Homemade Peanut Butter
I’m not sure if you know how incredibly, ridiculously easy it is to make your own Peanut Butter from scratch.
I never thought it was possible for me to do something like this until yesterday and I just have to share it with you.
Homemade Peanut Butter beats those commercial Peanut Butter as you need not worry about the presence of preservative or hydrogenated oil. It’s nice to know what you are eating and have control over them. The downside is a shorter shelf span (though this is not something I need to worry about because they will all be gone before it becomes a problem). However, don’t expect to get a repro of “Skippy” for example. But if you are one who loves healthy and nutritional homemade product, then try this!
And if you must know what’s in those commercial Peanut Butter, this is a good read.
Click on image for a printable A4 sized recipe
Rinse the raw peanuts under running water. Pat dry with kitchen towel and leave it to air dry. I used “Sun Kee” raw peanuts and you can easily get them from NTUC.
I baked the peanuts for 30 minutes and it was a tad bit over roasted. Check your peanuts often to make sure they don’t get over done, else you might end up with a jar of charred peanut butter. Ok, I exaggerated. Not charred, but a little bit of, just a little bit of bitter burnt taste. It was a spoiler but the overall texture was awesome! It didn’t stop my family from eating them. Will try this again and make sure my peanuts don’t get over roasted.
Remember, do not overcook your peanuts like I did.
Give it a taste check.
Remove the peanuts skin only after they are cooled. You don’t want to burnt your fingers, do you?
Place 2 cups of peanuts into the blender and grind until texture turns sticky.
Transfer the oh-so-healthy-and-yummy peanut butter to a jar and store in the fridge.
BENEFITS OF PEANUT BUTTER
Adapted from Health Ambition
I don’t know why I feel the need to convince you that peanut butter is healthy and actually beneficial to our health, especially homemade peanut butter like the one above, I just had to do so.
It is absolutely a myth that peanut butter is unhealthy and makes you fat, because on the contrary, it actually aids in weight loss!
No. 1 – It Helps You Lose Weight
It may sound crazy but it’s not. Despite all it’s fat content, researches from all over the world had already established that peanut butter is actually good for you. Its protein and fiber content makes you feel fuller for longer. This means, you are less likely to crave junk food and it also means that you eat less overall, and thus make losing weight easier.
No. 2 – Source of Protein
Two tablespoons of peanut butter are what you should consume if you want to stay on the healthy end of the peanut butter consumption scale. These 2 tablespoons pack in 7 g of protein. This is why peanut butter on toast makes for a great breakfast or mid morning meal choice. As a protein-rich food, when you eat peanut butter, you feel full longer. Additionally, the protein is also good for building and repairing muscles, which is especially important if you work out a lot.
No. 3 – Heart Friendly
Asked the Harvard Medical School if the health benefits of peanut butter extended to heart health, their answer is a resounding “YES”. Peanut butter has its share of saturated food, but like olive oil, it also has a high percentage of unsaturated helping it qualify itself for the healthy camp. When consumed in moderate amounts, eating a healthy peanut butter like this can actually improve your heart health, especially when compared to those who seldom or never eat nuts.
No. 4 – More Potassium
Peanut butter acts as an excellent source of potassium, and potassium can go a long way towards countering the dangers of sodium.
No. 5 – Healthy Fat
A common worry about eating peanut butter is the fat content. However, as mentioned above, peanut butter contains more unsaturated fat than saturated fat. This means, it is actually a great source of “healthy fats”. A healthy body needs a good supply of healthy fats and like olive oil and avocado, peanut butter is a friendly fat food.
No. 6 – Energy Booster
As already discussed, peanut butter contains good amounts of healthy fats and protein. This means it contains plenty of calories that will give you lots of energy for your activities. Again, perfect for a morning meal as it gives you an energy hit for the day.
No. 7 – Fiber Rich
Two tablespoon serving of peanut butter not only packs in lots of protein but also gives you 2 grams of fiber. Adequate consumption of fiber is important for the healthy functioning of your body and of course you can get more fiber from other meals but peanut butter can help supplement this.
No. 8 – Packed with Nutrients
Protein, fiber, healthy fats, potassium and now antioxidants, magnesium and others too. The list of good things about peanut butter just go on. One serving of peanut butter will give you at least 3 mg of the antioxidant Vitamin #. Additionally, you will also get magnesium (about 49 g) which is excellent for bone building and muscle recovery and a small but still important amount (0.17 mg) of vitamin B6 that help bookst your immunity. You can also find a small amount of zinc in peanut butter and this too can act as a good immunity booster.
In the nutshell, it is healthy for you, your little one, and the entire family!