You might be wondering why didn't I just make a loaf entirely out of Brazil nuts if the theme of most of the recipes for this past month was Brazil nuts? Simple: I don't want to get selenium poisoning. If you eat too many Brazil nuts, that can happen to you. Did you know that just 1 Brazil nut has 4 times the amount of selenium your body needs a day? That would be pretty bad if you ate dozens of them at one time, like if I had made a loaf solely of Brazil nuts.
But I did want to highlight the Brazil nut flavor, so I added in Brazil nut butter to the nut loaf and I drizzled Brazil nut oil on top of the loaf when it was done cooking.
But now you might be wondering why I didn't put the oil into the loaf itself or better yet, why I chose to sautee the 1/2 an onion with olive oil instead? Brazil nut oil is NOT a cooking oil, meaning you shouldn't expose it to high temperatures, since it has a low flash point. But that doesn't mean you can't use Brazil nut oil in your food. It just means it's better used as a salad dressing or topping than an oil for frying or baking.
The loaf was obviously nutty and I finally managed to get my dad to go on camera to try the loaf but he spit it out after he was done being on camera. :(
Apparently he doesn't like nuts but he does like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
You're going to need a food processor to grind the nuts- your fist won't do this time. When the food processor cooperates, it makes for an amazing cooking device as it gets the job done. But some nuts will grind more easily than others.
Mixed nuts(raw, no shell): https://nuts.com/nuts/mixednuts/organic-raw.html
Brazil nut butter: http://www.rejuvenative.com/products/Brazil-Nut-Butter.html
Brazil nut oil: https://imlakeshorganics.com/products/brazil-nut-oil/
Makes 4-5 servings.
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
A food processor
A loaf pan
Nonstick cooking spray
The mixed nuts roster:
Brazil nuts(the captain of the dish)
For the loaf:
1/2 an onion sautéed in olive oil
12 chopped up baby carrots
1 pound of raw, shelled mixed nuts that include Brazil nuts(see HELPFUL LINKS)
7 ounces of pizza or tomato sauce
2 tbsp. of honey
1/2 cup of Brazil nut butter(see HELPFUL LINKS)
1 tbsp. of soy sauce or Braggs amigos
1 tsp. of garlic powder
1 tsp. of cinnamon
1 tsp. of allspice
Pinch of black pepper
Pinch of salt
Brazil nut oil to drizzle on top of the nut loaf
1. Put the sauteed onion and chopped up baby carrots into the large bowl.
2. Grind the nuts 1 cup at a time in the food processor by pressing the pulse button 6-8 times per cup. Don't grind the nuts too much, otherwise you'll end up with a nut butter!
3. Put all of the ground up nuts into the large bowl.
4. Add the next 9 ingredients to the large bowl.
5. Mix all of the ingredients together until you get a loaf shape.
6. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray
7. Put the mixture into the loaf pan.
8. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes, or until the nut loaf is brown.
9. When the nut loaf is done cooking, drizzle the top of it with Brazil nut oil. Bon appetit!