Who doesn’t love this crunchy/creamy delicious wonder that fits just about any meal?
Peanut butter is a 100% vegan unless in rare situations where you’ll come across some which contain honey making them non-vegan. Naturally, salt and ground peanuts are peanut butter’s main ingredients. However, in some cases, sugar is added in a small percentage to add a little sweetness to the salty taste and oil to enhance its smoothness.
Types of Peanut Butter
You’ll find two main sets of categories on store shelves: the natural or regular peanut butter, or the creamy and crunchy peanut butter.
As the name suggests, natural peanut butter is made up of natural ingredients only. Most of the natural peanut butter are just peanuts and salt pounded into a paste. Occasionally vegan oils like palm oil or peanut oil are added to natural peanut butter and natural sweeteners such as molasses may be added.
However, when shopping for natural peanut butter in an ordinary food store, you need to exercise caution. Because it is not uncommon to come across some strange brands with egg whites. Alternatively, why not have your peanut butter ground for you on order and as you watch? This way you will be sure to have it as you like it. It is quite easy to make:
The regular peanut butter resembles natural peanut butter. The only difference is they both contain processed sugar, and partly hydrogenated vegetable oils to make it smooth. To avoid the additional calories in sugar and the harmful Trans fats in the hydrogenated oils, most people prefer natural over regular peanut butter.
If you are not into DIYing in the kitchen, you can always get a jar or two of great peanut butter from Amazon. I prefer Smartfruit Peanut Butter.
Most of the strict vegans do not take honey. However, some who count themselves vegans consume honey. In most cases, honey may be in both natural and regular peanut butter, although the natural peanut butter that has honey in is clearly indicated. Always check the ingredients to be sure.
A Major Source of Proteins for Vegans
If you are the healthy vegan who is overly keen on calories, then you’ll be relieved to know that peanut butter is protein, natural oil, and fiber-packed, and is, in fact, a great prevention of cardiovascular conditions.
Peanut butter is one of the major sources of proteins, fats, and Vitamin E for vegans.
A good thing about this yummy spread is that you can get creative with it and cook it in meals for thickening or flavor or use it in snacks.
Why not try this filling Vegan Peanut Butter Brownies recipe?
What’s your best peanut butter combination?