To say that I am a fan of peanut butter is a big understatement, I absolutely love it. The recent distribution push from American brand Hershey’s in the UK is great news for me as it means that their Reese’s Peanut Buttercups, and other nutty chocolate bars, are popping up in supermarkets up and down the country. During a recent trip to Canada, I noticed many more nutty chocolate bars than we have in the UK. Peanut Butter Snickers, for example, and even Peanut Butter Twix. It gave me a taste for what we’re missing in the UK, where we lag behind other countries in this domain. Even in Bali there were a number of nutty chocolate bars that would make a great addition to UK shelves. What’s going on guys?
The point is, the UK do not often think to add nuts to sweet treats. The best you’ll get is usually a dusting of almond flakes but even that is gold dust in these parts. Nuts are a great source of omega 3s, protein and vitamin E, and provide a slow release of energy. Not that there’s much saving grace in a chocolate bar, but health benefits aside, nuts can make a dish more satisfying, Almonds can even lower your cholesterol and promote heart health. So this week I made peanut butter pancakes. Yes an indulgent dessert, but they could also work as a protein-rich brunch or post-workout meal. As always, the key is moderation.
I used a variation of a couple of different recipes, and ended up with the below.
1/2 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium egg
1/2 cup milk
Basic recipe is to mix the flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl. In another bowl, mix the peanut butter, sugar and oil, and then add the beaten egg and milk. Combine wet and dry ingredients and then fry a large spoon of batter in a well oiled pan to make beautiful nutty pancakes.
Serve with maple syrup/butter, chocolate or even banana. Chopped peanuts would make a great topping, too. And remember, don’t forget your workout first!
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