The month of March is National Peanut Month! Lucky for us, March also coincides with National Nutrition Month. Texas Peanut Producers is happy to welcome guest blogger, Makenzie, of Ken’s Kitchn to our blog this month to help us celebrate peanuts and all of their health benefits! Stop by every Tuesday this month for nutritional recipes featuring our favorite nut! Read more about Makenzie, registered dietician, nutritionist and food blogger, and find more delicious recipes at kenskitchn.com.
In case you haven’t heard, this month is National Peanut Month and just last Tuesday we celebrated Peanut Butter Lovers Day. Peanut butter is versatile, delicious, and easy to make from scratch. Yes, I said from scratch. So grab your food processor or blender and start whipping up the creamy treat from your own kitchen.
While researching my peanut recipes and delving into as much peanut information as possible, I found some interesting facts about the nut, errh, I mean legume. That’s right. Did you know that peanuts are actually legumes? This is the same food category as beans, lentils, and peas.
For their size, peanuts contain a significant amount of essential macro- and micro-nutrients. One small handful of peanuts (about 1 ounce) contains around 7 grams of protein, 12 grams of unsaturated fats (the healthy fats), over 2 grams of fiber, and almost a quarter of our recommended daily intake of Vitamin E.
However, they pack calories. So if weight loss is your goal, keep your serving size in check- about one handful or 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter. But don’t be mistaken… Peanuts can help with weight loss. By adding the protein packed treat to snacks or meals, you stave off hunger. Just remember, portion control is key.
To make homemade peanut butter, I relied upon our trusty Vitamix. There’s really nothing like fresh peanut butter. It’s creamier and tastier than the store bought counterpart. Spread it on fruit and crackers or put a dollop in your smoothie. Either way your taste buds will thank you.
Ken’s Creamy Peanut Butter
Makes: 12 ounces Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 2 cups roasted, unsalted peanuts
- 1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
- Add all of the peanuts to a blender or food processor and place the lid on top.
- Turn the blender or processor on a low speed. Slowly increase the speed while using a tamper or stir stick to press the nuts towards the blades.
- Continue increasing the speed until the maximum blending speed has been reached. Allow the peanuts to continue blending until a creamy mixture has formed, about 1-2 minutes. Use the tamper or stir stick as needed to help move unblended nuts towards the blades.
- Once a creamy consistency is reached, serve the peanut butter or store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.