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Pecan Pie Butter & Ants on a Leaf

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Ants on a Leaf

Pecan Pie Butter

Pea-can? Pa-cahn? D-licious. Here’s a recipe for nut butter with a nice twist on what you can find commercially available. And what to do with it..besides inhaling it out of the jar with a spoon? We’ve got you covered there as well. Ants on a Leaf…a fall flavored rendition of your favorite marching insect snack.

Ingredients

  • ½ c raw almonds
  • 1 ½ C raw pecans
  • 2 pitted dates (we used medjool)
  • 2 t salt
  • ½ orange, zested
  • ¼ c almond oil (might take a little more)
  • a few tart apples, my favorite is Pink Lady
  • dried cranberries or dark chocolate chips

Method

Place the almond and pecans on a baking sheet. Roast on 300ºF for 10-15 minutes, until pecans have darkened and the almonds begin to crack a little. Let the nuts cool. Add the nuts to the food processor, along with the dates, orange zest, salt and almond oil. Blend until smooth. You may have to take off the food processor lid and scrape the sides a few times to incorporate all the nuts.

If your butter looks a little crumbly, add more oil, a little at a time, until it comes together. Once the butter begins to reach a smooth consistency, just let the food processor run a wee bit longer, until it’s as smooth as you’d like it.

Ants on a Leaf

Slice your apples and smear  on the butter, or for a more portable way of consumption: fill a sandwich/snack bag with the butter. Cut off the tip of the bag and squeeze the butter onto your apples as you see fit. Sprinkle the dried cranberries and/or chocolate chips so that they stick on the butter.

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22 Comments

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    Bridget
    December 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    These are so good! It was the perfect after school snack today for the kids. Thanks for the recipe!

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      megan keatley
      December 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

      so glad you all enjoyed. thanks bridget!

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    Erin
    December 8, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I have to say, as someone who logs enough hours to make Paleo research and recipe hunting a second job, your blog is one of the best out there. It’s my favorite by far :o). Each new recipe is innovative, delicious, and not the typical run on meat/veg/egg/sweet potato that, don’t get me wrong, is tasty but gets redundant after a while. I’ve made several of your recipes and each one absolutely delicious. Your recipes make me run out to the store immediately and pick up some of the items that seem to be lacking in my Paleo cabinet!

    On that note, off to find Almond Oil :o). Keep ’em comin’!

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    Andrea
    December 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I eat almond butter on apples regularly (which means pretty much everyday!)…I love this variation with the pecan pie butter…I will definitely be making this !!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Juli
    December 10, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Every time I come to your website, I fall in love with you two more and more. Is that creepy? For sure. Got any paleo food loving single friends you want to send to CO? Male preferably. I’d be totally cool with that. Then I could eat pecan pie butter with them daily instead of by myself.

    Keep up the great work guys 🙂

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      megan keatley
      December 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

      creepy, no–i feel it’s completely normal. and i will keep my eyes peeled for ya.

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    Shay
    December 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Turned out great. I even ate it with pink ladies, as they are my favorite too. didn’t have almond oil so used half walnut oil and half grape seed oil, which may not be totally paleo but it’s what I had.

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    Juli
    December 14, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Made it. Loved it. Thanks for the recipe :):)

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    Tonja Pizzo
    December 17, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Just found your blog (via Nom Nom)–LOVE IT!!! My kids love ant on a leaf, log, boulder….can’t wait to try out this almond butter.

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    Andrea
    December 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    OMG!!! I got a new KitchenAid 13-cup Food Processor (lovingly nicknamed “the beast”) for Christmas and I just whipped up this Pecan Pie Butter, it is SO good! I did have to add 2 T of almond oil in addition to the 1/4 cup…I also added a tsp of vanilla. Yumm…

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      megan keatley
      December 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      merry christmas to you! what an awesome gift. one of the BEST kitchen tools around. glad you enjoyed andrea!

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    Chrissy
    January 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

    YES! These are totally Whole 30 friendly! Making this today!! Will letcha know how it is. 🙂

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    Chrissy
    January 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    BEST NUT BUTTER EVER. So buttery. So perfect. & really does taste like pecan pie!! Another home run, y’all! Lovvve it!

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      megan keatley
      January 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      oh my gosh, thank you chrissy! what a compliment.

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    Mary Hone
    January 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    This is so delicious!! I’m hooked. Never mind store bought almond butter. Thanks for all the great recipes.

    • Reply
      megan keatley
      January 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      hahaha, word! so glad you enjoyed this mary. you’re very welcome!

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    Lydia McD
    February 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Looks like another few of my favorite things. Think I’m off to make this tonight…

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    Jen
    December 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Looking forward to trying this…am off to buy some almond oil 🙂 How long would this keep in the fridge do you reckon?

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    kristy
    July 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I have macadamia nut oil. Could that be used instead of the almond oil?

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