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National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is celebrated on March 1, but peanut butter lovers all over the globe are just fine celebrating it all year long. This versatile food is likely something you were introduced to at a very early age, and assuming you are free of nut allergies, then you have likely developed a taste for the rich, creamy spread.
And why do we love peanut butter so much?
Well, peanut butter is sweet, but it’s also salty and savory. It’s creamy and smooth (unless you prefer the “chunky” style), and it is a great source of protein. Its creamy texture and delicious flavor contribute to everything from stir-fries and smoothies to desserts. It can also be a great substitute for unique ingredients that you might not have on hand (see Homemade Hummus below). So join in the celebration by making these scrumptious peanut butter recipes all month long!
Peanut butter has been around for centuries (technically), but it wasn’t until the late 1800s that it became the creamy, delicious spread we know and love today. It all started with a simple idea: grinding up peanuts and turning them into a paste. Around the turn of the 19th century, someone had the genius idea to add a little sugar and salt to the mix, creating the perfect combination of sweet and salty that we can’t get enough of. Today, there are dozens of varieties, from crunchy to creamy, flavored with chocolate or honey, organic peanut butter, and even other varieties of nut butter.
It is a sad fact, but many people are unable to enjoy the deliciousness that is peanut butter due to allergies. According to a study done in 2017, as many as 2.5% of children may have a peanut allergy. So if you know someone who is allergic to peanuts or even tree nuts, be sure to take extra precautions when preparing foods with peanut butter (such as the delicious recipes on this list), and be sure to read labels and make sure any recipe you are making does not contain other ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction.
Now, without further ado, here are some amazingly delicious peanut butter recipes to enjoy for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (and all year long).
This healthy breakfast or snack option is sure to please everyone in the family. Packed with delicious peanut butter, bananas, and a few other simple ingredients, the classic Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie is a delicious way to start your day and give you the energy you need to get you to lunch. All you need is a blender, a few ingredients, and you’re set! Pro tip: freeze your bananas ahead of time.
Get the Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie recipe at Simply Recipes.
As a delicious twist on the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this PB&J Overnight Oats recipe is a great make-ahead breakfast option and one of the easy things to make with peanut butter. It’s perfect for those busy mornings when you don’t have time to make breakfast, or just don’t feel like it. All you need is some rolled oats, milk of your choice, peanut butter (or another nut butter if you prefer), and jelly!
Get the PB & J Overnight Oats recipe at Fit Foodie Finds.
Everyone knows how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, right? Sure, how difficult can it be? But there are ways of taking your peanut butter and jelly to the next level, and one surefire way is to grill it. Yes, that’s right, grilled. All you need is a panini press or a skillet and you’re set! Just make sure not to overcook it, because well-done PB&J’s are no fun for anyone.
Get the Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich recipe at Neighbor Food Blog.
Yet another twist on the old classic, PB&J! This time, turn it into a quesadilla. To start, spread some peanut butter and jelly on each side of the tortilla. Once that’s done, top with some banana slices (optional), fold in half, and cook until golden brown and melted. Serve with Greek yogurt or ice cream for an extra delicious treat!
Get the Peanut Butter and Jelly Quesadilla recipe at TBSP.
Peanut butter in hummus? We know what you’re thinking — why? But trust us, this seemingly weird uses of peanut butter works! Peanut butter gives this classic Middle Eastern dip an added layer of flavor complexity. When you don’t have tahini or other ingredients on hand and you want to whip up the yummy chickpea-based dip, peanut butter can be a great substitute in hummus recipes. Give it a try!
Get the Homemade Hummus recipe at The Spruce Eats.
This may not be what people think of when they think of chicken wings, but these honey peanut butter chicken wings are the perfect combination of sweet and savory. The sticky honey glaze and creamy peanut butter combine to create a flavor that will have your taste buds dancing with delight. The wings are crispy and golden on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside. One bite and you’ll be in love with this delicious dish — and they’re great for a game watch or a tailgate!
Get the Honey Peanut Butter Chicken Wings recipe at Dude That Cookz.
This classic Thai dish is a favorite at home and in restaurants alike. The combination of the sweet, creamy peanut butter sauce with the savory chicken will have your mouth watering in anticipation. Plus, it’s a great way for peanut butter lovers to get their protein fix! This recipe is so easy even beginner peanut butter lovers can make it — all you need are some skewers and a few pantry staples.
Get the Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce recipe at Recipe Tin Eats.
Peanut butter on pizza? Okay, now we’ve really gone off the deep end, right? Wrong! In fact, this may be one of the most delicious pizzas you’ve ever had. The sweet, caramelized onions and flavorful spinach pair perfectly with the creamy peanut butter sauce. And don’t forget to top it off with some fresh cilantro for an extra burst of flavor!
Get the Caramelized Onion and Spinach Pizza with Peanut Sauce recipe at A Hippie With A Minivan.
If you’re looking for a delicious and unique dinner idea, look no further than peanut butter and sweet potato curry! This flavorful dish combines the creamy, nutty flavor of peanut butter with the sweetness of sweet potatoes for a truly unique and delicious flavor. The combination of these two ingredients creates a creamy and savory sauce that is sure to tantalize any peanut butter lovers taste buds. Plus, it’s a great way to get your daily dose of protein and healthy fats. So, if you’re looking for a unique and tasty dinner idea, give peanut butter and sweet potato curry a try.
Get the Peanut Butter and Sweet Potato Curry recipe at Eat With Clarity.
It is fairly safe to declare that you have not lived until you’ve tried a peanut butter bacon burger. This juicy, delicious burger combines two of the best flavors in one! The salty bacon, creamy peanut butter, and savory burger patty come together to create a flavor explosion that’ll have your mouth watering. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make — so you can be enjoying this tasty treat in no time.
Get the Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe at Food Network.
Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi is a unique and delicious twist on the classic sushi dish. This fusion of flavors combines the creamy sweetness of peanut butter with the natural sweetness of bananas for an unforgettable flavor. The combination of textures is also delightful, as the crunch of the sushi rice pairs perfectly with the smoothness of the peanut butter and the softness of the banana. This dish is a great way to add a touch of class to any dinner party or special occasion. But just a warning — peanut butter lovers may get hooked!
Get the Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi recipe at Ready Set Eat.
How dare we get this far without mentioning a single peanut butter-based dessert item! Well, better late than never, here’s a classic: Peanut Butter Brownies. Rich and decadent, and one of the best sweet things to make with peanut butter, these brownies combine two of the most beloved flavors — chocolate and peanut butter. And for an extra touch of indulgence, don’t forget to add a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top!
Get the Peanut Butter Brownies recipe at Preppy Kitchen.
There are two food items that exist on this planet that were absolutely meant to be paired together. We’re talking about chocolate and peanut butter, of course! And what better way to enjoy heavenly chocolate and peanut butter combinations than in a delicious milkshake? This creamy and indulgent sweet treat is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Plus, it’s super easy to make — all you need are some simple ingredients and a blender.
Get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake recipe at Unicorns In The Kitchen.
Peanut butter is a staple in many homes, and its sweet and salty flavor combination is to die for. Whether you’re looking for a savory dish, sweet treat, or quick and easy snack, these recipes are sure to satisfy any peanut butter lover’s craving for peanut butter. So whip up one of these delicious recipes today and enjoy the unique flavor of peanut butter in all its glory!
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