I know what you’re thinking after reading the title: “Umm Rebecca, how is this spread nut-free if it’s made from tigerNUTS?” Well, I have good news for you! Tigernuts are not a nut, but a tuber, and are completely AIP compliant. Of course, with any new food, take it slow. Us autoimmune warriors need to be extra careful when introducing new foods, even if they are autoimmune protocol approved. Tigernuts are packed with fibre, another reason to take it easy if you are sensitive to too much fibre. But once you realize you can tolerate them, you can jump for joy! You’ll be jumping because they have a high energy content of starch, fat, proteins and sugars. They are also rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and vitamins E and C. To top it off, tigernuts are also an aphrodisiac. *wink, wink*
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been the type to eat peanut butter by the spoonful. I used to top my peanut butter spoonfuls with a few raisins and that was my dessert or afternoon treat. Once I discovered peanut butter was filled with corn syrup, the horror, I switched to natural peanut butter. I also started buying other nut/seed spreads such as cashew butter and sunflower seed butter (my absolute fave). I reeeally hope I can reintroduce sunflower seeds one day. Until then, this No-Nut Tigernut Spread will satisfy my cravings!
Tigernuts are naturally sweet and have a nutty, earthy taste with a hint of vanilla flavor. I personally think this spread is great with just tigernuts and coconut oil, but you can absolutely switch it up and add some cinnamon, or vanilla bean powder. I highly recommend spreading it on AIP waffles or AIP biscuits. You could also blend a spoonful or two into a smoothie!
- Place ingredients in either a high powered blender (I use the Vitamix) or a food processor.
- Blend or process until it looks like a creamy nut butter. You may have to stop and scrape the sides during blending/processing.