Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tasty Tuesday: #PBandSpoon

I love peanut butter! One of my favorite snacks is to mix peanut butter with coconut oil and some unsalted nuts and a couple of dark chocolate chips. What I don't like about peanut butter is the sugar and the vagueness of their ingredients...

Case in point, I love this peanut butter, but what exactly is hydrogenated vegetable oil. Is it one of those oils listed or all three whipped up into some sort of super oil? I guess I should Google that at some point.



When I make peanut butter at home, I use exactly what I want in it, which are things that I can pronounce and generally know what they are. For example


Peanuts, honey, sea salt and some oil of choice. I've used all kinds including canola and peanut. But if you have patience, the peanuts will release their own oils and you won't have to add any additional amount. The best part is that you can use a sweetener of your choice and salt of your choice and if you want to get really fancy, you can roast your own green peanuts and mix that up, too! The possibilities are endless!!

What I do is pour the entire container of peanuts in my food processor (you could use a super powerful blender as well). And start it up with the metal blade in it. I just let it go until it starts to stick together, then I add a pinch of salt, oil,  and sweetner. Word to the wise, you can always add more, but you can't take away so start small (a tablespoon or so of each) and then go from there based on your preferences. 

And then let it go again. This time, it will all clump together in a ball, keep going. After the ball stage, it starts to become more liquid. Check every now and then for the consistency you want. Once it's there, you can add in things like flax seed or roughly chopped peanuts for a nice chunky peanut butter. Or you can just add a spoon.


You can check out some of my other peanut butter creations by searching Instagram for #PBandSpoon


PS I store mine in the fridge so that I don't have to worry about the oil and nuts separating.




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