What is peanut butter made of?
In this regard, peanut butter is fairly straight forward. Take a roasted peanut (okay, maybe a few more), grind ‘em up, get some nutritious nut butter. Depending on the peanut butter recipe, whether homemade peanut butter or store bought, you’ll likely find some added sugars, trans fats, preservatives, or on the more organic peanut butter end of the spectrum, sea-salt.
Even if you don’t want to make peanut butter—we certainly don’t blame you—and you prefer to simply get spreadsfrom one of your favorite peanut butter brands, you’ve got plenty of options. Many brands like to shake things up and will give you multiple versions of their lineup, ranging from the classic chunky or creamy, to the more exotic options like peanut butter recipes that incorporate jelly, or use honey-roasted peanuts for a more heart-healthy recipe. Yes, you read that last bit right! Peanut butter can contain “healthy fats”, which is to say fats that are associated with lowered risks of weight gain or obesity compared to saturated fats.
Make the ideal peanut butter pairing!
It feels like the perfect setup for a joke: name a more iconic duo than peanut-butter-and-jelly. It’s no secret that putting together the great taste of peanut-butter with the added sugar of jams can only lead to pure yummy goodness. There’s a reason American children and adults alike are known to frequently enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to get through the day!
Yet there are plenty of other deliciously decadent pairings for peanut butter spread, some of which you may never have thought of! Did you know for instance that peanut butter isn’t just great for breakfast, it goes great with plenty of salty food too! Make your peanut butter extra crunchy by spreading it over some chopped celery, or go into the fantasy flavored realm by pairing it with shrimp! Don’t worry, we’ve got some good old fashioned classics for you too, such as peanut butter oatmeal or peanut butter cookies. Aiming for your very best and healthiest self? Grab a spoonful of peanut butter and sprinkle in a few slices of strawberry and some raisins. And of course we’d be absolutely remised if we didn’t mention another all time classic, peanut butter chocolate, such as everyone’s favorite, peanut butter cups.
Want to take your American breakfast beyond peanut butter?
We’ve got your back! Sure, peanut butter and jelly is a timeless classic, but we all know it takes more than that to make a successful American breakfast or brunch. So set your Jif peanut butter and Smucker jelly aside, we’ve got some options for you!
On the cereal side of things, go for a healthy peanut butter and oatmeal combo for a lighter start to your day. Not feeling like eating in the morning? Make yourself a smoothie! It’s an all natural way to add plenty of healthy options to your morning, all blended together in a delicious cocktail. Make a few batches with different ingredients to take with you and spice up your day! You can even pop open your peanut butter jars once again—it is known to add a yummy flavor to all smoothies.
Not so concerned about your carb count? Sounds like it’s pancake time! Grab a pancake mix and get ready to rumble! Add the ingredients listed on your pancake mix and follow the recipe to get your batter, but wait before you start pouring onto the pan! While plain pancakes are certainly great in their own right, feel free to drizzle in blueberries, or perhaps some dark-chocolate chips for extra chunky pancakes. Still craving more sugar? Go all the way with your topping options, like maple syrup, whipped cream, Nutella, or back to the classics with peanut butter!