chocolate peanut butter… & a tutorial

Sometimes, a tutorial isn’t about showing you the tricky stuff. It’s not always about imparting technically appealing methods & showing off. Sometimes, a tutorial needs to be about the basics, because the basics are fundamental.

Maybe you don’t think peanut butter is a basic. In this household… it’s a staple of our daily diet. & let me be clear, by diet I don’t mean we watch what we eat & count our calories, I’m just talking about daily consumption.

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We go through at least a jar every couple of days. On road trips…. biker camping road trips (like the last one we went on), I make a giant batch & it fills in all our snack cravings in-between long legs & stretches of road. [embedplusvideo height=”114″ width=”150″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1TqFjvk” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/sQ452Xj8hSI?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=sQ452Xj8hSI&width=150&height=114&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep3860″ /]

The thing is, peanut butter is pretty pricey. At least, the good stuff is. & the cheap stuff, whilst delicious, is loaded with things I don’t want to be consuming in large quantities. Things like sugar (yes, I like sugar, I love sugar even, but I don’t want to consume is all the time), palm or soy-bean oil, large quantities of salt. For something I’m eating every day, I want to at least claim it’s healthy.

The solution? Make your own! I put pink himalayan salt in mine. I’ve read all sorts of studies (maybe it’s all fiction, maybe not) about how it’s healthier & doesn’t cause water retention. I also use honey instead of sugar. Olive oil (cause we all know how amazing is it for you)… & I buy my peanuts from a guy who has great quality. & the great news? It’s costs me half of what a jar of the cheap stuff costs.

So what are the draw backs? It’s slightly time consuming. Other than that, I see none.

Ingredients:
– 500g roasted, unsalted peanuts (shelled)
– 1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt
– 2 tbs cocoa powder
– 1 tbs honey (or agave syrup, coconut sugar, regular sugar, any sweetener you want really)
– 60ml olive oil (sesame oil, sunflower oil, or any alternative)

Directions:
1. combine the peanuts & salt in your food processor & turn it on. Keep the machine running until it is a smooth paste. You may need to stop it once or twice just to scrape down the sides & mix. This can take up to 10 minutes.
2. ass the cocoa powder & two table spoons of olive oil & repeat until smooth.
3. Add the honey. This will cause the peanut butter to “seize”… that’s ok. Just add the rest of the oil & it will go back to being nice & smooth. If you want it runnier, add a little more oil.
4. transfer it to a clean jar & consume as you desire!

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