Banana bites with homemade Hazelnut butter

I adore nut butter of all kinds and have experimented with many different combinations – sometimes you can’t beat a classic and this is where my Hazelnut Butter comes in! The perfect solution to curb even the most persistent sugar cravings!

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For the butter:
350g raw hazelnuts shelled
1/2 vanilla pod

To make my banana bites:
– 1 banana
– tbsp pomegranate seeds
– tsp chia seeds

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180Β°c/356Β°f.
  2. Place the hazelnuts on a large baking tray.
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  3. Bake the nuts for 15 to 20 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes until golden and the skins have started to split.
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  4. Set aside for 10-15 minutes to cool before placing all of the nuts in the middle of a tea towel/dish cloth – cover over and roll them inside the little parcel until the skin has come off all of the nuts.
  5. Place the nuts in a food processor and blend until liquefied.
  6. When the butter has reached your desired consistency – I usually make mine very smooth – split the vanilla pod and add the vanilla pulp to the blender.
  7. Blend for a further 20-30 seconds until combined before adding the butter to a sterilised container.
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To make the banana bites:
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Simply chop up the banana add a tsp of nut butter to each piece, pop some pomegranate seeds on top of the butter and sprinkle with chia seeds. Serve and enjoy!

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