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Chickpea Veggie Stew

Chickpeas or garbanzos, whichever name you prefer, it doesn’t matter! These tiny legumes are a power house of nutrients, fiber, and protein to add to your plate. Interestingly, this legume has been cultivated for a very long time. Remains of its cultivation have been found in the Middle East from 7,500 years ago. It is part of a legume family called Fabaceae, which includes peas and sweet peas.

Dried chickpeas are a tough legume that requires a lengthy amount of cooking to make it ready to consume. They are usually rapidly boiled for ten to 15  minutes and then simmered for two to three hours. To speed up the process, you can soak them for 12-24hrs prior to cooking and shorten the simmering time  down to 30 minutes. Most people skip this time-consuming procedure and buy the canned variety.  This is a fantastic  option to have, as long as you choose a brand that uses the minimum amount of salt needed for preservation. By the way, the  water that you discard from the can, or from your pot after cooking is called “aquafaba.” If you haven’t heard of it before, stay tuned, as we hope to experiment with this ingredient soon in our own recipes. It is a liquid which contains nutrients from the legumes cooked in it, and can even be used as an egg substitute in some recipes!

Chickpeas are also the main ingredient in hummus when combined with tahini and spices. There are many ways to enjoy chickpeas, including in soups, in salads, or as a main dish. They are well-known and regarded for their protein content. One cup of cooked chickpeas provides about 11 grams of protein, while delivering  just 210 calories. This plant protein comes packed with 10 grams of fiber, vitamin B6, iron, calcium and magnesium. With that many nutrients in play, chickpeas are ideal as a main dish any day!

Our recipe below takes this mild tasting legume and infuses it with rich, deep flavors to elevate this simple bean to entrée status. A thick and creamy sauce made up of ginger, olive oil, red peppers, onions and cashew butter complements the texture of garbanzos. Steamed carrots and yellow summer squash complete the dish forming a delicious vegetable stew. Serve it warm with a side of brown rice, or by itself as soup.

Cashew butter thickens this sauce without overpowering the taste of the spices and vegetables. Most nut butters work well as thickeners to sauces, but their flavor comes through in the result. At times, this is just what you want, but when you are looking for a thickener that doesn’t impact or clash with other ingredients, then cashew butter should be your first choice.

Let us know if you try this recipe and how you like it in the comments section below. Since it is a vegetable stew, the more veggies you add, the better. Feel free to add zucchini, eggplant, beets or whatever is in season at the time in your area.

Chickpea and Veggie Stew on Once Again Nut Butter Blog, gluten free and vegan

Chickpea Veggie Stew

¼ cup of chopped onions

2 tablespoons of fresh minced garlic

½ cup chopped red peppers

½ cup sliced carrots

2 medium sized summer squash, diced

2 cups (or 1 can) of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

½ teaspoon of dried ginger

4 tablespoons of Once Again Nut Butter Creamy Cashew Butter

1 ¼ cups of vegetable broth

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

First, steam carrots and summer squash for about 10 minutes, until soft. In separate medium sauce pan, add olive oil, garlic, ginger, onions and peppers. Let it sizzle for a few minutes until the onion is starting to brown. Then add in broth and cashew butter and bring everything  to a boil and then remove from stove top heat. Using a had processor or blender, blend mixture until smooth. Return the mixture to the  stovetop set at medium heat ,and add in squash, carrots and chickpeas. Cook for about 10 minutes and serve warm! It’s optional to serve this stew with brown rice or noodles!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Why do we of any side effects one can experience from opium in its pure form.   Poppy seeds do however have a unique nutty aromatic flavor that eat poppy seeds? Poppy seeds, although derived from the same plant that also yields  dangerous opium compounds, are worry-free, in terms of consumption.  Ancient Egyptians and Arabs appreciated these seeds long ago. Nowadays most poppy seeds come from Turkey, France, and Eastern Europe. Thankfully, poppy seeds have stayed  around.  They are known for their flavor complexities.  They  contain antioxidant properties and some important nutrients as well.

