National Peanut Butter Day: Recipes, Fun Facts & Protein Bars

I just found out over the weekend that January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day. I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!!! I couldn’t skip the perfect opportunity to write about one of my favorite foods. I think I eat peanut butter just about every single day. It’s a staple in our home and I can’t live without it. Take away my peanut butter, take away my LIFE. haha

So for the sake of “fun-ness”, this post is all about peanut butter. You never know, you might learn somethin’.

Peanut Butter Fun Facts

  • “Arachibutyrophobia” (pronounced I-RA-KID-BU-TI-RO-PHO-BI-A) is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
  • The world’s largest peanut butter factory churns out 250,000 jars of the tasty treat every day.
  • The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year. <—I think I have this beat, but I will NOT be measuring for fear of being disgusted.
  • Women and children prefer creamy, while most men opt for chunky. Ever tried chunky? It feels like you’re eating rocks. Who loves feeling like something was just jabbed into their gums? 40% of people who like peanut butter, that’s who.
  • The amount of peanut butter eaten in a year could wrap the earth in a ribbon of 18-ounce peanut butter jars one and one-third times.
  • The peanut growth cycle from planting to harvest is 120 to 160 days or about five months.
  • The world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich measured 40 feet long.  It contained 150 pounds of peanut butter and 50 pounds of jelly. It was created November 6, 1993 in Peanut, Pennsylvania.
  • It takes almost 850 peanuts to make an 18 oz jar of peanut butter!
  • Georgia is the #1 peanut producing state, but did you know that Texas is #2.

Peanut Butter Recipes

Peanut Butter Apple Rings (Jif.com)

These actually look pretty good and I imagine that it tastes good too. If you don’t like raisins, leave ‘em out. If you don’t like granola cereal either, just eat the apple with peanut butter.

Source: Jif.com

 

Lower Carb Peanut Butter Dessert (Sparkpeople.com)

Reviews of this dish are excellent! 5/5 stars. Some say it’s pretty rich in taste so I’m not sure I’d be able to eat much of it since I don’t really have a big sweet tooth, but it does look tasty. It’s made with cream cheese – which I love. Also, Cool Whip, sugar-free chocolate pudding and a few other things. This Sparkpeople user adjusted the recipe a bit to make it a lower carb version than the original.

Source: "Scolly" at Sparkpeople.com

 

My personal favorite? Peanut Butter Pancakes!!

Can you sense my excitement? I’ll take peanut butter waffles too. You can make them pretty healthy by adding fruit and using 1/4 cup sugar-free syrup and a glob (or 4) of natural peanut butter. The closest I’ve gotten to using natural peanut butter so far is Natural Jif Creamy (lower in sodium than the original) and I’m okay with that!

Source: Jif.com

 

Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Do you like peanut butter protein bars?

I put together a comparison chart to make it easy to compare nutritional information. You can enlarge it by clicking on it, I know it’s kinda hard to see.

===> P.S. Have you ever heard of a fluffernutter sandwich before? I hadn’t but it’s marshmallow fluff and peanut butter on bread. Can you even open your mouth or chew with all that sticky goo inside? I’m getting a pretty funny visual trying to imagine it.

Also, what’s your favorite way to eat peanut butter?

Sources:

NationalPeanutBoard.org

Pacific.edu

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Comments

  1. Fluffernutters are a total childhood memory of mine! The fluff is more creamy and … well, fluffy than the consistency of marshmallows. Very, very sweet, but totally tastes like summer to me, and hanging out over the side of the swimming pool.

  2. I must say, this is very interesting! I am a huge fan of peanut butter, and these pictures are making me drool haha.

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  3. I love, love, love chunky peanut butter! I used to hate it when I was younger, I guess my palate changed…. I’m having some peanut butter with an apple today to celebrate!

    • I remember liking it as a kid but it would hurt so bad if those chunks got in between my teeth. I haven’t recovered from that yet I guess. :)

  4. Peanut butter is a really good source of protein so I’m glad you’re not falling in to the ‘oh but it’s so high in fat’ trap! On another note I’m not sure why peanut butter isn’t as popular here in Europe…

  5. Peanut butter… Yummm! I had never known those peanut butter facts! Interesting! Adding a little peanut butter in smoothies brings protein in those fruit-filled drinks. Thanks!

  6. Hey Mindi

    First time I’ve visited your blog, its pretty impressive! great job :)

    I’ve jsut started personal blogging for my latest fitness aims so just looking to connect with other bloggers in this area!

    Great post, I tend to get my peanut butter into my diet pretty easily by spreading it over a rice cake and then topping it with a little stawberry jam (jello for the americans!) but only wolf these down either pre or post workout!

  7. I believe the recipies will be much tast bcoz their look is so much tasty…hmmm… I will enjoy to apply these recipies..