How many individual foods can claim their very own national holiday? Peanut butter can! The average person consumes an average of six pounds of peanut better in a year (gulp), and we wouldn't be surprised if some kids out there manage to take down even more. While the obvious way to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day (Jan. 24) is with a good old-fashioned PB&J, we've rounded up 10 more sweet, savory, and family-friendly ways to pay homage to the mighty peanut.
Pretty much any chocolate and peanut butter concoction means heaven to me and my sweetheart, so a double chocolate cupcake stuffed with a peanut butter center is a must make.
These decadent cupcakes are light and moist with a perfect creamy peanut butter center. The sweet can actually be served with no frosting — they're already that delicious — but to take it to the next level, invest a little more time to top these cupcakes with a traditional chocolate frosting or chocolate ganache, then pipe each one of them with a precious peanut butter heart.
You're about to reach for a jar of nut butter from the grocery store shelf, so which do you choose: peanut or almond? It may be a question of taste preference, but if you'd rather go for the healthier of the two, check out the chart below to see which is the better choice.
|1 tbsp.||Peanut butter||Almond butter|
|Total fat (g)||8||8|
|Saturated fat (g)||1||.8|
Which one do you eat more often?
Need some back-to-school snacking inspiration? Pack snacks that will keep your child satisfied without the grumbles throughout the day. Peanut butter, our favorite all-American spread, is a source of healthy fats and plant-based protein, making it a nutritional powerhouse that goes well on just about anything. From classic favorites to a few new twists using this creamy spread, here are 10 snack solutions your little ones will go nuts for.
Got a hankering for some peanut butter? One tablespoon of this creamy spread will run you 105 calories, so if it's peanut butter you're after but not all the calories, enjoy one of these deliciously satisfying and oh-so-nutty treats instead.
For a healthy treat that feels really decadent, whip up these peanut butter sandwich cookies — the filling is mashed-up bananas, peanut butter, and honey. If you don't want to bake a batch of cookies, smear the spread on toast or use it as a fruit dip.
Keep reading to find out how to make the nutty yogurt spread above and for one more PB-inspired snack idea.
Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! In honor of the holiday, I'm sharing a contemporary update on what happens to be one of my favorite nostalgic foods.I've said before that some of the best sandwiches evoke memories, and this recipe goes back when I was maybe 7 or 8, and my mom fixed me some waffles before realizing we were out of syrup. She improvised to make this sandwich, and "peanut butter and jelly waffles" soon became one of my favorite meals. Like the nonwaffly version, this PB&J is very easy to make and can inspire countless variations: almond instead of peanut butter, different flavors of waffles or even waffles from scratch, honey in place of jelly, Elvis-style with bananas, and on and on.
This time I used Eggo cinnamon waffles, which I highly recommend. The only requirement for this breakfast or lunch sandwich — and what sets it apart from a traditional PB&J — is using hot, toasted waffles, which melt the peanut butter in just the right warm and comfy way. To see my recipe, keep reading.
- Blend it into your smoothie: Make your breakfast sip a bit creamier — and more satisfying — by adding some nut butter to the mix. For a bit of indulgence, try a chocolate strawberry banana smoothie. The healthy fats and dose of protein will help you to stay full and get your day off to an energized start.
- Add it to your soups: Boost pureed soups with a spoonful of nut butter. Not only will it create a thicker texture, but it will also add rich, unexpected flavor to standard recipes. Surprise your taste buds by adding almond butter to butternut squash and or blending walnut butter into a beet soup.
- Turn it into a dipping sauce: Marinate meats in your favorite nut butter before grilling, or use it as a dipping sauce for fruits and vegetables. Get creative with your combinations: try jicama dipped in cashew butter for a fresh twist on peanut butter apples.
- Toss it into Greek yogurt. Get double the protein punch by mixing nut butter into your serving of Greek yogurt. For extra energy and nutrients, add fresh berries and rolled oats to the bowl.
- Use it in your salad dressing. Blend nut butter with other oils and spices to create a smooth, rich salad dressing. Not sure where to start? Try a Thai dish, like this kale slaw with peanut dressing recipe.
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- You have options: Not a fan of crunchy peanut butter? Not to worry, there's a creamy version. Are you worried about hydrogenated oils? Opt for a natural variety. Chances are you'll be able to find a peanut butter that fits your taste buds.
- It's sweet and salty: One of nature's best combinations of tastes, peanut butter embodies what it means to be sweet and salty. It satisfies so many cravings in one creamy spoonful.
- It's an American classic: Peanut butter as we know it today was invented in America in 1884, and it has been deeply loved by Americans ever since. The United States is one of the leading exporters of peanut butter in the world and the majority of peanut butter is eaten by Americans.