Sometimes we cover pretty obscure food holidays, but it seems like everyone in the food blog world is excited about National Peanut Butter Day. We’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and talk for a minute about our love of peanut butter. Despite a seemingly growing number of food allergies, peanut butter remains a staple in 90% of American households. Protein-packed peanut butter been around since the 1890s, but the process for making the smooth, spreadable butter we know and love wasn’t perfected until 1923, when Heinz began homogenizing their peanuts to keep the oil and grainy solids from separating.
It’s incredibly easy to make your own low-sodium, preservative-free peanut butter at home in your food processor. Simply blend roasted unsalted peanuts for about five minutes until smooth and creamy (add peanut oil only if needed) and flavor with a little bit of salt. Stored in an airtight container, it will last in your fridge for up to two months.
While we’re not advocating going on a PB binge–even though it’s the good kind, peanut butter is still high in fat–we do think you should celebrate this wonderful food holiday. Spread some on a sandwich, mix it into oatmeal, bake it in a dessert or eat it straight from jar (#noshame). A spoonful of sugar? No way, Mary Poppins. A spoonful of peanut butter is all you need. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to get you started:
Peanut Butter, Apricot, and Walnut Sandwich (Carrots ‘n’ Cake)
Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos (Chocolate Covered Katie)
Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate Drizzle (Jeanette’s Healthy Living)
Gingery Chicken Satay Kebabs with Peanut Sauce (Apple a Day)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Monster Smoothie (The Cooking Actress)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Drops (Cooking with Cakes)
PB & J Bars (Around the Table)
What’s your favorite way to eat PB?