I recently shared on Instagram that I see a Functional Medicine Doctor and found out from a Toxin Test that my body has some mold issues going on! In an effort to reduce the mold impact, I have started taking a closer look at the ingredients I am putting in my body.
Peanut butter is one of those things!
Peanuts can have a lot of mold due to the location they are grown (humid environments).
I’m not an expert by any means, but in my research, I found that Valencia peanuts are known to contain less mold as they are commonly grown in a more dry-heat environment.
With that being said, we are trying to take a deeper look at our ingredients and find better ways of making even more of our favorite foods at home to control what we eat.
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While this recipe has only a few simple ingredients, it isn’t necessarily a quick one if you purchase peanuts with the skin on. You will need to spend some time roasting, then peeling half the skin before placing it into your high powered food processor or blender. And I will say, I started this recipe with my smaller food processor and did need to switch to my larger one that had a lot more power to really get my peanut butter the smooth texture that we wanted.
- 1 High Powered Food Processor
- 4 Cups Valencia Peanuts
- 1 pinch Salt
- Preheat your oven to 350F (180C)
- Add your raw peanuts on to a baking sheet and roast them for roughly 10 minutes.
- Transfer your roasted peanuts onto a towel on your countertop. Take half of the peanuts, about 2 cups (with skin on) and place into your food processor. The remaining 2 cups of peanuts you will remove the skin from by either rubbing with your towel or hands until they are bare. Then you will place the bare peanuts into the food processor as well. **If you dumped all the peanuts into the food processor with skin on, it will be very dry and difficult to blend into a butter.
- Once you have all of your peanuts into your food processor, begin blending in one-minute segments.
- You might have to stop and scrape the sides down between 1-minute segments. Add-in any salt, honey or additional desired flavors before your last blend!
- Depending on your desired texture and/or your blend power (I switched to my larger food processor for this recipe), will determine your total blend time. With my high powered food processor, it took a little over 5 minutes.
- You should end up with smooth, peanut butter that you can easily spread! This recipe makes about 2 cups of peanut butter.
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