Poppy seeds are rich in oleic and linoleic acids; their husks are a good source of fiber, and they are an excellent source of B-complex vitamins, including thiamin and folic acid. They also contain a good amount of iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium.

However, we can’t ignore that these  tiny seeds come from the same plant that yields a dangerous drug. Are any of those chemicals perhaps also found in the seeds? As a matter of fact, poppy seeds do contain a very small level of opium alkaloids, such as morphine, thebaine, codeine and papaverine. No need to panic though – these tiny levels of opium alkaloids are one of the reasons poppy seeds are perfect to consume when trying to manage stress and anxiety. In the amounts found in the seeds, these opium alkaloids, when consumed, soothe  nervous irritability, acting as painkillers.

Although lemon poppy seed muffins are nothing new to the bakery scene, I had never ventured out to make my own at home. There are a few things I found to be very important regarding this task. First if you are looking for a fresh, strong lemon flavor, it is imperative that you use fresh lemon juice and lemon zest as opposed to bottled lemon juice . There is no real replacement for lemon zest. Also, the poppy seeds should be the very last ingredient added to the mixture. To keep them lower in overall calories and added sugar, I used a stevia sugar baking mix. You may also use coconut sugar, regular sugar, or for an even lower calorie and lower  carbohydrate  version, just skip the sugar all together. No adjustments are necessary for  the rest of the recipe! It works just as it is. Once Again Cashew Butter added all the moisture and texture required for a perfect muffin without adding extra sugar or trans fats. The only flavor that comes through in this muffin is the bright, sparkling lemon — cashew butter is added only to increase the protein content  and to boost  good fats.

This muffin is perfect with a cup of calming chamomile tea  at the end of a busy week! The powers of poppy seeds, combined with cashew butter’s natural levels of magnesium, coupled with its calming properties makes it a nice way to relax and enjoy a healthy snack!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Once Again Nut Butter

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

2 cups of  oat flour (If you grind your own, make sure that it is finely ground.)

½ cup of coconut sugar (or a stevia baking mix equivalent)

1 tablespoon of  baking powder

¼ cup of poppy seeds

¾ cup of milk of your choice

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2-3 tablespoons of lemon zest

1 whole egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

6 tablespoons of Once Again Cashew Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Start by combining cashew butter, sugar, and egg, mixing until soft. Add  lemon juice, vanilla and milk. In separate bowl, mix oat flour, poppy seeds and baking powder,  and then  combine the dry mixture with wet ingredients. Finally add in the lemon zest. Mix well and pour into either a loaf pan or muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick can be inserted and removed clean,about 25 minutes for large muffin pan. Store in an airtight container for up  to five  days.

Frozen Peanut Butter Bark

We are breaking all traditions with this recipe! Peppermint bark is a chocolate treat generally made up of peppermint candy pieces captured in white chocolate on top of  a bed of dark chocolate. We usually find it  in  stores during  the second half of the year as we near holiday season. There have been many twists on this recipe over the years, and quite a few of them include peanut butter. However, this one has just about one thing in common with the original bark,  well,  maybe two. There is chocolate in this version, and the last step of the recipe is similar since you break it apart to form large pieces of bark.

Perhaps the most dramatic difference between the original and this recipe is that this one sets in the freezer  and remains there to deliver a frozen bark that will certainly find a place in your recipe box right along  with your  other bark recipes. The best twist in this recipe is the fact that you can make it so very quickly. It takes just a few minutes to mix up the ingredients, spread it thin on parchment paper and place  it to the freezer. A few minutes later, just break it up and enjoy! Maybe you’ll be pleased to know this version of bark is much lower in calories than the chocolate version, so you can enjoy several pieces at a time. It makes a great snack too, so you don’t have to just limit it to dessert.

