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PEANUT BUTTER/TOFU "CREME CHEEZE" SPREAD-- EASY, CREAMY, DELICIOUS, PROTEIN-RICH, LOW-FAT

This is an old recipe of mine that I have just resurrected, and I’m loving it!  Super quick and easy to make, and great on toast (with some low-sugar jam) for breakfast or in a PB&J sandwich, or on apple slices and/or celery sticks for a quick snack.

I’m really enjoying using tofu these days, BTW.  The whole soy scare thing is so unfortunate and is the result of misinformation distributed by groups such as the anti-vegetarian Weston A. Price Foundation, and then blindly re-distributed by people and groups who don’t do their homework. (See my research here: http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/p/are-you-concerned-about-safety-ofsoy.html ) There are many types of tofu easily available these days (have you tried smoked tofu?); you can purchase organic tofu; it’s inexpensive and full of protein, but low in fat; it’s versatile as an ingredient; it can take on all sorts of flavors and seasonings and be used in recipes from cuisines.  


BRYANNA’S PEANUT BUTTER/TOFU “CREME CHEEZE” SPREAD
Yield: 2 cups/ Servings: 16
 Each serving= 2 T. 
This spread contains a similar amount of protein, 1/3 of the fat and 1/2 of the calories of an equal amount of peanut butter.

Ingredients
12.3 ounces extra-firm silken tofu
(OR press 1 lb. of medium-firm tofu down to 12.3 ounces– see below)
1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
4 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. agave nectar, maple syrup or organic sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Scoop into a 2-cup container with a lid.  Refrigerate. Easy as that!

How to press tofu: Sandwich your 1 lb. block of tofu between clean, absorbent dish towels (or several folded paper towels, if you must). Place a flat surface on top, such as a small cutting board or baking sheet, and weigh it down– 28-ounce tomato cans or books work well.  15 to 30 minutes of pressing is usually sufficient.  Weigh the tofu on a small food scale to make sure that it is now about 12 ounces, or slightly more.


Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per 2 T. serving): 82 calories, 49 calories from fat, 5.8g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 75.9mg sodium, 121.8mg potassium, 3g carbohydrates, less than 1g fiber, 1.3g sugar, 5.9g protein, 2.4 points.

Enjoy!
PEANUT BUTTER/TOFU "CREME CHEEZE" SPREAD-- EASY, CREAMY, DELICIOUS, PROTEIN-RICH, LOW-FAT

PEANUT BUTTER/TOFU "CREME CHEEZE" SPREAD-- EASY, CREAMY, DELICIOUS, PROTEIN-RICH, LOW-FAT

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