Peanut Butter Hummus

Peanut Butter Hummus PinThis Peanut Butter Hummus recipe was inspired by a freak weather event in Atlanta. Amelia had travelled back to Denver for her day job and on the day of her return flight to Atlanta, we had 8 inches of snow, which cancelled hundreds of flights.

She was able to fly back the next evening, but the roads were slushy from all the melting snow and the temperatures were predicted to drop below freezing after sunset. Since her flight wasn’t scheduled to arrive until 8PM, we decided to get a hotel room near the airport so we wouldn’t have to drive back to Marietta on icy roads.

Amelia has tons of Marriott points from her years of travelling for sales, so we reserved a room at the Renaissance Hotel. It’s still not easy to eat vegan at hotels (or on airplanes), but they did have a few options for us.

One of them was a version of hummus made from a local culinary favorite: boiled peanuts. We had never heard of boiled peanuts before our stay in Atlanta, but it’s a popular appetizer on area restaurant menus. We ordered some at a restaurant with some friends and Amelia loved them, but I didn’t like them. They were too messy for me. I’d rather eat them as nature (and ballparks) intended…out of the unboiled shell.

Or in delicious hummus! Rather than go through the hassle of boiling peanuts and deshelling them to match the Renaissance Hotel’s Boiled Peanut Hummus, we decided take the easy route by using peanut butter.

Basically, we used our Classic Vegan Hummus recipe and swapped out the tahini with peanut butter, and it’s absolutely delicious! It goes really well with pita chips, apples, celery or your favorite hummus delivery device.

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Apple with Peanut Butter

Apple Peanut Butter PinApple with Peanut Butter is one of Amelia’s favorite snacks, and now it’s one of mine, too! For most of my life, the only way I would eat an apple is if it was baked into an Apple Pie. More recently, I added Healthy Cooked Apples to my repertoire. But now…I eat ’em raw!

In his book, “How Not To Die“, Dr. Greger mentioned how much he liked Honeycrisp Apples. He said they were sweeter and juicier than other apples. This was news to me. I thought all apples came in two varieties: sweet or tart. I didn’t realize there were different levels of sweetness and tartness and juiciness!

The only apples I had tried were Red Delicious and Granny Smith. Red Delicious apples were always mealy, not very juicy, and not very sweet. Granny Smith apples were always too tart for me, unless they were cooked into a pie with lots of sugar.

Following Dr. Greger’s recommendation, I bought a Honeycrisp Apple on our next trip to the grocery store. He is absolutely right: it’s sweet and juicy. And unlike any raw apple I’d ever tasted, it wasn’t mealy either…very crispy.

On our next trip to the store, I was determined to load up on those delicious Honeycrisp Apples. However, my curiosity was peaked.

“Do all the apples taste differently? Are there other kinds I might like better?”

As I was contemplating buying a different type just to try it, a woman reached in front of me for a Pink Lady Apple. So I asked her what they tasted like, and her eyes lit up. She said they’re even better than Honeycrisp Apples! I had to have one!

The Pink Lady is both tart and sweet at the same time, and it’s just as juicy as the Honeycrisp. The Honeycrisp is a little sweeter, but without the tartness. Both offer a flavor explosion in your mouth, without the mealy texture.

Now, I can’t get enough apples. They’re one of the healthiest foods on the planet, so I finally have a vice that won’t kill me!

You can eat them plain, but I prefer them with a little peanut butter. It’s a nice compliment to their sweetness. Be sure to buy organic peanut butter, or better yet, grind it up from fresh organic peanuts. Most Whole Foods and some smaller natural stores have nut butter grinders available.

If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol or lose weight, you may want to skip the peanut butter. I know Greger says it’s ok and that oil-free peanut butter is healthy, but I’m going with Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Ornish on this one. My cholesterol was still very high and I was still overweight eating a WFPB diet for over 2 years until I reduced my fat intake to 10% or less of calories. The only way to eat a truly low-fat diet is to significantly reduce all sources of saturated fat, including nuts and avocados.

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Vegan Apple Pie

Vegan Apple PieLike the Vegan Cherry Pie recipe, this Vegan Apple Pie recipe is a little slice of heaven when you make it with Mom’s Famous Vegan Pie Crust. No one will know it’s vegan so it’s a great dessert to demonstrate how amazing vegan food can taste to your friends and family.

Granny Smith apples are the best choice for a vegan apple pie. The tartness of the apples pairs well with the sweetness of the sugar and spice from the cinnamon. Serve with some vanilla nice-cream and you’ve got yourself a decadent dessert for your next holiday meal or any special occasion.

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