November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Peanut butter is one of those foods that is so easy to add to everything to balance out meals and snacks and luckily provides a lot of nutrition too. Peanuts are a good source of Vitamin E, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that many Americans do not get enough of. They’re also rich in magnesium, healthy unsaturated fats, and provide plant-based protein. There’s a nice article from the National Peanut Board on peanuts as fuel for athletes, and 16 fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter, too!
We recently ran out of peanut butter. Three years ago this never would have happened considering I was the only one in the house who ate it and I was very aware of how much was left at all times. I was thrilled when in Austin, TX a couple of years ago though, that I finally got Tim to try it (again) and he loved it! Well, he loved the honey roasted fresh grind from Whole Foods. That is the only peanut butter he would eat for awhile and as the quantity built, the added sugar content bothered me more. I started to mix the honey roasted with plain and eventually he loved it all. The moral of the story is that while I am excited we now share peanut buttery snacks and treats, I have to take PB inventory much more often!
Being out of peanut butter, I couldn’t fathom a few days without, and I decided to pull some peanuts out of the pantry to whip up my own! I didn’t have a full 16 ounce package though so I searched for what else was available and thought with it being fall that pumpkin seeds would be a perfect compliment. Well, not to pat myself on the back but, I was right and now I’ve made this recipe a few times and will continue to. A perk to this discovery past the flavor is the nutrients that pumpkin seeds provide, too. Rich in vitamin E just like peanuts, pumpkin seeds also provide lots of magnesium and iron.
All you need are the peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas), a touch of salt and a food processor or high quality blender. Then, you need all of the wonderful things that peanut butter goes with! Bananas, oatmeal, dark chocolate, toast, and rice cakes are some of our favorites. Tim may even put extra peanut butter in his peanut butter puffins cereal.
Pumpkin Seed Peanut Butter
- 1.5 cups unsalted peanuts
- Half cup roasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add all ingredients to a food processor or high quality blender
- Pulse until creamy (about 2 minutes in my Cuisinart food processor, pausing to scrape the sides in between