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Banana Macadamia Butter on Oat Toast

We picked the first of the new season’s macadamias yesterday. It’s a bit earlier than usual, but the warm wet weather seems to have been bringing them on, and they are starting to drop and be got by the creatures. I don’t mind the creatures getting some of them. Because they are a native to this region, we’ve included seedling trees in all the riparian native plantings.  But we also have some grafted varieties that were planted for human food, and I want some harvest from them! The first of the season nuts are so sweet.

Macadamia and fruit nut butters are one of my favourite recipes. I’ve posted Macadamia and Pear Butter and Turmeric and Mandarin Nut Butter, before, but the idea works with just about any sweet juicy fruit, and  Banana Macadamia Butter is one of the favourites.

Fresh nuts in season, unprocessed and in their shell, are one of the things that don’t seem to get appreciated enough to make it into the weekly fresh food shopping. With my family’s history of heart disease, I really like it that macas work as well as the “clinically proven to lower cholesterol” margarines that taste fake.  Their fats are the “good” kind  and they are also high in protein, fibre,  B vitamins, minerals and and antioxidants. Put it on Oat and Linseed Sourdough, and I feel so virtuous as well as happy.

The Recipe:

Dry roast a good handful of macadamia kernels in a heavy frypan over a medium heat for a couple of minutes, shaking the pan, till they just start to colour.

Tip them into a blender or food processor with a banana. Blend the mixture till smooth. Taste and add a little salt, or honey, or both.

Slather onto your favourite bread, toasted, and eat.


{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Jaime Schmidt February 3, 2012, 10:43 am

    I wonder how far behind yours my macadamias are. I think they’re a few months off but i should go check. Thanks for the awesome recipe 🙂


  • Sandy February 3, 2012, 7:01 pm

    That looks amazing! And two of my favourite foods blended into one – what’s not to like. We have only planted our macadamia trees last year, so they are a while off yet, but they’ve been growing up a storm this summer. So I’ll look forward to fresh nuts in future, but will try this recipe with friend’s nuts in the meantime

  • Kate February 3, 2012, 8:37 pm

    Oh yum that sounds and looks fantastic

  • Jenny February 3, 2012, 9:30 pm

    Do you have any idea how exotic and wonderful that sounds?

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