Loaded with protein, fiber, and omega 3s, this recipe was adapted from mandalade, which is a nut spread. This particular spread is made with raw almonds and sunflower seeds that have been soaked. For those of you who aren’t versed in nut care, we soak nuts to lower the level of phytic acid present in many nuts and seeks, increasing their bioavailability. By soaking, our bodies absorb the nutrients from the foods more easily. Since phytic acid is considered an anti-nutrient (it binds to other minerals and can make it harder for the bodies to maintain healthy levels of calcium, iron, and zinc), it can be vital to reducing a high-phytate diet. That doesn’t mean we need to give up all the foods we love such as wheat, bread, and nuts, but we might want to be mindful about how we prepare and eat these foods so that we can continue to enjoy them. People with chronic digestive issues might want to be especially mindful.

Check out the nut spread recipe below, derived from metabolic balance©. Naturally high in fiber, vitamin e, magnesium, vitamins B1, B2 & B6, and fatty acids, this mandalade will support healthy skin, regulate weight, and support brain function. With all of the magic contained in these pods of power, it’s no surprise that I feel so good after I eat mandalade nut spread. In fact, it has become one of my favorite ways to start the day. This recipe provides enough mandalade for four servings.

What you’ll need:

Dry blender or food processor
Wet blender
Small pan
Food scale

Nut Spread Ingredients:

45 grams Almonds (raw)*
25 grams Sunflower seeds (raw)*
40 grams Avocado
1 TBLS Avocado Oil
1 clove Garlic (chopped, sautéed)
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Water

Directions:

Soak nuts and seeds for 12 hours. Drain when complete.

Sautée garlic - nut spreadIn a small pan, add garlic to avocado oil (or other oil of your choice). Sauté until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Weigh the nuts - nut spreadMeasure nuts and seeds and add to a dry blender or food processor and blend until desired texture. I like mine slightly course at this stage.

Blend the mixture in a wet blender - nut spreadTransfer to a wet blender (I love my Vitamix). Add water slowly until texture becomes thinner. Add avocado and spices. Blend until smooth or paste-like, adding water as needed. Set aside.

Toast fermented or sourdough rye bread (other bread can be used). Spread ghee on the toast. Add the spread to the toast. Pair with sliced apples dusted with cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg.

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