How to Make… Peanut Butter!

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Home Made Natural Peanut Butter

I made fresh Peanut Butter again today!

Bruce is a huge PB fan. We eat it often for breakfast, spreading it with jam or honey on toasted Ezekiel Brand Breads or English Muffins.

One day about a year ago, I realized that I was buying A LOT of natural Peanut Butter. I decided that day I could make it just as good myself, for less. Ever since, Peanut Butter Grinding has become part of our cooking repertoire.

Pecan Coconut Butter & Peanut Butter

It is so easy, there’s almost no excuse not to do it. Plus, it tastes great, saves us $, contains NO added oils, sugars, flavors or preservatives, and does not separate! Sometimes, I go exotic and do Pecan Butter or Almond Butter instead, just to mix it up  little. ;).

Okay ~ are you ready? Let’s Get Cooking!

Home Made Peanut Butter

Grinding Peanuts

*Ingredients for 12 oz 

1.5 cups of unsalted peanuts

1/4 tsp salt (omit if peanuts are salted)

~ a small electric food processor

* Method:

Place peanuts in food processor. Grind for about a minute. Scrape down sides with a spatula. Taste. Add more salt if needed. Grind one to two more minutes.

At first, the mixture is crumbly, then forms a ball, and then will become smooth. It will get warm!

Place in container, but leave uncovered until cool. Enjoy!

CHEERS, and HAPPY EATING

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** It is AWESOME with our Pear, Ginger & Vanilla Bean Jam! Recipe HERE.

** For Our Almond Butter Recipe – Click Here

** For Our Pecan Coconut Butter Recipe – Click Here

Healthy Delish PB Brekky!

Home Made Peanut Butter Cups ~ Making Chocolates Using Coconut Oil, Part Two!

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Mini Peanut Butter Cups made with Coconut Oil. Mmm! SO Yummy! Dairy & Gluten Free! Recipe Here: http://wp.me/p3Otk2-Lu

Frozen Mini Peanut Butter Cups

**   Making Chocolates with Coconut Oil, Part Two**

In my last post, I told you how good making my butter creams recipe turned out using coconut oil instead of butter.

Well, this weekend I gave it a go making Peanut Butter Cups (or Bites) using coconut oil.

They came out DELICIOUS! So I am here today to tell you to try it!

It took me about an hour to make 30 mini candies.

Making approx 24 bites instead (see photo below) would take less time.

First, Make The Chocolate Recipe, as Posted in part one. (  or Click HERE)

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Hand Rolling the Peanut Butter Bites

 Next, make HALF the PB Mixture in the PB BITES RECIPE BELOW ** NOTE! I made just HALF of the posted PB recipe. – using only 1/2 cup each of PB & sugar, and 1 TBSP coconut oil.

To make poured candy in molds or ice cube trays, like I did above, spoon a tiny bit of chocolate mix in the molds, and fridge for 5 minutes. ( if hand rolling PB Bites, omit this step )

Make the PB mix a bit loose, so you can spoon it in the mold over top of the chocolate. leave a little room at the top.

 If either the pb mix or the chocolate mix is too loose, add a little more sugar. If it is too firm, add a touch more coconut oil.

Not too much – a little coconut oil goes a long way!.

Cover the PB mix with a bit more chocolate mix.

Fridge or freeze 30 minutes to overnight That’s it! You have amazingly delectable home made chocolates!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

Our Chocolates Recipes:

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Frozen Peanut Butter Love Bites

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Chocolate Covered Butter Creams

How to Make Pecan Coconut Butter!

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I love to make my own Nut Butters, which we eat often for Breakfast.

This week, I made TWO flavors! 🙂

Pecan Coconut Butter on the Left, and good ole Peanut Butter on the Right.

All natural with no added oils or emulsifiers. And the cost? Literally, Peanuts!

