Ok, I have to admit something.
Lately I’ve been making an obsession for peanut butter. It’s just yummy and in order not to devour it all in a short time, I often hide it in the kitchen cabinet so I can’t see it.
Something is going on when I open the cabinet and we ,,look at each other”, it’s an attraction that I can’t explain. Is it just me or this thing is happen to you with certain ingredients?
A few things about peanut butter
The peanut butter that I’ve been using for a long time is this peanut butter from Sano Vita, which is super creamy, good to eat, like 1/2 teaspoons, or you can add it in different recipes. It’s one of those ingredients you need to include in your diet for the nutritional intake.
- it’s rich in fats, but healthy fats, more unsaturated than saturated, so you don’t have to worry
- it’s rich in proteins, being one of the most used ingredients of those who have a vegan / vegetarian lifestyle or even raw-vegan diet and need to find a substitute for animal protein
- healthy fats + proteins, do you know what that means? ENERGY! The consumption of peanut butter also gives you the energy you need in different situations. Go for it!
- it also contains a large amount of fiber, which means it is very nourishing. Practically, if you use it as a snack or at breakfast on a slice of bread / crackers / rice cakes, it will keep you full until your next meal.
- the only weak point I find is that it is also very caloric if you eat it in a large quantity. At least I limit myself to 1-2 teaspoons a day.
The most right thing would be to prepare your peanut butter at home, because it this way you can avoid adding other ingredients, such as sugar and other stabilizers. I tried to make such butter at home, but unfortunately my food processor is not very power and it didn’t come out very well. Such a food processor with a super-power is on my wish list, so that I can prepare lots of food. If you have a good food processor, all you have to do is to buy no-roasted and unsalted peanuts, put them in the robot and let the robot do it’s job for about 5 minutes. Puls 1 min, check the composition, clean the robot walls, then pulse again until you get a creamy paste. Do not forget to add a pinch of salt. It is up to you if you want to add sweeteners,such as: brown sugar, honey, agave syrup, mapple syrup, etc.
Now that I told you my guilty pleasure for this ingredient, I also want to show you 3 healthy peanut butter snacks recipes, which you can eat between main meals. I eat them either as snacks between meals or before a workout for the energy they give me.
These snacks are simple, do not require a bunch of ingredients, but the only limit is the sky, you can juggle with ingredients and adjust your snacks as you like.
1. Wheat cakes with peanut butter, banana and chia seeds
You need 2 rolls of wheat or rice cakes, which you have to spread them with peanut butter, put some slices of banana on top and sprinkle some chia seeds. Simple, isn’t it?
I try not to put a very thick layer of peanut butter, so that the whole snack will give me the calorie intake I need at that time. I assure you that it’s a good snack that you will definitely love.
2. Apple rings with peanut butter and coconut flakes
For this snack, you need 1 apple, which you have to cut it in 4 rings, not too thin or too thick, and make a small circle in the middle of them to remove the seeds and the slightly hard part. Spread these rings with a bit of peanut butter and sprinkle on top some coconut flakes.
You have two alternatives, either spread each of the four rings with peanut butter, or just two and the other two rings put them on top of each. It will look like an apple rings sandwiches wirh peanut butter. As in the first example, I take care of the amount of peanut butter I use.
It’s just me who think that this snack looks like a donut?
3. Celery – peanut butter boats, toppped with chia seeds
For the last snack, you need an apio stalk (or depends on how much you want to make), which you have to cut it in 4-5 equal pieces/boats. Each piece has to be spread with peanut butter and topped with chia seeds
Each of the 3 healthy peanut butter snacks listed above are snacks rich in protein, healthy fats, fiber and carbohydrates, making them perfect snacks to temper the hunger that appears between main meals. They can be taken in a small casserole at school / college / work or wherever you go and eat them without regrets when you need to feed your body with something good.
Tip: If you can’t spread the peanut butter well, you can put a bit in a bowl and heat it for a few seconds in the microwave to make it softer and easier to spread.
Now tell me, which of these 3 healthy peanut butter snacks you love the most? Have you tried one of the three variants so far?
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P.S. If you like peanut butter as much as I do, you might want to try a vegan cake with peanut butter and coconut butter for special occasions.