Peanut Butter Makes It Better

For Moms,Ingredient,Recipes
November 26, 2011

Be it ever so humble, America's favorite lunchtime money saver is also a rock star pantry staple.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes
Mark Boughton/Styling: Teresa Blackburn

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 Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate and peanut butter is an unbeatable combination.

Gluten Free Brownies

Gluten-Free Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies

No one will know these chewy brownies are gluten-free.

peanut butter snack mix

Peanut Butter Snack Mix

Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats from the peanuts and peanut butter, and fiber in the cereal make this a nutritious alternative to chips.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Power Muffins

Whole-wheat flour and rolled oats make these muffins with staying power.


Raisin Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter balls, made with raisins and oat cereal—a healthy party treat.


Peanut Butter Mousse with Bruléed Bananas and Raspberry Preserves

A sweet treat that brings out the kid in everyone.


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