I am a peanut butter fiend. I’ve used it in pies, sandwiches (PB and banana, anyone?), in oatmeal and on top of waffles. Nothing beats this savory spread with a hint of sweet – except a new product I found called Better’n Peanut Butter. This stuff tastes like a better version of peanut butter and it has half the calories, much less fat and no preservatives. My only gripe is that it’s extremely hard to find and if you do, you’re forced to pay about $5 for a modest-sized jar. This is one of those cases where you have to decide between buying a healthier product and spending more or getting one packed with fillers and paying much less. Well, screw this dilemma – I’m making my own!
Alysha’s Peanut Butter
2 cups dry, unsalted peanuts
1 tsp. honey, or more to taste
2 tsp. canola oil (about)
1/4 tsp. salt
1. Place nuts in a food processor with salt. Continue grinding as you add the oil and honey and until you reach your desired consistency. Refrigerate for up to 2 months.
Sorry to toot my own horn, but this stuff is amazing. I ground mine to a very smooth consistency and have since tried it twice: after first making it and after it sat in the fridge for a day. Unlike the store-bought “natural” varieties, oil never settled to the top (perhaps because I didn’t use that much?). After seeing how easy, delicious and CHEAP this was, I don’t know why more people don’t make it themselves. That, and you aren’t dealing with partially hydrogenated oils (aka trans fats). I’m officially hooked.
Today I put some peanut butter on top of a toasted whole wheat bagel and added more honey. I also used this mixture as a dip for some farmer’s market apple slices.
What are your favorite things to do with peanut butter?