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Peanut Butter is for Lovers

Updated on June 1, 2013

Peanut Butter, How Do I Love Thee?? Let Me Count The Ways.

Ahh, Peanut Butter.

Who doesn’t like peanut butter? Certainly not me. I hold a special place in my heart for this wondrous concoction of ground roasted peanuts. I’ve been eating peanut butter on a regular basis for my whole life.

Peanut butter has a long and and interesting history. As early as 550 BC, peanut plants were grown in South America. The Incas were known to grind peanuts into a paste-like substance. For over 500 years, Africans have added ground peanuts into their stews. The Chinese were using crushed peanuts in some of their creamiest sauces before recorded history.

Americans such as Dr Harvey Kellogg, George Washington Carver, (known as the father of the peanut industry) and CH Sumner,(who introduced peanut butter to the general public from his concession stand at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair) contributed to the development of the peanut butter that we know and love today.

Peanut butter is the perfect stand-by food. Hungry, running late, need something quick and portable? Make yourself a quick PB&J. Midnight snack? Spoonful of peanut butter, right out of the jar. Your kid wants to make his own lunch for school? Once again, peanut butter sandwich to the rescue.

Of course there is so much more to peanut butter than just the sandwich. (not that I’m knocking the peanut butter sandwich, read on....)

Here are a few of my favorite ways to eat peanut butter:

Oatmeal with peanut butter: Top still-warm serving of cooked oatmeal (old-fashioned is best) with a large blob of chunky peanut butter. Add some chopped dried fruit (I like apricot) and a sprinkle of cinnamon. This is a healthy breakfast that really fills you up.

Instead of butter, spread creamy peanut butter on top of warm waffles or pancakes, then cut into bite-sized pieces and drizzle just a little fruit flavored syrup on top.

Peanut butter is perfect for spreading on sliced apples, on a banana, pretzels, or just plain-old saltines. Try it on ice cream, celery (with raisins on top), or graham crackers.

Add a big spoonful of creamy peanut butter to smoothies. Milk, banana, berries, juice, peanut butter.... it's surprisingly good!

I could go on and on…

Peanut butter makes many recipes richer and creamier, including fudge, sauces, and soups, breads and cookies.

Chicken Kabobs

Honorable Mention..

Of course I couldn't end this hub without a shout-out to Peanut Butter Cups. Milk chocolate and peanut butter.... what could be better?

To sum it all up...

There's no surprise that peanut butter is one of America's favorite pantry staples, found in 75% of American homes.

So open that pantry, move aside the Captain Crunch and Spaghetti-O's, get out the peanut butter, and enjoy!


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      Josh Woods 4 years ago from United States

      Love the article...but I love peanut butter more...sorry. Unfortunately I just can't get enough of it and I have to work out extra hard because of it. I am glad you have "Ants on a Log" in this article, because it is one of the healthier snacks and a good way to get kids to eat healthier. I also just read an article about 10 uses of peanut butter @ - I am going to share your link in a Hub I am working on about healthy alternatives if you don't mind. I may even use a similar photo to you 1st one in my peanut butter section.

      Thanks Again

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      glad you visited, thank you cute teddy bear!

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      Cute Teddy Bear 7 years ago

      Good suggestions here and pics are good.

      Really good article.

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      thanks creativeone, just added a link to your fabulous pancake recipe!

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Great peanut butter hub, thank for sharing. creativeone59.

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      hubpageswriter, looks like we share peanutbutterlove

      thanks for checking out my hub

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      hubpageswriter 8 years ago

      Oatmeal with peanut butter is just so delicious..

      I love this article so much, thanks for writing it..

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      thanks, tonymac, now I'm craving some chicken curry..

      glad you like this hub!

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Love p/nut butter - especially with honey on a slice of fresh bread! But also in chicken curry and other dishes. Will have to look up all the links you have provided - thanks so much for all them. They will enrich my enjoyment of the stuff immensely.

      Love and peace


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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Kartika, I agree whole-heartedly!

      thanks for your comment

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      kartika damon 8 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Hi there! You're preaching to the choir here because I really love peanut butter - especially organic crunchy brands! and I love it on everything - I want to try the grilled sandwich!

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Gemsong, you are so right! I haven't had those in ages, thanks for reminding me!

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      Madalain Ackley 8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      But... but... you didn't mention peanut butter crispie treats. You know... peanut butter, marshmallows and crispie cerial.

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      thats a new one, Jess K, thanks!

      and thank you for checking out my hub.

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      Jess Killmenow 8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Peanut butter is also an excellent cure for hickups. One table spoon, swallowed. Works almost every time. Thanks for this great hub with recipes. Very cool.

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      thank you mtsi, and thanks for staying up too late on the computer like I do

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      mtsi1098 8 years ago

      I can eat PB all day...nice work

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Jaspal, Toast, chunky peanut butter and orange marmalade...

      all I can say is ..... yum!


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      Jaspal 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Who doesn't love peanut butter - never mind that it tops the list in calories? Someone did once say that it packs in a pile of protein and Vit E too.

      I'm already yearning for a hot toast with a nice thick spread of the extra chunky variety topped off with orange marmalade or honey! :)

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      blue dog, been making grilled PB&J's for a long time, give it a whirl, or try the sandwich mega1 mentioned in the above comment. (eat and then rub tummy in clockwise motion while saying mmmmm.....)

      mega1, ok, now I'm hungry again! thanks for your comment, and I'm going to try that sandwich.

      Mighty Mom, Smuckers also has a good natural peanut butter, I like the extra chunky the best..

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Peanut butter is Nature's perfect food! I go for Simply Jif -- not as much sugar.

      YUM, YUM, YUM!!!

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      vanderhaven- the main thing about the burgers with peanut butter on this recipe is to combine everything and then put them in the fridge for awhile, I think that makes the fat in the peanut butter set so it doesn't run all out when you cook the burgers... yummy yum yum

      I am so glad that you enjoy my writing, that means a lot to me!

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Hello, maven101, glad that you liked some of the PB ideas, and yes, I agree, peanut butter and honey on toast, especially some kind of hearty whole grain, is absolutely fabulous!

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      mega1 8 years ago

      I just ate, now I'm hungry again!! but really, excellent images and words - I don't know how one can get excited about peanut butter, but - once? someone made me a peanut butter, honey and banana samwich on whole wheat toast and I almost followed him around for the rest of my life - almost!

      Ah. memories.

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      vanderhaven 8 years ago

      Peanut butter is also a fav. of mine . :)

      My son loves a grilled peanut butter sandwich (I make it just like grilled cheese only put in PB instead.)

      And, as for the PB bugers- I was watching food network just the other night and saw this juicy burger grilled and then topped with about 1/4 cup peanut butter and then on top of that- a large tablespoon of real mayo. The guy (the host of the show which I can't remember off hand) who tasted it and ate it said it was one of the best burgers he ever had. :) I just happen to remember it clearly because as I said, PB is a fav of mine too. I wasn't so sure it would go good with the mayo but I have to admit it sure looked good and I plan on trying to make one soon.

      I enjoy your hubs a lot - you always keep it fun and interesting.

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      blue dog 8 years ago from texas hill country

      you're a bad girl! although i've tried several of your suggestions, you'll have to keep telling me that grilled peanut butter sandwich is good!

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I love peanut butter...I love this Hub !!! My usual midday snack has been peanut butter and celery ( yummers ) I have a whole slew of combos to experiment with...Thank you so much for this interesting and informative Hub... Oh, and peanut butter and honey makes a perfect toast topping...Larry