How to enjoy peanut butter without the jelly!
By: Jodie Shield, RDN
March is National Peanut Month – time to go nuts and spread the peanut butter love! Kids and adults love peanut butter, and that’s a good thing. Peanut butter naturally contains heart-healthy fat and the hunger-fighting dynamic duo — protein and fiber. But a PBJ sandwich everyday gets boring. Here are ten creative ways you can spread the PB love. Use my homemade peanut butter recipe or pick up a store brand made without added sugar or hydrogenated oils. What’s your favorite way to do PB?
- Toaster Waffle Sandwich. Spread creamy peanut butter over whole-wheat toaster waffles but skip the jelly and add apples slices and dried cranberries.
- Oatmeal Swirl. Stir peanut butter into a bowl of hot oatmeal and add a pinch of cinnamon.
- Nutty Nana Shake. Fill a blender with vanilla yogurt, banana slices, peanut butter, and a splash of fat-free milk and enjoy an energizing smoothie.
- Peanut Buttery Hummus. Whip up a batch of hummus but skip the tahini (sesame seed paste) and use peanut butter instead.
- PB Banana Dog. Spread peanut butter over a whole-wheat hot dog bun; add a banana and top with a drizzle of raspberry jam.
- Stuffed Strawberry Bites. Hallow out the center of a fresh strawberry with a spoon and fill it with peanut butter.
- Peanut Butter Sushi Rolls. Trim the crust off whole wheat bread and use a rolling pin to flatten it out. Slather on peanut butter, add sliced fruit and veggies, roll it up, and slice into maki rolls. Serve with a yogurt dip.
- Pea-nutty Pasta. Stir-fry chopped broccoli, grated carrots, and cooked whole-wheat noodles with a spoonful of peanut butter and splash of soy sauce. Or try a meatless recipe for West African Peanut Stew.
- Homemade Granola. Substitute peanut butter for regular butter when making granola. Then add raisins, nuts, and other goodies to make trail mix.
- Ants-On-a-Log. Stuff the inside of sliced celery sticks with peanut butter and top with raisins.