Introducing PPB: Peanut Butter You Can Eat on A Diet

When I asked Tom what he would choose if he only had one meal left on earth, he asked for a peanut butter sandwich and ready salted crisps. My boy likes simple pleasures, and he loves his peanut butter! But when you’re on a diet, peanut butter is not your friend; or is it…?

Introducing PPB: Powdered Peanut Butter. With 70% less fat than other nut butters, no trans fat, and no added oils, it means you can enjoy peanut butter but without the calorie guilt! I thought this sounded too good to be true before I tried it and I wondered whether the taste would be as good as full-on peanut butter. Well, let me tell you, it tastes just like it! I mixed up a small amount to try with some bread and it was so tasty.

With the peanut butter in powdered form, it means there are so many ways you can add the flavour to recipes. Add the powder to your curry sauce for a take on satay; mix it with bananas and yoghurt for a sweet, nutty smoothie; add some PPB to batter for biscuits and cookies; or pimp up your vanilla ice cream with a sprinkling of peanut powder!


I finally have a working oven and now that I do, I wanted to satisfy my baking craving and my cookie craving! My first foray into baking with PPB comes in the form of these delicious, chewy, slightly crunchy-edged peanut and choc chip cookies.

Sweet, nutty and crunchy, these biscuits went down a storm with the girls at work. I think next time I would increase the amount of PPB to amp up the flavour, but I was really happy with this first attempt. Next time I’m going to try a peanuty, satay dish and I also fancy trying my hand at peanut butter whoopie pies!



Lemon butter biscuits

It’s Mothers’ Day, and despite the fact that I’m not seeing my mum today, I thought I’d do a spot of baking and make something I know she’d like – I think if she reads this post I’ll have to make some to take home with me the next time I visit!


Today has been a lazy one, a day when I hadn’t prepared to do any baking but as it’s worn on and I’ve run out of recorded tv to watch, the itch to bake has started up again. I scoured my baking drawer, the fridge and the cupboards and gathered together a lemon, a slab of butter, plain flour and some caster sugar – lemon biscuits it is I thought, though I didn’t have a clear recipe in mind!

So I googled various biscuit recipes and chose this one by Rachel Allen  from the Good Food Channel – it seemed easy, used all the ingredients I happened to have in the kitchen and would make tasty biscuits – just what I was craving this afternoon!

This recipe does what it says on the tin – my biscuits, while they don’t look quite as professional as the ones on the website, are delicious, melt in the mouth and were really easy to make – I would definitely recommend trying this one! They have a slightly shortbready texture and they crumble deliciously when you eat them! The only addition I made was to use the juice from a lemon and blend it into the sugar and butter mix. This gives the biscuits a fresh citrusy taste which I really like. To make them a bit more decadent I might use some of the lemon curd I have leftover from my cupcakes and spread on the biscuits – yum!

P.S. I just tried one with some lemon curd . . . oh my goodness you have to try it too – so tasty!