Jun 15, 2013
Healthy Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter
Who likes chia seeds?
Now, who doesn’t like chia seeds?
*quietly raises hand*
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!)
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.
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 Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter
- 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
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!
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- Add the next 1/3 of the mixture and grind until mixed in, scrape down the sides of the processor when necessary.
- 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)
Feel free to halve the recipe, it does make quite a lot!
This recipe is: low sugar, high fiber, gluten free, vegan!
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!