Once a year, I gather my friends to celebrate, give thanks and appreciate the world’s most perfect and delectable food. On this day, we consume this food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and many, many snacks. Even though I eat this food at least once a week, I especially appreciate it on January 24, and, of course, I’m talking about PEANUT BUTTER! **She says like she was giving away cars on a talk show.**
You can pair it with noodles, cakes, icing, crackers, honey, marshmallows, chocolate and a true classic–jelly. Did you know that peanut butter dates all the way back to the Aztecs and the Mayans, and the first peanut butter making machine was patented in St. Louis, Missouri by Dr. Ambrose Straub in 1903?
To celebrate this most joyous of days, I will be making a giant peanut butter cup. However, if you are looking for a more kid-friendly and healthy recipe, you can try making some no bake energy bites.
No Bake Energy Bites (adapted from Mess for Less)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup Rice Krispies
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup nuts of your choice, chopped
- Microwave peanut butter for 10-15 seconds to melt.
- Mix wet ingredients and then add the dry ingredients.
- Roll into 1.5-2 inch balls.
- Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Store in refrigerator for up to a week.
You can also celebrate by reading a great book. Here are my top picks:
- “PB&J Hooray! Your Sandwich’s Amazing Journey From Farm to Table” by Janet Nolan
- “Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme” by Nadine Bernard Westcott
- “Peanut Butter & Cupcake!” by Terry Border
And I’ll be listening to “Peanut To My Butter” by Emily Arrow