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We’re a little more than halfway through January, and while I didn’t make any firm New Year’s resolutions, I did re-commit to focusing on achievable goals. One of them being more conscious about eating meals at decent times, or in some cases, at all. Since being unemployed, my day is a LOT less structured. I’m somewhat good about eating breakfast, but more often than not, I’ve been skipping lunch, or just grazing throughout the day, and eating a larger-than-usual dinner once Jay and the bambino are home. I made these Cranberry Peanut Powder Muffins to help both with breakfast as well as snacking during the day.
Did you know Jif made a peanut powder? It’s made from a single ingredient–Roasted peanuts, no additional sugar or salt. And while it’s got the same amount of protein as traditional peanut butter, it’s got 85% less fat. Many of you know I’m participating in a weight loss program, and Jif Peanut Powder is a great substitute for regular peanut butter (which I love). I picked up both the regular peanut powder as well as the Chocolate Peanut Powder, which you can find at your local Wal-Mart, within the regular peanut butter.
And Jif Peanut Powder is a great addition to baking–All the protein, but less fat and sugar. Which is one reason I chose to use it in these muffins. I wanted the punch of protein, because I’m one who needs a protein-heavy breakfast, or I’m starving within 5 minutes. I also figured that if I skip breakfast or eat later than normal, and I grab one of these for a snack, it’s better than not eating anything at all during the day.
These are some light, fluffy muffins. And I will point out, the use of frozen cranberries means they are TART. But in a good way. The muffin portion is lightly-sweetened and peanut-flavored, while the cranberries provide a delicious bite. And they’re easy to make. After preheating your oven and lining your pan with paper liners, gather all your ingredients:
Whisk together your dry ingredients, add your sugar, make a well and add the wet ingredients all at once, before finally folding in your berries:
And then, place your batter in your prepared pan:
After they’ve baked and cooled, enjoy!
I won’t be able to forget about eating, as long as I’ve got a batch of these sitting around!
Tell me, have you tried Jif Peanut Powder before? If so, how do you use it?