The Know: Peanut Butter Heaven

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I love peanut butter. As in, please don’t judge me but I could sit in front of the TV with a spoon (or my finger?) and eat it like a bowl of ice cream. Or strawberries. If only peanut butter had the same fat and calories as strawberries. Then I’m certain all of life’s biggest problems would be solved.
If I am going to indulge in my beloved PB I want it to be GOOD. We should all know by now that the stuff we grew up with (read: peanut butter made with hydrogenated oils, unnatural products, etc.) is so bad for us. And in my (not so humble) opinion, why eat a higher calorie food that’s bad for you when you can eat a version that is actually good for your body?
….And, might I add, tastes a hell of a lot better.
If you don’t know it yet, all-natural peanut butter is good for you (in portion control, as I’ve learned the hard way). It’s packed with protein and healthy fats, and it makes for a great snack! I’m a fan. A big fan. Quite possibly a bigger PB fan than a Badgers fan…but don’t tell anyone. I consider myself a Peanut Butter aficionado if you will. A connoisseur. Truth be told, if there was a talk show about Peanut Butter, I would be the Oprah Winfrey. Or at least Ryan Seacrest. And ladies and gentleman, I believe I’ve found the Mona Lisa of the natural peanut butter world:
Parkers Peanut Butter.
You can find this gooey gift from god in the fridge section of Whole Foods or online. On the scale of yummy-ness, creaminess (even their chunky versions have an amazing creamy consistency) and all around kick-ass-ness, Parkers Peanut Butter is the bomb.com
And there are four amazing varieties to choose from: Creamy, Crunchy, Honey Roasted Creamy and Honey Roasted Crunchy. (I haven’t tried the honey crunchy yet but word on the street is it is pretty much like crack in a jar.)
Trust me when I say you need to run, not walk, to Whole Foods for this peanut butter. You will thank me. You may also thank me for telling you to run because a calorie burned is a calorie more of PB that you can put on your spoon. And trust me you will want that extra calorie.
And if eating peanut butter with your finger out of the jar isn’t as much your thing as it is mine, there are a bunch of amazing recipes on Parkers Farm website. Here are two easy breezy ones (no oven required!) that are great to whip up for Super Bowl Sunday or any day, really.
Peanut Butter Dip
1/2 cup Parkers Farm Honey Roasted Peanut Butter
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
Apple wedges & miniature pretzels
In a large mixing bowl, combine Parkers Farm Honey Roasted Peanut Butter, yogurt & cinnamon. Stir in chocolate chips. Serve with apples & pretzels.
YIELD: 1 (delicious!) cup
Rolled Oat Clusters (No Bake Cookies)
2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
4 tbs cocoa
2 tbs vanilla
Dash salt
1 cup Parkers Farm Creamy Peanut Butter
3 cup rolled oats (quick or regular)
Combine sugar, milk, butter & salt in a heavy 3 quart pot. Stir. Bring to a full boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add vanilla & peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Add rolled oats, cocoa and salt. Mix well. Cool until mixture holds shape, slightly. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper, cool, eat.
YIELD: Approximately 4 dozen clusters
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