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National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is March 1st, so I figured it was a great time to talk about it and share a delicious recipe. Some people love peanut butter and others, for various reasons, avoid it. This blog post will focus on those who love peanut butter and choose to make it a part of their lifestyle.

Did you know that a peanut isn’t actually a nut? Even though we may call it a nut and it may be used in cooking similarly to other nuts, it is actually a legume that belongs to the same family as beans and peas. So if you have issues with digesting beans, that same might be happening with peanuts. And did you know that peanuts grow underground? Crazy, right!

When shopping for a peanut butter it is important to read the ingredients label. Many brands have added sugars and oils that aren’t necessary to get the benefits and flavor of peanut butter. It is important to pay attention to what you are buying to avoid unnecessary additions to your diet.

Peanut butter can come with different textures like smooth or crunchy. A very popular way to buy freshly ground peanut butter is from our grinder in the Natural and Organic Department at our Blue Valley location. If you haven’t used the grinder yet, we will be happy to show you.

Once you have your favorite peanut butter picked out, try these amazing Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites.

Ingredients-

1 cup dry oatmeal- If gluten-free, make sure to pick up the GF oats.

⅔ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

½ cup peanut butter

½ cup ground flaxseeds

⅓ cup honey

½ cup mini chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chia seeds (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and combine well
  2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes
  3. Once chilled, place approximately a tablespoon in your hand and roll the mixture into a ball
    (If the mixture is not sticking you may need to add a little more peanut butter or honey)
  1. Enjoy and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks
    (Recipe reprinted with permission from Bless this Mess.

If your diet doesn’t include peanuts or peanut butter, you can sub a variety of nut butters in this recipe or even a nut-free sunflower seed butter, like no-sugar-added SunButter.

What is your favorite way to use peanut butter?