Method:

~ Put any random quantity of nuts of your choice in small processor. For this recipe I used Chopped Pecans and Organic Unsweetened Coconut, in a roughly 50/50 ratio. To this, I added about 1/4 tsp of organic raw sugar. [May substitute honey, or omit altogether if you don’t use sugars. I did not add sugar to the Peanuts]. Add a pinch of sea salt. If you are using salted nuts, omit the salt.

 

~ Pulse till mixed. Grind for approx one minute. Mixture will get crumbly, then form a ball, then become smooth. Taste. Adjust salt, nuts or sweetness, Grind till sooth enough to spread. Mixture gets a little warm, so leave in container uncovered for at least one hour. Will keep in covered container for weeks.

Boom! That’s it! So easy!

Now you have Delicious Home Made Nut Butter!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

How to Make Toasted Almond Butter !

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Warning: This ain’t your kids’ Peanut Butter.

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Toasted Almond Butter

Last night, Bruce toasted some sliced almonds to sprinkle on our dinner of Chicken Coconut Panang Curry. As I nibbled the extra toasty almonds, I savored their deep, intense, smoky, nutty flavor. I looked at him, as he did the dishes (yes, I am THAT lucky) and said “You know, I bet these would make a really interesting Nut Butter.” He said. “Yeah! DO IT!”

So…I did! 🙂

This recipe sounds like a lot to do, but it’s not. It’s pretty easy. Total prep, cook & clean up time is maybe 30 minutes, start to finish. We eat a lot of peanut butter in our house. We both agreed it is not for every day of the year, like good ole peanut butter. But is a really nice, sophisticated, grown-up change of pace! Ready? Let’s get Cooking!

* Toasted Almond Butter *

*INGREDIENTS:

Slivered or sliced Almonds – however much you want to make (I used about 12 oz)

Pinch of Sea Salt

*TOOLS: Flat bottomed Saute pan, Small Food Processor, Spatula

It’s more a METHOD than a Recipe, so I will just describe what I did.

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Toasted Slivered Almonds

Step 1 – Toast the Almonds: Spread slivered almonds in an even layer in the pan, over medium heat. Let sit without stirring for 30 seconds. You will actually stat to hear the oils come out & cook. Next, the aroma will come up. Start to stir the nuts around in the pan with the spatula. You will see the smaller ones turning golden brown. It does not take more than 2 or 3 minutes, so pay attention! They are odd sizes, so the key is, obviously, to get them more-or-less evenly lightly brown, without the small ones burning. When most are light brown, and it smells toasty, they are done (you will know!) Remove pan from heat, and transfer nuts to a dish to cool. The oils in the nuts get so hot they actually continue to cook, and you can hear them sizzling for several minutes. DO NOT OVER TOAST THEM! Or your nut butter will taste burnt. (I learned that the hard way 😀 )

*NOTE: You can skip Step 1 to make regular Almond Butter, or use Peanuts in Step 2 to make regular Peanut Butter. If using salted nuts, omit the salt in Step 2.

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Process Almonds until Smooth

Step 2 – Make the Butter: Once cooled, transfer nuts to the food processor. Pulse 4 times. Add the pinch of sea salt. Then process continuously for 1-2 minutes. The mixture will first be crumbly, then will form a big ball, then will begin to become smooth and will get warm. Check the consistency. It will be slightly grainy, but very smooth and easy to spread when done. Let cool in processor for a minute or so, then turn out mixture into a container for storage. Leave lid off until completely cooled, at least 30 minutes.

And that’s it! You have a beautiful, Rich, Intense, Very Adult TOASTED ALMOND BUTTER

The first thing I wanted to do was spread it with our sweet and elegant Pear, Ginger & Vanilla Bean Jam on sprouted grain bread.

So…I did! 😀

They go FANTASTIC together. No lie!!

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Snack Time!

Remember ~ Don’t be afraid to come up with your own recipe ideas, and give them a go. Like I did here. If something sounds good, try it! Some come out better than others, but hey, that’s how we learn!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

Toasted Almonds, Almond Butter, and Pear, Ginger & Vanilla Jam

Toasted Almonds, Almond Butter, and Pear, Ginger & Vanilla Jam – Three of our Recipes!

Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter ‘Love Bites’ ~ A Sinfully Scrumptious All Natural Treat!

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Scrumptious Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Last night, I was craving a decadent sugary treat. Specifically, I wanted peanut butter cups. For the past two years, we no longer buy processed candies or junk foods.  Time to get creative. I know I have [organic] Peanut Butter in the cupboard, and a bag of [all natural] chocolate chips, and I’m pretty sure I have some [organic] powdered sugar left. A little creative thinking, an idea that led to a better idea, and two or three Google searches later…I decided to make all-natural Frozen Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Bites! That should fit my craving bill!

I looked at a few recipes on Google. One had WAY too much butter! Two called for wax for the coating. Several called for hydrogenated candy melts. No, no and no! I wanted Natural Ingredients. So again getting creative, I took the best parts of the recipes I read, and made my own. And you know what? They came out pretty good!  As usual, it was not hard. They are similar to our Chocolate Butter Creams Recipe. If I can make these, so can you. It just takes desire and a little time – or what i call “Putting Love Into It”. Well, enough about that…Let’s Get Cooking!

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Mmmm, Love Bites!

Frozen Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter ‘Love Bites’

Total Prep Time, Start to Eating: 1 hour

2 TBSP Butter, Softened

1 Cup Peanut Butter

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

1 tsp Real Vanilla Extract

1 1/4 Cups Chocolate Chips

Baking sheet, lined with lightly buttered waxed paper

Cream 2 tbsp softened butter with the peanut butter & powdered sugar. I used a small processor, but it can also be done by hand. Taste mixture, and if desired, add a little more sugar, vanilla or pb to your personal liking. The mixture should not be too loose to handle.

Roll mixture into 3/4″ balls, or drop by half spoons, onto buttered waxed paper lined sheet. Place PB Balls in freezer for 10 min.

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Heat 1 cup of choc chips on double boiler (or in microwave) till not quite melted.  

Remove from heat & stir until fully melted. Add 1/4 cup more chips, and stir till melted again.

Remove pb bites from freezer, and dip in – or spoon chocolate over – till all are covered.

 Freeze again for 15 more minutes… and they are READY!

They melt quickly so eat them immediately. Store any remaining Bites in the freezer. They are even better the next day. 🙂

I made this recipe by combining others to making my own liking. Everyone’s taste is different, and you can feel free to adjust yours to your own tastes. Try topping with chopped nuts or toasted coconut. I find that making my own treats feels rewarding, rather than cheating.

Smooth Creaminess Enveloped in Decadent Chocolate

These are Really delicious, and would be a fun recipe to do with kids. Hope you decide to give this recipe a try!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

Homemade Nut Butters – You’d be Nuts NOT to! (A sort-of Recipe)

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I’ve been making homemade nut butters for about a year now, and we use them every day. Today I made simply peanuts, sea salt & raw honey. Three Ingredients. That’s about as wholesome as you get!

Making Nut Butters is easy, but you must have a small food processor. Put unsalted peanuts and sea salt in processor. (Omit salt if using salted peanuts) You can make as much as your processor can hold. Fill about 3/4 of the way to the rim. Grind for a minute or so. Add 2 tsp of honey. Taste & adjust salt or honey to taste. If it’s too salty. Add more peanuts. Grind more until desired consistency, one to two more minutes. Mixture will get warm! Fold into container, let cool, cover, and enjoy!

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Homemade Peanut Butter

Also try with cashews, almonds or pecans. If you want a more power-packed version, grind in coconut flakes, chia seeds or flax seeds – but they will leave small particles in the butter. I’ve noticed harder nuts, like almonds, or some higher-priced organic nuts, take longer to grind than, say, Planter’s. I like organic, but they all work just fine. I usually just “wing it” with whatever is on hand, and see what happens.

Even the “mistakes” turn out pretty tasty!