Butter me up (Raw vegan smoky buttter)

Posted by: on Sep 26, 2012 | 19 Comments

Adventures, structure and butter that boosts

What on earth do those words have in common…? Eehh, maybe not much but they just flew out of my fingers and onto the screen. All right, words. You can stay even if you make very little sense. OR do they really? I think I have a story that suits.. Keep reading

I was a little structure loving lady. Not in the sense that my room was tidy or my clothes matched (oh no) more like, I felt most secure when the outer reality did not change much. Yes, my parents are divorced, psychoanalyst. Plus. I loved bread. Bread, butter and ham or cheese. Spreading butter over a slice of bread was like a ritual to me, something I apparently have inherited from my father. I painted the whole wheat canvas and carefully made sure that it was smooth and very evenly done. 1 slice each morning along with the plain yoghurt & muesli and one sandwich (ehh, ok more like 4) after school.

I still LOVE making beautiful sandwiches (and messy structure) even though the things I put on my bread has changed slightly…

First there was the change of butter when the whole family went traveling around Mexico when I was 13 years old. The butter we bought tasted like it had gone really bad so my mom came up with the brilliant idea to spread avocado over our sandwiches. GENIUS! That one stuck and last year I started to make this sensationally tasty avocado butter that I want to share with you today.

No need to say that the ham and cheese got the boot some years ago too..? Neeh, did’nt think so. Awesome vegan sandwiches for a happy earth and body. Yeah!

Fun & Fabulous Facts

Many people are still recovering from the fat-free mania (or still are in the fat-free crazy place). Here is one big factoid for you all. Fat is kinda awesome and you really do need fat to live and function properly. If you go ahead and feed your body poor quality fats then that’s what’s gonna build your body and brain. Who wants a poor quality brain? Not me! So I opt for avocado, seeds, nuts and fattylicous plantbased stuff to get my fabulous fats. Fat from darling animals in the factory farming hysteria is not for Greenylicious Hot’n Healthy ladies & gents. Oh no.

A ripe Avocado on the other hand can be a true ticket to heaven. I believe that when I stayed in Bali for a few months and had local avocados and cacao beans my body loved me the most. These babes have so much greatness in them it’s insane! For starters, if you have a ripe avocado around then you have a meal. Just throw in whichever greens and sprouts and you are good to go. The boost of top quality fats, fiber, phytonutrients, E vitamins, B vitamins and minerals makes it a great choice especially for women that are pregnant or wish to get pregnant. Avocado lowers the ”bad” cholesterol and therefore keeps the heart and arteries healthy. Adding some avocado to your salads also helps your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins. Even though this one is a nutrition power house you probably should not eat 3 á day so consume it in moderation, as with all kinds of food.

 And if you don´t want to eat it, just pair it with coconut oil and make a hair mask.
Conclusion: Always have a ripe avocado around.

Raw vegan smoky butter

I considered naming this one ”raw vegan protein butter” since it’s loaded with complete protein from the sprouted quinoa. When I make it I store it in the fridge (for no more than 2 days) and use as dip, dressing or butter. This time around I grabbed a few baby carrots from the garden and paired with the smoky butter it was the most perfect afternoon snack. You are very welcome to do the same but be prepared for the complete and utter perfection of texture and flavor combination.

1 large ripe avocado
1/2 cup sprouted quinoa* (1dl)
8 sun dried tomatoes
2 tbsp soaking water from the tomatoes
1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder

*Sprouted Quinoa
Rinse the quinoa thoroughly and then soak it overnight. In the morning put it in a strainer and rinse them 2-3 times a day for two days. Ready! Store in the fridge for no more than 2 days. Add to salads, veggie burgers and other yummy things.

1. Soak the sun dried tomatoes in 1 cup of water for at least 1 hour (save 2 tbsp of the soaking water for the recipe.
2. Cut the avocado in halves and scoop out with a large spoon into a blender.
3. Add the tomatoes, soaking water, smoked paprika to the blender as well. Blend.
4. Add the quinoa and eat in whatever way suits you best. If you spread it over a slice of bread, remember my rule. Treat it as a canvas;)

I guess I did find a way to make ”Adventures, Structure and Butter that Boosts” fit together and tell you a little story at the same time.

