Peanut Butter with 4 Ingredients (or less) & You Lose Weight!
I’ve been out teaching how to make your own peanut butter for many reasons.
- It’s National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month! Yep, that a real thing!
- Homemade peanut butter is healthy.
- It’s tasty.
- There’s no added chemicals, preservatives, artificial anything – you can name all the ingredients!
- Kids will love it – guaranteed
- Peanut butter is a good fat – actually all nut butters will help you lose weight
- IT’S EASY!!!!! Only about 2 1/2 minutes – really!
Homemade Peanut Butter is Good Fat
Let’s start with the fact that according to the National Food Survey we are eating about 22% fewer calories and fat than we did in the 1970’s but the national obesity rate is 6 times higher! Obviously something isn’t working when it comes to how to lose weight!
That’s because, for the most part, we’ve replaced good fats with refined carbohydrates, added sugars, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats. This is junk that our body doesn’t know how to process, won’t make you feel full, and increases fat on your body. Good fats the body knows how to use and process, provide a feeling of fullness, and are burned for energy, not stored as fat (as long as you aren’t overindulging).
Choosy Moms’s Make Their Own Peanut Butter
I picked up this piece of junk peanut butter as an example of the problem when you are trying to lose weight. The label makes this product seem so healthy. I will give them that at least peanuts were the first ingredient because it’s NOT on some others. But, the next ingredient is corn syrup solids, then sugar – plus there’s three other sugars: molasses, mono and diglycerides,
Math folks – if that was just one type of sweetener it would be greater in mass than the peanuts. That’s why there’s five types so they can list peanuts as the first ingredient – in bold print even. Put there’s more sweeteners than anything else.
Plus there’s TRANS FATS! Yes, the label says zero because they made the serving size small enough to be under the guidelines of less than 1/2 gram per serving. But look at the ingredient list – fully hydrogenated vegetable oils. That’s trans fat!
If you need more information about the evil that is trans fat – read this article.
Oh, don’t forget the last seven ingredients that most people couldn’t even pronounce – things like pyridoxine hydrochloride, ferric orthophosphate, niacinamide, and copper sulfate . . . got those in your cupboards? I don’t! If I can barely pronounce it and can’t identify it, I shouldn’t eat it. Plain and simple!
Sixteen ingredients to make this peanut butter.
Make Your Own Peanut Butter to Lose Weight
This food product – I can’t call it a real food – is part of the problem as to why people can’t lose weight. It is so easy to make your own peanut butter and you can make it to the taste preference of your family. Here’s a quick video showing you how easy it is:
Peanut Butter Recipe
- 1 cup raw peanuts (or nuts of choice)
- Filtered water
- 1 Tbsp sea salt
- Raw honey or maple syrup (1 Tbsp)
- Sea salt (1/2 tsp)
- Coconut oil (2 Tbsp)
- Place the nuts in a large bowl. Cover completely with filtered water. Stir in 1 Tbsp sea salt. Allow to sit for 7-24 hours.
- Drain nuts and place in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Add sweetener, sea salt, and coconut oil to desired taste.
Tips for Changing from Store Bought to Homemade Peanut Butter:
This recipe works for all nuts so enjoy experimenting.
Blend and taste! Store bought peanut butter includes lots of added ingredients including high levels of sugar, salt, and oils. You may need to add more sweetener in the beginning. As the family’s taste buds adapt reduce the amount of sweetener each time.
If the peanut butter isn’t creamy enough, try blending longer. Still not creamy enough? Melt coconut oil and add one tablespoon at a time to the peanut butter, while blending, until it reaches the desired consistency.
Mix up your Peanut Butter
Have more fun to peanut butter by adding ½ Tbsp. cocoa powder (you may need to add a little extra sweetener), grind in some coffee beans, mix in a pinch of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ginger, or red pepper flakes.
Mix up your nut butter by soaking seeds with the nuts for a fun variation / try pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.