Take 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup of almond butter, and 1 dozen medium-sized bananas. Peel the bananas, and mash them through a vegetable press, or mash with a silver fork. Then add the nut butter, and beat until well mixed and smooth. Pour into cans with tight cover, or what is better, into tin cans and seal them; then cook in steam-cooker for two or three hours. When done, it will be thick, so it can be cut into slices like nutmeato or cheese. If desired, a little sugar may be added, but it is very palatable without it.
Take 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup of almond meal, 1/4 cup of walnut meal, or the same of filbert meal, 1 cup of ground figs, 1 cup of chopped dates, 1/2 cup of white seedless raisins, ground. Look over the raisins, wash and dry again, then grind them through the nut mill or meat-chopper, or chop in a bowl. Do the same with the dates. Wash the figs; then dry, and grind through the nut mill. Have the mill quite tightly adjusted and it will grind the seeds up fine. Then add the nut butter and nut meal, which should be made first. Mix all together thoroughly, and grind through the mill a second time.
Take 1 cup of peanut meal, and add 1/4 cup of ground prunes. Mix very thoroughly, and grind through the mill. Press into a square tin, and cut into caramels; if desired, they may be wrapped in oiled paper.
Take 1 pound of dried pears, and 1/2 pound of fine nut meal of any nut, or a mixture of the meal of different nuts; 1/4 pound of almond meal and 1/4 pound of pine-nut meal makes a very nice compound.
Select nice dried pears; wash, and dry by placing in a warm place. When perfectly dry, grind them through the mill, mix with the nut-meal, and grind again. It is then ready to press into square tins, and cut into caramels.
Select good evaporated peaches or apricots, wash well, and place on tins in a warm oven until perfectly dry. Then grind through a nut mill, mix with the fruit an equal quantity of peanut meal, and grind through the mill a second time. Press into square tins and cut into caramels.
Other dried fruit may be used in the same way, but fresh fruits can not be used, as the water in the fruit will cause the nuts to spoil in a very few days.