Peanut butter. Ah. Peanut BUTT-AH, YAH! This nut butter is an absolute staple in the cupboards of many a lean, clean-eating machine – provided you get the stuff which is devoid of palm oil and just has 100% peanuts on the ingredients label.
Nut butters in general are fantastic sources of energy, “good fats” and protein. Did you know you could easily make your own nut butter at home, simply by pulverising nuts in a food processor? Their high fat contact means that enough churnin’ will have you earnin’ a blender-full of homemade nut butter at the push of a button.
Flavoursome, wholesome and nutty (duh), this versatile condiment can be used to top number of food stuff – apples, porridge, celery – or even eaten straight out of the jar for the true Nutters.
It can also be used in baking and that’s how we’re going to get our fix today! It’s worth noting that in fact, you can use any nut butter you fancy – my personal favourite is cashew, but at twice the price as peanut butter, the latter is a much more purse-friendly option.
Presenting, Peanut Butter Baked Bites!
These little spherical mounds are not only delicious, but also vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and goddamn GUILT-FREE.
Truthfully, these aren’t for a palate which is accustomed to sugar-laden goodies. Though there is some sweetness from the maple syrup, these aren’t a “sweet” biscuit. They also aren’t what I’d consider a biscuit, as they’re much softer, and slightly chewier. There’s no definitive “crunch”, but there is definitive “yum!”. Hence, why I’ve named them a baked bite.
This recipe is so incredible simple to throw together – a one bowl recipe that’s prepped in less than 5 minutes and baked in 12! You can adjust it slightly to cater to your tastes – perhaps a touch more cinnamon or vanilla essence, or if you’re not bothered about calorie-counting, drizzle or dip in some dark chocolate for decadence.
These have also formed the base for another recipe that will be posted shortly- trust me, it’s worth the wait.
Clean Peanut Butter Baked Bites
(makes approx. 20 & 46kcal per bite)
- 100g ground almonds
- 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 45g peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
- 15g natural sweetner such as Truvia
- 10g maple syrup (or honey if you’re not vegan)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 30ml almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- Preheat the oven to 180C, and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground almonds, bicarb and spices.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. The batter should be fairly thick and not too gloopy.
- Taking a teaspoon’s worth of batter at a time, roll into balls and then flatten slightly in between your palms.
- Put on the baking tray and if you want, you can make indentations with a form to create a pattern on the baked bite. Repeat until all batter is gone, leaving 1-2cm gaps between the bites.
- Baked for 10-12 minutes, and leave to cool for 10 on a cooling rack.
- Enjoy with a cup of tea ,or crumbled over some Greek yoghurt.