Peanut is one of the most popular "nuts" all over the world and is hailed as one of the healthiest food in the planet. It is also popular as a brain food - so don't be surprised if you see students snacking on peanuts while reviewing for finals.
But did you know that peanut is actually not a nut? Peanut is a legume, akin to soy, beans and lentils. Usually eaten roasted or ground in the form of peanut butter, peanuts are rich in healthy nutrients, fat and protein.
This March, why not celebrate National Peanut Month by making your very own peanut butter at home? Though there are many varieties available in grocery stores, making your own peanut butter allows you to make it as thick, runny, chunky, crunchy, sweet and salty as you would wish. No preference is off the table!
And though peanut butter-chocolate or peanut butter-jam swirl varieties are available in stores, you can make your own swirl at home - with the ingredients you love, like dried fruits or even salted caramel.
Homemade Peanut Butter (Home Cooking Memories)
This homemade peanut butter recipe from Home Cooking Memories is a simple, wholesome peanut butter variety that is so easy to make, you can whip up a jar of your very own peanut butter in five minutes. This highlights the richness of peanuts and tickles the palette with a little sweetness from the honey. Salt is optional, which is a good thing for those who are trying to avoid it.
"Here’s the complete recipe, which you can print. If you aren’t ready to make this homemade peanut butter recipe yet, be sure to save it to one of your Pinterest boards so you can find it easily next time."
- 16 ounces peanuts your favorite variety - I used salted party peanuts
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Salt optional
Healthy Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter (Dessert With Benefits)
If you want a little twist on your regular homemade peanut butter, you'll certainly love this Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter recipe. Dessert With Benefits takes peanut butter making up another level by using homemade peanut butter to create a think, addictive chocolate-peanut concoction that is just a joy to eat with a piece of bread or even on its own! The dark chocolate lends a yummy bitterness to this recipe, while the coconut oil and vanilla give it a round, fragrant flavor.
"You know where the ingredients are coming from and you can even double (or even triple) the recipe if you want to jar some up and give a couple away as gifts! Or just keep them for yourself. Psst, trust me, you’ll want to hoard this!"
- 1 cup Homemade Peanut Butter
- 3oz Dark Chocolate, melted
- 1 tbs Coconut Oil, melted
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ¾ tsp Stevia Extract
Homemade Peanut Butter (Averie Cooks)
If you prefer a simple and easy to make homemade peanut butter, then this recipe from Averie Cooks is as easy as it gets. It only has one ingredient - honey roasted nuts! Of course, you can embellish your jar of peanut butter with any flavor you fancy. Averie Cooks suggests add-ons like "egg-less cookie dough chunks, dried fruits like raisins or dates; a splash of Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, Frangelico, Chambord, Godiva Liqueur," or in short, anything that tickles your palate.
"Try it and you'll be hooked! Recipe is naturally gluten-free. Swap honey roasted peanuts for plain roasted peanuts to keep vegan."Ingredients:
- 16 ounces honey roasted peanuts
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