Mango Macadamia Nut Butter Muffins

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Yo, Imma be real with y’all right now – peanut butter is not the business.

But you know what is? Macadamia nut butter.

While it sounds weird and borderline bougie, the process for making this delight is exactly the same: pulverized nuts (insert boy groan here). With their delicate and smooth flavor,  macadamia nuts transform this spread into another, tropical dimension that I can only dream about since I live in foggy SF.

I nabbed a jar of the good stuff from a neighbor back home after the infamous brunch. My lovely blogger friend, Erika, had baked a batch of cashew nut butter muffins that day that were astronomically delicious, so I knew I had to replicate them. I don’t just get jars of this erryday, y’know. (Incidentally, neither do you, but you can if you order them here!)

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Macadamia nut butter, like most nutty condiments, are full of protein and healthy fats. However, the high protein content risks drying out baked goods, which is why when you get those [insert dietary restriction]-free peanut butter whatevers at the healthy food store, they often look and feel like crumbly messes.

My solution was to mix in some mango jam, another recent gift (gift yourself some here). Mangos and macadamias naturally go together like muffins and brunch. The jam adds the right level of moistness (that is such a weird word) and sweetness, so you don’t have to add a ton of sugar, making these muffs a healthy mid-morning snack and perfect segue into your tropical daydreams.

Sorry, peanut butter.

PS. I’m off to Ecuador for the next 8 days (I know, random, but awesome), so there won’t be any posts next week, but stay  tuned for all the cool new eats when I get back – it’ll be a series of Vacation E.A.T.s!!

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Mango Macadamia Nut Butter Muffins

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup oats
1/2 cup macadamia nut butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup mango jam
1 Tbsp flax seeds
1/4 tsp salt

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together nut butter, eggs, and honey. In another bowl, combine the flour, oats, flax seeds, and salt.
  • Add dry mixture to wet and stir until just combined. Add in mango jam and gently swirl together. Pour evenly into muffin tins, filling each about 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Weekend E.A.T. – 1 Year in SF!

Well guys, it’s official – I’ve lived in San Francisco for one year!

Looking back on this past year, I can honestly say that it has been one of the most hectic and refreshing times I have had. Only in SF do we have a club devoted to mashups, dress for up for any and every occasion (Santacon, Bay to Breakers, Pride, I’m looking at all y’all), and gleefully eat ice cream in 53 degree weather.

Maple walnut frozen custard heaven from Lexie’s

Even though I’m somewhat of a native now (in the sense that I dance the Muni mambo with ease), I spent my Saturday and Sunday recreating my very first weekend here last year – a neighborhood brunch, flea market and ironically, a valiant but failed attempt to escape from SF (which by the way, you HAVE to try rapidamente – it’s cray!).

Folks often ask if and when I want to leave; after all, I did grow up in NorCal. But people come here from all over the world to taste a slice of the pie that I got to eat from the beginning. Countless ricanelas ice cream cones and Dolores Park days later, the novelty still hasn’t worn off, so Imma kick it here a little bit longer,

SF, I’m latching onto you.

Starting the weekend right with a young tech-enthused crowd at 620 Jones, a rooftop bar in Nob Hill. If it weren’t for the cash-only rule (seriously, we’re not in the Mission, guys), I’d come here way more often for those double-sauced fries and whiskey gingers.

Spinach, onion, and salmon omelet, CUSTOM-MADE what what

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Bread and eggz, all I need on a Saturday morning

Anniversary brunch at da BJC, a solid Southern spot on Divisadero. Service is slow and the servers can be a little fresh, but for tradition’s sake, I have to come here for some hangover omelet action.

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Hipstering it up

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My faux-but-real lover for the weekend, the always fashionable Aimee!

Second stop on the anniversary train – the annual Alamo Square flea market! And who says you can’t eat frozen custard at noon? It’s maple-walnut, which is pretty much French-toast, which is pretty much breakfast. Keep an eye out, though – this treat is about to be the next frozen craze, I’m calling it.

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Lazy Sunday doing blog work with some of these fluffy thangs. Stay tuned for the recipe!