Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Peanut Butter

First off, thank you all for all the sweet comments on my last post! I really appreciate each and every one of you. πŸ™‚

I’ve always loved peanut butter. Just ask my english teacher freshman year of college. I’m sure he could tell you all about my love for peanut butter since one of my papers submitted to him highlighted my passion for the nutty spread in no less than three pages. I’ll spare you the details.

Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Peanut Butter

What I hate is the fact that peanut butter and other nut butters get a bad wrap because they’re “fattening”. Yes, they have a considerable amount of fat, but fat is healthy for us. You probably already know this, but just in case you’re ever tempted to buy fat free packaged foods, remember that most fat free foods are loaded with added sugar to replace the fat. One exception is reduced fat dairy. I do tend to go with reduced fat versions of plain Greek yogurt, but that’s really the only thing. Dietary fats are important in our diets for many reasons – the maintenance of healthy skin, immune function, as well as the development of the brain and visual systems. They’re a carrier for fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K and lastly, they make things taste good and keep you feeling full.

I can’t say all this without mentioning that all fats aren’t created equal – you should try to stick with unsaturated fats (poly and mono) and decrease your consumption of trans and saturated fats (except coconut oil). I like getting my healthy fats from nuts, seeds (chia seeds!), avocados and olive and coconut oil as well as seafood.

So there your have it, eat your healthy fats! Just be sure to watch your portion sizes because foods high in fat are typically calorie dense as well. A little goes a long way.

This little jar of homemade cinnamon vanilla coconut peanut butter is how I’ve been getting my fat in this week.

It’s creamy with a little crunch from the dried coconut and sweetness from the vanilla and cinnamon. The best part is that it was super easy to make. A few minutes in the processor and voila – creamy peanut butter. I think I’m in love!

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Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut Peanut Butter and Balls


Description

You can make homemade peanut butters in a food processor or in a high powdered blender like a Vita-Mix.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts (I used home-cooked unsalted Virginia peanuts)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened dried coconut

Instructions

  1. Place peanuts in a food processor and process for 10 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides. Add cinnamon and vanilla and began processing again — about 2 minutes. Once the peanut butter has reached your desired consistency, turn machine off and stir in dried coconut.
  2. Store in a air-tight container.

Because I was feeling extra ambitious in the kitchen, I decided to use homemade peanut butter (a plain variety) to make some peanut butter balls inspired by these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No Bake Balls. When Gina said they tasted like Reese’s peanut butter cups (my favorite candy growing up) I knew I needed to make them.

 

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    27 comments
    1. Dana Blair
      March 3, 2013 AT 11:45 am

      When your recipe for Cinnamon Vanilla Coconut PB popped up, I absolutely had to try it. Four of my favorite flavors in one protein packed jar? Too good to be true. I didn’t have any peanuts on hands though so I substituted almonds. It turned out super creamy and DELICIOUS! Now I’m looking for excuses to put it on all my snacks. Thanks for sharing!

    2. Raquel @ Ovenmitts Vegan Blog
      March 14, 2012 AT 5:26 pm

      These look way too good! I’ve always wanted to make some homemade PB, but don’t have a proper food processor! And I don’t think my mini one would be up to the task… Until I get one, I’ll just have to make the balls with the store-bought kind… still great, I’m sure!

    3. Rhonda
      March 14, 2012 AT 1:29 pm

      I LOVE peanut butter too, but it’s not just the fat content that’s giving it a bad wrap – I’ve also read that they also tend to have high levels of carcinogenic aflatoxins. o.O One reference is : http://whole9life.com/2009/12/peanut-manifesto/ (I could cry.)

      That being said, I still do enjoy my natural PB occasionally, just not every day as I used to πŸ™

    4. nicole @ Making good choices
      March 13, 2012 AT 9:19 am

      These look amazing! I love making different types of pb, it’s so fun! (and more cost effective!)

