Imagine a morning, you snoozed your alarm couple of times and for some odd reason it failed to go off again. You wake up well past your usual time and have nothing ready to prepare breakfast. The kids are also in a sleepy mode and whine at the idea of plain bread toast for breakfast. I’m sure most of you can relate to this.
Being the super health conscious mom, I try to keep homemade peanut butter in the pantry. It comes in handy in these situations and gives a perfect kick start to a busy day.
Once you try it at home, I am sure you will never go back to the store bought version for three reasons. 1. It is extremely easy and 2. It is super tasty and 3. It has absolutely zero preservatives, additives or added flavours.
Peanuts – 1 ½ cups (roasted and peeled)
Salt – ½ teaspoon (or more to taste)
Sugar – 2 tablespoons (adjust according to your preference)
Oil – 2 tablespoons (I used peanut oil)
Blend everything in a mixer or blender until smooth. If you like your peanut butter chunky, keep aside half a cup of peanuts before blending. You can add this at the end and blend for just a few seconds.
If you don’t get roasted peanuts in a store near you, you can roast them yourself by spreading on a plate and microwaving on high for approximately 5 minutes.
Know Your Ingredient
Peanut, also known as groundnut, is one of the healthiest foods. Peanuts are a good source of vitamin E, manganese, niacin and folate. They are also rich in protein and monounsaturated fats. This kind of fat makes it a great food for heart health. Among a host of other health benefits, peanuts offer an excellent source of resveratrol, a polyphenolic antioxidant which helps in cancer prevention, reduced risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. So, what’s stopping you? Go indulge yourself with a handful of peanuts.
|Type||Technically legume; a nut for common culinary purposes|
|How to Buy||Look for a fresh pack which has been stored in clean, moisture free environment. Check if the nuts are whole and are not cracked.|
|Storage||Store in a cool, airtight container. Peanuts can be refrigerated for longer shelf life.|