long hard log.
I think you live in a hiking, biking, walking, jogging mecca! Seems like everyday you do something brilliant outdoors with great scenery.

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46 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Those biscotti bites look awesome :)

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47 Sarah February 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Looks like a wonderful way to spend a day!

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48 Rachel ~ Dressed to Dish February 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER….and I cannot wait to try to make this version! It looks so yummy! :)

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49 rachel February 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I like the flavor profile you chose for those biscotti. That’s one of the best parts of home cooking–or baking–in my opinion: coming up with food and flavor combos that are far more creative than the typical few offered in restaurants.

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50 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) February 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

No Jogging? why?

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51 Jen February 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

Right? I wondered the same thing. Can you power walk, or skip? What about dance walking? Cartwheels? :) So weird.

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52 Christine (The Raw Project) February 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I’m the same way about my kitchen on weekends lately, I love playing in it, but not washing everything after. Great eats, I’m such a tempeh fan lately.

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53 bobbi February 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Hey Kath-What comment pluggin do you use?

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54 KathEats February 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I don’t have one! Just my theme

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55 bobbi February 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

lol…I just figured out how to do it on my blog!

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56 Camille February 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

That biscotti looks amazing!

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57 Hannah February 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

No joke, I’ve been meaning to make rosemary biscotti for weeks! Thanks for making it easier for me by doing it first and creating a wonderful recipe :)

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58 Lisa February 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Ok, I did not have a peanut butter craving 2 minutes ago, but now I am REALLY craving some crunchy p-butter! Might have to go try this recipe out…

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59 lynn @ the actor's diet February 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

wow! recipe madness!

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60 Kathleen February 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Honey Crunchy Peanut Butter!!! I have got to try that! It sounds so easy to make, but SO delicious! YUM! :)

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61 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Love the kitchen creations! Everything looked delicious!

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62 Rachel @ Healthy Teacher February 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I must try that biscotti recipe. How fun! I’m still nervous about attempting to make my own peanut butter. Maybe one day.

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63 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen February 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Yess! I’ve been wanting to do my own nut butters forever – and I have those honey roasted peanuts in my kitchen….

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64 Diana @ frontyardfoodie February 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

weird, no jogging? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a sign say that! I want your sandwich. Mostly, I just want the bread that its made out of.

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65 Christin@purplebirdblog February 21, 2011 at 2:38 am

That peanut butter looks to die for… sounds so good!

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66 Tracy February 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I knew you’d love peanut butter from honey roasted peanuts!! So simple to make and that gritty texture is KILLER!!

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67 Melissa February 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

The nut butter looks delicious! Do the homemade nut butters need to be refrigerated or can they be kept in the pantry til used up?

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68 KathEats February 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I don’t refrige them. I think that’s mostly to keep the oils emulsified and I haven’t had a problem with that.

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69 andrea @ chocolateandoranges March 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Made the peanut butter today (we don’t have a TJ’s in Colorado so I had to wait until I went on a trip somewhere that did so I could pick up the peanuts) – it’s amazing! Thanks so much for the tip! Sadly, it burned out the motor on my mini-prep though :( I don’t have a food processor but I loved my first experience making nut butter so much I think I’ll be picking one up soon (and replacing the mini prep).

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70 Jennifer Drummond May 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I so love using Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Nuts for peanut butter, but I never thought of adding a pinch more nuts to make it crunchy! I made almond peanut butter last night and got a stomach ache from licking the bowl. lol I’m going to try the biscotti, they look good!! Thanks for sharing!!

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71 Katie @ Keeping Up With Katie May 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm

FINALLY! A nut butter recipe that works (as in, doesn’t harden after one day). Thank you SO SO SO SO MUCH!!! It is excellent and will be a regular in my pantry.

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72 Jennifer Drummond August 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Hi Kath,

I made my PB as you did, and it was drippy, but after a while it starts to clump, or should I say lose it’s drippiness. What do you do to keep it drippy? Or doesn’t it last that long? Do you refrigerate or keep in a dark cupboard? Thanks!

Jen

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73 KathEats August 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

Sounds like your oil separated over time. You could either…stir it vigorously every time you have some or refrigerate it, which will help with separation but will make it harder. Almost all drippy nut butters are somewhat hard by the bottom..

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74 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me November 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Amazing!! Love how simple and tasty this turned out! I’m not even a big peanut butter fan, but this salty/sweet/crunchy combo is perfect :)

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75 Jessie January 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Hey Kath! Sorry if this has already been asked, but do you think a Vitamix is good for making homemade nut butters?? Just bought one myself. I think you have one so was just wondering if you’ve tried it. Thanks!

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76 KathEats January 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I much prefer a food processor

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77 Pornsri Sae-Ung January 17, 2013 at 3:47 am

I can do that job – licking the processor bowl!
I’m a kid-like. (*_*)

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