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Why You Should Freeze Your Nuts


Ok… I know what you’re thinking. Let’s get our minds out of the gutter… I’m talking almonds (my fav), cashews, and any other nuts of your liking. You know, nuts. Those little gems that provide protection against diabetes, heart disease, and cancer!

First of all, try to buy raw, sprouted nuts <– they’re available in the raw section of your local Whole Foods or health food store. If you can’t find them already sprouted you can sprout your own by soaking them overnight.

Why should you sprout your nuts? Raw almonds naturally contain tannic acid. This enzyme inhibitor protects them from sunlight, moisture, etc. It can also make them extremely difficult to digest properly and inhibits your body from absorbing all of those awesome nutrients such as protein, fiber, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and lipase (an enzyme which digests fat) <– hello, who doesn’t like the sound of that?


Why you should never roast your nuts… like ever! Roasting nuts destroys many of their nutrients and releases free radicals. It also destroys their naturally delish flavor, so nasty additives such as MSG and Maltodextrin ( which are both neurotoxins BTW ) are typically added to replace the lost flavor ( YUCK )!!

So let’s get to the point… why should you freeze your nuts? Do you ever notice how when nuts are left at room temperature for awhile the taste and texture get a little funky? NBD… that’s just your nuts going RANCID! Nuts are composed of delicate, healthy fats <– ya know… the kinds that actually help you to lose weight! These fats are somewhat volatile and do NOT do well at room temp.

In short… freezing your nuts will keep them fresher, healthier, and tastier for much longer… plus, taking about your frozen nuts may just be the conversation starter you’ve been waiting for ;)


Oh Nuts!

gluten free peanut butter cookies

I love nuts! Seriously. Any nut, every nut, never met a nut I didn’t like. I’m also a big fan of their deliciously creamy, calorie-laden offspring… the nut butter. I mean, what’s better than a spoonful of peanut butter straight out of the jar? The answer is nothing. I’m not even going to pretend I’ve never woken up with an empty jar of peanut butter in bed beside me (swear… I have no idea how it got there). I mean, I am human.

You know what I’m not a fan of…? Spending hours and hours in the kitchen. If given the choice there are a million and one things I’d rather be doing… playing with my pup, spoiling my precious nephew, going on mini adventures, or let’s face it… watching trashy, mindless reality TV.

Now where were we? Nuts… oh ya. I’m crazy about ’em. I think we’ve established that. I’m also crazy about these amazingly delicious and incredibly simple gluten free peanut butter cookies. Seriously, they take about 15 minutes to whip up from scratch, they are always a huge hit, and they are chock full of nutty goodness!

In a nutshell… you’re gonna love them!

gluten free peanut butter cookies ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need:

– 1 cup of your favorite kind of peanut butter

– 1 cup of brown sugar

– 1 egg

– a handfull of chocolate chips (optional)

gluten free peanut butter cookies instructions

Here’s what you’ll do:

– pre-heat your oven to 350 F

– throw all of your ingredients in a bowl and mix mix mix

– once combined, roll your dough into balls (think ping pong sized) and place onto your cookie sheet

gluten free peanut butter cookies bake

– press down with a fork to make a criss cross pattern: this step is optional but helps them to bake evenly (and look cute)

– bake at 350 F for 10 – 12 minutes

– let cool and enjoy!

gluten free peanut butter cookie

P.S. Don’t forget about peanut butter’s BFF… almond butter, or it’s completely underrated second cousin twice removed, sun butter (made of sunflower seeds and little bits of heaven). Don’t be afraid to switch it up and try this recipe with your favorite kind of nut butter!