Nut Butter Universe: A Review and a GIVEAWAY!

by JL Fields on February 27, 2013

If you read vegan blogs, you’ve been reading all about Robin Robertson’s latest cookbook Nut Butter Universe.

Nut Butter Universe by Robin Robertson

I was provided a review copy of the book and I must tell you it is loads of fun!  First, who doesn’t love nut butters? (Well, unless you’re allergic).  Second, nuts and seeds are one of five fabulous vegan food groups (along with vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes, and grains) so how great to have an entire book devoted to helping us get nutritious nuts and seeds into our diet?

I’m cuckoo for nut butter! After taking a cooking class at Natural Gourmet Institute and learning that one cup of nuts, one food processor and 12 minutes is all you need to make your own, it’s a staple for me. Enter Robin’s book – the recipes and possibilities are simply limitless.  While the title is nut “butter” don’t be fooled! Robin also provides recipes for nut-based mayo, cheese, and cream and sour cream.

Robin starts with the basics about nut butters and then moves into recipes:

  • Soups: Peruvian Peanut Potato Soup, Cream of Chestnut Soup, Creamy Mushroom Soup, and more.
  • Starters: Smoke and Spice Almond Hummus, Savory Three-Nut Pate, Spinach-Walnut Crostini, and more.
  • Salads: Crunchy Coleslaw with Creamy Cashew Dressing, Pecan Lover’s Potato Salad, Mixed Greens and Papaya with Thai Peanut Butter Dressing, and more.
  • Side Dishes: Spicy Walnut Green Beans, Roasted Tahini Cauliflower, and more.
  • Main Dishes: Vegetable-Cashew Korma, West African Vegetable Stew, Sun-Butter Macaroni Pie, and more.
  • Sandwiches: Thai Tofu-Vegetable Wraps, Open-Face Peanut Butter and Tomato Broil, and more.
  • Breakfast & Beyond: Ginger-Walnut Scones, Apple-Almond Butter Pancakes, Pineapple-Coconut Smoothie, and more.
  • Desserts: Almond Joy Pudding, Tree-Nut Butter Cookies, and more.
  • Sweet Treats: Peanut Butter Cups, Power Ball Energy Bites, and more.

A solid addition to the appendices is a gluten- and soy-free recipe index.

I’m sure after seeing just a sampling of the wide variety of recipes included in this clever book that you want a copy, right? No problem, I‘m hosting a giveaway! Simply enter below!

If you can’t wait, or don’t win, no worries.  Nut Butter Universe is available on Amazon!

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  • jen345

    I love using nut butters as part of a sauce in a grain bowl. Yum!

  • Ben

    I’ve had my eye on this book ever since I first heard about it. Definitely intrigued!

  • Christine

    I like to mix nut butter into pasta sauces – gives them an extra oomph.

  • A2

    I use cashew butter and make it into cream and serve with poached pears – learned about this from Linda Watson.

  • Amanda

    YES! I want to try all of those recipes! I’m betting that heaps of these will be kid-friendly, too.

  • Love this book and nut butters.i use them in salad dressing

  • Jenn

    I wasn’t expecting much from the name of the book (yes, I’m a blog reader and this is the first time I’m hearing of this book!), but the recipes sound intriguing!

  • Birgit

    Love Robins books. I know this one will be a winner too.,

  • Hannah

    oh my goodness! Nut butters – homemade? Yes please!

  • I like using it as a spread on bread, as in a sandwich, or on some vegetables. I’m excited to try the nut-based mayo as a replacement for mayo/vegan mayo that I’ve been using so far.

  • Would love to win this book. Have not tried to make nut butters yet but it is on my list of new vegan foods to learn.

  • Jeni

    I love using nut butter in sandwiches but also a favorite use is in mole sauces.

  • heidi

    almond butter on an ezekial cinnamon raisin english muffin. yum!

  • I’d love to try the recipes in this book! My bf’s non-veg mother usually requests a cashew “cheese” dip I make (a combination of recipes from 2 different books) for our get togethers. I don’t use nuts nearly often enough, so it’d be great to have a bunch of recipes in one book.