Our frozen peanut butter bark features  yogurt as its  main ingredient. You can keep  this recipe extra lean by using no fat or low-fat Greek Style yogurt, or you can have a more satiating snack by making it with whole fat yogurt. The texture will be thicker and smoother with the full fat version as well, but the taste is only slightly different.

Sometimes breaking the rules just makes all the sense, and the results are better than one can imagine! With  our version of bark, you’ll get a healthy dose of plant protein from the peanut butter, combined with the protein from yogurt.

If you don’t feel quite daring enough to leave all traditions behind, just adapt this recipe a bit. Instead of the almond butter drizzle, add in the crushed peppermint candy pieces to  the mixture as well as  the  topping. Just make sure the peppermint is nearly crushed due to the time it will spend in the freezer to harden. As with all our recipe creations, we love to hear what you’ll do with it next! Share your creations with us on any social media  platform of your choice, or in the comments below.

Frozen Peanut Butter Bark by Once Again Nut Butter Blog

Frozen Peanut Butter Bark

 1 cup of plain yogurt (or vanilla)

2 tablespoons of Once Again Crunchy Peanut Butter

1 squeeze pack of Once Again Almond Butter (or a tablespoon from the jar)

1 tablespoon of chocolate chips

Mix yogurt with peanut butter, then spread  it on parchment paper until you achieve about a quarter-inch thickness. Drizzle the almond butter over  the mixture  and sprinkle with  chocolate chips. Place  it in  the freezer for 45 minutes, and then break  apart  with your hands and place pieces in airtight container. Store in the  freezer.  This bark  melts quickly when left at room temperature. Enjoy!

No-Grain Pumpkin Blondie

We value our social media connection with our fans very much! It is where we have the privilege to get to know you and learn a little bit about your likes and dislikes. Recently, we noticed a trend of several people tagging pictures and using the hashtag “paleo diet.” Many of our recipes already fit into the paleo diet standards, but we wanted to build one  that especially follows the paleo way of living.

That required us to look more deeply the paleo diet. Let us clarify that we don’t believe this diet to be a good option for all people but understand some have chosen it and garnered  great results. We encourage each one of you to do your own research and determine if it is something that fits your health goals. In addition, it is always a good idea to discuss this diet with your doctors who know your medical history and may have individualized recommendations for you.

The paleo diet, nicknamed the caveman diet, attempts to mimic our ancient ancestor’s way of eating. The diet avoids foods that come from modern agriculture, such as wheat, dairy, legumes and rely instead on meals full of meat, nuts and vegetables. The concept became popular when Dr. Loren Cordain published a book, The Paleo Diet in 2001. The idea is to eliminate foods that may contain possible irritants to our gastrointestinal tract. There isn’t scientific research (that we know of at this point) that credits this diet for any health advantages over a balanced way of eating. However, as we stated before, we know it may work for some people. And as  long as they are monitored by their doctors regularly, and there are no adverse  effects, then going paleo  is a personal choice. Either way, we love to contribute with delicious recipes that will fit into paleo  plans!

The paleo diet excludes legumes, and since peanut is technically a legume, peanut butter is not included in their list of foods allowed. However, we have encountered some people who follow modified paleo diets that do include peanut butter. The other products we offer, including cashew, almond, tahini and sunflower seed butter are all paleo- friendly products.

Regardless of your food restrictions or dietary plans, this recipe is fantastic and worth a try! It is rich in protein, fiber and low in refined sugar. They make perfect treats for  before or after workout  fuel, and works really well as a weekend, treat too!

Paleo Pumpkin Blondie by Once Again Nut Butter

No-Grain Pumpkin Blondies – Paleo Friendly!

