Everyone knows how to make peanut butter sandwiches, and everyone likes to eat them too. However, not everyone knows how to make a delicious peanut butter milkshake – it can be a bit tricky getting that one right, believe me!
For this reason, once again we come to your rescue! We are a little bit like superheroes, or at least we like to think so. Whenever you have a cooking dilemma, we appear out of nowhere and resolve it! This time is no different; we will teach you how to make a peanut butter milkshake you’ll adore!
Is Peanut Butter Good For You?
Well, since we want to be like superheroes we have to do all the things the right way or at least warn you if something is not good for you. We have had quite a dilemma when it comes to peanut butter, and whether we should recommend it or not, so we did a bit of research and found out all the important facts.
First of all, we know that most of you are concerned about gaining too much weight, especially when you read the label on your peanut butter jar and see that it has a whopping 200 calories per serving! We will tell you right away that it is not a big deal! How so? Well, peanut butter is actually a food that will help you lose weight.
Once again, how so? It is very rich in fiber and protein and thus makes you feel full longer and provides you with enough energy to last through to your next meal without being tempted to take an unhealthy snack or two or some junk food.
Peanut butter is also full of beneficial nutrients such as powerful antioxidant vitamin E that will not only help you stay healthy but also beautiful! Next, there are magnesium and potassium which will keep your bones and muscles in check! Vitamin B6 will make sure your immunity stays strong as well.
In fact, various studies have proved that peanut butter can aid in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes, the two most problematic chronic health conditions nowadays. Eating two tablespoons of peanut butter per day lowers your risk of developing diabetes for incredible thirty percent, and you get to eat sweets during the process too- isn’t that great?
Even though peanut butter is made out of fat, most of it is healthy fat, or, to be more precise, monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat belongs to the group of healthy fats that actually reduce the health risks. In this way, peanut butter is similar to olive oil and avocado, and you would not call that two unhealthy, wouldn’t you?
As you can probably already see on your own, there is a lot going in favor of eating peanut butter. However, it does have saturated fats as well and can have a lot of sugar (and even salt), especially if you buy a commercial peanut butter brand, so do be careful when choosing your jar!
How To Choose The Best Peanut Butter On The Market
As we have already stated, buying a perfect jar of peanut butter in your supermarket will not be very easy. You have to read a lot of labels to find the peanut butter that will satisfy your taste buds and not endanger your health. If you can afford to spend a bit more money, you should choose an all natural or organic peanut butter.
Organic peanut butters have only nuts as their predominant ingredient, while non-natural peanut butters often have artificial ingredients as well. Using these ingredients enables the manufacturers to keep the price low, but also reduces the overall quality and taste of the product. Commercial brands tend to have a high sugar and sodium content too.
Do not be misguided by the „low-fat“ labels either, since these jars can be packed with hydrogenated oils and sugar to make up for the difference. This is far more dangerous for your health than the fats we have discussed, and less tasty too.
If we were really superheroes we might have been able to offer you a peanut butter made from 100% peanuts, but we are not, and you are not likely to find such peanut butter in your store. You might try to make some at your home if you have the right equipment, but that is not our topic today.
The only thing we can offer is good advice, so here it goes: Opt for a full-fat, full-flavor, organic peanut butter and eat it moderately!
EXTRA TIP: It is best to eat your peanut butter daily allowance in the morning. It will help you stay satiated longer, keep your blood sugar level in check and provide enough energy to deal with all your daily obligations successfully!
How To Make A Peanut Butter Milkshake
We have come to the most interesting part of our article in which we will unveil a secret and teach you how to make a peanut butter milkshake that will knock your socks off!
First, let’s get through all the things you will need to make this endeavor a success:
1. A blender
2. 4-8 Ice cubes (depending on their size)
3. Two cups of vanilla ice-cream (the choice of brand is up to you)
4. Two cups of milk (low fat is a good choice if you are counting the calories, but full fat will result in a creamier texture of the peanut butter milkshake)
5. Three tablespoons of your favorite peanut butter
6. One tablespoon of sugar (you might hold this one back until you actually try the shake and determine if it is already sweet enough)
7. Serving glasses
Next, let us go through the actual preparation process step by step:
1. Pour milk into the blender
2. Add the peanut butter and blend until the mixture becomes smooth
3. Add the ice cubes and vanilla ice cream and blend once more until it becomes creamy
4. Try some to determine if the milkshake is sweet enough and if the texture is appropriate- if needed add some sugar or some more milk to make it less dense or some ice-cream to make it thicker.
5. Pour your peanut butter milkshake into the serving glasses and serve it immediately!
If you like you can add some chocolate or a banana for a more complex taste- it will not spoil the milkshake just make it more exciting! Banana will make your milkshake be more thick and nutritious as well. In this way, if you combine it with some oatmeal cookies, it can even substitute your breakfast.
Another interesting idea is to use chocolate or banana ice cream instead of vanilla- this will give your milkshake just a little bit of aroma without any additional calories.
Finally, being a vegetarian does not prevent you from enjoying a great peanut butter milkshake either- use almond milk or any other type of non-dairy milk you like, substitute ice cream with a frozen banana and voilà- a delicious vegan treat will be ready in no time
We are rather confident that you are going to like our version of peanut butter milkshake. After all, peanut butter is American all-time favorite sweet! Be careful to follow the procedure to the letter as to achieve the smooth and creamy texture needed for the milkshake to be a success.
Knowing that we have done another good deed, we will leave you to enjoy your peanut butter milkshake, just do not expect us to look for your socks afterward. Bon appétit!