Peanut butter is a great staple, especially for those who have a few less options in terms of protein.
A lot of store bought peanut butters however, have a few unwanted ingredients:
Hydrogenated oil: Basically oil that is solidified (looks like a gross butter or lard).
Mono- and diglycerides: common food additives used to bind certain ingredients. (Can be animal or vegetable derived.)
Not every peanut butter has all these ingredients, but many of them have at least a few. Watching what we put in our bodies will not only help us in the long-run, but maybe it will wake up other people and companies to change the way they think about added ingredients and preservatives that aren’t necessary.
Make you own Peanut Butter!
Making your own is quite easy, all you need is a blender, peanuts and oil. To me, that sounds a lot better and healthier than the ingredients at the top of this post.
Note: A lot of natural peanut butters will separate when left for a while, so stirring may be necessary before using. I stirred mine before taking this picture and it looks exactly like any store-bought butter. However, I feel do that doing this little step vs. ingesting preservatives is okay with me and worth the “effort”!
Take your peanuts and place in blender, blend until you get a consistency you like, then add the oil – you only need a little. Start with 1-2 tsp. per 2 cups, and add more if you need it. Peanut oil is best, but any oil will do. Olive oil isn’t recommended because it could change the taste of the butter.
Using a peanut butter that you make yourself, is not only better for you, but it makes you feel better, in general. You know what’s going in the butter and you can take pride in the fact YOU made it, not a factory across the country.
Note: 2 tbsp. of peanut butter is 8 grams protein (1 serving).
Also, if you live in an area with a “Bulk Barn”, some locations have a “grind-your-own” peanut butter. It’s quite good, if you don’t have access to a blender, or if you want to try it first.