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Homemade Any-Nut Butter

Nut butters are quick and easy way to make a meal, but unfortunately the cheaper one are packed with sugars that gives you an sugar spike in energy and then a super crash shortly after. The ones with less sugar are more expensive and sometimes it is hard to justify that cost. Lucky for you, now I’m going to let you in on a secret: nut butters are the easiest most mindless thing you can make in your kitchen as long as you have a food processor or blender. Making nut butter at home is so simple and cheap, you seriously won’t believe it’s this easy.

You can use this recipe for walnut, hazelnut, almond, peanut, cashew, pecan, etc. butter. Now my plant nerd is going to come out real quick so bear with me: not all of these are actually “nuts,” for example a peanut is actually a legume and an almond is a seed inside what is called a drupe. But in the world eating, we don’t specify such things and refer to them in an umbrella category of nuts… and I’m NUTS about each and every one… groan I let out my bad joke side too, sorry.


2 cups of your favorite nut
Mix-ins such as salt, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place nuts in one layer on baking sheet and roast for about 12 minutes. This time may vary depending on oven, so keep an eye on it between 8-15 minutes. For raw nut butters: skip the roasting. Add nuts to a food processor and pulse. You will have to scrape down the sides about every two minutes or so. It starts out making a meal, but will eventually turn into a paste. Just continue to process and scrape down the sides. Add any mix-in you like and enjoy!

Peanut Butter

 no extra ingredients, just peanuts…

 A few pulses later,

and a few more,

starting to look like peanut butter,

Perfect! Took about 10 minutes. I keep old containers and rinse them out so I always have a few peanut butter jars around but any airtight container in the fridge is fine. Estimated cost: $2.00/12 oz (Average jar holds about 16 oz and cost around $5.00)

Almond Joy Butter

 Almonds… mmmm…

Add some cocoa powder and coconut flakes to taste


 If it’s dry or chalky add some almond milk (about a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency)

 Looking good keep pulsing.

Done! This one took about 20 minutes of pulsing and it smells heavenly without any added sugar. Yay! Estimated cost: $7.00/24 oz (Average jar is about 16 oz and cost about $9.00)

Save money: check
Improve health: check

Tell me about nut butters you’ve made in the comments 🙂

Parmesan Chicken

I have been making this recipe for parmesan chicken longer than any other. In fact it was the first dinner I ever cooked on my own. I was in a Food Fun class in middle school and one of our assignments was to cook dinner for our family. We had to present pictures and the recipe in a presentation to the class. (I wish I still had the pictures from then; they’re probably in a box at my parents house somewhere). It is really simple and easy to modify for variety.

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Parmesan Chicken

I like to make an assembly line of my ingredients: 

  • Chicken (free-range, hormone free, on sale yay!), 
  • Two eggs, slightly beaten (I usually used a stick of butter, melted but I didn’t have any…), 
  • Some breading mixture (The original recipe 1/4 cup parmesan and 1/2 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs. I used 1/4 cup parmesan, 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs and some paprika, black pepper, salt, italian seasoning, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder… I didn’t really measure just added what I thought looked good… it was for science), and
  • A greased baking dish,
  • All lined up to next to the oven, pre-heated to 450.
Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Parmesan Chicken

I took a total of zero pictures during the following steps; if you try this recipe you will see why. My hands were quite literally caked in bread-y goodness and it would have just been a big old mess. So you will just have to use your imagination skills.

Basically you take your chicken and coat it in the eggs. Then roll it around in the bread crumb mixture and place it in the pan. Repeat for all your chickens.

Usually if there is leftover butter I will pour it over the chicken but since I used eggs I didn’t do this. Butter really works much better from my experience. I also sprinkle leftover breadcrumbs over the chicken. Bake for 40 minutes.

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Parmesan Chicken
Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Parmesan Chicken

Serve with salad, bread and your favorite beer. Yummy!

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Parmesan Chicken
Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Parmesan Chicken

  1. After baking 20 minutes remove from oven and pour marinara sauce over chicken and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Serve over spaghetti with more marinara sauce.
  2. Like I’ve said, use butter instead of eggs.
I’ve taken the leftover chicken for lunch in a quesadilla…

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Lunch Ideas
chees and chicken quesadilla, carrot sticks with ranch and some seaweed 😉

And to add to this salad…

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Lunch Ideas
Hard-boiled egg, pile o’ veggies and some chicken goodness.;sz=180×150;ord=timestamp?;lid=41000000000373657;pid=862235;usg=AFHzDLvNcAhaZZE0iqnbLlFzqDCigfRpgA;;pubid=575791;price=%247.94;title=OXO+Tot+Divided+Plate%2C…;merc=Sur+La+Table;;width=85;height=85;dcadv=3632184;sz=180×150;lid=41000000000342669;pid=269438;usg=AFHzDLvZOu7OSBWbRhsrgeM6ZXmMs_Lhng;;pubid=575791;price=%2417.59;title=Pyrex+6-Pc.+Rectangula…;merc=Kohl%27s;;width=85;height=85;sz=180×150;ord=timestamp?;lid=41000000000373657;pid=601997;usg=AFHzDLsp7aoJTmPS8eGaaTd5ihiqkRUy9A;;pubid=575791;price=%2454.95;title=Le+Creuset+Cherry+Enam…;merc=Sur+La+Table;;width=85;height=85

How do you use your leftovers?