Blueberry Pancake Peanut Butter

by Sarah on January 15, 2012 · 13 comments

There’s this thing I like to do sometimes, late at night, when I’m all alone.

Eww. No. Not THAT.* Get your minds out of the gutter, people. Out of the gutter…
*Are you now wondering if we are thinking about the same thing? Are you?
…and into the (nut) butter.
 I’m not sure why making nut butter when you’re all alone is so much more satisfying.
 
Maybe there’s something about the fact that although it takes less than 15 minutes to go from dry roasted, unsalted peanut butter stock to creamy peanut butter…
(This is what those of us who never make candy or fudge think of as the soft ball stage, by the way.)
…it is rather loud, and knowing you aren’t disturbing anyone or scaring them when if the processor starts shaking or smoking is rather freeing, really.
And there’s no one there to judge you if your brilliant*culinary mind decides that what this peanut butter really needs is maple extract
*Yes, I do have high self-esteem, thankyouverymuch.
…and dried blueberries to reach the newly found summit* flavored peanut butter perfection.
*Which I really just keep reaching, don’t I? Over and over and over again with the nut butter awesomeness…
When you’re home alone, you can take the long-lost-yet-lingering taste of maple yogurt mixed with peanut flour and blueberries, and turn it into peanut butter, as though it is the most natural thing in the world.^
^Also clearly natural to fixate on a flavor combination for months. MONTHS.
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Blueberry Pancake Peanut Butter
2 cups (unsalted) peanut butter stock
1 tsp. maple extract
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup dried blueberries
Process peanut butter stock in a food processor until VERY creamy (about 10 minutes or so).
Add extracts and salt.
Process until well incorporated. [Taste for desired saltiness.]
Add blueberries and process just until chopped and mixed, but still slightly chunky.
Note: Flavor really develops overnight, so don’t worry if it’s not “maple-y” enough!
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OK, who am I kidding? The REAL reason it’s best to make nut butter at home, late at night* is that there’s no one there to stare as you lick the spatula with a sensuality usually reserved for what you THOUGHT I was doing when I was home alone.
*And despite the digitally-enhanced appearance joyful lighting in these photos, it did happen post-bedtime (also known in the Smart household as 10 PM).
And if your roommates do appear and catch you “in the act,” you can always quickly abscond with the processor bowl, blade, spatula, and a (baby) spoon, and hide in your room while watching Downton Abbey.
They might judge you. But I won’t.
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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

No judgement here… I'd be licking that spatula like a champ. ;)

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Lauren January 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

woahwoahwoah. I would be all over this ;)

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Courtney Foster January 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I see nothing wrong with some late night protein! We have that show in our netflix queue, need to watch it!

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PB&Jenny January 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

yup. I definitely thought that you actually blended pancakes IN TO your peanut butter. I wouldn't put it past you :)

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PB&Jenny January 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

yup. I definitely thought that you actually blended pancakes IN TO your peanut butter. I wouldn't put it past you :)

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PB&Jenny January 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

yup. I definitely thought that you actually blended pancakes IN TO your peanut butter. I wouldn't put it past you :)

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PB&Jenny January 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

yup. I definitely thought that you actually blended pancakes IN TO your peanut butter. I wouldn't put it past you :)

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My Tracks January 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I love peanut butter! I have to try to make it homemade, it looks so yummy & all natural woo!

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Meri January 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Wow this looks/ sounds obscenely good. I want to lick your food processor clean! (I'm trying to avoid sounding obscene myself, but its hard haha)

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iheartvegetables.com January 16, 2012 at 12:43 am

I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one who likes making nut butter when home alone. There is something about it that makes me feel like a mad scientist, and privacy is preferred. Plus, most people think it's going to explode. *sigh*

This sounds AMAZING. Seriously, how do you think of things like this?!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

you and your crazy combinations!!! :) love it

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teeneatlive January 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

This sounds fantastic. I really need a food processor so I can make my own nut butters! Or you can just send me some and I'll happily be a taste tester… In all seriousness, this is genius!

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Tt in nyc January 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I would like to request a "click to buy" function on your blog please.

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