Peanut Butter is my ultimate weakness! Very high calorific value per gram, but so easy to consume in large volumes… Similar to many other high fat foods (and remember that fat has approximately twice the calories that carbs do), tastes wonderful, highly versatile and was the main reason the word “moreish” was invented 😉
Enough of my waxing lyrical about Peanut Butter… I have started making my own. Not a huge calorie saver, but it is lower in sugar (albeit it’s marginal) and super easy to make. If you would like to try it out then this is the recipe I’m using.
Easy Peanut ButterCourse: SnacksCuisine: Vegan, Gluten FreeDifficulty: Easy
Make your own “artisan” peanut butter with just three ingredients and minimal complexity. Make your version as smooth or as crunchy as you like. Play with how much salt you add and once you get the hang of it try some additional whacky ingredients.
400g blanched peanuts
2 tsp sea salt flakes
2 tsp nut oil
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Tip the peanuts onto a large baking tray, place in the oven and roast for 10 mins, stirring now and then to ensure they don’t catch at the edges. When golden brown, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
- Tip the nuts into a food processor, and add the salt. Blend for 4-5 mins, until you’re left with a smooth nut butter, if you want to loosen the consistency, add a drizzle of oil and blend again.
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- The first time I made this the nuts seemed to take forever to blend down into a paste. Just be patient and the magic will happen, but it may take a lot longer than 5 mins and you might need to keep stopping the blender to mix it up with a spoon
- It is quite salty with 2 tsp of salt. Personally I love it like that, but if salt is not your thing then you might want to experiment with it,