Aren’t random national days fun? We’ve got several of articles relating to them here at GenTwenty, like National Simplicity Day, National Clean Out Your Fridge Day, and National Pen Pal Day. There are also other fun holidays like National Eat Ice-Cream For Breakfast Day, National High Five Day, and even National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. While those are all great, one of my favorites is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, which occurs on March 1st. But honestly? Peanut butter is my true love everyday.
4 Recipes For National Peanut Butter Day
The best way to celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is to, you guessed it, eat peanut butter! While I used to love, and still occasionally enjoy, a good spoonful of peanut butter moment, there are other ways to enjoy peanut butter that are equally, and if not more, satisfying.
Combinations are where peanut butter truly shines. I’m not just talking about jelly either. As you can see in these peanut butter recipes below, I’ve got some great combinations here.
Fun fact: Peanuts aren’t actually nuts… they are legumes!
One important note I want to make before we dig into the delicious recipes is to be mindful of the peanut butter you are using.
The great thing about peanut butter is that you can enjoy it while living a healthy lifestyle. However, not all brands are created equal. To get the best nutritional value, you want to find a jar that has just peanuts, or maybe sea salt included, as ingredients. The best option is to make it yourself, something I want to learn to do.
Now that that is out of the way let’s get to the peanut butter recipes.
1. Peanut Butter French Toast
I’m never going to be able to eat regular french toast again after trying this amazing recipe from Shaw Simple Swaps. This was easy to make and tasted great.
If you love peanut butter, which I’m guessing you do since you are reading this, you’ll want to try this. If you want to skip out on the frosting I think this recipe would still taste delicious with peanut butter spread on top or maple syrup. Adding bananas, strawberries, or any other toppings you’d like would make this dish even better!
What is great about this recipe is that, with just a few swaps made, it’s a healthy breakfast option. I’m all about finding healthy swaps. It makes living a healthier lifestyle much easier.
2. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Muffins
It may not be fall anymore, but I’m loving having pumpkin any time of the year. Pumpkin and peanut butter isn’t a combination I expected to like. After trying this recipe I’m wondering where it has been all my life. Check out Family Food On The Table to try this recipe out for yourself and let me know what you think.
I did make one substitution. Instead of using whole wheat flour I used almond flour. It is what I had on hand and it ended up working out. This is definitely a recipe I’ll be using again.
What I like about muffins is that they are versatile. Make them mini for a snack, or regular size for a quick, on-the-go breakfast.
Fun fact: The average 12-ounce jar of peanut butter uses about 540 peanuts to fill it up.
3. PB&J Smoothie
This is one of my favorite smoothies to make. I found it in the Hot Body Meal Plan from Love Sweat Fitness. I hardly ever buy recipe books, but I’m happy that I bought this one. Many of these recipes have become some of my healthy living staples. If you want to feel a little nostalgic about your favorite foods from your childhood, this is a great healthy option.
4. Peanut Butter Cups
This is the first healthy swap that I fell in love with. I’ve got a huge sweet tooth, which gets me in a lot of trouble when it comes to trying to eat healthily.
This recipe couldn’t be simpler to make. All you need is peanut butter, dark chocolate, and mini cupcake liners. It’s as simple as filling the liners and freezing them after each layer.
This is a great snack to fulfill any candy cravings because they taste just like Reese Cups, if not better. If peanut butter and chocolate is your favorite combination, you need these in your life.
Fun fact: Grand Saline, TX, is the city that holds the record for the largest PB&J sandwich ever. It weighed 1,342 pounds.
5. Peanut Butter Chicken
In full disclosure, I haven’t tried this one yet. It’s on my list to try next, which is why I wanted to include it in this list of peanut butter recipes. Maybe we can try it together?
Peanut butter and chicken is an interesting combination to me. I’ll try anything once, so I’m excited to try it and see if it’s a combination I can get behind. Plus I got the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen and I have loved every recipe I have tried from that website. I’ll be posting my thoughts on Instagram when I try it, so keep an eye out for that.
Doesn’t all that sound amazing? Which recipe are you going to try first to celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day? Let me know in the comments.