Do you love smooth peanut butter, or crunchy? Everyone sits in one camp, or the other, there is no in-between. Many households around Australia have one of each in their pantries, as smooth-lovers don't love crunchy, and vice versa, so it is much easier just to buy both!
These recipes below can use either, but as a passionate smooth-lover myself, I can only attest to using smooth. Either way, all of them have the delicious, comforting, yummy taste of peanut butter all throughout them. Why don't you go to peanut butter heaven and try one - or all of them - this weekend!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup raw sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 egg.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and then place teaspoon-sized balls of mixture onto a lined baking tray. If you use smooth peanut butter, it will appear runny, however if you leave it a little longer in the bowl it soon firms up to scoop out. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, until browned around the outside.
2/ Peanut Butter & Caramel Popcorn
Ingredients: 4 cups popped popcorn, 1/4 cup runny honey, 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter, 2 Tablespoons margarine.
Heat honey in a small saucepan for 5 minutes until hot. Stir in peanut butter and butter and pour over hot popcorn.
3/ Peanut Butter & Honey Energy Balls
Ingredients: 1 cup dates, 1 cup oats, 1/4 cup smooth and runny peanut butter, 3 Tablespoons honey, 1 Tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence.
Combine together in a food processor. Roll into small balls and store in an air tight container.
4/ Peanut Butter & Banana Ice-cream
Ingredients: 2 frozen bananas (sliced prior to freezing), 1 Tablespoon peanut butter, a squirt of honey (to taste), 1 Tablespoon milk.
Pulse the frozen bananas on their own in a food processor, until they start to get stuck. Add the peanut butter, honey and milk and mix to combine. If it is too hard to move, add a dash of milk. Mix for 1 - 2 minutes until smooth.
5/ Choc Peanut Chickpea Slice
Wet ingredients: 420g can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed), 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Dry ingredients: 2 cups oats, 1/2 cup Stevia, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup dark choc chips.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a rectangle baking tin with baking paper. Mix together wet ingredients in a food processor. Add dry ingredients, except for choc chips. Add 2 Tablespoons of water to help it mix. Take off the lid, remove the blade and mix in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Spoon mixture into a baking tin and press down firmly. Scatter remaining choc chips and press down into the mixture. Cook for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin, before cutting up into squares. Store in an airtight container. Peanut Butter is the ultimate comfort food - enjoy!