Nut Butter Universe Cookbook Review & Giveaway

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It seems the virtual book tours are gaining popularity with cookbook authors. I’m glad I could be a part of this one for Robin Robertson’s Nut Butter Universe: Easy Vegan Recipes with Out-Of-This-World Flavors*. Who could pass up reviewing a nut butter book?!

I own several of Robin’s cookbooks and I love how easy and tasty her recipes are. This one is no exception.

The intro of the book walks us through some background information nuts, the history of nut butter, buy and storage tips and how to make your own nut and seed butter, and some nut creams and cheeses. I highly recommend reading through and doing the extra work of making your own roasted nut butters. It’s worth every minute of your time. Your taste buds and whoever is dining with you will also thank you.

Robin wasn’t joking around when she picked the tagline for the book “easy vegan recipes with out-of-this-world flavors. When I picked the recipes I wanted to try, I really didn’t suspect how rich and flavorful they would be. I should’ve known better. The surprise of tasting the dishes was priceless, so even better. Here are the recipes I chose: Maple-Pecan Butter Waffles with Pecan Maple Syrup, Cheesy Almond Broccoli Soup, Szechuan Stir-Fry with Fiery Peanut Sauce and Spicy Walnut Green Beans (I’ll be making this for dinner tonight).

I had a brunch at a non-veg friend’s house I chose to make the Maple-Pecan Butter Waffles. I premixed the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowl ahead of time at my house and off I went with my wafflle-maker in tow. I mixed the batter and it was really thick, like much thicker than any other waffle batter I’ve ever made. Fear struck me. I was afraid the waffle would be too heavy, that they wouldn’t turn out right and brunch would be a fizzle. They were PERFECT! These were the most beautiful and most scrumptiously delicious waffles I’ve EVER made. They were light and fluffy, too. I’ll confess that I didn’t make the pecan maple syrup. We just used a local PA maple syrup and it was perfect. Not a single bite was left.

The next recipe I tried was the Cheesy Almond Broccoli Soup. We ate this as our dinner and it was so rich and creamy I may consider having it as an appetizer for future meals. Mauro may argue with me, though. He just couldn’t get enough of it. I garnished it with some shaved Oregon truffles I got at the farmers market and it was heaven.

If I haven’t mentioned it here before, let it be known that I am insanely in love with peanut butter. I have been my entire life. I love it on sweet and savory food alike. So, this wouldn’t be a proper review if I didn’t make a recipe featuring PB, the Szechuan Stir-Fry with Fiery Peanut Sauce. Easy to make, spicy, peanut buttery savory sauce, veggies and tofu served over in a bowl with rice. Need I say more? Absolutely delish.

I marvel over cookbook authors like Robin who make our lives so much easier and full of delish.

Don’t go away yet. We have a recipe for you below and we’re giving away one copy of Nut Butter Universe to one lucky reader, so follow on to the end of the post.


West African Vegetable Stew Recipe

West African Stew

West African Stew

Brimming with vegetables, this flavorful stew is especially good served over rice or couscous or with coarse whole grain bread. Like most stews, this one tastes even better the second day, so make it ahead. The crops of peanuts (or groundnuts), sweet potatoes (or yams), and okra can be found throughout western African countries, where stews such as this are often called groundnut stew.

1 tablespoon neutral vegetable oil or 1/4 cup water
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium eggplant, diced
1 cup sliced okra (fresh or frozen)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Heat the oil or water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, sweet potato, and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the eggplant, okra, and garlic. Cover and cook 5 minutes longer, then stir in the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter and broth, stirring until smooth. Stir the peanut butter mixture into the stew and season with cayenne, salt, and pepper. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

For a thicker consistency, scoop out about 1 cup of the stew and puree it in a blender or food processor, then return it to the pot.

Serves 4

From Nut Butter Universe by Robin Robertson. ©2013 Robin Robertson. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press. Photo by Lori Maffei.


Nut Butter Universe Giveaway – Closed

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win a copy of Nut Butter Universe. I’ll randomly choose one of the comments on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 8:00pm EDT. US residents only, please. Happy commenting and good luck!



And the winner of Nut Butter Universe is….


Comment number 17, Sarah. Congrats!

50 Responses to “Nut Butter Universe Cookbook Review & Giveaway”
  1. Dina Gold says:

    Recently reintroducing nuts into a balanced diet. Would love to give this a try!

  2. Susan says:

    I love peanut butter too!

  3. Deborah says:

    I’m SO frustratet as to why so many only include American residents for their give-aways. We don’t have give-aways in Denmark let alone vegetarian or vegan, and the UK and US market is where to go for these things especially as a vegan 🙁 I’d gladly pay for my postages if that’s the problem.

    • Hi Deborah, I understand your frustration. I’m only following what’s been requested by the companies giving the products. I’m allowing your comment. If you come out in the random selection, we’ll see what can be worked out 🙂

  4. jessica caneal says:

    I have entered every giveaway i could find because this book looks so amazing!

  5. I also love all of Robin’s cookbooks. I live near her, and had the great fortune of attending a cooking demonstration that she led a few years ago. Just yummy, healthy food.

  6. That soup sounds so amazing right now! I just discovered this book yesterday and would love to win a copy!

  7. Paula says:

    That Cheesy Almond Broccoli Soup sounds delicious for the upcoming fall. Robin has hit another home run with this book it seems!

