Given my love for all things Peanut, over the years, I found many new ways of incorporating Peanut butter in my meals and life seems more satisfying 😉 Today I am making a low Cal, protein rich dip which tastes pretty much like Peanut butter and has such few calories that you can enjoy it guilt free.
If there is one dish I have simply adored since my childhood and carry the same amount of fascination for even now.. It’s the good old, classic PBJ sandwiches! We all know that the king of these sandwiches is a good spoonful of Peanut butter and I sure cannot get enough of it. My cabinet always has a big jar of peanut butter and though I thoroughly love it and prefer it over butter for my morning toasts, seeing the calories one can unknowingly consume makes me a little conscious.
Being a food blogger, I think It has become a habit to read the labels of food that i purchase. To confess, I was never into reading labels and did not really bother reading beyond the ‘calories, fats and serving size’! When I started though, I realized that most of the packaged food contains crazy amounts of sugars, fats, sodium and what not . I took it with a pinch of salt (pun intended) and decided to choose products wisely.
Then one day, i got to know about Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter. Well you might think why Crazy. Well my explanation is simple – They use the craziest of ingredient in their PB. Any guesses?? Well, it is the humble Peanuts !! 😛 This Peanut Butter is made only with one ingredient – Peanuts. I was delighted to learn this and got in touch with the brand to taste test their products.
The Taste test: As soon as the package arrived, i took out the creamy peanut butter to taste test. My peanut butter had a layer of oil floating on the top but as i read, i figured out that since this peanut butter has no random ingredients/stabilizers, the natural oils from the peanuts tends to separate. Once i stirred it through, i found the peanut butter a little runny as compared to other PB brands. The Crazy Richard’s PB smelled just like roasted peanuts (which is a really good sign). As i took a bite, the peanut butter tasted very different from the usual PB – it tasted more like a paste of roasted peanuts.. which i really liked !! I suddenly realised how much sugar and salt goes into PB made by other brands 🙂
I was really excited to try it in different ways and so the very first thing i tried was to drizzle some right on top of my fruits along with some honey and sunflower seeds. I must say – I am so much in love with that combination !!
That actually gave me this great idea .. Why not try make a low- cal spread which would taste like peanut butter but have far lesser calories? That sounded awesome to me and i decided to go ahead and whip up a twin marbled spread which is inspired by my favorite combinations with PB – Chocolate/Nutella and Maple Cinnamon . I am using the goodness of fun easy ingredients which we all have in our pantry and making something which would be a conversation starter on your next party 🙂
Maple+Chocolate marbled peanut butter spread
Maple+chocolate marbled peanut butter spread
- 1/2 cup Chickpeas, boiled
- 3 tablespoons Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter
- 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened Cocoa powder (for the chocolate half of the marbled spread. You can use sweetened cocoa powder for a sweeter taste)
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder (for the Maple half of the marbled spread)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt (optional)
Add the boiled chickpeas, peanut butter, vanilla extract and salt in a food processor and blend till smooth. Divide the mix into 2 parts.
Maple peanut butter Spread –Take one part and add maple syrup and cinnamon in it and mix well.
Chocolate peanut butter spread – Take the second part and add cocoa powder in it. Mix well.
Pour both the spreads in a bowl and swirl using the back of a spoon for a marbled effect. Serve with fruits, nuts, crackers or with toasts !
Doesn’t that look fun ? Well it tasted just as great ! I was surprised that chickpeas would do the trick of acting like a base for this dip and still not interfere with the natural taste of Peanut Butter. When i was living in Canada, i had got hooked to maple syrup and thus my first experimentation had to have some maple syrup. Maple syrup’s nutty sweet flavour compliments the peanut butter and brings a rich nuttiness to the spread. The cocoa powder brings in another dimension of flavour to the dip and together the two dips create a dramatic appeal 🙂
I am personally hooked to the Crazy Richard’s PB and i am sure i would be using it soon again to whip up something more fun 🙂 Thank u Crazy Richard’s for making Peanut Butter absolutely Clutter free and totally Awesome !! I highly recommend this PB to all the readers who would like to taste some clean Peanut Butter.
Note : The samples for this review was provided by Crazy Richard’s but the post contains my personal opinion about the product.