    5. Emily
      March 12, 2012 AT 11:12 pm

      This recipe looks amazing – I did not even know that you could make your own peanut butter (and customize it) so easily! Cannot wait to try it πŸ™‚

    6. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
      March 12, 2012 AT 11:09 pm

      Amen to not avoiding all fats!! Your peanut butter looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

    7. Jessie @ amomgetsfit
      March 12, 2012 AT 7:33 pm

      Sounds like two extremely delicious recipes!!! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try them!

    8. Magda
      March 12, 2012 AT 5:35 pm

      Absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait to try another recipe.
      And your photos are FANTASTIC! Great job!

    9. Kelly
      March 12, 2012 AT 12:42 pm

      I love the inclusion of cinnamon, vanilla and coconut. Sounds like delicious layers of flavors.

    10. LizAshlee
      March 12, 2012 AT 7:34 am

      I love little snacks/treats like this..some of my fav!

    11. Sue Kauffman
      March 11, 2012 AT 10:26 pm

      These look good. How long did it take to make everything (total time)?

      1. Eating Bird Food
        March 11, 2012 AT 10:49 pm

        Hi Sue. Which recipe are you wondering about?

    12. Linz @ Itz Linz
      March 11, 2012 AT 10:16 pm

      omg i have to try your peanut butter recipe! it sounds AMAZING!!

    13. Lauren
      March 11, 2012 AT 9:02 pm

      These balls sound delicious and definitely my kind of baking! No baking required is about all I’m capable of. πŸ™‚

    14. Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt
      March 11, 2012 AT 11:37 am

      Great recipe, I have been wanting to make my own for a long time now. This definitely motivated me.

    15. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
      March 10, 2012 AT 9:33 pm

      Love your variation on these! I almost always put chia seeds in mine too, this was one of the few times I didn’t actually. Either way, delicious πŸ™‚ Have a great rest of the weekend!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        March 11, 2012 AT 10:08 am

        Thanks for the recipe Gina! I hope you have a great weekend as well. πŸ™‚

    16. Kendra Kat
      March 10, 2012 AT 6:12 pm

      Looks so delicious! I will be making both of these for sure πŸ™‚

      I have to ask (since I love it sooo much) where can I get a cute little bird spoon like the one you have in your PB picture? I want one so bad! (I too love birdies) πŸ˜€

      1. Eating Bird Food
        March 11, 2012 AT 10:06 am

        The little spoon is part of a measuring spoon set from Anthropologie. I got it last year so I’m not sure they have them anymore. Hopefully you can find them though!

    17. Elle
      March 10, 2012 AT 5:39 pm

      These look good!

      The first homemade pb I ever had was from raw peanuts, only. And it was the first pb I ever liked, too! Now I will eat it when I make it with roasted peanuts, but nothing else added.

      I like the idea of adding coconut.

    18. Jamie @ Don’t Forget the Cinnamon
      March 10, 2012 AT 3:19 pm

      Oooh I love the idea of a peanut/coconut hybrid butter!!

    19. Amanda
      March 10, 2012 AT 2:21 pm

      Both sound fantastic! Can’t wait to try them. I love PB from the VitaMix! Thanks for the ideas and the healthy fats info!

    20. Katharina
      March 10, 2012 AT 2:17 pm

      Oh man! Add coconut to anything and I’ll try it! That sounds tasty, actually both recipes d. I’m gonna have to forward the Reese’s-esque recipe to my dad. It’s one if his childhood favorites but he doesn’t like it anymore because it no longer tastes the same (probably not the same ingredients/recipe). I just made some homemade almond butter, and next time I want to make a variation of your recipe using the almond butter.

      xo, have a wonderful weekend!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        March 11, 2012 AT 10:03 am

        Thanks Katharina! I hope your dad likes the balls.

    21. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
      March 10, 2012 AT 12:50 pm

      I am so making these. Looks delicious!!

    22. Jess @JessCantCook
      March 10, 2012 AT 12:49 pm

      Your homemade peanut butter looks so yummy! I still haven’t used the new food processor we got for the wedding, I didn’t realize it was so easy to make your own peanut butter so we’ll have to try that!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        March 11, 2012 AT 10:02 am

        Let me know if you end up trying to make your own nut butter Jess! You’ll love it.

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