Now, I’d really love to hear about the weird healthy stuff you put on your sandwich! Spread your genius in the comments below!

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19 Comments

  1. jan lunsford
    26 september, 2012

    sounds delish, but do you mean half a teaspoon of smoked paprika powder, or maybe half a tablespoon? the recipe just says half! thank you

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 oktober, 2012

      Thanks for noticing that!
      Recipe problem fixed;)

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  2. Kirsty
    27 september, 2012

    I love love love this post! How beautiful, can’t wait to try it. I usually use plain avocado or home made hommus as a ‘spread’, this recipe will surely be added to my list as well :)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 oktober, 2012

      …and I love love love your excitement:) Yaaay!

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  3. Michael
    27 september, 2012

    Great words!;)
    And recepie.
    I like to experiment with smoking salt , in an outdoorgrill is better than inside;),
    Birch, juniper tree, apple/plum bransces, all have a difeent .
    When will we meet and make food?;)

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  4. Oly
    27 september, 2012

    Dear Eleonore,
    I love avocadoes! I’ll definitely use your recipe!
    That said, we like using almond butter on our bread and when it needs to be sweet, we use a healthy, vegan Bean-Nutella.
    Love your stories :-)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 oktober, 2012

      …now tell me, what on earth is bean nutella and how can I get my hand on it?

      Reply
  5. Bozena
    27 september, 2012

    Love this recipe,can not wait to try! Love this website, so happy I was turned onto it by a friend! Blessing’s!:)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 oktober, 2012

      Oh! Welcome welcome to the Earthsprouty world then! I am so happy to have your loving energy here <3

      Reply
  6. Mrs G
    29 september, 2012

    When I was a child, my grandma made me olive oils and tomatoes sandwiches. She claimed that they were the childhood snacks of my father, at that time packaged/processed food did not even exist.
    Here the recipes:
    - extra virgin olive oil on bread (depending on the sort of bread, you may want to toast it)
    - sandwich made with extravirgin olive oil, finely chopped tomatoes and salt. It tastes best with sauce tomatoes since they have less water and more pulp.
    Be sure to use the very best olive oil you can get.
    You can also add the (dried) herbs of your choice.

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  7. Jana
    2 oktober, 2012

    yumyum…I will try your recipe very soon, sounds like heaven! I adore veggie-spreads!
    to your question: not very weird but very yummy one is:avocado and some spices+walnuts on a bread:-) my very weird+colourful one:herbs+flowers, this summer (during my herbal school in the Italian Südtirol) I had prepared this flower-power sandwich: dark bread, fresh goat butter from the neighbour and different edible flowers (mallow, nasturtium;) and sage+oregano leaves plus a bit of ”fleur du sel”;
    …check the pic of my dark bread masterpiece here: http://janaaroundtheworld.blogspot.ca/2012/09/about-herbs-their-healing-powers-and.html

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 oktober, 2012

      Oh, Jana! That looks absolutely wonderful! (both delicious and stunning)… and all the butterflies <3 wow <3

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  8. Tamaura
    2 oktober, 2012

    I feel as though we are on a common seasonal wavelength….sundried (in the dehydrator technically) tomatoes….and toast in the morning. Aho! Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely story <3 again

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 oktober, 2012

      ..and thank you so much for letting the story touch your heart!

      Reply
  9. Kasandra Bracken
    2 oktober, 2012

    Wow, genius combo! Such an usual idea but it sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try and recreate this for myself… kudos to your ma!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      3 oktober, 2012

      Hey Kasandra (love your site, honey!) I truly hope you´ll like this magical spread!

      Reply
  10. Jessica
    2 oktober, 2012

    i will definitly test that! Love your blog <3

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  11. Sarah B
    3 oktober, 2012

    SO inventive! I love this, Elenore <3 You are amazing!

    xo, SB

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