¼ cup of Once Again Organic Cashew Butter
½ cup of Once Again American Classic Creamy Peanut Butter (for paleo – just use 1 whole cup of Cashew Butter and exclude the Peanut Butter. Or use Almond butter instead!)
¼ cup of maple syrup
¾ cup of pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons of pecan flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray an 8×8 inches baking pan with non-stick spray. In medium bowl, mix in cashew butter, peanut butter, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and maple syrup. In separate bowl mix pecan flour pumpkin spice, cinnamon and baking soda. Mix in dry mixture and combine just until all ingredients form a homogenous dough. Place in baking pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until edges are golden. Insert toothpick in center to test for readiness  to remove blondies from oven. Let cool and slice to serve. Store in airtight container for up to five days.

Peanut Butter Carrot Cupcakes

Once Again Nut Butter manufactures  many products, as you know. Here is a fun fact: if you turn the jar around and read the label, at the upper corner, beside the nutrition facts, there is a little square that states which employee’s favorite that particular nut or seed butter is. For example, on the tahini jar, you’ll find that it is Matt’s (from shipping) favorite. I am relieved that I was never asked which one is my favorite. That would be quite difficult to answer, much like asking me which child do I love more! Perhaps, I exaggerate  a bit. But the truth is, when it comes to nut and seed butters, I seem to fluctuate between favorites throughout the year. Currently, my favorite has been good old, plain peanut butter, Once Again Organic Creamy Peanut Butter, to be more specific.

Almonds, cashews and Brazil nuts have gotten a lot of attention lately for their nutritive values, and that spotlight is well deserved, of course. However, that is no reason to forget about peanuts. This seemed like a great opportunity to highlight some reasons why you should have a jar of Once Again Peanut Butter in your pantry at all times, no matter what your particular favorite nut butter is at any particular  time. You may already be aware of the value of this super-popular nut,   since peanuts and peanut butter represent two thirds  of nut consumption in the United States.

Research has shown peanuts can prolong life, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and promote healthy weights in adults and children. Peanuts are a powerful, tiny food all on their own; therefore peanut butter needs no other ingredient other than peanuts themselves ! Once Again Nut Butter has a variety of peanut butters to offer, all with peanuts as the first ingredient, of course. As a matter of fact, you will find peanuts to be the only ingredient in our Organic Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter, as well as the Old Fashioned Natural Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter. There is a version with added salt for those who prefer it, and the American Classic line, which is the first certified organic peanut butter that doesn’t separate. Our American Classic is a stabilized peanut butter that requires little to no stirring. We do not use any hydrogenated oils, so you will get the texture you crave without harmful food additives. The ingredients in the American Classic line include dry roasted blanched organic peanuts, organic palm fruit oil from responsibly planned orchards, organic sugar cane and salt.  Choices abound.

So, what is it about peanuts that make them so good for us? Well, they are high in protein to start off. They contain more than 7 grams of plant protein per ounce, which is more than any other nut, and they contain at least as much protein as any animal source. One ounce of peanuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter contain 15% of the recommended daily value for protein making them a great protein staple for any plant-based diet. They also contain high amounts of important nutrients such as vitamin E, potassium and magnesium. Folate, zinc and vitamin B6 are also present in peanuts. Digging a little deeper into peanut nutrition, we find some other qualities to highlight. For example, we find arginine, an amino acid which helps reduce blood pressure.. Resveratrol has long been touted as an anti-aging compound, and it is also present in peanuts. Phytosterols block the formation of cholesterol in the body, and polyphenols, which work as antioxidants to help prevent damage in the body that can lead to heart disease and cancer, both are found in peanuts, as well.

The USDA underscores  peanuts and peanut butter as a “Smart Snack” on its nutritional lists for schools. . The lists also include popcorn, granola and fruit cups, among others.  However, peanuts are the only one on those lists with “zero empty calories.” Not only do they provide a good source of protein, they also contain high amounts of healthy, monounsaturated fat. It is actually this combination of nutrients that helps kids and adults feel satisfied, get a boost of energy and still maintain stable blood sugar levels.

