If you adore peanut butter, you will be happy to know that the entire month of November is dedicated to you! Peanut butter can be used in almost everything and is a common item in most food pantries nationwide. One little known fact is that peanuts are not nuts, but rather legumes which have nutritional components of healthy oils, fiber and protein.

The origins of peanut butter can be traced back to the Aztecs and Incans but the modern history of it starts in 1884 when it was patented by a chemist named Edson. He developed it mainly to assist those who were unable to chew hard peanuts. In 1995, Peanut Butter Lovers Month began and has been celebrated every year since.

The wonders of peanut butter are boundless. With a little ingenuity, you can make smoothies, sauces, snacks, sandwiches and sweets.  Peanut butter and chocolate are a sure-fire winning combination or simply spread a little peanut butter on toast for a quick and easy breakfast idea.

There are several ways to celebrate Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Try adding peanut butter themed meals into your diet this month or gather friends and family together by showcasing the best and most creative peanut butter recipes.  You are sure to be surprised how many different types of meals include this tiny legume.

Some of the Bellevue University Library’s cookbooks have recipes that incorporate peanut butter. Be sure to check out the ones below:

Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food by Jon Krampner. Recipe for Nani’s Groundnut Stew on p. 8.

Bring it! Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining by Ali Rosen. TX715.R8339 2018.  Recipe for peanut butter cheesecake cupcakes on p. 223.

College Cuisine by Leila Peltosaari. TX714.P42 Recipe for peanut butter cookies on p. 107

Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt TX714 H857 2017 Recipe for a chocolate and peanut butter smoothies on pgs. 23-24, peanut butter granola on pgs. 60-61, 80-82 and sweet hot peanut sauce on p. 233.

Idiot’s Guides Plant-based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever. TX392.H34 2018. Recipe for peanut butter chocolate bean bars on p. 242



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