Is Peanut Butter Vegan? + Unforgettable Recipes + Tips to Beat Cancer
Is Peanut Butter Vegan?
Yes, definitely! Nearly 100% are pure vegan!
Most peanut butters are a mixture of peanuts, oil and salt. Every now and again you will find some brands adding honey to their mixture so be careful and read the label.
So now that you know, there is no holding you back from this yummy treat!
Peanuts are NOT a nut?
As any botanist will tell you, a peanut is not a nut. Peanuts belong rather to the legume family. Their closest relatives are the soybean and the legume and not the almond or walnut - as is most popular thought.
Like the tree nut, peanuts are filling and are an excellent source of protein. Additionally, they are cheaper than Almonds and other nuts. Enjoy them in salads and other meals. The recommended serving is ¼ of a cup or a small handful.
Why would someone prefer Vegan Peanut Butter?
There are a few reasons why you will want to choose vegan/natural peanut butter over some of the others.
1, As mentioned above, some manufacturers add honey to their mix. They also add unnecessary amounts of salt and oils - which add up to make it unhealthy.
2, There are reports that some manufacturers even add palm oil. The detrimental effects of palm oil are for another article.
Health Benefits of Peanuts
Fight Cardiovascular Disease = Healthy Heart
Peanuts contain monounsaturated fats which are linked to reducing cardiovascular disease. Additionally, they are packed with protein - only ¼ of a cup will meet almost 19% of your recommended protein intake.
Excellent source of Antioxidants
Peanuts have more antioxidants than blackberries, strawberries, apples and carrots.
Found in peanuts is oleic acid, which is the healthy part of olive oil. A University of Florida study suggests that by roasting peanuts, you get a boost of 22% more antioxidant polyphenols.
Help to Reduce Cancer
Studies indicate that peanuts contain nutrients such as folic acid, phytosterols, phytic acid (inositol hexaphosphate) and resveratrol, together it suggests that they may be anti-cancer fighting properties.
For a long time, peanuts have been known to reduce the risk of colon cancer. To reap the benefits of this friendly legume, it is suggested you consume them twice a week.
Eat Peanut Butter - Help to Prevent Gallstones
A study of 80,000 women over 20 years shows that if peanuts are consumed once a week (1-ounce serving), its reduces gallstones by 25%. 1-ounce is roughly two tablespoons of peanut butter - So, can you tell me if there is an easier way of taking advantage of this?
Preserve your Brain as you Age and aid in the prevention of Alzheimer's
The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry shows that by regularly consuming foods rich in niacin, you will help in the fight against age-related reductions in cognitive performance and other age-related diseases.
To achieve this benefit, you will need to consume 22 mg of niacin per day. As the study suggests, you will enjoy a 70% reduction in the likelihood of developing these crushing diseases.
Recipe for making Vegan Peanut Butter
(Easy) Homemade Vegan Peanut Butter
2 ½ cups of whole roasted peanuts
Sea Salt to taste
1, Add the peanuts to your Food Processor (AFF Link) and set your machine to ‘puree.'
2, You want the mixture to come out as a liquid, so to do that blend for 6-9 minutes depending on the quality of your blender. Note: At regular intervals, stop the machine and unplug from electricity, and use a spatula to stir the mix and ensure even distribution.
3, When you notice that the peanuts have turned into a pasty consistency, add your salt to taste.
4, Once you have finished blending, be sure to taste your mix and add salt to your liking.
Pro tip: Don’t make the mistake of finishing blending too soon. You are aiming for a creamy consistency.
"The Best Vegan Peanut Butter Recipes"
Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
Have some friends coming over and want to make something for them?
This is super easy and quick to make on short notice.
Soy Milk 1 ½ cups
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) (1 teaspoon)
Plain flour 2 cups
Caster Sugar 2 cups
Baking Powder 1 teaspoon
Salt 1 teaspoon
Canola oil ½ cup
Vegan Choc Chips (white) 1 cup
⅓ cup vegan peanut butter
1, Preheat oven to 180 degrees and spray your tray with oil. After, line with baking paper.
