10 Surprising Things To Do With Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter, Revisited
Sure PB&J is the best excuse to grab the peanut butter jar, but these fresh takes on the spread will introduce you to a whole new level of peanut butter perfection.
#1: Use as a Filling in Grilled Desserts
Surprising Use: Peanut butter gives grilled desserts a creamy richness.
About the Recipe: Pair a smooth spoonful of peanut butter with chocolate, brown sugar, and melty marshmallows to make these toasty banana bites ooze with rich flavor.
#2: Top a Warm Breakfast
Surprising Use: Drizzle peanut butter on quinoa for a luscious and simple topping.
About the Recipe: When it comes to breakfast, fruit and peanut butter are a go-to pair. Quinoa -- a healthy popped grain -- soaks up the nuttiness of the peanut butter, making for a hearty morning meal.
#3: Stir Into a Stew
Surprising Use: A scoop of peanut butter makes slow cooker stew velvety smooth.
About the Recipe: Whisk a few spoonfuls of peanut butter into your simmering stew just before serving to give it homey flavor and creamy consistency.
#4: Make It a Dressing
Surprising Use: Use peanut butter as a base for salad dressing.
About the Recipe: Take coleslaw to new heights with our homemade peanut butter dressing made with zippy seasonings, garlic, and fresh lemon juice.
#5: Add to Frostings
Surprising Use: Swap plain Jane vanilla glaze for peanut butter frosting.
About the Recipe: Peanut butter, powdered sugar, and milk are all you need to make this lush and creamy cinnamon roll glaze. Feeling adventurous? Try it on cookies and cakes, too!
#6: Bake Into Casseroles
Surprising Use: Natural peanut butter gives many kinds of casserole a nutty sweetness.
About the Recipe: Earthy sweet potatoes and savory wild rice make a delicious base for this hearty coconut casserole, while melty peanut butter and brown sugar help punch up the flavor.
#7: Provide Protein to Smoothies
Surprising Use: Add peanut butter to your smoothie for a boost of protein.
About the Recipe: Your childhood favorites meet again in this PB&J smoothie. Banana and plain Greek yogurt help soften the smoothie's naturally thick texture.
#8: Give Snacks Structure
Surprising Use: Hold all your favorite snack ingredients together with peanut butter.
About the Recipe: These granola bars have it all -- nuts, sunflower seeds, chocolate, and honey. A scoop or two of peanut butter helps give the homespun snacks their structure.
#9: Infuse into Syrup
Surprising Use: Improve basic maple syrup by adding peanut butter.
About the Recipe: Love peanut butter on waffles? Try our syrup twist made with butter, chunky peanut butter, and maple syrup. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency.
#10: Make Sandwiches Beyond PB&J
Surprising Use: Add a slathering of peanut butter to savory sandwiches.
About the Recipe: Look beyond the traditional peanut butter and jelly. Crisp apple slices and smoked bacon join peanut butter in this homey sandwich, perfect for a cozy night inside.
Bonus: Give Extra Flavor to Banana Bread
Surprising Use: Use peanut butter to give classic banana bread a flavor boost.
About the Recipe: Put a spin on traditional banana bread with a creamy dose of peanut butter. The sticky-sweet ingredient pairs wonderfully with nostalgic spices and soft bananas.