*She's a rather lazy and disheveled queen, really. But her messiness just reveals her zest for life and baking, right? Add vanilla and cinnamon to the peanut butter (plus a dash of salt and a wee bit of brown rice syrup) a little at a time, processing in between. What I learned from my last failed attempt at this was that when you want to add dried fruit to nut butter, you've got to make sure it's seasoned how you like first, because if you try to process in the fruit too early, you'll end up overprocessing and getting a Larabar -like glop. I ended up adding a tablespoon of cinnamon and a tablespoon and a half of vanilla before determining it a suitably balanced butter. Then, I dumped in a handful of cranberries. Process just until the cranberries are crushed up and evenly distributed.
With the addition of the cranberries, the nut butter will thicken, hence the intelligence behind starting with a super creamy peanut butter. It's still pretty drippable, though. :)
And certainly craveable....even if it sounds rather bizarre.
After licking the processor bowl clean, I realized I was in danger of orange cranberry peanut butter overdose and went ahead and packaged up the entire batch...waiting for delivery to my November Foodie Pen Pal!
Cinnamon Vanilla Orange Cranberry Peanut Butter
1 jar natural creamy peanut butter (about 2 cups)
1/2 tablespoon brown rice syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. cinnamon (or to taste)
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (or to taste)
1/4 cup orange-flavored dried cranberries
1. Combine peanut butter, brown rice syrup, and in a food processor.
2. Add cinnamon and vanilla in 1/2 teaspoon increments, processing in between, until the flavor is to your liking.
3. Add in cranberries and process just until cranberries are crushed evenly throughout.
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