Peanut butter is not just my favorite, as a matter of fact, The Peanut Institute states that 90% of American households have one or more jars of peanut butter in their pantry. So if you are among the majority, go  and grab your jar and have a spoon already! After reading this post, I would imagine  that you are craving some peanut butter. Better yet, let’s make something with peanut butter, something beyond the traditional and delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich. How about a Peanut Butter Carrot Cupcake?

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Peanut Butter Carrot Cupcakes

2 cups of oat flour

½ cup  of sugar

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1 cup of milk or milk substitute

1 cup of grated carrots

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla

½ cup of Once Again Peanut Butter

To make your own oat flour, simply add whole oats to the food processor and pulse until you achieve a powdered mixture. Add the 2 cups of oat flour to a mixing bowl with baking soda. In a separate mixing bowl, add peanut butter, egg and mix well. Slowly add in sugar, vanilla and milk. Now add the oat flour mixture to the wet ingredient mixture, and mix well on low speed if using a mixer. Remove from mixer and fold in the grated carrots. Pour batter, filling each cupcake mold three quarters of the way.  This recipe will make about 12 cupcakes. Bake in an oven  a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool before removing them from pan. You may top them  with  a cream cheese frosting —or just enjoy them plain! Optional: Add  ¼ cup of raisins and chopped walnuts to the batter before baking. Store  cupcakes  in air tight container for up to 5 days.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

Did you ever wonder how people  first had the idea of eating chia seeds? Did they decide that instead of adding water and setting their chia seed pet next to the window they would add the seeds to smoothie?  Okay, it probably didn’t happen that way. But it is interesting that we were all so familiar with chia seeds but not as an edible  ingredient. To think the rich source of nutrients was simply a way to grow hair on funny clay vases for most of the 1980s!

Perhaps after flaxseeds paved the way, we were all more open minded to eating seeds on a regular basis. Chia seeds have become  a phenomenal addition to our diets. They are a source of protein, healthy fats, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They have a high concentration of the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid, ALA), making their ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 very good. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds will provide 10 grams of fiber, 18% of your daily recommended calcium, 35% of phosphorus, 24% magnesium and 50% manganese. Not bad for a tiny seed, right?

If you’ve never had chia seeds before, adding a tablespoon to your smoothie is a great way to introduce you to this seed. It doesn’t have much flavor on its own, but the seeds add texture. These mini- seeds absorb liquid pretty fast and become hydrogel capsules. You can compare them somewhat to the texture of tapioca pudding. Since they don’t have much flavor of their own, any liquid you add chia seeds to  will soak up the liquid’s  flavor. . Chia seed puddings are deliciously versatile ways to add nutrients to your breakfast or snack time. Of course we mixed the seeds  with peanut butter and its best match  chocolate. Set  them overnight in the refrigerator so that they have enough time to expand to their maximum capacity, and the results are deliciously refreshing!

A few other ways to enjoy chia seeds are as toppings to your salads, added to smoothies, soups or added to bread dough when baking. You can even use it to make your own jelly. Since they have this gel forming capacity you can skip the pectin usually added to make jams, and just add chia seeds instead. Combine fruit puree, stevia or sugar and chia seeds, blend well and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight.

This Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chia Seed pudding recipe was created as dessert for a “girl’s night” dinner with my friends. They couldn’t believe how beautiful the puddings  looked layered on the glass dishes. Some were a bit reluctant to try it when I mentioned the ingredients, but after one spoonful,  and they were sold! It’s sweet enough, but not overpowering, so you can add some chocolate chips on top  for a flourish . My children were ecstatic to see there were leftovers, since they are big fans of this pudding. Try your own version of chia seed pudding with your favorite Once Again Nut Butter, and let your family and friends rave about the tasty results.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

½ cup of chia seeds
2 cups of milk (of your preference)
2 tablespoons of Once Again Peanut Butter (Creamy or Crunchy)
1 tablespoon of cacao powder, unsweetened
Divide milk into two separate jars. Add half of the chia seeds to each jar. Then add peanut butter to one jar, and cacao powder to the other. Close jars and shake them for about three minutes. Place in refrigerator overnight. Next morning, layer them up or just enjoy them right out of the jar! Topping suggestions: walnuts, chocolate chips, coconut flakes or granola!

