5 Simply Delicious Ways To Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

Today’s post comes with a warning label. Read on, if you dare….. This is not for the faint of heart, seriously.

Happy National Peanut Butter Day! If you’re allergic to peanuts (which incidentally affects 1% of our population), take cover because today is not your day. Sorry. The United States leads the world in peanut butter production and consumption. It’s an $800 million a year industry.

I think most of us associate it with the lunchbox staple- the old PBJ. My favorite was sans jelly, with banana instead. I know, I was a weird kid. I remember reading somewhere that Elvis Presley also had an affinity for peanut butter/banana sandwiches. I read a little bit more and learned there is actually a sandwich called The Elvis. Basically, it’s a fried peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich. Heart attack in a plate. Does that sound healthy? No it does not. Is it delicious? Yes it is. I had this for dinner tonight so I can attest to it. I probably won’t be eating anything but salad for the rest of the week to atone for this delicious sin. But it was worth it. Here’s the recipe, if you really need one http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/05/elvis-sandwich-grilled-peanut-butter-ba.html .

In an attempt to balance out such an unhealthy recipe and redeem myself to you, here are 4 other easy peanut butter ideas.

1. Peanut butter energy bites. These are a snap to make and make fantastic on-the-go snacks anytime of day. https://chefsavvy.com/5-ingredient-peanut-butter-energy-bites/

2. Peanut butter dip. Three ingredients you probably already have and you’ve got a delicious dip that works well with apple slices, dried fruits, cookies or pretzels. https://www.cookingclassy.com/peanut-butter-fruit-dip/

3. Peanut Butter mug cake. This mug cake is perfect when you have a dessert craving but don’t want lots of extra dessert hanging around. It’s eggless and could easily be switched to gf by subbing almond meal for the flour. https://kirbiecravings.com/2014/04/peanut-butter-mug-cake-eggless.html

4. Thai Peanut Sauce. Who doesn’t love sweet and savory? And it’s great with so many things – meats, rice, noodles, and raw veggies. http://uprootkitchen.com/2015/08/12/peanut-sauce/

Hope you enjoy these and give them a try soon 😋♥️😉

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