Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Churros con Chocolate Peanut Butter + A House In the Woods
This month's Zoobean book post is a lovely, lovely book about a couple of pigs, a moose, and a bear who decide they need a real house. A house with windows, a staircase, and a chimney stack and so they call up a boatload of beavers to help them build it, because who's better at building than beavers, right?! The beavers happily oblige but only if they can be paid in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (obviously). The book is A House In the Woods and it's written and illustrated by Inga Moore.
The story is timeless, beautifully written, and sweet, but it is the illustrations that make this book. Moore captures each character's personalities so distinctly, you feel as if you're old friends the first time through. And there is so much detail on each page, Louisa and I find something new every time we read it.
In honor of this delightful book and it's loads of peanut butter sandwiches I've cooked up an equally delightful peanut butter recipe. Okay, I didn't really cook it up, because guess what? There's no cooking involved! It is so easy I literally made it in 5 minutes (way less time than it takes to go to the store and buy yourself some peanut butter...ahem).
And this is no ordinary peanut butter either. It has all the delicious flavors of one of my favorite foods: Churros con Chocolate. I mimicked the crispy, cinnamon-dusted flavor of churros by using cinnamon graham crackers and then added a spot of honey and a hefty spoonful of cocoa. Spread it on toast or graham crackers and top with sliced strawberries or bananas for breakfast or snack time or just make a fancy sandwich for your beaver friends.
If you get pumped about making your own nut butters (like I did after I realized how easy it was) I've included some links below for some other fun recipes. If you want to make plain peanut butter just omit the cocoa powder and graham crackers (you can leave in the honey depending on your tastes) and proceed.
What books are you and your kids reading? I'm always on the look out for some good reads, please share, I'd love to hear from you!
Churros con Chocolate Peanut Butter
Makes 1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups roasted, salted peanuts
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 tablespoon honey
4 cinnamon graham crackers, broken into pieces
Combine peanuts and cocoa powder in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Turn processor for about 1-2 minutes or until peanuts are finely chopped and have gathered in a ball.
Add honey and oil and process again until smooth. Add graham crackers and pulse until they have blended into the peanut butter. Transfer to a container, seal and refrigerate until ready to use. Peanut butter will keep covered in the refrigerator about 2 weeks, maybe longer, warm for a minute or two in the microwave if it gets too hard.
If you like this recipe, give these others a try:
Honey-Roasted Walnut Cinnamon Butter from Gluten-Free Girl
Sea Salt and Honey Almond Butter from Two Peas and their Pod
Salted Chocolate Pecan Butter from How Sweet It Is
Salted and Spiced Peanut Butter from Food In Jars