January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day, a time to celebrate the protein-packed staple found in 94 percent of American homes. We’ll venture to say no other staple is as fun to celebrate as peanut butter! But, before you mark the occasion by spooning out some ‘crunchy’ for a simple snack or spreading ‘creamy’ over a slice of bread, Southern Peanut Growers encourages you to go all in on PB Day with delicious ideas from early morning to well into the evening.
For National Peanut Butter Day, we challenge you to reach for your favorite jar of peanut butter and enjoy it in as many forms as you can, all day long.
Here’s some inspiration for your celebration:
- Breakfast: Peanut Butter Donuts. Start the day with this delicious peanut butter and maple-flavored treat topped with candied peanuts.
- Lunch: Grilled PB & J. Rethink the traditional PB & J for lunch by layering in fruit, padding with peanut butter and heating on the griddle.
- Dinner: Beef Kabobs with Peanut Sauce. Add some sizzle to the evening by serving kabobs with peanut dipping sauce.
- Dessert: Peanut Butter Vanilla Bean Cake. Every celebration calls for cake! Enjoy this combination of PB, vanilla and great northern beans – candles optional.
- Kids’ beverage: Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Banana Milkshake. Blend up this delicious shake, and it will soon become a family favorite.
- Adult cocktail: Peanut Butter and Raspberry Delight. Just for the grown-ups, it’s time to mix up a new signature drink and make a toast to PB Day.
Surprise your friends with incredible peanut butter knowledge!
Did you know? About half of all the peanuts grown in the United States are used to make peanut butter. Runner peanuts – the variety mostly grown by farmers in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi – are favored for peanut butter because of their strong peanut flavor and uniform size which makes for an even roast.
Other lesser-known peanut butter facts include:
- Peanut butter today is remarkably similar to that produced a century ago. To legally label the spread as peanut butter, it must contain a minimum of 90 percent peanuts with no artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives.
- Peanut butter contains more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.
- Peanut butter plays a vital role in overcoming malnutrition and global hunger. Peanut butter is on the basic needs list for local food banks and January is a month of critical need in food banks. Special formulations of peanut-based therapeutic foods are saving lives around the world – visit Peanut Butter for the Hungry for more information.
- Peanuts are not actually nuts at all! They are legumes – in the same plant family as beans, peas and lentils.