I love peanuts. In fact most mornings I have Vogel toast with peanut butter and honey on it. My hubby thinks it is disgusting. ..is it a kiwi thing or just an Anna thing?

Before I started Munch I was writing a blog about the recipes in the Edmond’s Cookbook. (The iconic NZ cookbook – for those of you who are not familiar with this cookbook) I have a handful of my favourites that I often make and below is one of them ‘the peanut brownie’.

The low down on peanuts

Did you know that peanuts are known by many other local names such as earthnuts, ground nuts, goober peas, monkey nuts, pygmy nuts and pig nuts. Despite its name and appearance, the peanut is not a nut, but rather a legume.

Peanuts are rich in nutrients, providing over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Peanuts are a good source of niacin, foliate, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorus.  They also are naturally free of trans-fats and sodium, and contain about 25% protein (a higher proportion than in any true nut).

China leads in production of peanuts, having a share of about 41.5% of overall world production, followed by India (18.2%) and the United States of America (6.8%).

Peanut oil is often used in cooking, because it has a mild flavor and a relatively high smoke point.

Since we are writing about


peanuts the 100% Nutz company has given us 6 containers to give away.  Nutz is a small family business in Auckland, New Zealand.  They have won many awards for their fantastic peanut butters.  Check them out over at 100percentnutz.com.

The first 6 people to comment on this blog posting on whether you think peanut butter and honey on Vogels toast is a kiwi thing will receive a container. Look forward to hearing from you and I hope you learnt something from my low down on peanuts. Meanwhile, I will share a great peanut brownie recipe with you.

Want to try some other peanut recipes why not try one of these: Peanut butter christmas biscuits, or Pic’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Slice and Christmas peanut butter balls.

Please note that the image associated with this post came from our friends at the www.heartfoundation.org.nz. The Heart Foundation help people affected by heart disease. It funds research and helps people make healthy living choices. It also runs programmes to encourage Kiwi heart health.


Munch Mummy Anna

The Best Peanut Brownies
  • 1 egg
  • 125g butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 dessertspoons of cocoa
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Beat butter and sugar to a cream.
  2. Then add in the egg, flour, baking powder, salt, peanuts and cocoa.
  3. Roll into balls and place on a lined baking tray.
  4. Bake at 180C, for 15 minutes.
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