27 Oct 2009

Trick or Treat with Peanuts

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.

Rather than give out too many sweets this Halloween why not try some healthy peanut butter treats? Use a pure, raw, organic, peanut butter.

Peanuts are actually legumes, like beans and peas, and not nuts. They are very nutritious, containing a complete protein and are high in polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated oils. Peanuts also contain dietary fibre, manganese, vitamin E, niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), folic acid (folate), tryptophan, copper and silicon.

Health wise peanuts are one of the best snack foods. Only one ounce of peanuts contains as much as 70mgs of Resveratrol which is said to protect against atherosclerosis by preventing the oxidation of the LDL cholesterol causing plaque build up in arteries. Chicago Health and Ageing Project, did a study on niacin-rich foods such as peanuts and found they can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Eating peanuts can also boost your antioxidant intake.

Note: Approximately 2% of the population are allergic to peanuts. So be cautious when giving to children for the first time. They are also high in calories/kilojoules so eat sparingly if on a weight-loss diet.

From VegWeb Halloween Recipes

200 gms / 7-8 ozs cooking chocolate (dairy-free)
100 gms plain fried noodles
1 tbsp of crunchy peanut butter

Melt chocolate and peanut butter together. Add noodles and stir until noodles are covered in chocolate. Put teaspoons full of the mixture on a tray. Put in fridge until set (about 15 minutes). Serves: 30

Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge
From AllRecipes

3/4 cup / 170gms vegan margarine
1 cup / 260gms peanut butter
3 2/3 cups / 460gms confectioners' sugar

Lightly grease a 9"x9" / 23cmx23cm baking dish. In a saucepan over low heat, melt margarine. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Stir in confectioners' sugar, a little at a time, until well blended. Pat into prepared pan and chill until firm. Cut into squares. Serves 24.
Flawless Fudge Advice : Once the fudge reaches soft-ball stage 240F / 115C, do not stir it or even shake the pan until it has cooled to about 110F / 43C. When pouring the fudge from the saucepan to the serving pan, don't scrape the sides or bottom of saucepan or you may introduce unwanted sugar crystals into your finished fudge.

Health Fudge (RAW)
From 100HealthyRawSnacks

½ cup walnuts or almonds
½ cup raisins
½ cup dates
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup carob/cocoa powder
½ cup sesame seeds
½ cup desiccated coconut

Place nuts in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped, add dates and raisins and blend until smooth. Add all other ingredients and blend until well combined Press into dish or pan and chill, covered for several hours to harden. Cut into squares.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
From HealthDiaries

1 cup organic brown sugar
1 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup pure natural peanut butter (no added oils or corn sysrup)
7 cups puffed organic brown rice cereal

Combine sugar and brown rice syrup in saucepan and bring to a near boil while stirring often. Continue stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and mix well. Add puffed rice and mix well. Press the mixture into a greased pan and put in the fridge for several hours to cool and harden. If you want it to harden faster, stick it in the freezer for about an hour. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
From Big Oven
Fantastically soft cookies bursting with peanut buttery goodness!

6ozs / 170gms silken FIRM tofu
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup soy milk
1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
4 tsps molasses
2 tsps vanilla
3 cups quick cook oats
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a medium bowl mix flour, oats, soda, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl, cream peanut butter and sugar. In a blender or food processor crumble tofu, add apple sauce, oil and soy milk. Whiz until smooth. Add to the p/b - sugar mix. Beat in molasses and vanilla. Fold in oat/flour mix. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake 350* for 15-17 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before moving off cookie sheet. Cool completely and store in an air tight container. Yield: 45 Servings



Alisa - frugal foodie said...

Lately I can't get enough peanut butter, so these all look awesome!

aTxVegn said...

This post makes me glad I love peanuts and peanut butter!

Marion said...

It's too bad peanut butter has gotten such a bad rap lately, because of allergies. It is really a super food, good in all sorts of things, as your recipes show.

I love roasted peanuts...I can't think of anything better right now. You've made me hungry!

DaisyDeadhead said...

GREAT recipes, Jackie... I'll be linking on my veggie cookbook thread today.

Mihl said...

You can never have too many peanuts! I love them.

Anonymous said...

Yum!!! I love peanut butter and my kids do too. I have a feeling I will be making some of those recipes soon! Great blog by the way.

Ish said...

I love the recipes,I cant wait to try those peanuts recipes... thanks for sharing

Greenearth said...

Always love your food. Will check your site out for my Christmas treats.

Herina said...

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