I have seen several sources of matcha flavored nut butters for awhile, but all of them have included dairy in some form. I was excited to finally find a delicious recipe that used cashew and walnuts to matcha flavored nut butter! For my first attempt, I used my Vitamix, but that was a bit more troublesome due to its narrowness, so I immediately made a second batch with my Cuisinart food processor, which was much easier. I must also admit that on my first try, I had mistook teaspoons for tablespoons in regards to the amount of matcha (thus my spelling these out in the directions below) , so the initial batch was very concentrated. I corrected this by increasing all of the ingredients, but still, this nut butter can definitely increase your alpha waves.
I really love this nut butter. I used ceremonial grade matcha from Encha Matcha simply because I find culinary grades too bitter and unsatisfying.
Here's the recipe:
1 cup organic cashews
1 cup organic walnuts
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon organic maple syrup
2 - 3 teaspoons organic culinary matcha (although I used a ceremonial grade)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
Place the nuts in a food process or Vitamix and process until it forms a smooth and creamy nut butter. This may take some time, so be patient, pausing frequently to scrap the sides to ensure a thorough consistency (I found this easier in my food processor rather than my Vitamix). Next, add all remaining ingredients and blend for one to two minutes. Transfer into jars for storage or just start eating right away. I think this makes a great gift for your matcha loving friends.
Let me what you think!