I’m sure by now you’ve heard about cookie butter. Maybe you’ve already tasted it in all it’s smooth, sugary, nutty glory. But as tasty as it is, it’s not really much better than eating cookie dough. I always see cookie butter (basically nut butter that tastes like cookie dough) when I’m at Trader Joes, or browsing the nut butter section in any grocery store, and I think that it looks amazing, but when I look at the sugar content, I realize I would rather just eat some ice cream, or a cookie, to satisfy my sweet tooth.
The Best Kind of Accident
This past weekend, I made cookie butter by accident. I wanted to experiment with some other kinds of nut butter in my Vitamix since the Chocolate Swirled Almond Butter was such a success. But this time I wanted a little more sweetness. I would usually just add a little maple syrup or something to the nut butter mix, but since I’m on Whole 30 I can’t have any added sweeteners. There were no recipes for cookie butter without added sweeteners on Pinterest that I could find, so I decided to experiment. I had picked up a bag of mixed nuts at Aldi (my favorite mix of raw walnuts, macadamias, and cashews). It’s the perfect mix and I knew that it HAD to make a good nut butter. I threw one bag of the mixed nuts into the blender, along with about a half cup of almonds. I put the blender on high for about 1 minute and used the tamper to tamp down the mix while blending until it started to get smooth.
After about a minute of blending, I stopped the blender and threw in 6 dates, about a teaspoon of vanilla, and a little pinch of salt. I blended on high for another minute while using the tamper until the butter was smooth. That’s all it took. 2 minutes! You can use a food processor to make this, but from what I’ve seen in other recipes it will probably take 10 minutes or so.
The Taste Test
When I tasted the nut butter I was happily surprised. It tasted almost like a maple flavored cookie dough. I’m not sure where the maple taste comes from. Maybe a mix of the vanilla and cashews or something, but it tasted absolutely amazing. The butter is sweet, but not too sweet, and it really doesn’t have any added sugar! The sugary taste just comes from the dates. Experiment with the number of dates if you like it more or less sugary.
My favorite way to eat this butter is with apples, but, I often just enjoy a spoonful (who am I kidding, I enjoy a lot more than one spoonful) of it when I’m feeling hungry!
- 1 - 8oz bag of mixed raw unsalted cashews, walnuts, and macadamia nuts from Aldi (you can also just make your own 8oz mix of these nuts)
- 1/2 cup unsalted Almonds
- 6 dates
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- a pinch of salt
- Put the mixed nuts and Almonds into a high speed blender.
- Blend on high for 1 minute or until the mix starts to resemble a chunky nut butter.
- Add the dates, vanilla, and salt.
- Blend on high for another minute or until the mix reaches your desired consistency.
- Remove from blender and enjoy with apples or by the spoonful!
Oh, and just like in the Chocolate Swirled Almond Butter recipe, you can always make dairy-free milk with the leftovers in your blender! I always add a cup or so of water, and just turn it on high for a minute until it resembles almond milk (or in this case, cookie butter milk!). This time I added an extra spoonful of the cookie butter to make it extra tasty. The perfect addition to cookie butter and apples!
I hope you try this recipe because it is too good to miss!! And beware, this recipe is SUPER addicting! I already ate my first batch and am ready for round 2! What is your favorite kind of cookie butter that you’ve tasted from the store? I want to make more flavors and I need your input! Leave me a comment below!