The simplest things in life often appear the most complicated. Need evidence? Parenting and peanut butter.
Before having our first child, I was a teacher. Naturally, I knew everything there was to know about parenting. Cough cough.
I remember as though it was yesterday, the lines on the little stick, congratulating me on the little life growing inside my flat belly. That feeling of knowing it all, faded in seconds. The thought of parenting- feeding, raising, just birthing a child felt overwhelmingly complicated.
With complicated comes the feeling of not being able to perform the task at hand, so over the next nine months my belly grew along with my stack of “how-to” parenting books. If it was published, I read it. I spent way too many nights obsessing over the nursery, the correct way to breastfeed, the perfect baby-safe laundry soap, and breathing techniques.
March 5th arrived along with labor. Suddenly, the feelings of complicated dissipated, naturally. Piper was born. The parenting books were shoved in the corner and my new role, which once felt so complicated, became well, simple. Easy? No. Simple and natural? Yes.
March and April are birthday months in our house (Happy Birthday, kiddos!), so reflection is bound to happen. Sometimes that reflection comes with the simple act of making creamy homemade peanut butter.
With two little kiddos we go through a lot of peanut butter. Served on homemade bread, with a simple course of chopped apples, or added to smoothies. Peanut butter is always stocked in our pantry. For years I’ve been purchasing small containers of freshly-ground peanut butter at store, or pre-packaged tubs. The idea of making my own peanut butter has felt way too complicated. Much like parenting. How can something so simple and natural feel so utterly complicated leaving me to trust another to perform the task?
Let’s think about it for a moment. Behind the pretty packaging and the glass jars are two simple ingredients: peanuts and salt. That’s it. Simple. And usually the first task in conquering the simple-complicated, is just starting. I decided to put aside my feeling of “this is just too complicated”, after years of spending way too much money on the jar-version, and embraced simplicity. This recipe is easy-to-make, yet produces a delicious creamy homemade peanut butter that far surpasses the flavor of store-bought. Peanuts, a scoop of coconut oil, a bit of honey, a pinch of good-quality salt, and a trusted food processor are all that is needed for this delicious and creamy butter. A food that once seemed so complicated, now simplified.
Creamy Homemade Peanut Butter
- Place the peanuts and honey in the food processor. Process together for 3 minutes.
- Scrape the side of the bowl.
- Turn the food processor on and slowly add in the oil and salt (to taste), until the mixture is smooth and creamy. This can take 2-4 additional minutes. Keep an eye on the consistency, stopping when you feel you've reached the desire consistency.
- Store in an airtight container. This recipe lasts a week or two in our house. If storing longer, keep in the fridge.