24 January 2015 is Peanut Butter Day. As you may imagine this originated in the US where peanut butter is a daily staple. We're developing a love of peanut butter here in the UK too, but it still mostly appears in sandwiches.

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Is peanut butter good or bad for you?

Good quality or homemade peanut butter is good for you, it's basically just peanuts which have been roasted and blended into a smooth butter with a little salt. You do need a powerful blender to make your own, but it's really easy to do.

100g grams of peanut butter contains:

45% of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin E

67% of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin B3

27% of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin B6

18% of your recommended daily amount of Folate

24% of your recommended daily amount of Copper

73% of your recommended daily amount of Maganese

Peanut butter is also a good source of protein and antioxidants. Unfortunately that 100g also contains 588 calories and a lot of fat. Luckily a little peanut butter goes a long way and you are unlikely to eat 100g in one go.

Here are some savoury and sweet peanut butter recipes for you to enjoy, so go on get that jar out of the cupboard:

Falafel Halloumi Kebabs with Spiced Peanut Butter Marinade

These kebabs can be cooked on a BBQ or in the oven. They are made extra special with an easy spiced marinade made with peanut butter.

Get the recipe here: Tinned Tomatoes

 

Squash, Carrot and Noodle Soup

Peanut butter adds a layer of flavour to this seasonal butternut squash and carrot soup. Noodles are added to make it filling and it's topped with a scattering of salted peanuts for crunch.

Get the recipe here: Tinned Tomatoes

 

Sweet Potato, Spinach and Mushrooms Stew

The peanut butter tempers the heat of the spices in this easy stew that is packed with vegetables ad oh so tasty.

Get the recipe here: Greedy Gourmet
 

Thai Chickpea and Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing

I love this salad. Kale, chickpeas, red pepper and chickpeas dressed in the most gorgeous peanut dressing.

Get the recipe here: The Taste Space
 

Hummus with Peanut Butter

Homemade hummus with a new twist, yes, you guessed it, peanut butter. What a great idea and the perfect healthy snack. I love it with carrot sticks.

Get the recipe here: Fab Food 4 All

 

Peanut Butter, Nutella and Banana French Bread

This one is more of a treat than a healthy snack. There are some healthy ingredients in there, but it's a bit calorific. If you are having a bad day, this is jut what you need to perk you up.

Get the recipe here: Tinned Tomatoes

 

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Bananas looking past there best. More brown than yellow? Don't throw them out, mash them and add them to these pretty cupcakes topped with peanut butter frosting.

Get the recipe here: Taming Twins

 

Elvis Smoothie

Wash down your cupcakes with a smoothie named after the king of rock. Peanut butter, banana and strawberries with chia seeds, oats and a touch of honey. It's actually rather healthy, unlike the late great hip-swinging Elvis.

Get the recipe here: Franglais Kitchen

 

Peanut Butter and Jam Bread

Yes, you can even make bread with peanut butter. This sumptuous bread is easy to make and has thick veins of peanut butter and jam running through it. It's made with bananas, so it's a healthy bake and there's no kneading.

Get the recipe here: Food to Glow

 

Peanut Butter and Nutella Blondies

Blondies are just like brownies, but a pale version. These blondies are taken to a whole new level with the addition of peanut butter and nutella. A favourite sandwich filling in my house. Don't they look great?

Get the recipe here: Taming Twins

 

Peanut Butter Cake Pops Dipped in Milk Chocolate


Photo: Maison Cupcake

Cake pops were really popular and you saw the everywhere for a while, but I always found them fiddly and messy to make. Sarah has an easier and quicker version for us to try. They do look tempting.

Get the recipe here: Maison Cupcake

 

No-Bake Peanut Butter Mousse with a Magic Chocolate Shell

This is a healthy dessert and it's dairy free too. The chocolate shell is a bit like the chocolate topping I remember pouring on ice cream as a child that hardened into a crisp chocolate shell. Of course this recipe doesn't have all the nasty additives.

Get the recipe here: The Taste Space

 

Jacqueline Meldrum is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. Jacqueline blogs at Tinned Tomatoes. You can follow Jacqueline on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and Google+.

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Featured photo: Pinterest/www.healthyworks.org

 

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