  8. Becca says:

    I love her books! I cook from Quick Fix Vegan all the time. This one looks great too!

  9. Jen says:

    I love her books. Sadly I live in Canada. Good luck to those in the US!

  10. Andrea says:

    Wish you’d given the recipe for those waffles instead of the stew! Thanks.

  11. gaiantlc says:

    I have “Vegan Planet” and love it! Thanks for the chance to win the new book. And the stew? I have everything to make it, including okra from my MIL’s garden!

  12. anush avejic says:

    I’m coming up on a year of being a vegetarian, and am now transitioning to a vegan diet, and am loving it! I find I’m so much more creative when it comes to cooking with this new lifestyle change. Good luck with your new book. I’d love to win a copy!

  13. karma007 says:

    Okay, that waffle looks amazing,….

  14. Laura C. says:

    I cook out of a number of Robin’s books and would love to own this one!

  15. I’d LOVe to win this book! I know I’ll succumb and buy it anyway, but winning is always good, right? I was SO bored with cooking until we became vegans over a year ago. Now I enjoy the time I spend in the kitchen almost as much as the food that comes out of it.

    • Aw, Suzanne. I love hearing stories like yours because I can relate. I enjoyed cooking before we became vegan, but I enjoy it so much more now. I’ve become a much better cook and baker, because of it. That’s a big bonus aside from all the yummy food 🙂

  16. Ellery says:

    I would LOVE to try the maple-pecan butter waffles!!

  17. Sarah says:

    I could eat almond butter for days and days

  18. Chelsea says:

    I don’t like peanut butter (so sad as a vegan), but thank goodness I can sub with almond butter! This cookbook sounds awesome!

  19. Lolly says:

    This cookbook looks nut-tastic!! 🙂 I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed!


  20. Melissa says:

    A great idea for a cookbook… and the waffle looks fabulous!

  21. I can’t wait to try this cookbook! I have Robin Robertson’s Quick Fix Vegan, and I love all the recipes I have made from it.

  22. I just got my first cookbook by this author(fresh from the began slow cooker) and though I’ve yet to try any of the recipes the book is LOADED with bookmarks I’d love to win this those recipes look/soup interesting they sound like something my reluctant to eat veggies husband would like even!

  23. Brett P says:

    I am nutz for nuts! I would love to get my hands on this cookbook!

  24. Melissa Dion says:

    I’m a total nut butter addict, so this cookbook is right up my alley!

  25. Kelly G. says:

    I wonder whether anyone makes pecan butter? By far my favorite of all the nuts!

  26. Danielle says:

    I’ve been following Robin’s blog cookbook tour and drooling over all of the recipes! I’d love to get my hands on this cookbook!

  27. Em says:

    I’ve been reading so much about this book. I use nuts all the time in my oatmeal, breads, sauces and it’d be fun to experiment with new recipes.

  28. I could eat Fiery Peanut Sauce on anything…sweet potatoes, apples, tofu, vegan ice cream… 😉

  29. Ryan D says:

    Nuts are my go to sweet/salty snack (usually in the form of nut butters). I would love to open this world up if for anything to have a nuttier life.

  30. jennie sanderson @jenpsht says:

    Oh man! I neeeeed this! I love nuts and I really want to learn how to incorporate more into my cooking! Thank you!

  31. Lydia Claire says:

    I’ve had this book on my Amazon wishlist since before it was released. I’d love to win it!

  32. Jennifer K says:

    Everyone likes free stuff 🙂
    thank you for hosting the giveaway

  33. Veg4life says:

    Who knew nuts were such a kitchen staple??? I’d love to learn more!

  34. MonsterAteMy says:

    This is on my must-buy list as well!

  35. Ally says:

    Those waffles look dangerously good! The African Stew recipe looks less dangerous but still delicious!

  36. Karyn says:

    YUMMMMMY!! I love nut butters, especially cashew butter 🙂 I use it to replace peanut butter in almost any recipe..especially yummy creamy spicy sauces!

  37. Marianne says:

    My friend keeps raving about this book and tells me all the yummy things she makes from it. I wanna give it a try!

  38. Leslie Grooms says:

    Looks we have some things in common. I went Vegetarian at 16, then Vegan 7 years ago, so 23 years all together! And my degree is also in Graphic Design, although I work as an Engineering Technician. I think your book looks great. I love the concept. I have a collection of Vegan cookbooks but none of them focus on nuts! I love it!

  39. Kristin says:

    Love nut butters!! 🙂

  40. Linda Adams says:

    I’m trying to convince my daughters and their families as well as others I know to switch to a plant based diet. I really believe that great tasting food is the icing on the cake in addition to the health and moral benefits. People can chose to ignore the health benefits and animal abuse but they never ignore their desire for great tasting food.

  41. Megan Butcher says:

    Looks like an amazing stew! Would love to win the cookbook too 😉

  42. Becca F says:

    This looks so great! I’d love to win this 🙂

  43. Robyn Okrant says:

    My middle name is nut butter. (Well, it should be).

  44. Crissy D. says:

    I would love to win a copy! I am new to trying different nut butters and it is very fun to try things that are new.

  45. I’ve heard such wonderful things about this book! I’d love to have a copy!

  46. Linda says:

    I really need to get hold of a copy of this book!