Growing up in the ’90s, peanut butter was both loved and feared. Reese’s candies – both the candy-coated pieces and the PB-filled cups – were the holy grail of every Halloween basket. But as nut allergy awareness grew, we were prohibited from bringing these top treats to school. The PB&J – a kid-approved classic thanks to its sweet meets savoury flavours – was banned from the cafeteria, causing a crisis for lunch-packing parents throughout North America. Peanut butter was still a household staple, but kids got used to tasting it a lot less frequently.
So maybe it’s no surprise that peanut butter has been dethroned as this generation’s nut butter par excellence. If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you might’ve noticed that almond butter is the new PB – in healthy eating circles, at least. Cashew butter is gaining ground, hazelnut butter is the dark horse of the pack, and peanut butter… well, it’s hanging in there. The fact of the matter is, almond butter and peanut butter are incredibly similar as far as nutritional values are concerned. Each wins a few points, but when it all comes down to it, the differences are pretty negligible.
So today, on what the internet has decided to name “peanut butter day” (I don’t make the rules, I just adapt my content calendar accordingly), here are a few awesome recipes to help you fall back in love with good old fashioned PB.
- Livia’s Kitchen – Raw peanut butter and jam slice
- Deliciously Ella – Peanut butter and honey flapjacks
- Nigella Lawson – Sesame peanut noodles
- Emily Farris for Food & Wine – Kale salad with sesame dressing
- Minimalist Baker – Crispy peanut tofu and cauliflower rice stir fry
- SouthernKissed – Peanut butter banana gluten-free pancakes
- Fit Foodie Finds – Healthy peanut butter cup smoothie
I should warn you in advance, a few of these are damn addictive. (See: Nigella noodles.)
Feel free to add your favourite peanut butter recipes in the comments below.