If you were given a choice of only a few food items to survive off of what would it be? Or simply what is the one food that you could not possibly live without? For anyone who knows me this is simply to answer. Just take a look in my cupboard and you will find about 4 or 5 different varieties of peanut butter at any given time. There are a couple brands that are off limits to my husband or anyone else. Simply put… peanut butter is life! There was one time when I had a trainer that would not allow me to have peanut butter in my diet. Needless to say he didn’t last too long….about 5 minutes. Even if it is only a small amount, a healthy or cheat snack, it needs to be a part of my life every day! It is delicious either by itself, on a big spoon or added in recipes.
One day I decided to make peanut butter cookies with my 3 yr old granddaughter. As she was trying to scoop out the glob of peanut butter with a spoon that was too big for her little hands, it got me thinking. Who invented peanut butter in the first place? As I was patiently waiting for her to get the sticky PB in the bowl (she says, “it is sticky nana”), I was saying, I will have to look this up. Then, I mixed the ingredients together with my electric beater. When I was done she holds out her hand and says, “Nana mine”. I handed her the batter covered beaters and she climbed down off the chair and ran off, her job was now done. I covered the bowl and set it in the refrigerator to chill for about an hour. In the meantime while she was watching Sponge Bob and licking the beater, I hit google on my computer.
Here are a few fun facts about peanut butter, you lesson for today:
This was the beginning of what is now in 94% of homes in a hundred different brands and many different flavors. Here are a few myths that are interesting from the national peanut butter board:
Although peanut butter is a high calorie dense food 2 tbsp. (1 serving) is 188 calories, it is good for you in moderation. The nutritional value of this delicious little nut (or legume):
Yields: 12-18 depending how big you make them
Time: 30 min (not including 1 hr chill time)