Vegetables? Check. Carbs? Check. Fruit? Check. Sweet? Check. Savoury? Check. Peanut Butter can easily be considered a staple in any pantry simply because it goes with everything.
One of my favourite snacks on the go is peanut butter and celery.Peanut butter really helps to balance the tangy bitterness you get on impact from celery, and let’s not forget, it’s healthy! Who doesn’t want to score a healthy bonus where they can?
If you think the peanut butter and celery combo is weird, then brace yourself because it gets weirder! I make my own peanut butter. (Yes I know, shocking.) But once you discover how easy it is, it really doesn’t make sense to buy peanut butter anymore. Making peanut butter from scratch guarantees authenticity; no excess refined sugar or unnecessary cheap preservatives and additives you find in manufactured peanut butter. It’s nuttier than what you find in stores, and literally only takes 10 minutes to make. You can mix it up; add chilli if you fancy a spicy kick, honey or maple syrup to make it sweet, or even cinnamon if you’re the adventurous type.If you’re not a fan of peanuts, replace them with almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts and end up with some delicious nut butter.
What you’ll need:
A high speed food processor/blender, e.g. a Vitamix or NutriBullet (worry not if you have an ordinary food processor, it’ll just take longer and may not come out as smooth).
3 cups of dry roasted unsalted peanuts.
10 minutes of your time.
- Place the peanuts into your food processor and blitz away!
The peanuts will go from a fine meal-like powder, to a paste, to peanut butter. The longer you leave the food processor on, the smoother your peanut butter will be. Be careful not to leave it on for too long! 10 minutes should be fine; expect a shorter wait time with a high-powered processor.
- Season to taste.
- For those of you with a sweet tooth, add 2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup to the mixture, and pulse.
- If you fancy a spicy kick, add a teaspoon of hot chilli powder to the mixture, and pulse.
- Adventurous? Add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, and pulse.
- Crunchy fiend?Add an extra cup of chopped unsalted peanuts, and pulse.
- Healthy Crunch? Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and pulse. This is a great alternative for the crunchy fiends!
Now you have your gorgeous peanut butter, made from scratch, tweaked with the extras you love!
Try spreading it on some gluten-free bread with jam, dipping some crunchy carrots/fresh celery, or smothering it on some golden delicious apples.High in protein and fibre, bananas and peanut butter are a great pre or post workout snack.Yoghurt fans should try mixing in some peanut butter with plain low fat greek yoghurt. For some extra creaminess try adding peanut butter to your smoothie or better yet, try making protein power balls using peanut butter and protein powder. Once formed, roll the balls around in some seeds of your choice (e.g chia, flaxseed, pumpkin etc) for that extra nutritional crunch!
Peanut butter is so incredibly versatile, I could go on and on with a list of things to try. However as delicious as nut butter is, like all things yummy, it should be enjoyed in moderation and as part of a healthy diet. So on that note, go forth and experiment!