Raw Nutter Butters

“Something of great importance is about to happen.” -Murakami

I watched a TED Talk recently about the creative process, and it was mentioned that ancient Greeks thought that spirits came through the walls of one’s studio space to guide an artist with certain ideas. It’s a fun thought, for sure.

“Gilbert explains that in ancient Greece and ancient Rome people did not believe that creativity came from human beings. Instead, they believed there was a divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source.

The Greeks called these beings “Daemons”. It is well-known that Socrates believed that he had a daemon who spoke wisdom to him. The Romans called the disembodied creative spirit a “Genius”. That is, a genius was not a particularly clever individual, it was a magical entity that lived in the walls of an artist’s studio and would come out and invisibly help the artist with his work.

Elizabeth argues in her Ted talk that adopting a belief similar to that held by the Romans and Greeks is a good way for a creative person to establish some distance from their work. By believing that there’s a being that works through you, you keep your ego in check: after all, if your work is a success it wasn’t entirely you that created it, you had help. At the same time, it keeps performance anxiety at bay: if you create something that fails, that wasn’t entirely about you either: your genius or daemon is also to blame.” [source]


Raw Nutter Butters

10 dates, pitted
1 1/2 cup cashews, unsalted
2 scoops (about 1/3 cup) protein powder, unflavored or vanilla
2 tb peanut butter, or peanut flour
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup graham flour, or sub. whole wheat
Peanut butter, for filling

Add dates to food processor, and pulse until ground. Add in walnuts, and pulse until smooth. Add in protein powder, peanut, vanilla, and graham flour, and process until a thick dough forms. If dough is too sticky, add more flour and pulse until incorporated.

Lay dough out on cutting board, and flatten to 1/2 in thickness. Cut out biscuit sized rounds, and sandwich with peanut butter. Score tops of sandwiches with the flat back of a knife for a lattice pattern. Makes about 5 sandwiches.

Be warned, these are gooey. If your house is above 74 degrees, it might be a good idea to pop them in the fridge for about an hour.

These would pair well with strawberry rhubarb jam.