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The Theme Is … Peanut Butter!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Peanut Butter! (Nutter Butter Balls, recipe submitted by TK member Bakerella)

Today, March 3rd, is National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day. Does anyone know how they schedule these food holidays? Because I’d like to suggest a National All-You-Can-Eat Dessert Lovers’ Day, and I imagine there may be some specific protocol in place for such requests.

In any case, we support just about anything that focuses on food around here, so let’s join the fun and give all the peanut butter lovers out there something to celebrate! Bakerella gets us started with her Nutter Butter Balls in the top photo. She uses only three ingredients, and oh, what she can do with those three.

Bakerella’s recipe reminds us that peanut butter and chocolate make excellent partners, and boy, have we got some more great partnerships here. Starting from the top left and going clockwise, we see in the photo below the classic Peanut Butter Buckeyes from Angie Arthur, awesome cookies with a surprise creamy filling called Magic Peanut Butter Middles from Karly Campbell, guiltykitchen’s elegant sweet and salty Idle Hand Bars that have pecans, hazelnuts, and pink Himalayan salt (they’d make wonderful little gifts), and of course, we had to include cookincanuck’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Cheesecake Bars. The title pretty much says it all.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Peanut Butter! (PB and Chocolate)

You know what else really goes with peanut butter? Bananas. And what happens if you keep the chocolate, add bananas, and then, for good measure, throw some coffee in the mix?

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Peanut Butter! (Banana Chocolate Chip Espresso Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting from The Noshery)

You get Banana Chocolate Chip Espresso Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting from The Noshery.

It might be enough to convert some banana-haters (*cough*Ree*cough*) out there.

Of course, peanut butter isn’t just for dessert. It gives wonderful body to savory dishes, too. Like the Spicy Chicken Peanut Noodles from gitskt below on the left, and Ree’s Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad to the right. And because March is apparently also National Sauce Month (the sauces must have good lobbyists on their side to get an entire month to themselves), and as you know, we’re all about maximizing potential here, take a look at the Gluten Free Tangy Peanut Sauce below from elanaspantry that covers both food holidays.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Peanut Butter! (Savory Dishes)

Peanut butter is so versatile, and there are so many other wonderful recipes I didn’t get to include here. If you have any favorite peanut butter recipes, we’d love to hear them! Do you have any strongly-entrenched preferences? Do you like chunky, creamy, plain, honey roasted … or are they all good to you as long as they end up in your tummy?

I’ll get us started, because my answer is simple. My two favorite ways to have peanut butter are either in a PB&J sandwich, or in a spoon.

And yes, you guessed it. We’ve got a recipe for that, too.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Peanut Butter! (Homemade Peanut Butter, recipe submitted by TK member Ali of Gimme Some Oven)Homemade Peanut Butter from Ali @ gimmesomeoven



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sandigirl on 3.3.2010

OMG! One of the BEST National recognition days EVER! I HEART PB TOO! Especially with chocolate or bananas :)

Jackie on 3.3.2010

Peanut butter and chocolate…ahhhhh.

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emihill on 3.3.2010

We are definitely going to celebrate today by eating peanut butter by the spoonful and making at least one of these recipes. YUM!

Beka on 3.3.2010

don’t forget about the chocolate peanut butter pie! good thing i still have one slice left…it would be wrong to leave it uneaten, and this day uncelebrated.

Married to an Aussie in OK on 3.3.2010

Oh my… I am now having cravings. And I’m not pregnant. *drool*

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MS Hospitality on 3.3.2010

Fantastic Peanut Butter Ideas! Happy Peanut Butter Day!
I have a fresh jar of organic crunchy in the pantry screaming for the Granny Smith apples to join the party! I’m in big trouble… weight loss? I ain’t gonna have any weight loss this week! LOL! Thanks for a great post!

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carolinagirl on 3.3.2010

I love peanut butter, especially with chocolate! I eat PB toast for breakfast a lot!

vpireiner on 3.3.2010

I always buy creamy (Jif is the preferred brand in our house), but I do love chunky pb…especially for PB & J! Actually, I love pb smeared on bananas or apples – with or without bread to hold them! I used to eat pb on a spoon all the time, and I love mixing it with some Fluff! PB is almost as good as chocolate in my book…hmmm…I’m going to have some time this weekend, maybe I’ll have to try my hand at some new recipes!

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jessm on 3.3.2010

Thanks for a great post…I love love love peanut butter. It’s my understanding that the whole month is considered National Peanut Month! Time to start celebrating…

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stitchesandstews on 3.3.2010

i love peanut butter too and almond butter as well! They are in the same category right?

I have a recipe for a double peanut chocolate chip cookie with sea salt- I must post it now. umm for celebration purposes only! Oh and an African Peanut Stew over Quinoa. Gosh now I am hungry. Oh and my vegan banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!

UGH. Off to the kitchen then I will post some recipes!

The Current Wife on 3.3.2010

Peanut butter… what? I got distracted when I saw those chocolate delightful thingies

techkim on 3.3.2010

I love peanut butter. My great aunt made this killer peanut butter fudge. I try not to make it because I end up eating a ton of it.

Sharon on 3.3.2010

I have been looking for a new addition to our supper…it is so easy to get into a rut…thanks for the ideas.

Mary Scott on 3.3.2010

Love it smeared on a apple, it zero’s out the calories. ha!

Christina on 3.3.2010

I made those magic peanut butter middles awhile back and fell in love with them, making them three more times in the following week and a half. Then moved and have yet to find a new place to live (staying with friends currently), and so don’t get to make them because I don’t have my own kitchen. But as soon as I find a place I will christen my new oven with them.

jana on 3.3.2010

you had me at peanut.

Laurel G on 3.3.2010

gah! those peanut butter cheesecake bars look uh-mazing!

Jennifer Rayment on 3.3.2010

Darn you — Now I’m going to have to add some PB dessert to my lunch now — it was so healthy — mmmm Peanut butter – I love you
I start each day with a whole wheat wrap with Peanut Butter and either fresh berries or Jam in it. Gives me tons of energy and it is TASTY!

Jordan on 3.3.2010

I love crunchy peanut butter. But most of all I love Almond Butter. Does that count??

veshke on 3.3.2010

It makes me sad that I am allergic to peanuts!!

Awesome news (for me, since I am NOT allergic to almonds) is that you can alter nearly any peanut butter recipe with almond butter!!

Even thai peanut sauce is awesomely transformed into thai almond sauce!

I’ve also made home made ‘peanut’ butter cups using almond butter – talk about decadent!

This weekend I may be forced to see how the Peanut Butter Buckeyes shown above adapt to almond butter. Then I may be forced to eat them all.

Jenn on 3.3.2010

Seriously? It’s my birthday today and I LOVE peanut butter. When I gave up refined sugar, my biggest lament was that I was giving up Reese’s peanut butter eggs at Easter!

Wishing everyone a PB-filled day!

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gingela5 on 3.3.2010

I think peanut butter is one of my favorite foods of all time. I LOVE it!

Casey - The Baker Bee on 3.3.2010

Ironic… I was planning on making a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting tonight!

Lori on 3.3.2010


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Pam (Bored Cook) on 3.3.2010

I had no idea about the day, but it could not have come at a better time. I’ve been craving peanut butter cookies in the worst way and was just looking for a new and different peanut butter cookie recipe online yesterday.

Of course, now I’m craving peanut butter all the more!

Amelia on 3.3.2010

Oh my gosh, I was just thinking about how much I love peanut butter. It kept me alive during grad school!