My daughter was thrilled when Thrive Life introduced peanut flour. We both use it in our smoothies and she makes homemade peanut butter with a little stevia for a high protein, no-sugar spread on apple slices.
Peanut flour is simply made from peanuts that have been ground into a paste, then had most of the fat pressed out. The protein content of the flour depends on how much fat is removed. Prior to being ground into flour, the peanuts are hulled and roasted; the darker the roast, the more robust the peanut flavor, but none of the nutrients naturally found in the nut are lost! It still contains a good amount of zinc, potassium, and magnesium.
Unlike some other brands of peanut flour, Thrive brand has a shockingly low 1 gram of fat for two tablespoons of peanutty goodness, and 5 grams of protein, which isn’t too shabby. It is also sugar free, low carb, gluten free, and low-glycemic, which makes it fit for many dietary lifestyles.
Peanut flour may use it as a thickener for soups or substituted for some flour in pancakes or muffins. Try it as a topping on your morning bowl of oatmeal and when recipes for things like salad dressings or marinades call for peanut butter, whisk in peanut flour instead to save on fat grams.
For chocolate/peanut butter smoothies, we use a cup of almond milk, 1 t. vanilla, sweetener to taste (I almost always use stevia), 2 T. unsweetened cocoa, 1-2 T. peanut flour, and a scoop of protein powder. I blend that until it’s nice and smooth and then add about 2 cups of ice cubes. Blend until it’s smooth and creamy.
Unless you or someone in your family has a peanut allergy, peanut flour is a versatile food to have in storage and use in your everyday cooking.
Here’s more info from Chef Todd.
Interested in cooking with Thrive peanut flour?