We all know that apples, toast, chocolate, celery, and bananas are just a few foods made better when smothered in the silky-smooth goodness that is peanut butter. But not in my wildest dreams had I considered carrot peanut butter as a spread to make everything more delicious. Carrot peanut butter is a delightfully weird combination. Trust me, everyone absolutely loves the signature recipe from Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa.
The added ingredient to the nut-butter stalwart gives your body even more of a nutritional boost. Peanut butter alone gives you a hefty dose of plant-based protein at 7 grams per two tablespoon serving, as well as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other important nutrients. And when you blend in carrots, you’ll get some natural sweetness and extra health benefits to boot.
“Carrots are terrific for you. For one, they help your vision: A cup of chopped carrots lands at more than the daily value for vitamin A, which is an important nutrient for your eyes,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. “The orange gems also help keep you fuller for longer. In that one cup of carrots, you get a good amount of fiber—which, in addition to helping to keep you satiated, can be beneficial for your cholesterol.”
Making this famous carrot peanut butter recipe is simple. You just need carrots, peanut butter, and a food processor or blender. Then once it’s ready to go, you can use it as a dip for veggies and pretzels, spread it on toast, make sandwiches, eat it by the spoonful—whatever you want. One bite and you’ll be hooked.
Miraval’s Carrot Peanut Butter
1/3 cup organic peanut butter
1 cup carrots
1. Peel and roughly chop raw carrots.
2. Boil or steam them until they’re soft and tender.
3. Combine carrots and peanut butter in a food processor and puree until well blended. You can refrigerate it for up to a week.
Here’s what a dietitian has to say about the optimal nutritional profile of peanuts:
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