Almond Butter Recipe
- 1 lb Raw Almonds
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
Add almonds and sea salt to food processor and turn on. Let your food processor run until the almonds turn into creamy butter. The process takes my Cuisinart Food Processor about 25 minutes. Next, transfer to a sealed jar and store with your other #Whole30 approved pantry items.
Coconut Butter a/k/a “Manna” Recipe
- 2 7 oz. packages of Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
Add coconut flakes to food processor and turn on. Same process as with the Almond Butter, let the processor run until the coconut flakes make a smooth butter texture. Transfer to a sealed jar and store in with your other #Whole30 approved pantry items.
Coconut butter becomes a solid so you for sure do not want to store it in the refrigerator. You can melt your Coconut Butter by scooping out desired amount into a microwave safe bowl and heating for about 30 seconds, but be careful not to microwave for too long. When heating smaller amounts you should microwave about 10 seconds at a time.
The #Whole30 team was not kidding when they said you would have the most trouble on day 2 and 3 of the program. I certainly experienced the issues they mentioned. Detox symptoms at their worst! BUT, I did enjoy a “finger scoop” of Almond Butter and it got me through my rough patch of sugar cravings without cheating because after all, there’s #NoCheating! I also tried it on my sweet potato as a combination that resembled my Sweet Potato Souffle that I make during the holidays. A scoop of Almond Butter and a scoop of Coconut Butter heated in the microwave for 25 seconds then stirred to mix and top your baked sweet potato with the mixture. YUM!
The 3rd item pictured here is, of course, not homemade, but of Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk. I purchased other brands before starting the #Whole30 program at my local grocery store chain and the consistency of those brands was very runny and “normal” milky in texture. When I purchased the Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk from my local health food store and used it in a recipe for the first time, not only could I tell a complete taste difference, but also a totally different consistency. Thick, creamy and full of real flavor! This brand of Coconut Milk is also priced very reasonable, comparable to those large chain grocery store prices for the other brands with additives. You can purchase this on Amazon.com in a pack of 12 which comes out to be $1.96/can! It does “Start with Food” and it also starts with reading your labels!
A little extra note here – Used to an afternoon slump and you just need something like gum or a hard candy? I averted this feeling/craving by getting a cup of ice and using that as an alternative. (WARNING ~Your dentist wont be happy with you if you chomp on it though)