This month I thought I would focus on something a little different than a normal recipe. This is a very simple, way to make tasty peanut butter and lots of it. Weather you are trying to bulk up and add muscle mass or you are looking for a great fuel source for a long endurance event, proteins and fats are always a good combination. And with this recipe you can rest assured as always that it is totally cruelty free, Vegan, easy to make and of course tasty. Besides what else are you going to do with all of the left over monkey nuts from your trick or treating. (Or for those of us who are too old for dressing up and pounding on your neighbors doors for treats you can make good use of all the cheap peanuts on sale now Halloween is over.)
- Peanuts (preferably already roasted but still in their shells) ((may be called Monkey Nuts))
- Ground Nut Oil
- Agave Nectar (optional)
- Smoothie maker or blender
- 1 jar or container for your peanut butter
- 1 Spoon
- 1 bowl
- 1 medium – larger pot
- 1 baking tray – optional
- Access to an oven – optional
As above I suggest buying already roasted peanuts but those still in their shell, this saves you time having to roast them later yourself and also protects the nuts in the shells while roasting to keep the flavor and reduce risk of burning then nuts. I normally buy 2 bags of already roasted peanuts from Tescos, approx 200g each and costing £1 each.
- Once you have your nuts you need to start the longest part of this recipe, that is opening and separating the nuts from the shells and also removing their red skins as well for optimal taste and smoothness. (don’t worry crunchy peanut butter fans I will show you how to make it crunchy in a second) A good tip to pass the time is do it in pairs or a larger group, (a family event?) and put on a movie, podcast, you tube video, sport what ever to entertain you while you work. I recommend having a bowl for your golden peanuts and a larger pot or container for your empty shells to minimize the mess you are about to create,
- Once you have all of those tempting tasty peanuts out of their skins and shells it is time to make your peanut butter, dispose of the shells (in the recycling bin please) and tip your shells into a blender / smoothie maker (we use a Kenwood smoothie maker SB277 and it works fine so I am assuming other smoothie makers will do just as good.
- A quick side note – If you bought raw peanuts by mistake now is the time to roast them, put them on a baking tray in the oven for approx 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until they turn golden and have a slightly shiny/ oily quality.
- Without adding anything else yet blend your peanuts for 1-2 minutes until all of the nuts are ground down to a powdery texture. (you may need to stop and stir it or give it a shake to make sure all the nuts at the sides and top get blended.
- At this stage you are almost done, and it is now you crunchy peanut lovers you need to act. If you want it smooth you can skip to part 7. Okay crunchy fans, I recommend taking about 1/3 of the ground nuts out of your blended and setting them aside in a bowl or plate until the end.
- Next add a drizzle of your ground nut oil to the blended nuts and blend for a further minute, shaking and stirring when needed.
- Repeat this process of blending and shaking, adding additional oil if you feel it needs it until your peanut butter is as smooth as you want it to be.
- At this stage if you so wish you can add a few drops of agave nectar to sweeten your peanut butter, giving it a quick 20 second blend to mix it in with the rest, otherwise you are good to go and can start scooping out your delicious peanut butter into a jar or container of your choice. If you followed my instructions precisely you will need a relatively large jar.
- If you wanted crunchy peanut butter then once you have removed every last morsel from the smoothie maker and licked your fingers clean, you and begin to add your ground nuts we set aside earlier back into the mix, stirring them into the jar until you have a nice, relatively evenly distributed crunchy peanut butter mix.
- From here there is nothing left to say other than eat up and enjoy your batch, I wont give you any advice on how to eat it, that’s up to you but all I would say is try your best to refrain your self from grabbing a spoon and diving straight in. Otherwise it will mean another trip to the shops and another round of cracking open each shell until you have the chance to taste it again.
Enjoy and check in next month for more great Vegan/ Vegetarian recipes for you to enjoy.