Peanut Butter Is Good For You! – Are You A Crunchy or Smooth Lover?

As a kid we were often given peanut butter and jam sandwiches or had it spread on toast for breakfast. But it is only in recent years that I’ve realised just how much peanut butter is good for you!

I’m a great fan of peanut butter as not only does it taste so damn good but it is also packed full of nutrients, protein and fibre. Also most importantly is that it’s a food source that is also full of healthy fats and these can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

peanut butter on toast

Yes, Peanut butter is good for you as well as being tasty and quite versatile. Whether you are a smooth or crunchy peanut butter fan, it’s great to eat on its own, with sliced apple or on a wheatmeal cracker or on wholewheat toast. You can add it to your daily morning shakes and smoothies, as well as it being the perfect ingredient for making many different easy yet yummy recipes.

If I have peanut butter on toast, crackers or on its own then it just has to be Super Crunchy, but I always have in a tub of smooth peanut butter as well for making different things. Here’s a couple of quick and easy recipes that I regularly use with both…

 

Satay Sauce

– 1 Tablespoon olive oil
– 1 Chopped onion
– 1 Tablespoon tomato puree
– 4 Tablespoons smooth peanut butter
– 2 Tablespoons water
– ¾ Cup reduced-fat milk
– Chilli powder to taste

Mix the tomato puree, water and chilli powder together then heat the oil in a large pan and slowly fry the onions until soft. Once the onions are cooked add the tomato mix and then stir in the peanut butter and milk. Keep stirring till thick then serve, delicious as a perfect accompaniment for chicken.

Peanut butter balls

peanutbutterballs

I love these peanut butter balls as they are a lovely mini power snack full of goodness that take only take 5 minutes to prepare.

– 2 Cups of oats
– 1 Cup of crunchy peanut butter
– 3 Tablespoons honey
– ½ Cup of Sultanas
– ¼ cup of warm water.

Add the oats, peanut butter and honey in a bowl, slowly add the water and stir it all together, then add the sultanas.

Now make small balls from the mixture and place on a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Place in the freezer for half an hour to dry freeze, then you can place them all in a container in the freezer and just take out as required.

Mini Cinnamon Protein Balls

cinammon protein balls

You need:
– 2&1/2 cups of rolled oats
– 1/3 cup of wild honey
– 1/3 cup of smooth peanut butter
– 1 scoop of vanilla flavoured whey protein powder
– 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
– 1 tbsp vanilla essence

Mix the ingredients all together and get your hands in so you can knead the mixture then make mini balls. Place on a lined baking tray and dry freeze for about 1/2 an hour. Then put in re-sealable bags to either keep in the freezer or the fridge.

This recipe makes about 18 mini delights – just try not to eat them all at once…

I’ve just shared a few of my favourite recipes using peanut butter and I hope you give them a try. If you do and like them or have a great recipe that you’d love to share then please do so in the comments below as I’d love to try it…

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