Ingredient of the Week XVIII: Peanut Butter

Ingredient of the Week XVIII:  Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is one of those foods you can eat everyday! How would you like to eat this and know you are getting protein, a good source of fiber and carbohydrate, AND good fats with every bite?!

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Crazy Richard’s brand, available in many groceries, is naturally nutritious, specially roasted and ground, 100% peanuts! It contains zero trans fats or hydrogenated oils. With 2 tablespoons 190 calories and 9 grams of protein, this is an excellent source to include in a meal.

Peanut butter combined with pureed chickpeas, makes for a satisfying “cookie meal”! Check out the dough here!

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Easy to make with few ingredients. Puree a can of chickpeas (drained/rinsed/dried). Add a 1/2 to 3/4 cup peanut butter (fresh ground is really good two, or trying mixing it with Crazy Richard’s, or perhaps another 100% natural nut butter of choice).
Add 1/4 cup raw honey. Be sure to use spray oil in your measuring cup prior to adding the honey, so it will slip right out, leaving no residue behind. Then add 1/3 cup ground almonds to reduce the stickiness, a teaspoon of baking powder (or half baking powder/half cream of tartar), a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Puree until combined.

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Add 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, pulse in the food processor. Looks just like chocolate chip cookie dough, right?

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Roll 1-1.5″ balls, shape into small patties and place on parchment paper covered baking sheet. Place one chip (or a whole nut) in the center of each cookie for presentation. Bake 10-15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.

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You’ll just love the outcome! No flour, no butter or oil and no sugar (except the chips)!

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This cookie base is a start for more opportunties. I tried replacing the peanut butter with pumpkin, then used almond extract instead of vanilla AND added orange zest. A very different cookie, yet still appealing to the tastebuds. Hmmm….what else can we come up with?!*#$

Back to the peanut butter ingredient of the week. It’s good right off the spoon, paired with a banana, an apple or pair. Peanut butter with fresh mashed strawberries for PB&J, or make a sauce and use it in stir fry or as a dip, peanut soup – oh yeah! …

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