Berlin almond butter is expensive, yo. When I go home for the holidays, I’ll be making a trip or two to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
I miss those stores a lot. But, what I miss more, is shopping at them on Sunday mornings. Most stores in Germany are closed on Sundays, so it’s important to get errands done during the week or on Saturday. Honestly, it’s more of a blessing than a curse. Stores, markets, bakeries, and coffee shops being closed forces people to take a rest day. Hello, self-care.
Back to the almond butter thing: I’ve started to experiment with cheaper alternatives. Tahini is made out of sesame seeds and a jar of the stuff is about €5-8 cheaper than a jar of almond butter depending on where you go. I love adding tahini to hummus and dressings, but I don’t often add it to sweet things.
In terms of health benefits, tahini is packed with omega-6 fatty acids (a polyunsaturated fat). Research shows that omega-6 has the ability to reduce inflammation, build cell membranes, improve brain health (hello, the brain is mostly fat), and improve cardiovascular health too. It also has monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and protein.
This recipe isn’t all tahini. It also contains maple syrup, cinnamon, and maca powder. Maca powder is one of those superfoods people are always talking about. It’s an adaptogen which means that it helps maintain the overall health of the body by aiding nutrient absorption. The health benefits of maca powder include:
- Regulating the endocrine system and encouraging hormone production
- Increasing energy levels
- Stimulating metabolic functions
- Aiding digestion with calcium, fatty acids and vitamin B1, B2 and B12
- Vitamin B1 and B12 also improve the nervous system
- Strengthening and increasing the libido 😉
- … and many, many more
Cinnamon Tahini Butter with Maca Powder
- 1 cup tahini
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
- 1 Tbsp maca powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- This one is easy: Stir all of the ingredients together and transfer to an airtight container.
- Store in the fridge. Spread on toast, put a dollop on your smoothie bowl, stir a spoonful into your oatmeal.