In honor of National Peanut Butter Day, January 24, 2013 … this post is all about peanut butter.
Many of you know I was in Italy last summer, but what you probably don’t know is how I got by as a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian traveler through the more rural parts of my trip! We’ve all heard about how wonderful it is to have gluten-free pizza in Rome, but what about on the road less traveled? It’s not as easy as you might hope in areas where the staples are pasta (not gluten-free), meat and cheese.
In preparation for my trip, I stocked up on all sorts of bars, knowing I would have nothing to eat on the plane and might go hungry during portions of our trip. Eighty-five dollars later, I had enough gluten-free bars to nearly justify another suitcase. What bars did I pack? KIND bars.
The reasons I chose KIND bars are many, but here are my top 5:
- There are so many flavors. Everything from Almond & Coconut to Cashew & Ginger Spice and all kinds of flavor combinations in between, so I never got tired of eating the same bar again and again.
- They offer lots of flavors without chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate as much as the next girl (and they have bars with chocolate too!), but not when it’s melted in my purse. The idea travel bar for me is not dipped, and won’t melt all over me. KIND has both bars with chocolate (or yogurt) and without.
- The bars are not sickeningly sweet. Especially when I’m using a bar or two as a meal replacement, I don’t want it to taste like a candy bar. I want it to have lots of flavor, but not lots of sugar (some of their bars have 4 grams of sugar or less!).
- Great nutritional profile. Again, if I’m skipping meals and eating bars, I want to get protein, fiber, good carbs and good fat without lots of sugar or sodium. KIND does that for me. Some even have added protein, antioxidants or fiber.
- Texture. It’s all about texture. I really feel like I’m eating when I have a KIND bar – it’s not like many extruded or highly processed bars that are hard to get through or feel like nougat instead.
(to read more about KIND Snacks & other GF bar options, hop to my article for Living Without Magazine)
The other staples I packed for my trip were gluten-free granola and gluten-free oats. Between my Jules Gluten-Free Instant Oats and KIND granolas, I enjoyed a delicious and healthy breakfast each day of our trip.
So whether you’re traveling overseas, on a business trip, visiting well-meaning but not-gluten-free relatives, or just searching for a snack or easy breakfast at home, you can’t go wrong with KIND.
(Check out my Gluten-Free & Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe made with Earth Balance’s yummy natural peanut butter, below!)
*As always, my opinions are my own. Both KIND and Earth Balance provided me with products to sample for our National Peanut Butter Day Contest which is now closed.
And now, for the peanut butter cookie recipe that will ensure you have a great National Peanut Butter Day …
Jules’ Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Cream together Coconut Spread, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the combined egg replacer and vanilla, then stir in the peanut butter until well mixed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.
Mix dry mixture into wet mixture, in three separate additions, beating well after each addition. Dough will be thick.
Measure one teaspoon of dough and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat, placing the balls about 1 inch apart. Gently flatten each cookie using a fork, pressing once across the cookie, then again, making a crisscross pattern. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned.
Let the cookies stand 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cooling racks.