Thursday, December 10, 2009

peanut/banana spread and boiled peanuts

According to Dr. Fuhrman and others, roasted peanuts aren't that good for you because they have acrylamides which are carcinogenic. Also, most store-bought peanut butter has extra oils and sugars added in. I've tried raw peanuts and don't like them. Our co-op sells raw organic spanish peanuts (shelled), so I thought, why not boil those and make peanut butter from that? I boiled them, then ground in a blender. I made peanut spread, and peanut/banana spread. I decided the peanut/banana spread was best so I'll describe that. Also the boiled peanuts on their own are very good too; they are sweet-tasting.

1/3 cup raw peanuts
1 large banana

Boil the peanuts in water for an hour, or in pressure cooker (with 1.5 cups of water) for 10 minutes. Let them cool. Eat a few of the peanuts--hey are good! Blend the rest of the peanuts, some of the water they boiled in (1/4 cup or so), and the banana until smooth and creamy. The spread tastes good on lettuce, celery, raw broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Here it is with lettuce:

Nutritional info for full recipe: 406 calories; protein: 15 g (13%), carbs 32 g (29%), fat 27 g (59%).


Mr. Curious said...

Barb, why do you boil the peanuts for the peanut butter? Did you not like them blended raw?

kneecap said...

Hi Mr. Curious! I think raw peanuts taste yucky. :) Boiled peanuts taste great, even a little sweet.