Healthy Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Spread
Bananas + Peanut Butter… it is a simple yet delicious combination. Over the years I have seen a ton of people walk around my college dorm eating this combo for breakfast (and the occasional midnight study snack). You just peel a banana, spread on some peanut butter and walk out the door to class. Boom. Easy peasy. But my banana stock is totally erratic — I either have way to many or none at all — so I needed to find a different way to get my banana-peanut-butter fix. And I found it when I saw this recipe from Make it Naked. My mouth dropped to the floor and I knew I had to make it: Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Spread!
All the banana flavor without needing fresh bananas on hand all the time! I didn’t have 2.5oz of freeze-dried bananas (I only had 2oz) so I added some natural banana extract to the recipe (sooo good) along with some more cinnamon.
Delicious, creamy, sweet, salty and rich.
Thick and totally spreadable… like frosting…
I decided to compare the nutrition label of my Banana Peanut Butter Spread to the Planters Banana PB Granola Spread nutrition label because I wanted to see how they would compare. The Planters label is on the left, the Desserts with Benefits label is on the right:
These two nut butters may taste similar, but their nutrition stats and ingredients are at completely different ends of the spectrum. My recipe has 30 less calories, 3g less fat, no added sugars and absolutely NO added hydrogenated oil/trans fats. Oh, and see how the Planters nutrition label says it has “zero grams trans fats?” HAH. Hydrogenated oil/trans fat is listed on their ingredient list but because it is below .5g per serving they are legally allowed to say it has 0g. BULLSH*T. Sorry, I am just totally against this FDA nonsense. Let’s look at the Planters ingredients:
EW. Sugar is included FOUR TIMES in this ingredient list (sugar, sugar, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup) and hydrogenated oil too. I like how they call this stuff “NUT-rition” when it has nothing nutritious about it. I want to slap whoever thought of this name.
Okay, ranting is over now 🙂
So let’s end this post on a good note: this Banana Peanut Butter Spread. You need to make it. It’s good on
your finger a spoon or even a fresh banana (when you have some in stock)