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When I last stocked up my nut supplies, I included lots of bags of Asda’s Good and Balanced Brazil nuts at 85p per 100g. MySupermarket is great for making sure I order the cheapest pack.

Today, I decided to use a couple of those bags to make a Brazil nut butter. I’m having nut butters quite a bit lately.

Smoking Hot Brazil Nut Butter

2 x 200g packets, Brazil nuts, £1.70/packet, £3.40
60ml olive oil, £2.99/litre, 18p
2 tsps Scwhartz hot smoked paprika 34g/£1.70, 50p
2 tsps honey, 424g, £1.11, 3p
Salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper

Total cost £4.11
Priced at Asda, using mySupermarket in January 2017

Put everything in a food processor and process for about 2 minutes until the mixture forms a nut butter. Store in a jam jar. This made a little too much to go in a standard sized jam jar, about a jar and a third.

I used 2 packs rather than 1 as I wasn’t sure that my food processor would do the necessary with the smaller amount.

Verdict

The nuts by themselves made a good nut butter, but I thought it was just a tad too thick to be easily spreadable. So I added a little oil. As I am trying to have healthy fats on LCHF diet, I decided to use olive oil. Any oil at all would be fine, maybe even a splash of water, fruit or vegetable juice, oil from a jar of tomatoes/ artichokes/ anti pasti. You may find it’s fine without anything added, see what you think.

The hot smoked paprika in this version gave it quite a hum of warmth. If you don’t want that, use sweet paprika instead. If you like it really hot, add some more. Taste it and adjust to however you like it.

Variations

I like that little bit of sweetness from the honey. The honey can be replaced with a few raisins or other dried fruit, or muscovado sugar or palm sugar for a sweet nutty hit.
Nut butters can be flavoured with many things. Grainy or Dijon mustard; a little acid in the form of lemon juice, vinegar or a tablespoon of chutney; seeds are lovely too, I particularly like the addition of pumpkin or sesame seeds.

You could really mix it up and do a combination of nuts, a handful of dried fruit and a couple of tablespoons of sesame and pumpkin seeds. That one might be next on my list!

Prices

Asda sells Meridian’s Brazil nut butter at £6 for 170g, although they are out of stock. No other supermarkets were showing it on mySupermarket at all, although there were a couple that had Brazil nuts in the nut butter as a partial ingredient.

Healthy Supplies are selling 170g jars for £3.75 each, if you buy 3 or more.

At this price, the home made batch would cost £1.48 for a 170g jar. So the home made batch is less than half the price (40%) of the cheapest ones I could find, and of course you can flavour it anyway you like and ensure only the things you want go in it. I was really pleased with this and will definitely be doing it again

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A brisk Sunday walk and a mulled wine apple crumble
Creamy Leek & Cheese Toasty
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