Saturday, February 05, 2011

Nuts for Co-Op Nut Butter

One of the Co-Op's shining-star products is their offering of all-natural peanut butters. Free from pesky add-ins like sugar or hydrogenated oils, the Co-Op nut butters feature one star ingredient: roasted nuts.

The result? A flavorful, nutritious, protein-packed powerhouse to spread on your classic PB & J sandwich. (Or, your AB & J sandwich if Almond Butter is your nut spread of choice).

The Co-Op offers a fantastic self-serve station for you to scoop your own peanut butter, too. Containers are provided, or you can bring your own jar and fill it up with just the right amount for you.

If you're seeking ways to incorporate more plant-based sources of protein into your daily dining routine, consider some of the following options to put your Co-Op natural nut butter to use:
  • Top your morning bowl of oats with a scoop of nut butter, a handful of blueberries, a splash of vanilla, and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
  • Spread nut butter on a banana slice for a mid-morning or after-work snack.
  • Try your hand at a delicious peanut stew recipe--many recipes contain basic ingredients like sweet potatoes, tomato juice, all-natural peanut butter, and raw, unsalted peanuts (also available at the Co-op).
  • Looking for a way to use up blackened bananas? Whip up a batch of peanut butter-banana pancakes or quick bread for breakfast.
  • Cookies! The possibilities are endless with nut butters.
The following vegan cookie recipe features your favorite nut butter as its star ingredient--just about any kind will work! Don't expect them to last long in your cookie jar...

Vegan Nut Butter Cookies

(recipe from Love Like a Vegan blog)



Ingredients:

1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 TBSP sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/3 cup of your favorite all-natural nut butter (peanut or almond butter work great)

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

3 TBSP oil


Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.


2) In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients (almond butter through oil). Gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the baking sheet. Bake for 7 - 8 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom.


1 comment:

Diane said...

Wow! These cookies look awesome. However, I'd also like the recipe for peanut butter banana pancakes:)