This week I am going to talk about one of my favorite foods….peanut butter. I’m not sure what it is about this filling, satisfying food that makes it so addictive, but I have at least 1 serving of peanut butter every day whether it’s a part of a meal, snack, or dessert. One of my favorite ways to have peanut butter is to spread it on a graham cracker for a quick, filling snack at work…yes, I keep a jar of peanut butter and a box of graham crackers in my office cabinet. One thing I have never tried to do is make my own peanut butter…and y’all…it’s so easy! After doing it I don’t think I’m ever going to go back to buying the pre-made stuff!
So before I get to the good part of this post…the recipe for homemade peanut butter…I wanted to share some facts about peanuts. The title of this article is a little misleading because peanuts are not actually nuts. They’re actually legumes! So think beans, lentils, peas, soybeans, etc. It’s easy to mistake peanuts for nuts because they look and act more like a nut than a legume. About half of the macronutrients (carbs, protein, fat) in the peanut comes from fat and the other half is split pretty evenly between carbs and protein. Fortunately, most of the fat that is found in peanuts is monounsaturated fat which is good for cholesterol levels. Peanuts are also a great source of fiber, antioxidants such as vitamin E, and protein. Two tablespoons of peanut butter contains about 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fiber. That’s a lot of nutrition packed into two little tablespoons! No wonder it’s so filling! Here are some ways I like to enjoy my peanut butter:
- In the form of a PB&J
- On a graham cracker
- Mixed in oatmeal
- On a piece of toast or bagel
- On apple slices
- With a banana
- Mixed in yogurt
- Spread on a granola bar
- By the spoonful!
Okay, so now that you have a list of ways to enjoy your peanut butter, here’s the recipe for DIY peanut butter!
DIY Peanut Butter
- 1 lb of roasted peanuts (salted or unsalted, I used salted honey roasted)
- In a food processor, add the peanuts and pulse until peanuts are chopped.
- Once chopped, process for 3 minutes until smooth and you’re done!