Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Here is a deliciously good recipe for a homemade peanut butter, high in the healthy unsaturated fats in my previous blog post (mainly monounsaturated).
Why make your own?
Store bought nut butters are often relatively high in salt and sugar. I looked at a commercial branded peanut butter and it had half a teaspoon of sugar per tablespoon, vegetable oils (which doesn’t give us any indication of the quality of the oil) and ‘stablisers’. There are a lot of nut butters available now that are free from added salt and sugar too, but making your own is always that bit fresher. Straight from the blender it will be warm and gooey. You can also experiment with adding different flavours. Here I have added some cinnamon. You could also try adding a tablespoon or two of cacao powder to make it chocolatey too.
250g roasted unsalted peanuts
2 tbsp peanut oil (or try sesame oil for a bit of a different flavour)
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3-4 medjool dates- if you would like a little hint of creamy caramel
2 tbsp cacao powder + an extra tbsp peanut oil – if you want a chocolate version
How to make:
Add all ingredients to a blender (remove seeds from dates if using) this will probably require a high-powered blender such as a Nutribullet, or some patience.
Blend on high until smooth. If you want it a little runny add an extra tbsp of oil.
Transfer to a clean jar, seal and store in the fridge, this will keep it fresher for longer.
Some great ways to eat your fresh peanut butter:
Add this to your smoothies to add some important healthy fats
Spread on toast
Add to stir-fries for a satay sauce
Use to make dipping sauces for rice paper rolls
Add to salad dressings for a nutty crunch
Drizzle over fruit such as apples or bananas for a snack
Add to your favourite raw treat recipes