Tired of PB&J? Here are 5 Unconventional Ways to Use Peanut Butter

By: Kelsey Lorencz

Kelsey Lorencz, RD is the owner of Graciously Nourished, a plant-focused eating consulting company, which provides budget-friendly, plant-focused recipes.
There are endless fun and unique ways to use peanut butter, but you still might find yourself reaching for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to enjoy some creamy (or crunchy!) peanut butter goodness. It’s not surprising either! A 2016 survey of 1,000 people from across the country estimated that Americans eat 3,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches over a lifetime (1). That’s a lot of PB&J!
While a PB&J may be the classic go-to, there are endless ways to enjoy peanut butter beyond the sandwich. Let’s venture out with some other sweet and savory ways to use peanut butter for every meal (and snack) of the day!
Hummus is traditionally made with tahini, otherwise known as sesame seed paste, and chickpeas along with oil and other spices or seasonings. There’s no shortage of ways to make hummus and using peanut butter instead of tahini can make for a fun twist on the traditional classic.
Try a savory or sweet peanut butter hummus:
Creamy peanut butter is the perfect base for a peanut sauce to serve with noodles, salad, or drizzled on top of stir fry. Peanut sauce has a silky texture and is a great way to increase the protein in plant-based meals. Peanut butter has 7 grams of plant-powered protein per serving, which is more protein than any other nut!
Whip up a peanut butter sauce in one of these delicious recipes:
Who would have known that peanut butter could make an appearance at your next dinner party, in the drinks?! That’s just the beautiful versatility of peanuts. They’re great in an appetizer, main course and beverages! Creamy cocktails are the perfect addition to happy hour during the holiday season, and peanut butter adds a unique twist that everyone will love!
Wind down with one of these peanut butter cocktails:
Peanut butter adds creaminess, depth and satisfying good fats to your favorite cold-weather soup. Adding peanut butter to soup is a great way to make sure you’re getting enough magnesium. One serving of peanut butter has 10% of your daily value of magnesium and magnesium supports blood sugar control, blood pressure management and nerve function (2). Peanut butter pairs perfectly in pumpkin or sweet and spicy soups!
Try one of these soups featuring peanut butter:  
There’s no better way to tenderize and infuse meat with mouth-watering flavors than letting it marinate before cooking. Adding peanut butter to your chicken or beef marinade infuses the meat with delectable peanut flavor to bring your final dish to life!

Try one of these peanut butter infused marinades:
It’s easy for peanut butter to be the star of any meal or snack when you tap into your creativity! Step out of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich shell with these five unique ways to use peanut butter.
  1. https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/average-american-eat-3-000-pb-sandwiches-lifetime-article-1.2586249?utm_medium=google
  2. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/

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