Barbecued Peanut Chicken

Do you call yourself a grill master? I know many men in my life, including my husband, brother and a few friends, who  are proud to display their mastering of the grill. According to the urban dictionary, a grill master is someone in charge of grilling food during a barbecue. That definition is not nearly as exciting as I thought it ought to be. Perhaps it should be something closer to: grill master – the one who handles grilling with excellence continuously outdoing himself with his sizzling creations! Too much? Maybe, but what’s important is that anyone can become a grill master. After playing with the dials and tank nozzles a bit, I learned how to turn on the grill all by myself. This was great achievement, since actually I was already familiar flipping the ingredients on the grill and adjusting the temperatures.  Now I too can call myself a grill master.

Do you know what that means? Here comes more grilling recipes using our favorite Once Again nut butters, of course! The traditional taste coming from the grill usually involves barbecue sauce of some variety. But there are so many different flavors the grill can handle,  I couldn’t wait to get started experimenting with them. Barbecue Peanut Chicken was one of my first recipes for the grill and one we go back to very often, mainly because of its simplicity and popularity. The first time I made it was for a small house party. Each guest who  tried it, loved it and erupted into praise about  how hard I must have worked to infuse all that flavor into the chicken. Little did they know that you don’t even have to marinate the chicken  ahead of time! The secret is in making the paste that goes on the chicken when you place it on the grill.

The thick paste is made up of soy sauce, turmeric, lime juice, curry and peanut butter that sticks to the surface of the chicken. As the chicken grills,  the paste softens and penetrates the meat. After a few minutes of cooking it  one side, just flip over the chicken and add the rest of the paste to the other side and repeat the process. The result is a juicy, flavorful and tender chicken with a peanut butter-inspired flavor.

Now this recipe is part of our weekend routine. Sometimes I prepare the paste ahead of time and leave it in the refrigerator so that someone else can handle the grilling. Saturdays have become quite busy with the start of baseball season, swimming meets and gymnastic practices for the kids. It is nice to know that lunch will be ready in minutes when we arrive back home hungry from our morning activities! To complete the meal, a fresh green salad, steamed broccoli and corn on the cob are often family favorites. But go ahead and pair it up with your own favorite barbecue foods!

Barbecue Peanut Chicken

Barbecued Peanut Chicken

1-1.5 pounds of chicken breast
2 tablespoon of Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon of lime juice
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1/3 teaspoon of curry
1/3 teaspoon of turmeric

In a small bowl, mix peanut butter and lime juice. Once well mixed (you may find it easier to mix using an immersion blender) add in the reminder of the ingredients. Using a sharp knife, butterfly the chicken breast. The mixture will be enough for 2 medium-sized chicken breasts. Place directly on the grill and brush half of the mixture on the chicken. After 10 minutes, flip over the chicken and brush the other side with the rest of the mixture. Grill until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Enjoy with a side of broccoli or corn!

Peanut Butter Waffles

The waffle, is a cousin to the pancake, and perhaps the long lost  brother of the croissant? Maybe not, but who knew how much fun waffles can be? I received a waffle iron for my wedding, about 9 years ago! And I am sorry to say it was still in the box until recently. Somehow the waffle iron’s box remained  in the back of a  cabinet and forgotten until last month when I watched an old episode of “Good Eats.” If you aren’t familiar with it, it was a show hosted by chef Alton Brown on the Food Network, and my absolute  favorite program .

In the episode I watched, Chef Alton Brown gave a detailed explanation of what makes a waffle different from a pancake (It’s all about the amount of baking soda and baking powder, by the way). And Brown also proceeded to guide viewers on how to purchase a good waffle iron . To my surprise, he recommended the simpler models, with no frills or extra settings. A plain steel or iron waffle iron is really all you need.

