From slathering it on sandwiches and drizzling it over sweets, or simply savoring it by the spoonful, our love of peanut butter runs deep. After all, a jar always seems to be within reach when meal prep plans fall by the wayside. But there’s more to this kitchen staple than just a culinary backup plan. From fun facts to recipes and more, get ready to spread the love with peanut butter.
Sure, you know it as a pantry staple, but there’s a lot more to that jar of PB lurking in the back of your cabinet. Here’s a closer look at your favorite sliced bread companion.
Though he often receives the credit, George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter. But he did help make it an American pantry staple. Peanut butter actually dates back to the ancient Incas and Aztecs who ground peanuts into paste. Fast forward to 1884, when Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson patented peanut paste, followed by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (the creator of Kellogg’s cereal), who, in 1895, patented a process for creating peanut butter from raw peanuts. In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, patented a peanut-butter-making machine.
Most agree that when enjoyed in moderation, peanut butter is a nutritious dietary staple. Not only does it contain heart-healthy fats and protein, but it also delivers key vitamins and minerals like calcium and iron. One serving of peanut butter has roughly 6 carbs, 17g of fat, and 7g of protein. Still, peanut butter is a calorie-dense food, which is something to take note of if you’re managing your daily caloric intake.
Since peanut butter is low in carbs while high in fat and a protein source, peanut butter is a keto-friendly food (but be sure to check the label to watch for added sugar).
While peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil, and peanut flour are naturally gluten-free, some of these items can contain gluten due to cross contamination. Be sure to look for peanut butters that specifically state they’re gluten-free on the label.
Though it can stay at room temperature for months without spoiling due to the low moisture content, peanut butter does start to go rancid after about a year, so watch those expiration dates!
According to the American Kennel Club, peanut butter is safe for dogs to eat in moderation (no more than 10% of the dog’s daily diet) provided it doesn’t contain additives such as xylitol, which can pose a harm to pets.
Whether you go for creamy or for crunchy, you can never have enough peanut butter. Here are our top PB picks.
Oh honey, do we love this sweet PB blend, made with dry-roasted peanuts, honey powder, palm fruit oil, and sea salt.
Creamy and certified organic, you may be surprised to learn that our peanut butter only has one ingredient: organic roasted peanuts.
Get a jump on the morning with these gluten-free energy boosters, made with peanut butter, millet, honey, and quinoa.
So good, they almost taste like candy, these bars also deliver a whopping 20g of protein per serving along with decadent dark chocolate, almond chunks, and rich peanut butter.
Made from organic chicken protein and peanut butter protein, this powder delivers 20g of real, whole-food, complete protein per serving for muscle-building support.
Peanut butter and jelly never goes out of style, but if you’re looking for more ways to enjoy that jar of creamy goodness, you’ll love these pb-themed recipes.
Get jamming with this PB and jelly smoothie that’s blended with maca powder for a superfood boost. Try it for breakfast, or even after a tough workout!
We love a good overnight oat recipe, and this recipe checks all the boxes by combining rolled oats with hearty chia seeds, rich cacao powder, honey, and peanut butter.
Beauty starts from the inside and this nourishing smoothie bowl combines free-radical fighting blueberries and acai, with a scoop of a beauty elixir, and then blends it all with a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter for a filling and fortifying snack.
Peanut butter and jelly on a grilled cheese?! We recipe-tested this bad boy, and the delicious outcome will make you rethink everything.
Just when you thought peanut butter cups couldn’t get better, this recipe swirls in a dollop of strawberry jam for a truly scrumptious treat.
These kid-approved mini pops couldn’t get much easier: Just hit banana slices with a kiss of peanut butter, slide in a stick, dunk in melted chocolate, and freeze.
The perfect combo of texture, taste, and better-for-you ingredients, these peanut butter treats call for raw sugar, sprouted spelt flour, maple syrup, and a sprinkling of flakey sea salt.
Go ahead and give in to that sugar craving with this healthier rendition of a Snickers bar, made with Medjool dates, peanut butter, puffed brown rice, roasted peanuts, and luscious dark chocolate.
Looking for a Paleo-friendly treat? This take on scotcheroos goes for the same peanut butter classic but swaps in coconut flakes in place of Rice Krispies.
Hey, your furry friends deserve donuts too, which is why this canine-friendly recipe, made with kibble, eggs, peanut butter, and almond flour, will become your new dog treat go-to.
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