Peanut butter is our Little Cat’s current addiction. We now have a record-breaking simot-sarap time for Pan de Manila’s big jar of PB of… guess what… 2 days! :O Hubby and I took a spoonful each for a sandwich and LC took the rest for himself. He likes it as is. No bread, no biscuit, not as a spread, but as a spoonful delight. I know there’s good in peanut butter but too much is simply too much! 😐
I don’t have anything to curb his monster appetite for peanut butter yet. But for the meantime, I can say Maqui’s post on homemade PB was God-sent. (Thanks Maqui!) A means to keep those sugar levels and nutty addiction at a better perspective.
Inspired by Maqui, here’s our version of peanut butter love:
Re-used the jar from Pan de Manila of course 🙂
I just made half of the recipe, skipped the sugar, used some alternatives and fortified it with good stuff.
Listing here the ingredients I used with notes:
- Peanuts – We had peanuts with garlic and salt at hand. I want to do away with the salt so I washed, drained and toasted the nuts in a pan.
- Extra Virgin Olive oil – substituted the canola oil with EVOO. Basso brand gives the cheapest olive oil in the market I think. As for the comparative taste with other brands, I’m no olive oil connoisseur :p But just the same, the olive oil taste was distinct in the PB. No surprise about that.
- Ilog Maria Virgin Honey + cheaper grocery-bought honey – I planned to use cheap honey and muscovado but it turned out we don’t even have brown or white sugar in the pantry. The honey from Ilog Maria is ginto. Pikit-mata, I just used two tablespoons of it and thought about how organic and natural it is.
- Malunggay Flakes – I added a very very generous sprinkling of these while toasting the nuts. Veggies in the PB and everywhere. Who ever thought of malunggay powder and flakes is a genius!
- Propolis – Ilog Maria HoneyBee Farm prepared this with coco brandy so to evaporate the alcohol, I also added the drops while toasting the nuts.
We didn’t have a food processor so I used our trusty blender to grind the nuts and mix everything together. It worked just fine.
The product was heaven! (Exaggeration! :p ) LC loved it! And I love it more because I’m certain it’s way healthier than all the store-bought peanut butter I know. 🙂
Next project: almond butter? mixed-nuts butter? endless possibilities 😉