I'm just going to nerd out for a minute
Disclaimer: I love peanut butter.
I can’t quite say where my affinity for it came from, but I remember always liking it when I was little and I think my obsession has just peaked in the last year.
My love for the pulverized legume (Yes, it is in fact a legume and not a nut) has allowed me to grow into somewhat of a self-described peanut butter aficionado. Having tried almost all the different brands on the market, I’ve since ruled out all that add any sugars or oils to their butter in favour for the natural kind, and have had it all from raw to roasted.
Now, my butter attraction is not exclusive to peanuts at all. I actually prefer almond butter over peanut sometimes, and I am no stranger to cashew or even sunflower. The spectrum of nut and seed butters is highly welcome in my house of taste buds.
You can only guess how excited I was when I discovered my local grocery store had a grind-it-yourself peanut butter machine.
Where the real meat in this story lies though, is how I like to enjoy my peanut butter.
Sure, nothing tops eating it straight from the jar with a spoon, or cozying it up next to chocolate, and I will never challenge you on a PB&J. However, I think there is some room to expand on the list of acceptable peanut butter partners.
A baked sweet potato halved and drizzled with peanut butter is a delicious and highly misunderstood option that can be enjoyed anytime of day. The same goes for carrots. Preferably ones that have been steamed and cooled a little. Think of them like the hipper and sweeter-tasting step-sister to the classic celery and peanut butter combo.
I’m gonna let you in on another little secret now too. One that is ingenious really, and oh so sweet and simple.
Peanut butter+ Banana+ Almond milk
That’s it. Whip that up in a blender, let it cascade into a bowl, chill it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and then there you have it. A sweet, nutty, dairy-free treat that can also be disguised as a healthy breakfast if enjoyed in the right beverage vessel. Heck, add in a little cocoa powder if you want to. After all, chocolate really is peanut butter’s better half.
Anyway, hope I didn’t bore you with all my peanut butter talk.
Let me know how you like to enjoy your peanut (or other) butters.