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

Source of information

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Salt to taste

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My encounter with different types of salts (non-iodized)  available in India has been recent and I thought that it will be good to share the same with you.

When I started using organic products, like most people I was not aware of different sources from where I can buy most of my supplies. Now things are more progressive! Most of the big supermarkets and gourmet stores stack up Indian salts along with some imported ones. I find the imported ones too expensive for my pocket and I think I’m going to try to make some of my flavoured ones at home soon Smile.   Meanwhile have a look at some of the varieties that I’ve tried.

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Rock Salt

Very essential ingredient in my kitchen. I’ve been off refined/iodised salt when I was introduced to rock salt. It is used in all my daily cooking Indian or Western. You can also use them virtually in all your cooking like a regular salt and can  be used as a table salt too.

Brands that I have used for rock salt – Conscious food and Eco farms.

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Sea Salt

I’m slowly getting used to this salt. It’s a little moist salt and takes time to judge as to how much to use.  Sea salt can be used in pickles, salads or in baking. You can also use them in gourmet cooking if you are up for some flavoured salts,  Heidi’s recipe for citrus salt.

If you are interested in making your own salt, try this! I wouldn’t dare to make some in Mumbai.

Brands that I have used for sea salt – Conscious food

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Himalayan Salt Crystals

The crystals are pale pink in colour. However, when I grounded them they were more of pale white. It can be used similar to the table salt

Brands that I have used for sea salt – I bought some from a store in Auroville.

Black Salt a.k.a Kala Namak

An unrefined pinkish looking salt, found in both crystals and powder form. It is mostly used in Indian cooking like juices and chats.

Brand that I have used for black salt – Navdanya

So next time when you shop around, you know what to look for Smile.

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Some interesting salty reads…..

Types of Salts

What kind of salts matter in your cooking

Some Indian Salts

Debate between rock salt and sea salt