National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day salutes America’s favorite sandwich spread. What kid didn’t grow up loving a PB&J sandwich? It’s a staple in our house.
Smooth peanut butter is by far the most popular. Crunchy peanut butter is enjoyed by many. Peanut Butter is not limited to a Peanut Butter and Jelly (PB&J) sandwich. It’s popular on crackers, celery and other “peanut butter” holders. It is also used in recipes for cookies, sauces, and snacks. And, don’t forget peanut butter candies, too!
Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe
Make your own Peanut Butter. Here’s how
- 2 cups roasted shelled, unsalted peanuts
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional for low salt diets)
Place peanuts, oil, and salt into a blender or food processor.
Blend well, until desired texture is reached.
Place peanut butter in airtight container.
For crunchy peanut butter, add 1/4 cup of peanuts and blend again, but, for just a short burst or two.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Beat peanut butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until creamy. Beat in egg, water and vanilla extract until blended. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Beat until evenly moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls on cookie sheet. Flatten slightly in criss cross pattern with fork
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet before moving to rack to cool completely.
Test you knowledge of peanut butter with this quiz!
1. Who invented peanut butter?
- Native Americans
- George Washington Carver
- A physician in St. Louis
- Coach Charles P. (“Skippy”) Coleman
2. Early on, peanut butter was a food enjoyed by high society.
3. Is peanut butter a healthy food?
4. Should dieters eat peanut butter?
Question 1: Who invented peanut butter?
Answer: A physician in St. Louis
Ever since there were peanuts, cultures have been cooking with them, whole or chopped, in savory and sweet preparations. But smooth, spreadable peanut butter as we know it was invented in 1890 by a St. Louis physician who sought a high-protein food substitute for people with poor teeth and a resulting difficulty with chewing meat. It was made by a local food producer, George A. Bayle Jr., and sold from barrels by the pound at grocery stores (as were most products of the day).
Question 2: Early on, peanut butter was a food enjoyed by high society.
Because of its nutritional appeal, peanut butter became adopted by health spas and thus known to wealthy people who frequented them. Recipes for early 20th century tea sandwiches included peanut butter. Companies began selling peanut butter as a mainstream product, targeting their promotions to the upper classes. When this market became saturated, the manufacturers began to add sugar to give peanut butter appeal to children. That’s when PB took off to become the popular product it is today–and ironically, on a trajectory from the tea salons of the upper classes to a budget staple of the far-from-upper class.
Question 3: Is peanut butter a healthy food?
While peanut butter is high in fat, much of the fat is heart-healthy, monounsaturated fat. Peanut butter is an inexpensive source of protein. It also is a good source of vitamin E and some B vitamins. As a vegetable product, peanut butter contains no cholesterol – cholesterol is an animal fat.
Question 4: Should dieters eat peanut butter?
There is some research suggesting that consuming two tablespoons of peanut butter a day can help you stick to a weight-loss diet, precisely because it’s high in fat and, therefore, very satisfying. A two-tablespoon serving of an unflavored peanut butter contains 190 calories, of which fat accounts for 130 to 150 calories. It certainly can fit into a diet, although not a low fat one.