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Three ways to use organic peanut butter (or other nut butters)

written by Tasleem Bhanjee 11th August 2014

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Kenyan peanuts, like our sweet potatoes and maize, are a seductive lot. Throw in the peanut butters and we’ve lost it.

I know the feeling. However, you may want to reconsider your intake, because commercially grown peanuts are known to be one of the most pesticide-heavy crops.

They also contain a carcinogenic toxin called aflatoxin.

Then, when these are processed into delicious-looking jars of butter, more unhealthy things are added, like excessive amounts of sodium, sugars and artificial preservatives to extend the shelf life and keep the products cheap.

Not to worry. The good news is that you do have options.

Raw and organic nut butters made from cashews, sunflower seeds or almonds are much more nutritious.

But given that these are difficult to get in Kenya, small amounts of Linda’s all-natural peanut butter are okay as a treat (see Gado gado write-up for more info).

With that in mind, use your peanut butter for these three delicious recipes. Feel free to sub with other nut butters as you prefer and send me your comments.

Gado gado with peanut butter satay sauce – special from Nairobi (vegan friendly and gluten free options)

gado-gado-saladJesse Dean dreamed up this awesome Indonesian dish while she was living in Australia and is now selling Nairobi’s most smooth and all-natural Linda’s Peanut Butter.

Linda sources her peanuts from a small town near the Ugandan border, where the soil is so fertile that no chemicals or fertilizers are needed for cultivation.

Though Linda’s Peanut Butter is roasted and salted, it is definitely better than the store bought versions that contain additional preservatives and what not.

If you would like to save time, get Jesse’s Kula Kula company to deliver your happy eggs, peanut butter and veggies for an affordable price. Order online and stay tuned for more organic produce and supplies coming soon.

Photo: Indochine Kitchen

Sweet potato and peanut stew (vegan and gluten free)sweet potato stew

Isn’t this the perfect, nourishing family dish or something easy to take to a potluck? Replace the canned chickpeas with home cooked ones and buy fresh green peas if you can. If you use store bought vegetable stock cubes, remember to get the ones without sodium!

Photo: Begin with Nutrition

Peanut butter cup ice cream (vegan and sugar free)

peanut-butter-cup-icecream-vegan-raw-sugarfree-3The Vegan Cookie Fairy created and polished off her peanut butter ice cream for a summer lunch. That’s how you can be wickedly indulgent and nutritious at the same time.

Cool down your family and friends with this treat made up of peanut butter, raw cacao, coconut oil, bananas and coconut milk. If you don’t have stevia, start with a teaspoon of natural sugar, like honey or maple syrup and taste as you go along.

Photo: Vegan Cookie Fairy

 

Feature photo: Parade

 

 

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