Best Ways To Use Peanut Butter

peanut butter brownieAs one of the country’s favorite foods, peanut butter is almost as American as apple pie. Although many chefs just starting out in the culinary academy may think peanut butter is best served in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for children, this delectable spread actually has a wide variety of uses in many recipes.

Whether you prefer all-natural over mainstream or smooth instead of chunky, there are great ideas for using peanut butter in you chef courses. Here are a few ways to use this delicious and popular kitchen favorite that you may not have thought of:

  • Are you are fan of morning smoothies? Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and a welcome addition to any blended breakfast.
  • Peanut butter is simply wonderful when it’s warm. Although you can spread it on toasted bread, try using it in a warmed wrap or on crumpets, English muffins or pancakes.
  • Believe it or not, apples and peanut butter are a fantastic combination and make for a healthy snack for kids and adults. However, apples aren’t the only fruits that pair well with peanut butter. Try making a peanut butter and banana sandwich or spreading it on sliced pears.
  • Peanut butter and grape jelly are the standards for a classic PB&J, but you can actually get pretty creative with a peanut butter sandwich. Nutella, raisins, marshmallow fluff, honey, apple butter, and even potato chips and pickles are known to be excellent peanut butter companions.
  • For a delicious and elegant twist on an autumnal pumpkin soup, throw in some chunky peanut butter for a unique version of this classic.
  • Chocolate and peanut butter were practically made for each other, and one of the best ways to showcase this pairing is in a peanut butter mousse pie. Many of the recipes for peanut butter pies are simple and easy to make as well.
  • Can’t find tahini in your cabinet but still want to make a fresh batch of hummus from scratch? Peanut butter can be an excellent substitution for your recipes – just stick to an all-natural version to avoid added sugars.
  • Everyone knows that cheese and chocolate are fondue favorites, but peanut butter is a great dipping option for fruits and marshmallows as well. You can even sprinkle chocolate chips or flaky coconut on top for a fun and tasty dessert.

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