Cocoa Peanut Butter

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Cocoa Peanut Butter

Many of us can agree that peanut butter has always been (and will always be) a household staple. It triggers a certain nostalgia that makes it feel like comfort food. This comfort food, however, is also a rich source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats and essential amino acids. A comfort food that’s good for you? Who knew!

There are a plethora of options for peanut butter on the market but I ventured into making my own. Scratch-made is always the best in my book – especially when you can fortify the humble peanut butter with a superfood.

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I created two versions: natural peanut butter for pureness and simplicity and cocoa peanut butter for enhanced flavour and nutrition. Raw cocoa is recognized as a superfood because it is rich in flavanols, a compound that has a protective role against heart disease. Flavanols help to reduce the levels of harmful LDL-cholesterol in our bodies. The key is to select a 100% raw cocoa powder as processing strips the cocoa of its flavanol and mineral contents. Raw cocoa + natural peanut butter = your kitchen’s power couple!

Cocoa Peanut Butter

2 cups of natural peanuts

1 teaspoon 100% raw cocoa powder

1/8 cup chopped dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more – I used Callebaut)

Sprinkle of fleur de sel

1 teaspoon pure Mexican vanilla extract

  1. In a food processor, process peanuts until they are coarsely-ground. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add cocoa powder, chocolate, and fleur de sel and process for another minute until peanuts are finely-ground.
  3. Continue to process while slowly drizzling vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth and uniform.
  4. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight mason jar in the refrigerator.
  5. If there is any left to share, this recipe also makes a great gift! Fill a mason jar to the brim, seal it tightly, and wrap it with twine for a little rusticness.

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