Peanut Butter & Some Gluten Free Cookies

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Today, I’m here to discuss “why peanut butter is good for you?”

Helps you lose weight

Yes. It may seem a bit counter-intuitive. It is the combination of fiber  and protein that fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall.

Packed with nutrition

Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.

Good fat

It is a full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A recent study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in mono had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat. An excellent source for all body builders.

How do you choose your jar of peanut butter?

Peanut butter is relatively unprocessed food. It is peanuts, roasted and ground to make peanut butter.The fat content seem to be more or less same in all the brands.  However, commercially made peanut butter are not only made with whole peanuts but other nasty things and can be high on sodium (also the higher sodium content tends to mask the taste of peanut butter).

Sugar is not a very big concern if your using it plain. But if your combining your sandwich with honey or jelly, look for  less sugar. Raw sugar is better than refined sugar.

The main problem with peanut butter is that it’s so incredibly hard to resist. If you eat only small amounts at a time, then it probably won’t cause any sort of harm. However, it can be almost impossible to stop after eating just a little bit 😉

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I always like to stock my pantry with some cookies. They come handy when you need a quick bite and not feel messy or too full at the same time. I’ve started doing a lot of gluten free baking since one of the major ingredients are nuts and I like to incorporate these in my baking (peanuts belong to the legume family).

These soft, chewy cookies are so easy to make and with just 4 ingredients. The addition of sea salt takes these cookies to a different level!

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Ingredients for sea salt & peanut butter cookies

(makes 18-20 cookies)

250 gms peanut butter, smooth or crunchy ( I used i2cook’s peanut butter)

100-120 gms raw sugar (depending on how sweet you like your cookies)

1 egg, lightly beaten

3/4 tsp baking soda

some sea salt to sprinkle

Procedure

  1. Weigh all the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Scoop some dough on the baking pan, lined with parchment paper. Press them down with the help of a fork. Sprinkle some sea salt on each cookie.
  3. Bake them at 160 degree centigrade, in a pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes or depending on your oven settings.
  4. Once baked, allow them to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring on to a wire rack.
  5.  Once completely cooled, store them in an air tight container.

Pack these cookies in fancy jars and they make a great gifting option. 

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More Peanut Butter Recipes

Grilled chicken with warm peanut butter sauce

Banana and PB smoothie

No bake PB and oat cookies

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls

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Grilled chicken with warm peanut butter sauce

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I love grilled chicken in any form, plain or marinated. One of my favourite ways to eat chicken breast. Those striking lines looks so gorgeous. The best part about grilling is that you have to do very little prep to make your dish delicious and bask in the glory of your guests going ga ga over it!

Here is one such recipe which is not only easy but uses a different twist of ingredients. A warm peanut butter sauce is what makes this dish so worth while! Inspired by Thai. I’ve added ingredients which were easily available from my home garden like lemon grass and basil.

What makes this dish extra special is that I’ve plated it in a hand painted plate made by a dear friend of mine. You can find more such lovely hand painted stuff on her facebook page.

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Ingredients

200gms boneless chicken breast

1tbs chopped lemon grass

4-5 kaffir leaves

1/2tsp chopped ginger

1/2tsp chopped garlic

1/2 cup peanut butter (I used i2cook’s organic peanut butter)

3-4 chopped Thai red chillies

1tsp tamarind paste

salt & pepper to taste

some oil for grilling (used a mix of vegetable & toasted sesame oil)

finely chopped basil for garnish

some fresh salad to serve (I served mine with sunflower leaves & cherry tomatoes)

Procedure

  • Cut the chicken pieces into desired size and pat dry.
  • Blend the peanut butter, kaffir leaves, lemon grass, ginger, garlic, red chillies and tamarind paste with some water into a smooth paste.
  • Add the prepared paste, salt and pepper to the chicken. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
  • Grill the chicken pieces on both sides until cooked.
  • Make the sauce by bringing  the paste with a little water to a light boil. Take care not to make it runny and should have a sauce like consistency.
  • Plate the grilled chicken topped with some warm peanut butter sauce, garnished with some chopped basil.
  • Serve hot with some salad to add some crunch. Serves 2.

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Some more peanut butter recipes.