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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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana SmoothieThis Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe will make you think it’s a delicious dessert. It’s rich and creamy, but packed full of nutrients.

Bananas are a great source of potassium, but they’re also a great source of complex carbs, and the dates are too. Those complex carbs will help you power through your next workout and the peanut butter slows down the absorption so you get a nice and steady burn.

If you make this smoothie ahead of time, you can take it to work with you for lunch. And if you add a little spinach to it, you won’t taste it but it’ll add extra nutrients and the green hue will keep the refrigerator poachers at bay.

You’ll need to freeze your bananas ahead of time, but be sure to peel them first. It’s not easy to peel a frozen banana…

You can make this peanut butter banana smoothie raw by using fresh ground peanut butter and homemade almond milk.

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Vegan Overnight Oats

Vegan Overnight Oats PinThis raw vegan overnight oats recipe is fast and easy to make, and it works great for busy morning schedules. The hardest part is remembering to prepare it the night before!

Oats are a nutritious way to start your day. According to Dr. Greger, “Oats contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients that can help prevent buildup in the arteries and maintain arterial function. The fiber in oatmeal binds to cholesterol, resulting in lower blood cholesterol levels. In fact, just one serving a day of oats or barley may lower cholesterol.”

Oatmeal is also great for your weight loss goals! “The soluble fiber of oatmeal forms a gel in the stomach, delaying stomach emptying. The oatmeal fiber makes people feel full for a longer period, helping with weight loss. In a double-blinded randomized trial of overweight and obese men and women, almost 90% of the oatmeal-treated subjects reduced their body weight compared to the control group that had no weight loss.”

We like vegan overnight oats because it’s a hearty breakfast that you don’t have to cook in the morning. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings so for us, we can eat it on two different mornings. I don’t recommend keeping it more than two days, though, so you’ll need to finish it quickly.

If you love oats like we do, you might also enjoy our raw Rolled Oats Breakfast recipe.

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Peanut Butter Protein BallsThese Peanut Butter Protein Balls are a simple and delicious snack that also satisfies your chocolate cravings. Just remember that each ball has 114 calories so don’t go crazy and eat them all in one sitting if your goal is weight loss.

Amelia and I like to keep a sealed container of these in the refrigerator so we have healthy chocolate snacks available when our chocolate cravings hit. As a kid, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups were my favorite candy and these protein balls have a similar chocolaty-peanut butter taste in a vegan, protein rich package.

You can substitute the peanut butter with cashew butter, almond butter or your favorite nut butter if you prefer something else.

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Chocolate Tofu Pudding

Chocolate Tofu PuddingThis Chocolate Tofu Pudding is a protein rich, chocolate peanut butter tofu pudding dessert. It’s been a favorite of mine for years and only takes a few minutes to make. You will need a blender, though.

Before switching to a vegan diet, this was the only recipe of mine that used tofu. Looking back, it’s odd that the only time I used tofu was in a creamy dessert. Now we cook with it all the time. Tofu doesn’t have much flavor of its own so it tastes like whatever you’re cooking.

We pour the pudding into small glass serving bowls, but you can also use small glasses or sealable containers. It’s best to eat them within 2 days or they get a tough pudding film on the top.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Peanut Butter Banana BitesThis Peanut Butter Banana Bites are a delicious treat that Amelia loved as a child, but I just had my first one today.

I told her, “These are amazing! Who knew banana and peanut butter went so well together?!” And she replied dryly, “Elvis.” I guess that’s an inside joke because I have no idea what she’s talking about.

This is a great pre-workout snack. It has healthy complex carbs from the banana to give you an energy boost. Plus protein from the peanut butter to slow down the absorption. It’ll give you a nice slow burn.

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Steel Cut Oats w/ Chia Seeds

Steel Cut OatsSteel Cut Oats is a staple breakfast for me. It’s fast and easy to prepare, with lots of healthy nutrients. While they’re almost nutritionally equal, steel cut oats fill me up more than rolled oats and seem to stick with me longer.

Chia seeds are considered by many to be a super-food because of their nutritional density. They have lots of protein and because they expand in liquid, they make you feel fuller. If you’re trying to lose weight, this is a good way to trick your stomach into thinking you’ve eaten more than you have.

The peanut butter thickens up the oats and adds more protein while slowing the absorption. With the spices and fruit, this makes a delicious breakfast.

With a glass of cashew milk, this recipe keeps me full until lunch. If you have a sweet tooth, you can add more agave or replace with a tablespoon of organic brown sugar.

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