As I have continually expressed, I have a long history of weird food behaviour and food obsessions. Yet there has never been an obsession greater than my affinity with peanut butter. There have many occasions where I have eaten half a jar, in some crazed frenzy, and thought well, that’s dinner taken care of. This behaviour is far from ideal, and it can be traced right back to my childhood. I still remember at 8 years old, we had an intruder in the house whilst my mother and I lay sleeping. The following morning when filing the police report we were asked if we noticed anything unusual after the incident. Cunning as I was, I decided to use this opportunity to my advantage. I told the police officer that something very strange happened indeed, the burglar ate all of our peanut butter and placed the empty jar in the fridge! The police officer (and my mother) played along, labelling the criminal as the Peanut Butter Bandit. And I honestly believed I got away with it. These peanut butter binges still prevail in my life. So much so that I have actually given myself a total ban, because I just cannot seem to control myself. After almost a month, that psychotic little part of my brain was having some serious withdrawals. Instead of succumbing to the craving I decided to be proactive and make myself some almond butter instead. I used my fancy mandolin that I picked up in Japan to slice paper thin apple rounds, and constructed little apple/almond butter ‘sandwiches’. I managed to polish off the whole jar, and thought to myself, well that’s dinner taken care of.
APPLE SLICES WITH CINNAMON ALMOND BUTTER
(vegan, gluten free, paleo, raw)
- 1 cup almonds
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Place the almonds and coconut oil in a heavy duty food processor, and blitz until smooth. You may need to scrape the sides down a few times between mixes.
- Add the cinnamon and maple and blitz again, until combined.
- Using a mandolin, thinly slice an apple into rounds.
- To serve, place a spoonful of almond butter between 2 slices of apple.