Did you know the peanut is not a nut?

Did you know that the peanut is actually a legume and not an actual nut?  I didn't, and only learnt this little fact recently.

What I did know, however was that they are packed full of nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins as well as mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which helps to lower "bad cholesterol" and increase "good cholesterol".

So basically (I believe), this little treat can be and should be enjoyed whole-heartily in the full knowledge of what an amazing and loving gift you're giving to yourself. 

 

 

Salted Peanut Fudge

(recipe from the I Quit Sugar Website)

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3 tablespoons coconut oil | 1/3 cup rice malt syrup | good pinch of sea salt | 1/4 cup coconut cream | 350g jar, unsalted, organic smooth peanut butter |

 

  1. Line a slice tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a small saucepan over a low heat until combined well.
  3. Add sea salt, coconut cream and peanut butter to the saucepan and stir vigorously until peanut butter has completely melted through and mixture is smooth with no excess oil. Note: If the mixture starts to bubble and get too hot, remove from the heat and continue stirring until smooth.
  4. Pour fudge mixture into lined tin and smooth down the mixture.
  5. Sprinkle with some sea salt flakes and freeze for 1-2 hours until set.
  6. Slice into approximately 40-45 pieces and store in the fridge (or freezer) in a sealed container.

 

This fudge is quite soft and will soften further when left at room temperature.  Whilst it's delicious all soft and sticky, I actually love it straight from the freeze....kinda like a little lolly.

TIP:  To help keep your peanuts (if shelled) as fresh as possible - place them inside an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.