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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.
There’s a few things that are more of a luxury than a necessity when in comes to DIY food.
Homemade hummus: Often. I rarely buy store hummus unless I am in a major pinch and need something to spread on my carrots like yesterday.
Homemade bread: Rarely.There’s just not enough time in the day.
Homemade jam: Twice a year. Ideally I make enough to last us through the year. PB&J is an easy pantry staple, especially when I don’t want to go grocery shopping.
Homemade peanut butter: Always. Few store-peanut butters are peanut only and the one’s that are typically cost about $5 a jar. It’s a simple no brainer. In less than 10 minutes I can have enough peanut butter to feed a small family, without the added expense, salt, sugar and/or hydrogenated oils.
Peanut butter and apples is one of my favorite snacks. I keep a bag of apples and small jar of PB in my office for days when I need something to tide me over until after kickboxing or until I make it home.
My other favorite snack? Peanut butter on cinnamon raisin bagels. It’s my absolute favorite post-workout breakfast.
As I got to making my batch of peanut butter this week, I thought about combining those flavors into one.
Genius might the appropriate word here.
Fresh peanut butter mixed with raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla.
How did I not think of this sooner?
4 cups peanuts
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Place 4 cups peanuts into a high-powered blender or food processor.
Puree for at least 5 minutes until very smooth. The consistency should be like creamy peanut butter.
Add raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
Puree for 2-3 more minutes.
Spread on toast, apples, or just eat it by the spoonful!
Have you ever made your own nut butters before? I hope I’ve convinced you to start! It’s very simple and taste a ton better than store-bought peanut butters.
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