I just love peanut butter. As a kid, I used to eat it every morning, accompanied with his good friend Nutella. But as I got older, I started eating less and less bread, and as a consequence, peanut butter was rarely on my plate. I started missing it soon, so I decided to find other ways to incorporate peanut butter back in my diet. Peanut butter and Veggie sauce, peanut butter muffins and finally, peanut butter cookies.
I never thought of peanut butter as a healthy food, but more as a guilty pleasure. But then I did some research and found out some interesting stuff. Peanut Butter is a great source of protein, probably that’s why it’s so popular among vegans and vegetarians. It’s full of nutrients such as potassium, fiber, healthy fats, magnesium, antioxidants and vitamins E and B6. Despite our common sense (butter makes you fat), peanut butter’s great for losing weight, as it keeps you full for a longer period of time. Of course that is true if you don’t eat abnormal amounts of it :). It reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and gallstones. And it’s yummy…soooo yummy :).
Here is the recipe for this obviously healthy snack:
1/2 cup of margarine or other vegetable based fat
1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
2/3 cup of raw brown sugar
1 flax egg
1 1/2 cup of spelt flour
1/3 cup of peanuts
1/3 cup of chopped dark chocolate
Mix margarine, PB and sugar until you get a creamy, even texture. One of two minutes will do. Add flax egg and mix again. Gradually add flour. In the end, add peanuts and dark chocolate. Bake for 15 minutes at 180°C.
P.s. If you are alergic to peanuts, you can simply replace it with other kind of nuts, I think almond version could be delicious. If you have severe alergies to nuts, you sam just double the amount of any other plant-based butter and add more chocolate chips instead of peanuts :).