Everybody loves peanut butter. Well almost everybody. Probably not those who happen to be allergic. Or don’t like peanuts. But I digress. Almost everybody loves peanut butter!
We’ve been slapping it on things like these Banana Oat Fitness Cookies – and guess what? They taste even better! It’s a fantastic topping (try spreading it on the World’s Simplest Pancakes too) that’s easy to find and healthy.
The only problems I foresee is that it can get a little pricey if you’re using it often, as well as all the added sugar, salt and preservatives you often find in shop-bought varieties. Howie made a little video on this.
So, we thought we’d have a crack at making our own.
And it worked! Really well actually. And you’ll be pleased to hear it only needs two ingredients – peanuts and (no, not butter,) oil!
Throw about 150g peanuts and two tablespoons of oil into a blender and mix. That’s it. Your peanut butter is ready.
Plain, unsalted, unroasted peanuts make for the most natural taste. I’ve found that this peanut butter is perfect for using as a topping or sauce. It fits really well as the basis for this Pasta Man-Salad, or as the spread in the Anti-Hangover Sandwich. If you’re planning to eat it alone then I’d probably add just a few grams of sugar to sweeten it up a little.
However, slight variations can also give really interesting results. Spiced or roasted nuts give the butter a whole other flavour, while the different oils available can also subtly change things around. Why not try experiment with what you have to hand?
Health Benefits – Peanut Butter
Are you nuts? Well, according to this latest research you would be if you ignored the amazing properties of nuts. Just a handful a day can lead to a massive reduction in both heart disease and cancer, as well as providing protein, lowering bad cholesterol, and raising good cholesterol. On top of that they’ll also give you fiber, potassium and many other nutrients.
We want to know:
- Who’s your king of nuts? Peanuts, cashews, pistachios, walnuts? Or another pretender to the throne?
- What’s your fave way of eating peanut butter?
- And sandwiches: regular or toasted?
- 150g peanuts
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Chuck peanuts and oil in blender/food processor
- Blend (blend more for smooth texture, less for crunchy)