Peanut butter is an amazing food. It is high in protein and contains unsaturated fat.
In fact, peanut butter has more protein than any other legume or nut. This is especially important for growing children and vegetarians. Peanut butter is also very high in fiber. All around, it is a nutrient rich food.
Peanut butter originated in 1890 when Dr. John Kellogg provided peanut butter as a healthy substitute for people without teeth. They would get all of this nutrition without needing to chew into meat or nuts.
Now, it has become a favorite with children everywhere. It’s great in a sandwich, on celery, and in cookies. There are so many different brands of peanut butter available at the grocery story. Many have added sugars and preservatives. If you are trying to guide your family toward a more natural diet, stick to the peanut butter with very few ingredients, like peanuts, oil and salt. However, if you want to take it one step further, make homemade peanut butter. It is simple and tastes better than the store bought brands. Besides, you will know exactly what is in it.
Homemade peanut butter:
(1 C. peanuts = ½ C. peanut butter; so, adjust accordingly)
1 C. unsalted, dry roasted peanuts, shelled
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 ½ tsp. honey/brown sugar
1 Tbsp canola/peanut oil
Pour the peanuts into a food processor. Blend well. Add salt and sugar or honey. Blend again. Pour in the oil and blend again. It should be creamy and delicious. Pour into a jar and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Enjoy.