Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Homemade Peanut Butter & Peanut Butter Smoothie

It was a long time since I had made almond butter. Though it was good, I never tried making any other nut butters. Just did not feel like making these. I had better use of nuts in baking, I was thinking. But peanuts was one such I did not use much in baking as nuts themselves. I used them for sundals and chutneys but baking, nah..For the Blog Hop Wednesday Week 19 edition, an event by Radhika,This time while going through Anisha's Flavours for U, my partner blog for BlogHopWednesday Week 19, an event by Radhika, I came across homemade Peanut Butter and decided its high time, I used up my pack of peanuts. 

The recipe is very simple, and is done within 20 minutes. You can use up the peanut butter for baking cookies or turn into smoothies and shakes or even the classic American PB& J sandwich. The recipe is basic and you can improvise on it as well, adding sweeteners like honey or sugar, coarse grinding to make chunky butter etc.

Shelled Peanuts: 1 cup preferably not skinned
Salt: to taste
Peanut Oil: 1 + tsp

Dry roast the peanuts for a few minutes and let it cool.

Add them to a blender and in short spurts make a fine powder. Add in salt, blend again adding oil to blender to get a creamy texture. 

As simple as that. Now it is better to use peanuts with the skins though feel free (and if you have time to pass) to skin the shelled peanuts. 

Now I whipped up a simple peanut butter banana smoothie.

I blended together about 1/2 cup milk, 1/4-1/2 cup yogurt,2 tbsp of peanut butter and sugar/honey/choice of sweetner as per taste along with a 2 small bananas (or 1 big banana) to obtain a delicious smoothie. The estiamtes are just approximate and feel free to change as per your needs. You can even add cocoa/chocolate sauce/chocolate powder to make it chocolatey. A simple but filling smoothie made with a delectable nut butter.


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