Every now and then, something comes along that just totally flips things upside down.
Yesterday I found one of those somethings.
I found….drumroll please….Peanut Butter Extract.
Seriously, did one of you know about this and not tell me? How did I not know that Peanut Butter Extract existed?
I've never been the peanut butter fiend my dad is (the man ate peanut butter and jelly for breakfast, and sometimes for a snack, and sometimes for other meals every day for as long as I could remember, until he went paleo this last year). But I still loved it.
Hello, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Do I really need to say any more?
I snatched the bottle of extract up without hesitation, and as soon as I got home I started up a new batch of almond butter. We'd been out for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity to test out my new find.
Oh. Emm. Gee.
It's not peanut butter, but holy cow, it's close enough. I took my regular almond butter recipe and subbed out the vanilla and almond extracts for the peanut butter extract, and ended up adding a bit more honey and coconut oil and salt than normal, just to edge it a bit closer to the 'real thing', since regular peanut butter packs a wallop of salt and sugar in every bite.
I ended up using a bit more of the extract than I expected, and it still wasn't quite as flavorful as regular peanut butter. Probably because, well, you're trying to make peanut butter out of almonds!
The cavekids LOVED it at first bite, and asked if they could have 'peanut butter' and jelly sandwiches for dinner. I totally am going to make that happen for them (with homemade jam and Betty Bread!)..and I'm pretty excited about it myself.
This morning for breakfast I added a bit of the extract to our Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins along with the vanilla, and they raved over them- they had just enough of the peanut butter taste to really make it feel like the real thing…so very YUM.
I do believe Halloween will include some paleo 'peanut' butter cups (and I, for one, can't wait!) along with paleo Twix and paleo Butterfingers (recipes coming soon!).
Forget the All-Things-Pumpkin craze happening right now…I'm going all-out with Peanut Butter. Just because I can.
By the way, 'peanut' butter and bananas is awesome. I'm eating some right now.
FYI, I found my bottle of Watkins Peanut Butter Extract at a WalMart Supercenter, but you can also order it online.
Oh, and Dad? I'll have a jar of 'peanut' butter with your name on it when you come home!