If you have a food processor and have access to fresh dry roasted peanuts, you can make your own peanut butter. Just run the peanuts with the chopping blade... it may take a few minutes, but it will get there. It tastes fresher than pre-ground natural PB, and it's probably cheaper, too.
Make sure it runs a few minutes. You may have to stop and break up clumps with a stiff spatula or a wooden spoon, but you don't have to add extra oil. You can also toast your own nuts (carefully) at a low heat on the stovetop or in the oven. Works for other types of nuts, too.
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If you or your children have nut allergies and cannot use peanut butter or other nut butters, give SunButter a try. Unlike Soy butter (yuck), it tastes just like peanut butter. It is made from sunflower seeds I use it in recipes that call for peanut butter, so that my allergic son can safely enjoy them. I also spread it on toast or enjoy it any other way you would normally enjoy peanut butter.
It's National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Peanut butter may be high in fat, but it's the HEART-HEALTHY kinbd. Make sure you choose a "natural" peanut butter that doesn't contain added oil on the ingredients list, or make your own from scratch!
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