Coffee Vanilla Peanut Butter
I LOVE peanut butter. In college I literally lived off the stuff. Luckily now I eat a lot more tasty foods and have cut back, but I still love to have an apple or banana with a spoonful of pb. It’s one of my favorite snacks. It’s loaded with healthy fats and protein to help me refuel after all my runs and workouts.
Since I’ve really started honing in on cooking/making my own food from real food, I’ve got to experiment with a lot of different recipes. It’s really opened my eyes to how much is out there. It’s also helped my vary my diet, which is wonderful and makes it so much easier to stay on track to eating healthy. I don’t get bored of foods. People say keep it simple. Okay, simple is easy and can provide a quick fix, but lets be honest long term simple is going to get really boring. Trust me I did all through college. 4 years of living off of spinach, carrots, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, the occasional chicken and oatmeal. It was so boring and led to a lot of fluctuation in my health and weight. Of course you don’t always have time to play in the kitchen, but let me tell you HAVE FUN! Real food is full of flavor. And it doesn’t always have to be simply flavored. You can healthy flavors to spice up your diet and help you stay on track! And honestly it’s not all that more complicated to make-you just add a couple of things sitting around your house.
All of that to say, why not add a punch to your peanut butter and why not make it from scratch. Oh my GOODNESS. It is SOOOO much better. SOOOOO much. This PB is simple to make and man I LOVE IT! I love coffee, so anything with a coffee punch is going to attract me. But it’s also a nice twist on a classic I like to have in the house. All you need for equipment is a food processor. If you don’t have one, I think it would be an awesome investment. You can find some small ones pretty inexpensively and it’s such a helpful tool when creating foods from scratch. It saves you a ton of time and energy.
What you need:
- 4 cups of dry roasted peanuts (preferably not salted)
- 1/2-2/3 cup of honey (depending on how sweet you like it) You can also you coconut sugar, but I’m a honey kind of girl
- 1 tbsp semi melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp of finely ground coffee (fresh is best-pick your favorite roast!)
- 1 tsp of sea salt (if nuts are already salted omit this)
- Place the peanuts in the food processor and grind until smooth. Be careful not to over grind them and turn them into a liquid.
- Add the honey, coconut oil, vanilla, coffee, and salt and grind until incorporated.
- Place in a airtight glass container and store for up to 6 months in your fridge. Pull itout 15 minutes before eating to let it set at room temperature. Then enjoy!