Peanut Butter Ricotta Spread

This is delicious and creamy way to enjoy the flavor of peanut butter, but a little less fatty version of it.  Peanuts and Peanut Butter are strongly flavored foods so a little goes a long way in flavoring this spread, which makes use of low fat or fat free ricotta cheese as another protein source.  Together, they make a fluffy peanut spread which is terrific on rice cakes or used as a dip for celery sticks and apple slices — and it’s popular with children and teens.

We first found this recipe courtesy of Heartland Health Spa, located south of Chicago, in Gilman, Illinois.  The spa combines peanut butter, ricotta, honey, cinnamon and vanilla and almond extracts.

We also found a variation in Canyon Ranch Cooking, which combines roasted peanuts, ricotta, milk, cinnamon, a bit of sugar, and a bit of milk.   The benefit here is that you can leave the peanuts chunky if you prefer chunky style peanut butter.

They are both wonderful so choose one based on what you have — peanuts or peanut butter — on hand.  Note that the Heartland version makes much more, so this is great for parties.

The photo is by Andrea  Cooking Books, who made the Canyon Ranch version, and had the great suggestion of using maple syrup in place of sugar and milk.

 

Heartland Peanut Butter Ricotta Spread
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Recipes: Snack
Serves: Many
Ingredients
  • 1 container (15 ounces) fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Method
  1. Place all ingredients in food processor; process until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Notes
You can chop and add raisins, dates or cranberries to this spread in the food-processor stage (but take care to update the nutritional stats and watch the sugar). This recipe yields 2 cups. An average serving is 4 teaspoons. Per serving: Calories: 19, Fat: 1g., Protein: 1g, Carbohydrate; 1g, Cholesterol; 0mg, Sodium: 13mg.

 

Canyon Ranch Peanut Ricotta Spread
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Recipes: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 cup skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup roasted, skinned peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Method
  1. Grind the peanuts in a food processor until they're the consistency of a grainy paste, or as chunky or smooth as you prefer.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.
  3. Serve on apple slices, stuffed in celery, or on crackers or a toasted pita.
Notes
Andrea's tip: For a delicious variation, try substituting real maple syrup for the sugar. The extra liquid from the syrup makes the milk unnecessary, if you don't want to use it.

February 25, 2015 |

One thought on “Peanut Butter Ricotta Spread

  1. SpaFlyer says:

    This dip (with apple slices and celery sticks) is a favorite snack of every staffer. “That special peanut butter stuff” is regularly requested by the “Staff Kids” when they visit the office.

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