Peanuts your new favourite ingredient

Love to cook? Turn your attention to peanuts and discover how healthy and versatile a culinary buddy they can be in the kitchen… 

Don’t miss out
Peanuts are not the first thing us Brits think about popping into a traditional dish and they’re often something we only consume as part of a meal (and not as a salty side order in the pub) when dining out on international cuisine. But ignore these legumes (yes, that’s right, they’re not actually nuts!) and you’ll be missing out on great taste and a heap of health benefits.

Peanut power
Peanuts are packed with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can support lowering your bad cholesterol and supporting a healthy heart. Research has also shown that the niacin they contain (85% of your RDI) can potentially reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, energy-rich peanuts are packed with protein, fibre, vitamins E and B6, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. 

How to cook them
Eaten in moderation, peanuts pack a healthy punch, so now it’s time to introduce them into your dishes. Raw, dry roasted or boiled are best. Avoid those roasted in oil. They can be used in everything from noodle and curry dishes to pies, cookies and salads.

Here are some of our favourite recipes; your peanut fix from morning to night…

Banana and Peanut Granola Bars
Go bananas for these nutty breakfast bars 

Noodle Salad with Chilli Nuts
Spice up your lunchtime with this super-simple salad 

Chicken Peanut Stir Fry
Quick and easy, ideal for dinner 

Peanut Crunch Cake
A nutty treat you’ll never tire of