The GAPS Diet advocates you make your own nut butters especially if you are just starting out with GAPS. This way you know exactly what is in it and whether any reactions are specific to the nuts or other hidden ingredients or chemicals. Store bought nut butter is acceptable so long as it does not contain any additives or use of chemicals and is organic. Other concerns with store bought nut butters is that the nuts used to make them are generally nuts that have not been prepared with soaking to activate them and this may cause digestive problems. If you make your own nut butters we suggest you refer to our nut or seed soaking chart in the recipe section to learn how to prepare your nuts and seeds before making your nut butters. This will make the nuts more digestible and bio-available. One store brand I use if I do not make my own nut butter is a brand called Foods to Nourish in our GAPS Diet Australia online store. This company activates the nuts before making the nut butter.
*Always do the sensitivity test before adding nuts to the diet.
This recipe is appropriate for the Introduction Diet from Stage 3 onward
Soak and dry nuts as per our recipe provided in the recipe section under condiments
Blanch nuts if required (see almond blanching recipe instructions) This is not usually necessary if the nuts have been soaked but this step can be helpful for extreme sensitivities.
Using a good strong blender, vitamix or thermo mixer, blend nuts and salt for as long as it takes to break down the size of the nuts into a nut butter consistency whilst gradually adding the coconut oil sparingly to begin with and proceed to add additional oil to produce the smooth consistency desired. This can take up to 20 minutes.
If the nuts have been roasted, you may not need any oil or very little. Children love honey added to this spread but this is dependent upon whether you are ready to introduce honey at this stage and whether you are trying to avoid yeast feeding sugars.
Remember: preparing your nuts through drying and soaking first will allow for a better nut butter and easier digestion.
Nuts and Seeds are fibrous and should not be introduced for GAPS patients until digestive symptoms have shown some signs of improvement. The introduction diet provides a slow introduction to nuts by starting with nut butter followed by baking with nut flour and finally nuts for snacks themselves with encouragement to prepare them and chew them well. The sensitivity test is advised to be carried out first for those who suspect a true nut allergy, however there are many people who express their intolerance for nuts during the introduction diet who may need to determine themselves whether to wait until further healing takes place before introducing them.