Snacking when you are trying to watch your weight can always be a challenge. I love to grab a few pretzels and a spoonful of peanut butter when I need a little pick me up. Peanut butter is full of protein and healthy fats and can keep you energized during meals. I have been wanting to experiment with some new flavor profiles and since I love Thai peanut sauce I thought that would be a good place to start. Loaded with lemongrass, ginger, lime zest, honey and toasted coconut you can use it anywhere you would use regular peanut butter. The addition of sriracha adds a nice kick of heat and I’ve been enjoying it on my morning bowl of oats with some diced mango. Depending on how you feel about spicy foods you could omit the Sriracha all together or add a little bit more for more heat. I used a microplane grater for the lemongrass, ginger and lime zest so that I wouldn’t end up with any large pieces in my finished peanut butter and it helps break up the fibers of the ginger and lemongrass.
Be patient when you make the peanut butter, don’t rush the process. Once you add the honey and sriracha it will seize up and get clumpy, but after a few more minutes it should smooth out and get nice and creamy. Thin the peanut butter with a little water and add a splash of soy sauce and toss with some noodles for a super easy lunch. Later this week I’ll show you my favorite way to enjoy the peanut butter, spicy coconut granola bars!
- 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
- ¼ cup toasted coconut
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemongrass
- 1//2 teaspoon finely grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon sriracha
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Place the peanuts, coconut, lemongrass, ginger, lime zest and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process for 3-4 minutes, scraping occasionally until the mixture is smooth. Add the sriracha and honey and continue to process for 5-7 minutes until the mixture is smooth and spreads easily. Don't worry if the mixture gets dry and clumpy after you add the honey, continue to process until the mixture seems to melt and is creamy.