2, In a bowl, mix the soymilk and ACV together.
3, In another bowl, sift the flour and cocoa.
4, Add the sugar, baking powder and salt to the flour/cocoa.
5, Carefully pour your soy milk/oil mix in and stir together.
6, After mixing well, add your choc chips to the mix.
7, Put your peanut butter in a bowl and microwave it for a few seconds.
8, Pour the mix into your baking tray, then put the peanut butter on top. Using a knife, you can make a few swirls, so the PB mixes in a little.
9, Oven bake for 1 hour. Take out and let sit before serving.
Note: If you have a short, deep baking tray your Brownies will be quite thick (like the ones in the recipe). If you have a wider baking dish, your brownies will be thinner, so adjust the cooking time.
[No Sugar, No Milk] Vegan Peanut Butter Icecream
4 bananas (that are ripe, with spots on)
Vegan Peanut Butter (crunchy)
1, Cut bananas into 2-inch pieces
2, Put chopped banana pieces onto a plate and place into the freezer for 2-3 hours
3, Take frozen banana pieces and pop them in your food processor. Note: You can still complete this recipe with a GOOD QUALITY BLENDER(aff link) if it's not high enough quality it won’t work.
4, Blend the bananas in your food processor until you have a rich, creamy consistency. Like a puree. Depending on your processor 3-4 minutes.
5, Add two tablespoons of Vegan Peanut Butter.
6, Continue to blend.
Pro tip: You can enjoy this AS IS which is pretty amazing. However, the ice-cream will be soft. If you prefer, remove from processor and place in freezer for 3-4 hours.
Note: the ripper that the bananas are the sweeter the flavor will be.
[Chocolate] Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie
Coconut Water 2 Cups
Maple Syrup 1 Tablespoon
Vanilla Extract 1 Teaspoon
Sea Salt ¼ Teaspoon
Bananas 2 Large (chopped and frozen)
Cocoa Powder 1 Tablespoon (heaped)
Vegan Peanut Butter (1-2 Tablespoons)
1, In a blender, add:
- Coconut water
- Vanilla extract
- Maple syrup
- Frozen chopped bananas
- Cocoa powder
- Peanut butter
2, Blend to smoothie consistency.
Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
Vegan Peanut Butter 1 Cup
Maple Syrup ½ Cup
Vanilla Extract ½ Teaspoon
Brown Rice Flour ⅓ Cup
Sea Salt Pinch
Vegan Chocolate Chips ⅓ Cup
1, Preheat Oven to (180C/350F)
2, In a bowl mix PB, vanilla extract and maple syrup.
3, In another bowl, mix flour and salt well.
4, Add contents of both bowls together. Then, add choc chips.
5, Spoon 1 tablespoon of the mix out for each cookie. Space generously on the tray. Use a fork to flatten cookies.
6, Bake for 10 minutes.
Vegan Peanut Butter Pancakes
I think that these speak for themselves! Any excuse to have these will do, they are especially enjoyable on those lazy Sunday mornings when there is nothing to do but chill out.
Enjoy with fruit OR the Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream recipe above.
Almond Milk 1 Cup
White Flour 1 Cup
Maple Syrup 2 Tablespoons
Vegan Peanut Butter 1 Tablespoon
Vanilla Extract 1 Teaspoon
Baking Powder 1 Teaspoon
Baking Soda ½ Teaspoon
Sea Salt Pinch
Coconut Oil for cooking
1, In a large bowl, add and whisk all the dry ingredients together.
2, In another bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together taking extra care to ensure that the peanut butter is mixed through thoroughly.
3, Combine the contents of both bowls into one.
4, Warm up a non-stick frying pan to Low-Medium heat. Add coconut oil.
5, Spoon out pancakes as large as you would like into the pan. Once in the pan, use your spatula to flatten each, so they are not too thick (1cm) and shape into a nice circle. Cook for 1-2 mins each side.
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