After watching the show, I could not go to sleep until I found my waffle iron! I knew it was somewhere, so after turning half of my kitchen upside down, I finally found it tucked into a corner of the under the sink cabinet, still in the box!

The good news was that the model I had was pretty much what Chef Alton Brown recommended on his show. Despite the late hour, I just had to try it out! It’s a good thing that I had a recipe handy and someone willing to eat waffles with me at ten o’clock at night (See, that’s why I married him).

The plain waffle recipes are great, but nothing is quite complete in my book without nut butter. The only question was which Once Again Nut Butter was I going to begin with. Peanut butter seemed to be the obvious choice. Adding nut butters to breakfast recipes such as waffles makes them much more suited for a healthy breakfast. They provide a better ratio of carbohydrate to  protein once you add the nut butter, as well as a wider array of vitamins and minerals. Top your waffle with fruit and you have a complete breakfast! I also used oat flour to add extra protein and keep the recipe  gluten-free, but you can swap that out for regular flour or whole wheat flour.  Additionally, you can substitute any milk of your choice for the coconut milk. . Lastly, although I haven’t tried this recipe with a flax-egg instead of  eggs, I am fairly certain it will work.

The fun doesn’t end there! Notice how the batter for the waffle doesn’t have any added sugar. This is intentional so that you can top it with maple syrup and extra Once Again Nut Butter of your choice. Whatever your choice of toppings, a waffle is an easy and nutritious (when made with the right ingredients) any time of the day for a meal or snack.

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Peanut Butter Waffle – Gluten-Free

1 ¼ cup oat flour

4 teaspoons of baking powder

1 2/3 cup of  coconut milk

2 eggs

2 tablespoons of Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter

Add milk, eggs and peanut butter to mixer and combine at low speed. Then slowly add in the oatmeal flour and baking powder. Mix until well blended. Pour about 1/3 cup of mixture onto  the waffle iron . Amounts may have to be adjusted depending on the size of your waffle iron  – and then cook them until crispy- golden. Enjoy your waffle warm with 100% maple syrup, or Once Again Killer Bee Honey.

Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

Of course you can buy granola at the grocery store, but there is something about homemade granola that is just special, don’t you think? Well, if you’ve never tasted homemade granola before this question hopefully has sparked your interest. Granola have earned a high spot in the grocery isles as of the last few years. Less than 10 years ago when you looked for granola, your options were limited to one or two brands, and possibly only three flavors. Nowadays there are multiple brands and the variety of flavors is abundant. Yet, they are still packaged granola, which means they are  made in a big batch process and had to be packaged for sale.  can still be   delicious and so convenient, of course. But it shouldn’t be the only granola you’ll ever taste. Homemade versions have a freshness that you just can’t achieve with store bought varieties. The soft crunch, earthy flavors and texture of the homemade granola are hard  to duplicate in prepackaged products.

So how do you make your own granola at home? It is much easier than you think! Perhaps the convenience of reaching for the bag at the store hindered your curiosity as to  how those things are made in the first place. In fact, granola is a pretty simple food. They became so popular in part because of how you can see their ingredients, and their simplicity attracts those who are avoiding excessive preservatives and additives in their food.  Our  recipe calls for a list of dry ingredients and a list of wet ones . They are mixed well and baked at low temperature for anywhere between 45  to 90 minutes.

Although varieties of granola  now fill up a whole section at the store, it is still quite desirable for many to control exactly what goes in theirs. This can be done when you choose the ingredients yourself and make it at home. The basic granola recipe is almost always oats, and what makes it stick into clumps and toasts at low temperature in the oven is the syrup. This syrup can be corn syrup, tapioca, honey, maple syrup or agave nectar .. Our basic recipe below for granola chooses what we believe to be one of the healthiest “syrups”: honey! To keep overall sugar content at a reasonable level, we add peanut butter and coconut oil to help bind the ingredients — while adding a multitude of other vitamins and minerals at the same time.

