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Reese's Bean-Nut Butter

Posted Aug 19 2011 6:24am
Today's Freaky Friday post involves the blogger obsession with everything we can possibly do with beans. I'm all for it, really. Just yesterday I was inspired by Kristina to make my own version of her Tomato Basil Bean Balls . [I was busy with other projects...but those are coming...] I've already tried my hand at a beanie (baby) brownie when I made Ginger Beanies ---I loved 'em, but couldn't convince Mama OR Sister Smart to support me in this endeavor. So, naturally,* when it came time to make good on a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup-inspired recipe for Miss Lean Green Bean , my mind turned immediately to the musical fruit.^
*Or this is Freaky Friday we're talking about here.
^We should some how work in the word 'legume' so as not to confuse small children. Beans, beans, the musical legume...the more you eat, the more you BOOM!

You see, a month or so (or more?) ago, Lindsay had a contest on her blog whereby we all suggested a recipe involving Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and the person to submit her favorite* idea would receive a 36-package box of full-sized Reese's with which to play and create.
*Or maybe it was random...but I like to think she thought mine was the best...obviously.
And I got 'em!
[Along with an adorable puppy card and some lovely hand towels! Thanks Linds ;)]
But when I was faced with that entire box of Reese's, I just couldn't follow through. It was around the time of The Cheesecake Incident , and the Pie-Luck , and I'd decided I needed to refocus myself on eating more healthfully [blah, blah, blah]. But I wasn't going to let Lindsay down. I knew I could still make the Peanut Butter Cup Hummousse I had promised, but in a healthier (and more creative?) way. So I turned to the beloved bean.*
*I went with Great Northern beans because they are so mildly flavored. And peanut butter. You can't have a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup spread without peanut butter!
Preferably a really strong-tasting peanut-ty butter...
...that's ooey gooey delicious.
Whirl 'em together in the food processor...
...and already you're on your way to something that tastes quite nice.
But candy is sweet. And so are another blogger 'bestie'*: bananas.
*I will never use that word again.
Of course, the delicious peanut butter filling might be the best part of a Reese's to be sure.
But that doesn't mean you can forget about the chocolate!
Just a teaspoon or two (or three) of chocolate, to give you a subtle hint of chocolatey goodness.
And, you might not believe it [and perhaps it was a self-induced Jedi mind trick]...
...but it sure as heck tasted a lot like a peanut butter cup.
And it was delicious on pretzels...
...and on apples.
It was tasty on a Pan-rollito ... ...and paired with homemade cinnamon chips and bananas.
Of course (as per usual) I ate most of it straight from the jar. I guess I should probably try to make Bean-Nut Butter Cups, now...huh?
"Reese's" Bean-Nut Butter

1 15 oz. can Great Northern beans
3-4 Tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 cup mashed banana (1 medium banana)
2-3 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth, adjusting the amount of peanut butter and cocoa powder to taste.

[Note: Store in the fridge and use relatively quickly. After a few days, the bean flavor will start to rear it's beanie head a little bit more than when you first make it. It will still be good though.]
If you are anything like me, you might be thinking, "I bet this would work even BETTER with PB & Co.'s White Chocolate Wonderful...
.....since that stuff already tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup!"*
*A (factual) claim that has helped me sell quite a bit of it at the store Sadly, my little chickadees, that little experiment proved to have less-than-amazing results.
After all, if you use diluted peanut butter...and then dilute it some more...well, you aren't going to really taste any nuttiness are you?*
*Of course, I didn't think about this until AFTER I tried it. :)
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