Peanut Butter is for Lovers
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.
Gourmet Pretzel Nuggets
Some of my favorite recipes with peanut butter
- Peanut Butter Cocoa No-Bake Cookies
This recipe is one of the best no-bake cookie recipes I know. Enjoy!! from allrecipes.com
- Best Ever Peanut Butter Fudge
Try Recipe Best Ever Peanut Butter Fudge -from Recipezaar.com.
- Peanut Butter Soup Recipes
Several recipes from cooks.com
- Peanut Butter Burgers
- Peanut Butter Bread
This recipe is from Jif
- Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
Peanut Butter Pie Is So Delicious Here is a recipe for a delicious peanut butter pie that you and your family are sure to love. It really is a simple recipe and the pie is delicious the way it is but you can...
Some variations on the standard peanut butter sandwich:
- Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich - All Recipes
This is peanut butter and jelly with a twist. The kids will thank you for them.
- Beyond Jelly: Reinventing the Peanut Butter Sandwich
Half a dozen enticing peanut butter sandwich ideas. From epicurean.com
- Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Recipe for Elvis Presley's Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich from The Splendid Table Recipe Box
- Deep Fried Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwiches..HubPages
Delicious Deep Fried Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwiches. This unique item is so delicious. And so easy to make. Yes its for real. Here we have the recipe for deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...
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!
More Hubs on Peanut Butter:
- SimplyDelicious Peanut Butter Banana pecan Pancakes"
Peanut Butter Banana pecan pancakes all that 's missing is the maple syrup and whip cream and it's on. Ingredients: I cup wheat flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp. sugar ...
- 10 Fabulous Uses For Peanut Butter
The following Peanut Butter information, will not gross you out, as did my dissertation on the 10 Fabulous Uses for Toenail Clippings. I do apologize for that hub, and when you have time, please take a look...
- 10 Unique Uses For Peanut Butter
If those lawnmower blades or gears are getting a bit rusty and sticky try using peanut butter as a lube. It makes a excellent lube and in case you need a lube in a hurry almost everyone has a jar of peanut...
- Healthy Peanut Butter Surprise: Dozens of simple serving ideas for the kid in all of us
The verdict is in: Peanut butter, in moderation two Tablespoons a day is one of those tastes-good-yet-is-good-for-you foods with real benefits. And its not just for school kid lunches...
- Low-Fat and Healthy Peanut Butter Alternative
Don't worry, you can still eat peanut butter without worrying about all of the fat and calories that come with it.