Tribute to Peanut Butter, pt. 3– Low Carb Sesame Noodles and Buckeye Candies

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It’s a toasty 92 degrees outside in southwest Florida, so I’m not in the mood to heat up the kitchen. Been digging cold foods lately. To fulfill this need, I bring you Tyler Florence’s Cold Sesame Noodles, with a few tweaks to make it low carb and gluten-free, of course. It incorporates my obsession with peanut butter into a savory dish, and is a delicious way to get in your daily veggies. So what if you’re impatient like I am, and just can’t wait for whatever you’re cooking to cool down because it smells ridiculously good? Fear not my impulsive friend, because these flavorful noodles are amazing served hot as well. I enjoy them most after they’ve been chilling in the fridge, though. Gotta give time for the flavors to meld, baby!

To make over this dish, we gotta ditch the sugar and standard noodle varieties, which pack a carby punch. This feat is simpler than it sounds! If you can find shirataki noodles in your area, they’re nothing short of miraculous. They contain only 2 grams net carbs per 8 ounce package if you can believe it! The only caveat is their chewiness, which I don’t mind, but a couple of my pasta-loving testers called out. I guess when you haven’t had noodles in a year, you take what you can get! Another note about this recipe is that it makes a ton of the peanut dressing, so I reserved about one third of it for later use. This sweet and spicy sauce would be delicious with some chicken or a crisp salad. It’s seriously good enough to drink.

Another option if you prefer to abstain from processed soy food products is julienned zucchini. Sounds weird and looks disconcertingly green, but it’s actually refreshing, with no funky cooked zucchini taste. Try it! If you want to go this route, you need to find a mandoline slicer at a closeout store to save a half hour of prep and keeps the tips of your fingers intact. Once you get started julienning, you might become addicted. Shredding stuff is fun. Go crazy with it, you fibrous-veggie loving health nut!

Cold Sesame Noodles
Adapted from a recipe by Tyler Florence

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
2-8 oz packages of shirataki noodles, or 4 cups organic zucchini, julienned
1 organic carrot, julienned (optional)
3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons unrefined peanut nut oil (any neutral-tasting cooking oil is fine)
2 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced (or 1 dried ginger)
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon chili flakes
2 tablespoons sweetener of choice (I used 2 tablespoons erythritol and a pinch of stevia)
1/2 cup creamy all natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons wheat-free tamari or soy sauce
6 tablespoons hot water
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Cucumber, julienned, for garnish
Peanuts, chopped, for garnish
Green onion, for garnish
Sea salt

Preparation:

If you are using shirataki noodles, empty out both packages into a colander. Rinse for 1-2 minutes, until there is no lingering fishy smell. Line colander in paper towel and mix a few big pinches of sea salt in with the noodles, stirring them around to coat. Drain for 30 minutes. Rinse again and dry well. Heat sesame oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Stir noodles around skillet for a couple of minutes, until they start to release some moisture. Transfer noodles to a plate or a bowl.

Shirataki noodles: A mite chewy, but oh so satisfying.

If you are using zucchini, use mandoline slicer to julienne into long thin strips. You can cut out the core of the zucchini first if you don’t want seeds in your zucchini noodles. Salt zucchini liberally, then transfer to a paper towel-lined colander. Let sit for 30 minutes to draw some of the moisture from it. Rinse well and pat dry with a paper towel. Heat sesame oil in skillet over medium low heat. Add zucchini and carrots to skillet and stir it all around for 1-2 minutes, until heated through and a bit more tender. Just barely cook the veggies. You don’t want them soft and mushy! Transfer to a plate or bowl.

Mince up ginger, green onions, and garlic cloves. Whisk sweeteners, peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, and hot water together until sweeteners are dissolved and a smooth sauce is formed. In a skillet, heat the macadamia nut oil over medium-low heat. Add the minced mixture along with the red pepper flakes and cook for 3 minutes, or until fragrant and softened. Add peanut sauce to skillet and cook for one minute. Add noodles or zucchini to pan, and remove pan from the heat. Stir well to coat, adding half the sesame seeds if desired. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate for later use. Garnish with the rest of the sesame seeds, julienned cucumber, red pepper flakes, and chopped peanuts if desired.

Using 2/3 of the sauce—
With shirataki- 5.5g net carbs each for 4 servings
With zucchini- 7g net carbs for 4 servings

Using all of the sauce—
With shiritaki- 9g net carbs each for 4 servings
With zucchini- 10g net carbs each for 4 servings

A peanut buttery main course must be followed up with an equally peanut buttery dessert. Any Ohio State fans out there? I never realized that Buckeyes were associated with anything other than Christmas until Google enlightened me. Whatever these addictive candies mean to you, they rock, with a smooth and sweet peanut butter filling coated in rich chocolate. To replace the copious amounts of powdered sugar in the traditional recipe, I used a couple of surprising ingredients–ricotta cheese and coconut flour. I promise they don’t taste like cheese or coconuts. They’re basically a party in your mouth. Make a small batch if you like PB as much as I do!

**Updated recipe for Buckeyes HERE!**

So I had to sample a few before the photo. Had to make sure the recipe was just right!

Chomp!

  • Speedy

    omg they look like the real deal ….you are very talented …thank you so much for the pic & recipe TOM for me I am going to make some .I have a feeling they won’t be safe around me oh no time to eat the whole batch of low carb candy :-)

  • J.

    Suggestion – I use a 1:1 combination of erythritol and xylitol as a sweetener. Erythritol is less sweet than sugar and xylitol is more sweet than sugar so the combination is pretty close to sugar. The xylitol seems to cut the minty taste of the erythritol and the erythritol cuts the side effects too much xylitol can have (although it’s not as bad as maltitol).

  • Lauren

    Speedy – Thank you! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    J. – Thanks for the tip. I don’t currently use xylitol in order to keep the carbs as low as possible and avoid the undesirable side effects. At some point I will take your advice and start testing the two combined. It’s good to know they work well together!

  • asia12mb

    Thank you! I was just telling my husband that I was craving a peanut sauce on something. I am so going to make the low carb noodles!

  • Anonymous

    A great alternative for sesame noodles (I don’t do soy) is spaghetti squash. I just got Tyler’s Eat This Book and was looking forward to trying out the noodle recipe. I’m enjoying your blog very much. I’ve made your biscuits about six times now. They make great berry shortcakes. Thanks for all the fantastic ideas and good luck with your classes!

  • Anonymous

    can I use something other than powdered milk in the chocolate coating–half & half, or regular milk? thanks–they look scrumptious! also thought I'd just make the filling to eat in small batches……

  • Lauren

    Asia – Hope you enjoyed the noodles!

    Anonymous – Thank you! Glad you like the biscuits. Will have to try them as berry shortcakes per your recommendation! Spaghetti squash is awesome stuff.

    Anonymous – I changed the coating recipe to my ganache from the crunchy bars. It tastes even better than the coating using the powdered milk, and will be perfect for the buckeyes. You use heavy cream for it. :)

  • Lori

    Ohio state fan here Woot woot!!! These are definately a Christmas staple around our house and I’m totally excited to try this healthier version :-) thanks!!!

  • The Peanut Butter Boy

    These tribute is right up my alley. Well done, these recipes look fantastic! I’m always looking for a new/better/different peanut butter sauce/dressing.

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