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Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter.

January 23rd  •  Posted in Recipe

The truth about New Year resolutions is that they’re easy to list down, less easy to tick off. Especially if you have a big chocolate craving going on at every hour of the day. But I’m working on it! A few weeks back I in fact tweeted about having a big jar of peanut butter that needed to go and looking for recipes to finish it up, in particular ones that involved lots of sugar and chocolate. Now, I promise I’ll try the delicious and mouth watering brownies that were linked to me, but since we’re all trying to eat healthier and get fit, I thought it was fair to come up with a few healthy-ish peanut butter recipes instead and share them with you! I’m pretty proud of myself for having been able to limit the amount of sugar involved, mostly avoid chocolate, and use healthier ingredients than what I usually do, and also because all of these three recipes turned out to be super delicious anyway.

Also, the one thing that makes these recipes quite healthy-ish is that I used a no sugar, organic, virgin peanut butter. If yours has sugar in it, no problem, just try to limit the amount of sweetener (usually honey) involved for every recipe! Enjoy!

1 // Almonds, Walnuts, Peanut Butter Granola
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter

Ingredients ::
2 1/2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbps brown sugar
100g  oat bran
100g wheat bran
20g peeled almonds + walnuts

1 :: Preheat the oven to 200°C.


2 :: Place the peeled almonds and walnuts into a small frying pan and place it onto a very low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until the nuts are toasted and smells very nutty. Place the nuts in a clean towel and, using a rolling pin, crack the nuts roughly.

3 :: In a microwaves safe little bowl mix together the honey, the peanut butter and the sugar, then put it in the microwaves for 30/60 seconds, just to allow all the ingredients to melt down and create a liquid mixture.

4 :: In a big bowl mix together the oat and wheat brans, the toasted almonds and walnuts and the honey + peanut butter mixture. Use a spoon or your hands to stir well and create a crumbling mixture.

5 :: Line a baking tin with parchment paper and place the granola in it, spreading it out as much as possible on the tin. Bake in preheated oven for 10/12 minutes, making sure to give the granola a stir half way through.

6 :: Remove from oven and leave it to cool in its baking tin for 20 minutes. Once cooled down it will be crunchy and delicious! Probably the best granola I’ve ever made so far!

7 :: Store it into a big jar and serve as desired: with yogurts, milk, or simply by its own!

2 // Banana, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Healthy Smoothie
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter

Serves: 1 | Ingredients ::
150 ml chocolate soy milk
1 banana
1 tbps peanut butter
1 tbps honey

1 :: Cut the banana roughly then pour it into an electric blender together with the chocolate soy milk, peanut butter and honey. Blend away until smooth!

2 :: Serve in a glass or mason jar, top with oat bran and a paper straw and enjoy!

If you don’t have the chocolate soy milk but only classic soy milk, you can just add a bit of cocoa powder to add a chocolate-y flavour to it, or you can go for any other non-dairy or dairy milk of your choice! If you add cocoa powder, you might want to consider adding a bit more honey.

3 // Peanut Butter + Oat Energy Bars
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter

6 Energy Bars | Ingredients ::
10 tbps oat bran
4 tbps wheat bran
120 ml milk
1 tbps peanut butter
1 tbps brown sugar

1 :: Preheat the oven to 200°C.


2 :: Mix together the brans in a large bowl, then add the milk a tablespoon at a time and stir in the meanwhile, then add the peanut butter (melt it in the microwaves if too solid) and brown sugar and stir well until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

3 :: Once obtained a wet and sticky mixture, line a small loaf pan with parchment paper, then pour in your oat mixture and use a spoon or your hands to flatten it down and create a quite thick big bar.

4 :: Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and let it cool down completely for at least 20 minutes.

5 :: Remove from the loaf pan and cut the big bar into six smaller bars. They’ll be quite soft and deliciously gooey, enjoy!

Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Three healthy-ish ways with peanut butter
Believe it or not, I still have some peanut butter left that needs to go quickly, so please share your favourite healthy or not peanut butter recipes and I’ll make sure to give them a try! And as usual, let me know if you try one of these recipes and tweet me a picture if you do! x
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