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Peanut Butter

ImageWe love peanut butter.  When we first got married, we would buy peanut butter in 4lb containers…and eat it in a month!  Slowly, grocery stores stopped stocking them, so we would check for stores on road trips.  I think one time we bought 10 containers of it!

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Fast forward a few years and we still love peanut butter.  But now we have a Vita Mix!  Possibly the most utilized gift our family has received was the gift of time and labor and resources from our parents to create our wonderful kitchen in our new house.  But the second most utilized gift is probably our Vita Mix.  We use it at least 4 times a week.  During the summer, Brad and the kids make smoothies several times a week, we make soup and sauces, refried beans and PEANUT BUTTER!  The concept is simple enough.  Dump in peanuts, turn it on, tamp the peanuts into the blades and voila!  My mom helped with a suggestion of a bit of coconut oil (2 teaspoons) and I drizzle in some honey.  This is spreadable, delicious, natural goodness!  If you don’t have a Vita Mix, just ask us for some…we love making peanut butter and are happy to share 🙂

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1 lb peanuts (50% salted is great.  If they’re unsalted, you should just add some salt to the peanuts – maybe 1/2 teaspoon, otherwise the peanuts don’t grind as smooth)

2 teaspoons coconut oil

2 teaspoons honey

Put everything in, turn Vita Mix on, slowly increase to 8.  Blend and tamp until peanuts start to grind.  It takes about a minute.  Scrape into a jar and top.  What doesn’t get scraped gets turned into a peanut butter smoothie 🙂

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Homemade Staples

 

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Homemade Granola

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Our family loves granola.  We make a new batch about 2 times a month…and it’s not a small batch.  There’s lots of granola recipes out there.  I’ve tried a bunch.  This one just happens to be the easiest.  I’ll probably post later on some others that I love because they cluster or the flavors, but for an everyday easy and delicious granola, this is it!  It takes about 5 minutes to mix up – about the amount of time to heat up the oven.  Then it cooks for about an hour.  Done!

Homemade granola

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7 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup crisp rice cereal

1 Tablespoon cinnamon (plus other spices as you choose: ginger, cloves, nutmeg, etc.)

3/4 cup honey

3/4 cup maple syrup

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 275.

Mix together dry ingredients in one bowl, wet in another.  Stir the 2 together until well coated.

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.  Bake about 45 minutes, stirring once (about 20 minutes in).  If you bake it longer, it gets crunchier and darker.

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Printable version: Homemade Granola



 
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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Homemade Staples

 

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