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Cooking with Shea Butter

Cooking with Shea Butter

 

It has been used to soothe and moisturize skin and hair for generations; however, it is also a dietary staple and has been pervasive in the culinary realm.

 

Shea butter is high in antioxidants, healthy fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a substitute to cooking oil or raw in smoothies.

One of our favorite recipes using shea butter is from Chic African Culture:

Shea Butter Coconut Curry Mixed Nuts

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons of organic, unrefined shea butter
  • 2 cups of halved walnuts
  • 1 cup of whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup sweet coconut flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. Add shea butter to a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pan; set the pan in the oven to melt the butter
  • Once melted, remove the pan from the oven and add nuts and Worcestershire sauce
  • Gently stir until well mixed
  • Bake the nut mixture until it is toasted (about 30 minutes), stirring occasionally
  • Mix all spices and coconut in a small bowl
  • Remove the nuts from the oven and sprinkle the mixture evenly with spices and toss until well mixed
  • Transfer the warm nuts to a bowl and serve immediately, or let cool and store them at room temperature in an airtight container until ready to serve

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