Quite a bit of information is swirling around the blogosphere regarding the pros and cons when it comes to consuming peanuts and/or peanut butter. Although I can’t speak to the validity of either argument, one thing I know for sure is you do not need more than peanuts and salt (I know, you don’t really need salt but I like salt in my pb) to make this fantastic spread. I would also surmise that George Washington Carver would want you to steer clear of many of the modern ingredients in his delicious invention, including: corn syrup solids, sugar, soy protein, additional salt, and hydrogenated vegetable oils (e.g.: cotton seed, soybean, and rapeseed oils). I am currently using Smucker’s all-natural PB, which contains only salt and peanuts, however, it’s not organic so I’ll look forward to finding a product when I’m back in CA that tackles both these feats.
On to the featured recipe… about a month ago, I started to search for a low-sugar, gluten-free peanut butter cookie. After some experimentation (thank you food gawker and punchfork for inspirational recipes), I came up with these “peanut butter cookies dough bites.” Remember to place in refrigerator or freezer when done, as this particular recipe calls for a touch of milk. I’d love any/all of your suggestions regarding how you think I can improve these taste treats.
1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
1 Tbsp almond flour
1/2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
2 Tbsp date paste + 1 tsp boiling water
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Tbsp whole milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 tsp honey
small pinch of salt
*Add all ingredients into food processor and blend for about 1 minute, scrape sides with spatula, blend another 3o seconds.
*Pour mixture onto parchment paper and form into one big, dough ball.
*Form about 10 cookie dough balls.
If you want to make these look like cookies~
*Press dough with fork.
*Cover each “cookie” with small piece of parchment paper and pack in ziplock bag.
*Place in refrigerator or freezer.
alternate flavor options
add 1/8 tsp cinnamon for a hint of spice
add 1/4 ripe banana for that great peanut butter/banana flavor combo (this is my fave)
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