Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter
I feel like I have made nut butters out of every single nut out there (almond butter, walnut butter, pecan butter, macadamia butter, pistachio butter, etc)… all except the peanut. I hold peanut butter to a high standard (it has to be sweet and salty, it has to be rich and smooth, and it has to be high quality and all natural) so I have put off making it for a long time… too long. I realized how long I was procrastinating on this “peanut-butter-making session” just last Saturday after walking by bulk packages of natural Skippy peanut butter at Costco. I immediately picked up the (seemingly 20lb) two-pack and remembered the taste — so decadent and packed with peanut butter flavor. But then I looked at the ingredients. Although the peanut butter I was holding as all natural, I didn’t like how it had added palm oil and refined white sugar. I sadly put the containers back and quickly wrote down a recipe for a healthy, homemade peanut butter.
I wanted my homemade peanut butter to be sugar free so I sweetened it with natural sweeteners. And to make the nut butter just as creamy and smooth as the storebought kinds I added one single tablespoon of organic coconut oil (don’t worry, the PB won’t taste like coconut, just 100% peanuts!)
I spread some PB on a slice of gluten-free bread (I use Udi’s Omega Flax & Fiber)
Look at how smooth it is!
Can you taste how delicious it is?
Oh wait, no you can’t…
BUT… if you make this homemade peanut butter you will experience the addictiveness for yourself. It’s sweet and salty, and so good you will eat it off of
your fingers a spoon!
I thought I would compare the nutrition facts for my homemade peanut butter recipe to Skippy’s natural peanut butter. Skippy’s nutrition label is on the left, the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right:
As you can see, there isn’t much of a difference in the nutrition labels. One isn’t three times the calories or five times the sugar, but I thought I’d point out we all use peanut butter… we use it totally immoderately. That stuff can add up on our plates like free toppings at an ice cream parlor. I mean, c’mon, who uses only 2 measly tablespoons?? If you’re like me and scoop peanut butter out of the jar like it’s edible gold (wait, it IS edible gold!), then that 3g of sugar from a jar of Skippy will turn into 6g or more. And added sugar is unhealthy. I have done so much research (both academically and personally) on the risks and side effects of processed white sugar and it’s just scary. I don’t want any of you consuming unnecessary sugar and getting hurt from it later on. I love you! Okay, not love love, but I do love y’all 😉
Mmmm. Delicious, nutritious, high quality and homemade.
This peanut butter is the way to go!