It’s time for an afternoon quickie! Making my own nut butters was one of my gateway habits into making tons of staples homemade. And this simple salted chocolate peanut butter is making its way into the regular rotation. This is a super fun & easy recipe to add to your repertoire of healthy-er treats. I’m a big fan of buying nuts, seeds, and beans (and anything else I can find) from the bulk bins at the stores. I use reusable cloth bags to store all of my goods while shopping and then transfer them to a glass container when I get home.
I’ve talked a bit on the good ol’ bloggity blog about purchasing products in less packaging, but I wanted to share some tips and tricks as to why and how we do it. And please note we are not perfect and do still buy certain foods that come in containers aka our favorite black bean pasta, tempeh, and protein powder. But we do our best and think you should (and can), too!
So why buy in bulk?
It’s part of my household’s waste less effort and when we can purchase foods without any packaging, we make sure to do it. While plastic is useful in things like medical devices, cars, etc. the use of single-use plastic seems a bit outdated, don’t ya think? Why do we create something just to throw it away?
And not only does buying bulk use less packaging, but it also tends to be cheaper. Spices and flours especially are beneficial to buy in bulk, especially since you may only use a small amount. For example, a 2.5 oz. jar of cinnamon from the spice section of a grocery store can cost you around $5 while filling up your own spice jar is just $.50/oz, so only $1.25 for the same amount.
You decide the quantity
Buying in bulk allows you to choose the quantity that you want, instead of what the vendor decides. Trying out a new recipe that calls for coconut flour or chickpea flour? Why not just go get 1 cup of the stuff to save your cupboard from becoming a holding cell for half (or less) used bags of different flours. Not sure if you’re going to like topping your smoothies with cacao nibs? Grab a handful and see if they are for you!
So now that I have so easily sold you on buying in bulk, I know you’re wondering how to make this switch as easy as pie.
What you’ll need:
Some bulk bin sections can give you a lot of options. 10 kinds of granola? How about 20 different types of chocolate? Write out a list of what you want and see if you can stick to the basics like grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, and dried fruit. If your store has flours and other goodies, check in with yourself to see if you really need them.
Reusable jars (use all sizes)
Tip!: Some stores will tare/weigh your jars for you so when you fill them up, you only pay for the contents. This takes the transfer step out when you get home. Ask to see if your store will do it for you and if they won’t, ask if they’d be willing to add it to their services.
Reusable bags (use all sizes)
If your store will not tare your jars for you, you can purchase reusable bags, such as these online or in natural food stores, and then transfer your dried goods into the jars when you get back home.
Tip!: Use the scale after using 1 scoop to see how much you are buying, then assess from there whether or not you need more. 1/2 pound of oats will likely cost under $1, while more specialty foods like pecans can end up costing you a pretty penny.
Check out my video on making your own nut butters here!
4 ingredient salted chocolate peanut butter
Simple homemade healthy-er treat!
- 3 c roasted peanuts unsalted
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp sea salt
In a high-speed blender (or food processor), blend peanuts until creamy, about 2 minutes (about 7 minutes in a food processor). Add in cacao powder, maple syrup, and sea salt until well combined. Pour contents into jar, top with a pinch of extra sea salt, if desired. Use as toppings for smoothies, fruit, toast, oats, spoons, etc.