>> Monday, October 31, 2011
When I first came upon Ashley's nut butter recipes, I fell in love with making peanut butter at home. But I've been lazy during my pregnancy -- often dropping up to $6 on store-bought varieties. (And I HATE over-spending on grocery items.)
So, I bought some dry-roasted peanuts and blended them up with chocolate. I proceeded to eat it -- ALL of it -- almost immediately, which isn't a pregnancy thing. It's just a ME thing. I have no control with anything chocolate-peanut butter. In fact, Stephen and I were talking about our Halloween candy habits as kids -- and I divulged how I would eat each and every Reece's peanut butter cup immediately upon returning home from trick-or-treating.
What can I say? The stomach likes what it likes.
What did I do the minute I got home this evening? That's right -- I made MORE peanut butter to fill the empty
If not, I have four more cups of peanuts in our pantry.
$2.50 CHOCOLATE-COCONUT PEANUT BUTTER
What you'll need . . .
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts (they have to be dry roasted or they won't turn into PB)
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (mini ones work best, but see below)
- 1 to 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional, but highly recommended)
Method . . .
- Toss peanuts and 1 teaspoon of salt in your food processor and blend until they turn into peanut butter. Really, it WILL happen. You may need to scrape down the sides a bit to make sure all peanuts get blended evenly . . . but just be patient. It takes about 2-3 minutes.
- Toss in the coconut oil and chocolate. I wrote that mini-chocolate chips work best because they quickly melt into the peanut butter. If you are using larger chips . . . you may wish to pulse them before you start to make them smaller. I used semi-sweet chips -- not vegan ones. But you can use whatever kind you like.
- Keep blending until smooth and uniform. You may wish to add more salt, depending on your tastes. I love salt. So, I added more.
Still, way better than dropping over double that. Cheap(er), custom, drippy goodness . . .
Stephen enjoys his on apple slices. I eat it straight off the spoon. I bet it'd be great in baking, too!
Today on (never home)maker, baby! I wrote all about week 36 of my pregnancy. Wild. 4-ish weeks to go. And in my belly shots, you can totally see where Baby A likes to hang out in my uterus. TMI? Maybe. There's no shame at this point.
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