So now you’re on the peanut butter wagon – you love all the benefits, you love the taste, the only problem is – how are you going to eat it?
After a few days, peanut butter on toast and peanut butter sandwiches begin to lose their jazz. You’ve put it on celery, you’ve spread it on rice crackers, and now you’re out of ideas.
But that’s what makes peanut butter so great – the possibilities are almost literally endless. We’ll start with two exciting breakfast recipes to start your day off with some peanut buttery goodness.
Banana and Peanut Butter Pancakes
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that pancakes would not be terribly high on my to-make list. They’re time consuming, they need constant supervision and often they’re laden with unhealthy and sugary ingredients. But this recipe is something a little different, the perfect weekend breakfast – just three ingredients, and only 15 minutes to whip together from start to finish, you’ll be settling down with the morning paper in no time.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- Mix the three ingredients together in a bowl, and spoon onto a hot frying pan.
- Cook them just like regular pancakes – flip them when they begin to bubble and watch that they don’t burn.
The greatest thing about these little treats is that they don’t need any toppings – the banana is sweet enough that you can skip the maple syrup and enjoy them on their own. If you feel like mixing them up add in some cinnamon, or some fresh berries. They’re packed with protein so they’ll also make great afternoon snacks if you’re herding a bunch of hungry kids home and need to whip up something healthy in a second.
Peanut Butter Muesli
On the busy weekday mornings, it’s difficult to ensure that you get a nutritious and wholesome breakfast. We all know how important it is, but between the endless to-do list running through your mind, and the clock constantly ticking, sometimes it’s near impossible. That’s where this recipe comes in. Whip up a batch on a slow Sunday afternoon, and enjoy for the rest of the week in easy, grab and go portions.
- 1 cup of oats
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey or pure malt syrup
- Vanilla essence
- Chia seeds (optional)
- Teaspoon of coconut or olive oil
- Melt the honey and the peanut butter, and mix in the vanilla essence and olive oil.
- Pour the mixture over the oats and chia seeds and mix until the oats are completely covered.
- Spread the mixture out onto a lined baking tray, and bake in the oven for fifteen minutes
The result is an amazingly yummy and crunchy treat that can be dressed up in a whole number of ways. Sprinkle over some yoghurt and berries, eat with splash of milk straight from the bowl, or enjoy it as a simple stand-alone snack. If you split the mixture up into separate zip lock bags, it’s so simple to throw one into your gym bag before work, or eat as you’re running out the door.
Peanut Butter Smoothie
If you’re one of those people who simply can’t stomach the thought of food first thing in the morning, or you succumb regularly to chocolate cravings, this last recipe is going to be your holy grail. This smoothie is surprisingly healthy, despite its creamy, super yummy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup flavour. Between the healthy fats in the peanut butter and the antioxidants in the cacao powder, you’ll be left glowing and energised as you bounce out the door.
- 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup of almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon of cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon of sweetener of your choice (optional – but we used Stevia)
Method: Throw all the ingredients in a blender. Blend, then serve.
We’ve got some more ideas coming your way, so stay tuned and in case you missed it, check out our first story sharing the good news about the new No Added Sugar or Salt Peanut Butter from KRAFT.