Thursday, February 26, 2009

Creamy Almond Butter Goodness

Yesterday I wasn't feeling all that great and I had left my purse at my mom and dads when I went over for a run so I pretty much just lazied around the house the rest of the day and made some almond butter but we'll get to that in a few. Heather has been cooking the heck out of my protein crepes. She makes them look and I am sure taste, so much better than mine. What a great foodie imagination that girl has! Frankly, I was feeling a bit jealous so I had to whip out an old fav. of mine. Pumpkin protein pancakes (or crepes depending on how you cook them). They hit the spot but unfortunately they made me remember why I cut out dairy and whey powders again. Here's a little tutorial...
First mix 2 egg whites with 1/3 cup canned pumpkin. Beat with fork until well mixed. Then slowly add in while still mixing 1/2 scoop to a scoop vanilla protein powder. Then add spices and sweetener. I used vanilla stevia and cinnamon. If mixture seems to thick add a little water .
Next, pour into hot pam sprayed pan. I made one big one but you can make small ones if you like.
When edges start to cook, work spatula around to loosen and prepare to flip (this usually takes a seasoned pancake flipper)Let cook a short time an the other side.
Finally, flip onto plate and top as you please. I used a tablespoon of Naturally More (this was before I made almond butter). I am sure Heathers would be much prettier and not as blurry.After eating this scrumptious meal I decided I would try my had at making some almond butter. I measured up a cup of raw almond and then roasted them in the oven. I threw them hot right into the food processor and cranked that baby up. After about 5 min. of ear ringing loud noise my nuts were still kinda powdery so I added 1 tsp. of coconut oil and a few dashes of sea salt.

That 1 little teaspoon did the trick.
Didn't make very much. I wonder how many servings this is supposed to be?
Dinner was simple last night. Leftover moms lasagna for the man and little one and a chicken stir fry for me.

Today, despite waking up with a nose dripping literally like a faucet I hit the gym. It took me a while to get goin while I was there but man did it feel good when I really started sweating! Glad I went! For a mid morning snack I had a bowl of blended oats (Katie style) with tbsp. of my almond butter. Hit the spot.

And for lunch the little one had her first bowl of blended oats. Can you tell she likes them?No big plans for the rest of the day but I do have a great dinner planned for tonight. Its healthy clean, version of BBQ sandwiches. Cant wait to share tomorrow!

CONFESSION OF THE DAY: I think I enjoy reading other peoples blogs more than writing my own.


  1. Justine!!!! Guess what I'm having for brekkie tomorrow. I was actually thinking of using pumpkin because I had some leftover from making pumpkin fro-yo today. However, I was just planning on spreading on I think I will add it to the batter. Love you and your brilliant ideas...and I think you crepe looks very tasty!

    Sorry about the dairy issues. I'm having problems myself, but I think it's the soy again. I read that whey protein isolate is better than whey protein concentrate for people with lactose issues. That's why I use Jay Robb Whey. I've found the cheaper protein powders use the concentrated form of whey protein.

    Your almond butter looks beautiful as do your blended oats.

    Your Little One is too cute. Have a good weekend. I'm looking forward to the BBQ!

  2. Heather, pumpkin rocks in everything! Especially cottage cheese and peanut butter.MMmm..Darn that dairy!! I love it. :( Jay Robb is by far my favorite pp. I love that its sweetened with Stevia instead of all that fake crap. I have lots of ideas running wild in my head for almond butter. I think I am going to make some more today. I picked up a 1lb bag of almonds the other day for 2.99 at Kroger. Awesome deal!! Let me know when you make that BBQ and how it turns out. I think its 5 stars and it smells so good when cooking in the house.



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