We have embraced granola and added it to our breakfast bowls, to our snacks with yogurt and even to our desserts as an ice cream topping (if you haven’t tried that before you simply must!) Therefore, making granola  at home every once in a while to personalize it with the ingredients you would like to add to your diet is a fantastic way to enjoy your unique granola. It is an easy recipe  without the need for any fancy tools or cooking skills. Go on and create your favorite granola recipe and share it with us in the comments below! Want to see just how easy it is to make it? Watch our video below and follow along while making your very own homemade granola.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

2 ½ cups oats

½ cup chopped nuts of your choice

1/3 cup Killer Bee Honey

3 tablespoons flaxseeds

2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of coconut oil

½ cup Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup raisins

In large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and set aside. In medium saucepan, combine honey, coconut oil and peanut butter and over low heat mix them together well. Add peanut butter mixture to dry mixture and stir to coat evenly. Lastly, add the raisins and pour onto lined baking sheet. Take it to preheated oven of 300F for 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes until oats start to turn slightly brown. Remove from oven and let it cool for one hour before packaging into jars. Will last for up to 30 days when stored in dry and cool place. Makes about 4 cups.

Apple Pie Gluten-Free Mini Muffins

We love getting feedback from our fans! And this recipe goes to all our fans who shared, pinned and tried our Peanut Butter and Banana Blender muffins (click here for recipe). This is another one of those quick and easy recipes that you can make on the spot when you crave a baked treat. As always though, I carefully selected each ingredient to result in a bite-sized muffin that you can enjoy without worries about overwhelming sugar or additives. My goal is to present healthy recipes that taste good and don’t require special culinary skills. That explains why often you’ll notice a whole cup of fruit or vegetable added to recipes. It also points to why blender muffins works so well by keeping it simple, not to mention the easy clean up! And who doesn’t like that? You can clean up everything you used to make the recipe while the muffins are  baking; when it’s done, you can sit and relax with a cup of tea and a fresh baked mini-muffin.

One of the comments on the last blender muffin recipe was asking if we can   make one without using bananas. Believe me, I can sympathize with this fan. I have a daughter who used to love bananas when suddenly one day she announced at breakfast that would no longer eat them. This determined young lady wasn’t kidding! It has been about 9 months, and she has yet to eat a banana or anything made with bananas. Perhaps the overripe banana she ate at lunch a while back didn’t sit well with her, and she developed this aversion to one of our staple fruits. Either way, I’m letting this one go and choosing my battles. She eats all other fruits well and is by no means a picky eater. This did however, create a challenge for me in the kitchen. So for my daughter, and those out there who are not big fans of bananas, this recipe is for you as well!

Here are a  few last words about this recipe before we get to making it. You will notice that this recipe  does not have any flour, oats or any grains. It is therefore naturally gluten-free. It also does not use any added oil; the fat content to make these muffins soft and moist comes from the peanut butter and egg only. Feel free to use a “flax egg” instead to keep the recipe vegan as well (see “how to make a flax egg”  here). Combining an animal sourced protein from the egg and plant- sourced from the peanut butter also give you a wider range of amino acids, among other nutrients. This  is also a diabetic- friendly recipe. The carbohydrate sources are from the honey and apples only. You may always omit the honey and make these into little bread bites rather than muffins.

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Once Again Apple Mini Muffins recipe on www.onceagainnutbutterblog.com

Apple Pie Gluten- Free Mini Muffins

½ cup unsweetened apple sauce

½ cup Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter

1 egg

3 tablespoons Killer Bee Honey

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup diced apple

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a blender, add all ingredients with the exception of the diced apples. Blend on low for a few minutes until well mixed. Remove from blender and add diced apples. Pour into mini-muffin pan and bake for about 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 12 mini-muffins.  Serve warm or save in a plastic sealed container to keep fresh   for up to 3 days.