Be it ever so humble, America's favorite lunchtime money saver is also a rock star pantry staple.
My son Sam likes to play a game called “Would You Rather.” It goes like this:
Sam: “Mom, would you rather be trapped in a cage with a lion for three days or lick peanut butter off a hobo’s foot.”
Mom: “Well, both sound very attractive, so tough choice. I guess the hobo, as that won’t necessarily kill me. Which would you rather do?”
Sam: “Hummm, I guess the lion.”
As you can see, Sam would rather be eaten by a lion than eat peanut butter. For a parent, that’s a bummer. PB&J is always a fallback when you’re out of lunchmeat or when you need something that doesn’t require refrigeration.
And it’s a pantry staple that can stretch more than pennies. Peanut butter infuses flavor, protein and heart-healthy fats into everything from indulgent cakes to yummy breakfast muffins and snack mixes. Here are a few of our favorite recipes. Now if I could just get Sam to eat it. I mean, it won’t kill him …
—By Jill Melton, Relish Editor
Chocolate and peanut butter is an unbeatable combination.
No one will know these chewy brownies are gluten-free.
Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats from the peanuts and peanut butter, and fiber in the cereal make this a nutritious alternative to chips.
Whole-wheat flour and rolled oats make these muffins with staying power.
Peanut butter balls, made with raisins and oat cereal—a healthy party treat.
A sweet treat that brings out the kid in everyone.