Peanut butter is s spreadable condiment made from roasted peanuts and comes in two different varieties, smooth and crunchy. Peanut butter is a wonderful addition to cookies, cakes, brownies and even ice cream!
If you are looking for a healthier way to have peanut butter you can try it as a porridge topping or adding into fruit smoothies! It is also a common ingredient in protein bars and powders!
Peanut butter is a common ingredient in Asian cooking, it is the central ingredient to satay sauce which can be used to dress salads, and flavour chicken!
Homemade peanut butter
A surprising fact is that its really easy to make peanut butter at home. All you need are two ingredients roasted peanuts and some salt! Making it yourself guarantees it doesn’t have any unwanted extra ingredients (like palm oil). Our recipe is quick, simple and most important all natural! Try our homemade peanut butter recipe!
Nutritional information of peanut butter
The calorie content largely depends on the manufacturing process and the ingredients used but there are usually about 588 calories per 100 grams of peanut butter.
Peanut butter is low in carbs so they can be enjoyed if you are on a keto diet, you should opt for raw or dry roasted as they contain less oil and sugars.
Peanut butter is high in protein, fibre and healthy fats which means they are low on the glycemic index making them a good snack for people with diabetes.
Peanut butter is rich in niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, choline, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. They are extremely high in minerals like potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. They contain good amounts of calcium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium. Making peanut butter surprisingly good for you!
Most kinds of peanut butter are vegan as the majority of them only contain peanuts, oil, and salt.
Peanuts are naturally gluten free so you would expect peanut butter to be gluten free, however, this is not always the case! So if you are celiac or have a gluten intolerance it is always best to check the packaging be!
It is safe to eat peanut butter while pregnant, there is no evidence linking the consumption of peanuts and peanut products while pregnant to whether or not a baby develops a peanut allergy.
An allergy to peanut butter or peanut products is different from tree nut allergies. Common physical symptoms of an allergy are itchiness, hives, swelling, eczema, sneezing, asthma, abdominal pain, drop in blood pressure and diarrhoea. In some extreme cases, heart attack or anaphylaxis. If you think you may have an allergy to peanuts it’s important to see your doctor.