Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter

Who likes chia seeds?
Now, who doesn’t like chia seeds?

*quietly raises hand*

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

I mean, I love the health benefits of chia seeds but I just hate how they taste.  They smell gross, they look unappetizing and they give food such a strange texture, especially when they are left whole (kudos to those who can eat those popular chia seed puddings!)

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter

We all know that chia seeds are healthy, they have omega-3 fatty acids, complete protein and both soluble and insoluble fiber.  So I bought a bag of chia seed meal.  Sadly, it has been sitting in my pantry for over four months now.  I opened it when I first got it to see what it looked like but was immediately turned off and left it in the darkest corner of my pantry.

One day, when I was making what seems to be my fiftieth jar of peanut butter, I decided to add some chia seed meal.  I took a whiff into the food processor as I mixed the peanuts and chia seed meal but it smelled a little too much like chia to me.  I added some stevia, cinnamon and raisins for flavor, but then the mixture turned into a Larabar-like texture.  I finally added some pure maple syrup in attempt to make it smoother and more flavorful, but it only helped so much.  It was late at night and I was tired so I just wrapped the mixture and left it in the fridge.  For two days.  I honestly had no idea on how to salvage it.

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

I really hate wasting food so I gave the recipe one more shot.  I added more peanuts to the food processor and once again, it turned into a Larabar-like texture!  I added some coconut oil to help smoothen it out and it worked!  Ugh, FINALLY, I got the delicious and nutritious nut butter that I wanted in the first place.  Even though I ended up making a GIANT batch (this all made 3+2/3 cups worth!), it was so delicious that I had no problem staring at the three mason jars of it in my fridge  :)

Because that just means that I get to sneak more spoonfuls throughout the day…

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter

Yield: 3+2/3 cups

Ingredients

  • 5 cups (24oz) Roasted and Salted Peanuts, divided
  • 96g (1/2 cup) Chia Seed Meal
  • 25 drops Stevia Extract (or sweetener of choice)
  • 3/4 cup Raisins
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 91g (1/4 cup + 1 tsp) Pure Maple Syrup (or agave, honey, etc)
  • 48g (3.5 tbs) Coconut Oil, soft

Instructions

    This is the step-by-step process of what I did, you could probably just dump all the dry ingredients in at first, grind it into a powder, then add all the wet ingredients and grind and grind and grind until you get a nut butter.... I'm just giving you another option on how to approach this strange--yet awesome--recipe!
  1. In a large food processor, pulse 3 cups of the peanuts until powdery. Add the chia seeds and stevia and grind at one-minute intervals, until thoroughly mixed together.
  2. Add the raisins, cinnamon and maple syrup and grind at one-minute intervals until thoroughly mixed in. Refrigerate overnight (I refrigerated it for two nights but I'm sure one extra night didn't change the recipe too much)
  3. Take the refrigerated mixture out of the fridge. Add the last 2 cups of the peanuts to the food processor and pulse into a powder. Add 1/3 of the refrigerated mixture and grind until mixed in, scrape down the sides of the processor when necessary.
  4. Add the next 1/3 of the mixture and grind until mixed in, scrape down the sides of the processor when necessary.
  5. Add the coconut oil and the last 1/3 of refrigerated mixture and grind until mixed in, scrape down the sides of the processor when necessary. Keep grinding until smooth and buttery (should take ~5-10 minutes)

Notes

Feel free to halve the recipe, it does make quite a lot!

This recipe is: low sugar, high fiber, gluten free, vegan!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/cinnamon-raisin-chia-seed-peanut-butter/

Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter
Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter
You don’t taste the chia seeds at all, perfect for those who aren’t a fan of chia flavor but are a fan of the health benefits!

Labels: Agave, Chia, Coconut-Oil, DIY, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, Honey, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, Low-Sugar, Maple, No-Bake, Peanuts, Raisins, Vegan

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Comments (7)

  1. Really? You don’t like chia seeds. I guess I wouldn’t just grab a handful of them, but I don’t mind stirring a tablespoon into my oatbran in the morning. I love this idea of adding them to peanut butter! And anything with lots of cinnamon is a “win” in my book. :)

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  3. Casey: June 20, 2013

    All I gotta say is YUM.

  4. Jessica: February 5, 2014

    Saving a few of your recipes today! Excited to try. :) Was just wondering if, and at what quantity, one could trade the peanuts for almonds…?

  5. dessertswithbenefits: February 6, 2014

    Jessica-
    So glad you like my recipes!!
    For the peanut >> almond substitution, I would use 5+1/2 cups almonds instead of 5 cups peanuts.
    Hope you like the nut butter :)
    -Jess

  6. Akilah: May 27, 2014

    How long would this keep/stay fresh in the pantry or fridge?

  7. dessertswithbenefits: May 28, 2014

    Akilah-
    I’m not sure exactly how long this will keep, but I wouldn’t be too worried about it if it’s in the fridge. I wouldn’t recommend storing this in the pantry because of the raisins and maple syrup… and sugar is prone to mold.
    I used up the entire batch in about a month (it’s really good in my Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bars and Cinnamon Raisin Krispy Treats!), so I would recommend 1 month tops :)
    Hope this helps!
    -Jess

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