Peanut butter is one of the hallmark foods of childhood and one of the guilty pleasures of adulthood. For me, it seems as if the older I get, the more I love peanut butter. I think the creamy texture paired with the hearty flavor is what makes people love it so. There is so much you can do with peanut butter beyond the hallmark peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
You can add a teaspoon of peanut butter to a cup of hot cocoa to enjoy a rich, decadent taste that is very much like a Reese candy bar. Add when it is very hot and stir well to melt. One of my favorite breakfast foods is peanut butter toast. Simple toast a slice of bread and spread on peanut butter and wait for it to melt.
Peanut butter makes a great dip for fruits. It especially pairs well with bananas and apples. If you want, you can microwave the peanut butter in 10 second intervals until it is melted enough to make a thinner and easier to scoop dip. Peanut butter is also good on celery.
Adding peanut butter to brownies gives it a whole new taste. My family did this when I was growing up and called them goober bars. Simply add about a 1/4 cup size measurement to your brownie mix and decrease the amount of eggs used by one. Delicious, thick brownies will greet you when they are done baking.
Peanut butter can be added to freshly toasted bagels or as a dip for pretzels. It can be used in melted form as icing for a favorite cake or cupcakes.
Peanut butter is healthy as well. Each serving you eat gives you a good dose of protein which helps to keep you full for longer. Add some peanut butter in with your meals and snacks today.