  • Kelly C

    I love using it in baking to replace oil or butter!!

  • flora

    I’ve been coveting this book for a while now..!

  • Cheryl

    These recipes sound wonderful! I look forward to trying them!

  • Susan G

    Yum! Sounds wonderful. Really want to make that cashew queso. I love raw unsalted almond butter with blackberry jam on sprouted wheat toast or rice cakes.

  • Sam

    I love eating nut butter as is, straight off the spoon!

  • Soups and for my toddlers’ meals

  • Susan

    on toast for breakfast

  • saniel

    I like using it in my pancake batter or a sauce for my veggie burgers

  • Hilary

    I love nut butter no matter how it’s used. Looking forward to this book one way or another. 🙂

  • Darbi

    I put it in my oatmeal!

  • Becky n

    Favorite way to use nut butter… for adding rich flavors to sauces and soups!

  • Michele W

    Wow what a great variety of recipes

  • My favorite way to use nut butters is to add creaminess to smoothies and soups

  • D.E.

    Since dealing with anemia, I’m discovering the wonders of peanut butter but I wonder whether there are other nut butters that have a good iron content or enhance iron absorption?

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  • Susan wymer

    On celery with raisins

  • I love noodles with peanut sauce!

  • I’m a nut butter addict, we usually have several different jars in the pantry! I love that there’s a whole book. 🙂

  • When I lived in Ghana I loved eggplant groundnut soup (groundnuts are what they call peanuts!)

  • yummy yum yum nuts!

  • in chocolate cups.

  • Beth

    I love it in sandwiches!! PB&J is the best thing ever 🙂

  • Amanda

    I like it on whole wheat toast.

  • WhyyesitisKate

    , I love, love, love it in smoothies. Peanut butter and jam smoothies. So good.

  • Christy

    spread on a rice cake with jam 🙂

  • Laura

    I pretty much put pb on everything. Sweet, savory, I don’t really care. I can’t think of a food that would not be better with the addition of pb or some type of nut butter.

  • Sherry

    I use all natural peanut butter to make one of my favorite recipes which is Chinese style noodles with peanut sauce……..YUM!!

  • Jill

    This book sounds awesome. Would love to win it!

  • Ree

    Love nut butter in a smoothie or with overnight oatmeal.

  • I like adding peanut butter to smoothies.

  • Tami

    This book sounds wonderful, I am dairy free and use like alternatives to dairy that are not soy based.

  • Laurel

    Looks like arming oneself with this book and Miyoko Schinner’s and you’ll have access to every recipe you’ll ever need.

  • This sounds like a fabulous book, I’ll admit my experience so far hs been limited to peanut butter. I think it’s time I branched out.

  • I love making cookies with nut butters

  • Jennifer Bast

    For a comforting sweet treat I put some nut butter in a little bowl, add a spoonful of jam and then eat with some gluten free pretzels.

  • Stephanie Hindman

    I love nut butters!!

  • MelodyAsbury

    One of my new favorite breakfasts is oatmeal with some cocoa powder and a spoonful of peanut butter mixed in. Yum.

  • susan

    love almond butter from whole foods on a rice cake….quick breakfast

  • Alanna

    I wish I had access to nut butters that aren’t ridiculously expensive. 🙂 So far, I’ve had to stick to plain peanut butter (good thing I’m obsessed).

  • Jody Haller

    There is a tie in the way I like to use nut butter. I use it in smoothies with coconut water for extra creaminess and I use it to make peanut sauce, which I could (but don’t) drink by the gallon. This books looks like a dream!

  • Monica

    On a spoon… I regret nothing.

  • I have to say making stir fry sauces with peanut butter is my favorite!

  • page

    i love it plain, off a spoon!

  • Carolyn

    I am a fan of peanut butter, but I look forward to trying “Crunchy Coleslaw with Creamy Cashew Dressing” and “Pecan Lover’s Potato Salad.” Along with “Spicy Walnut Green Beans” and “Vegetable-Cashew Korma!”

