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Three ways to use peanut butter (or other nut butters)

Could it be possible that peanut allergies, like gluten sensitivities, are more common in certain parts of the world than in others?

For example, a nutritionist claimed that people who can’t tolerate gluten in North America are able to digest it more easily when they travel outside, because North American food standards are among the lowest in the world.

Kenya may be another case in point. Kenyans adore their locally-grown peanuts and highly processed peanut butters. Related allergies appear to be under the radar and so are healthier alternatives made from almond or cashew nuts.

Given the limited options, perhaps small amounts of organic peanut butter are okay as a treat if you are able to digest it well. Where available, raw, organic peanut butter made from jungle nuts are best because they contain the most nutrients (Kenyans: see Gado gado write-up below for where to buy all-natural peanut butter).

Go ahead then and use your peanut butter to try these three delicious recipes. Feel free to sub with other nut butters as you prefer and send me your comments.

Gado gado with peanut butter satay sauce – special from Nairobi (vegan friendly and gluten free options)

gado-gado-salad Jesse Dean dreamed up this awesome Indonesian dish while she was living in Australia and is now selling Nairobi’s most smooth and all-natural Linda’s Peanut Butter.

Linda sources her peanuts from a small town near the Ugandan border, where the soil is so fertile that no chemicals or fertilizers are needed for cultivation.

Though Linda’s Peanut Butter is roasted and salted, it is definitely better than the store bought versions that contain additional preservatives and what not.

If you would like to save time, get Jesse’s Kula Kula company to deliver your happy eggs, peanut butter and veggies for an affordable price. Order online and stay tuned for more organic produce and supplies coming soon.

Photo: Indochine Kitchen

Sweet potato and peanut stew (vegan and gluten free)

sweet potato stewIsn’t this the perfect, nourishing family dish or something easy to take to a potluck? Replace the canned chickpeas with home cooked ones and buy fresh green peas if you can. If you use store bought vegetable stock, remember to get the ones without sodium!

Photo: Begin with Nutrition

Peanut butter cup ice cream (vegan and sugar free)

peanut-butter-cup-icecream-vegan-raw-sugarfree-3The Vegan Cookie Fairy created and polished off her peanut butter ice cream for a summer lunch. That’s how you can be wickedly indulgent and nutritious at the same time.

Cool down your family and friends with this treat made up of peanut butter, raw cacao, coconut oil, bananas and coconut milk. If you don’t have stevia, start with a teaspoon of natural sugar, like honey or maple syrup and taste as you go along.

Photo: Vegan Cookie Fairy


Feature photo: Parade




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