One of our kiddos has been recently diagnosed with a condition that can be greatly affected by diet. I did a complete pantry overhaul over the summer and eliminated food dyes (mostly Red #40 and Yellow #5 & #6). We also try to stay away from high fructose corn syrup and sugar as much as we can. I love eating healthy and I'm always on the lookout for healthy recipes. Luckily for me, my kids love fruit smoothies and I'm able to sneak spinach in there. One loves all things vegetables and the other literally gags when I say the word brussel sprouts Ha! So I'm always having to get creative.
As much as I love eating healthy, I also have the biggest sweet tooth that I have so graciously passed onto my whole family. Broccoli + chocolate chip cookies, I just don't discriminate when it comes to food ;) I'm a self-confessed foodie. But I've since been mixing things up a bit to make things healthier for my whole family and would love to share with you what I've found along the way.
With all the criticism that our beloved Nutella has received, we had to consider it no longer an option in our house. I'm no where close to the acceptance stage of this grief processes yet! I looked into it further and found that palm oil is at the center of this. Studies show that when the oil is heated up around 200 degrees in the process of making that yummy chocolate spread, it can cause cancer. I thought about what else palm oil is in, which led my search to peanut butter. I was unable to find a peanut butter that didn't have palm oil as an ingredient. And because it seemed SO easy to make, we decided to make our own. You can even get creative and make gourmet flavors. The littles loved it so much, they asked for a PB sandwich right on the spot!
I read if you have a dehydrator, you can soak the raw nuts to remove toxins overnight in the fridge and then use the dehydrator to dry them back out. You can also roast raw nuts yourself. Ain't nobody got time for that around here! So here are the ingredients I used and what I did:
Planters unsalted dry roasted peanuts - 3 cups (or the whole jar)
Lou Ana coconut oil (liquid) - 3-5 tbsp
For Honey Peanut butter:
3-5 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
For Maple Cinnamon:
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Put peanuts in a food processor and blend for 3-10 minutes. Time depends on power of your processor. You may have to stop every few minutes and scrape the sides.
- Once peanut butter appears smooth, add flavor ingredients and blend again. If you see the peanut butter seize, add another tablespoon or two of coconut oil.
- Pour into jars with lids and label with date. Allow to cool before placing in refrigerator.
Enjoy! xo, C