  • The Peace Patch

    I love cashew butter on homemade blueberry pancakes. 🙂

  • I like nut butter with fruit (apples or banana), or celery.

  • RR

    I love adding it to smoothies and also making creamy dressings for salads and Rice paper wraps. 🙂

  • radioactivegan

    I love peanut butter slathered on celery .. I’m pretty tame, I suppose. I heard recently that the estimates of calories for some nuts are off, because we don’t really absorb all the calories in some nuts (like almonds). Of course, the jury is still out on that – but it’s interesting to wonder about!

  • Amy

    Had a PB&J for lunch today – always a good use of nut butter. Otherwise, I also use it to make homemade salad dressings.

  • martie

    Love Robin’s work! I like to make pb cookies!

  • Mina Azarnoush

    I don’t use nut butters often, but when I do, I like to mix them into oatmeal with some bananas!

  • Paula

    Love Robin Robertson & love nut butter! This book sounds like a winning combination!! Thanks for the giveaway offer.

  • Paula

    My fave way to use nut butter is making homemade peanut butter cups.

  • steph

    in oatmeal!

  • On Toast!! Toast is the best!!

  • Jessica Caneal

    Smoothies are hands-down my favorite way to use nut butter!

  • Ashlie

    On apples or baked sweet potatoes, with plenty of sea salt!

  • Lakshmi Dove

    I love nut butters on steam veggies, a little bit go a long way

  • Laurie B

    I like to use nut butters in sauces, because they add creaminess and subtle flavor.

  • April

    Lately my favorite way has been carrots and celery with peanut butter. Simply delicious 🙂

  • Chestnut soup! Oh, I need this for that recipe alone!

    • But otherwise, my favourite way to use nut butter is on a spoon, direct to mah belly.

  • Ashley

    I love it on toast with some jelly!

  • I’m addicted to nut butter! Would love to try out some recipes from this cookbook!

  • Guest

    I love baking with nut butter so some ideas about how to use it in savoury dishes would be great!

  • Renee

    I love using nut butter in sauces.

  • Jesse @OutToLunchC

    I LOVE nut butter, I probably eat is every day. I recently got a vitamix and I would love to get some nut butter recipes to make in it.

  • Jesse @OutToLunchC

    I like nut butter in EVERYTHING but mostly in my overnight oats.

  • Chris

    I’m just starting to dabble in making my own nut butters. This book sounds very interesting!

  • Erin

    Chocolate peanut butter cups!

  • Gaby

    I have a borderline (aka full blown, not willing to admit or change it) addiction to nut butters of all kinds. I actually cannot leave a whole peanut butter jar in my kitchen because it will be gone in under 24 hours! But this book…oh my! forget my addiction, I will have to restock all the nut butters!

  • Eliazbeth

    I admit it…it can’t get better than a spoonful from the jar.

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  • Josiane

    That book sounds really interesting and inspiring! I love using nut butters, and I’m sure there are tons of creative uses for them I haven’t yet thought of, so Nut Butter Universe would be a most welcome addition to my bookshelves!

  • Cindy

    Nut butter on toast. Nut butter with veggies or with fruit. Everywhere!

  • Michele W

    Great recipes on this site, will be looking forward for this book.

  • My favorite way to use nut butter is in vegan thumbprint cookies. I like eating it on toast, in oatmeal, with granola, milk and fruit, but pb & j cookies are so good! My daughter and I like to bake them together.

  • Judy

    I use nuts and seeds in so many of the recipes that I cook now that I am vegan! I love love tahini and make a fantastic lemon tahini salad dressing! I also put peanut butter in with fruit. I hope I win this book because I can’t wait to try Robin’s new recipes!

  • I have 2 favorite ways to use nut butter: first is in salad dressing second is as a coating for roasted root vegetables. Yum!

  • I would love to have this book. As a new vegan, I’m always looking for creative new recipes. 🙂

  • Jess C

    For dippin carrots! ☺

  • Hmm.. My favorite way to use nut butter? Pretty simple really, I just eat it with a spoon. 😉

  • David

    I like nut butter on toast

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