Quite by accident ( we were drying) peanuts some must have escaped and took root so I can now say I grow my own peanuts.
I am not talking about the salted peanuts that you buy in packets in the shop or supermarket but peanuts grown naturally and roasted or made into healthy peanut butter.
These peanuts are high in monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is vital in the heart healthy Mediterranean diet.There have been many studies on peanuts and they have shown that this little legume is very vital for heart health.
Peanuts are a good source of Vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese as well as providing resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant also found in red grapes and red wine. While it cannot compare with the fruits highest in antioxidants i.e pomegranate, roasted peanuts do compare with the antioxidants of apples, carrots and beets.
Rather than buying store bought peanut butter which is full of nasties it is easier and it is very quick to make your own.
It is the quickest easiest recipe to make ever, the kids can help blitz it and as well as being tasty it has no nasties.
Take 500 gm raw peanuts. Put in oven on tray and cook on high for 10 mins. Take out of oven and reserve a few (if you like crunchy peanut butter) like me. Put the remainder of nuts in a food processor and blitz at 1 min intervals scrapping down the sides. Do this for 4 mins or until smooth.
Add 1tsp of salt,1 tbsp oil and remainder of reserved nuts if using. If you want to add honey, Nutella or flavouring of your choice then add now.
Blitz again for 1 min and put in a suitable container. Stores in fridge for 3/4 weeks…….IT’S DELISH!
Now although it doesn’t store as long as shop bought peanut butter it is far healthier, so quick and easy to make you can just make it as and when you need it.
Spread peanut butter on your morning waffle, whole grain toast (my favourite) or mid- morning crackers or rice cakes.
Add a tbsp of peanut butter to your morning smoothie.
A handful of dry roasted peanuts goes down very well with a glass of tomato juice as an afternoon snack.
Love Thai curry? Combine some peanut butter with coconut milk and add to your Thai green or red curry….amazing.. or pour over some healthy steamed or lightly sauteed vegetables.
It is also lovely as a cooking sauce for a nice piece of salmon.
A very versatile jar of goodness.
If you enjoyed this then please reblog or share on your social media as not only is it better for you but also cheaper than the store bought ones.
All photos are either my own ( Carol ) or from Pixabay which are free to use.