Americans will eat more than 65 million pounds of peanut butter in November. Why? Because November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month – a whole month to celebrate one of our favorite foods. This year marks 120 years since the first patent for peanut butter was granted.
Each year, each American eats an average of three pounds of peanut butter. It’s a food most of us enjoyed throughout childhood and continue to love in adulthood.
Not only is peanut butter delicious but it’s healthy for us – as long as we eat pure peanut butter without added oils or sugars. Peanut butter is rich in protein so it keeps us fill and fueled. Peanut butter is also high in potassium, magnesium, folate, vitamin E, antioxidants and fiber. It has been found to be beneficial to heart health, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, gallstones, and diabetes. Of course, peanut butter is also filled with healthy fats as nuts are one of the 5 Cleanest Sources of Plant-Based Fats.
Peanut butter is extremely versatile. We eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as in desserts and snacks. In fact, peanut butter is a great snack for kids and adults that can help refuel us for the rest of the day. Peanut butter can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, in simple peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or exotic global recipes.
Let’s celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers with 30 recipes so you can have something peanut-y and butter-y, something comforting and indulgent or exotic and flavorful every day this month.
1. Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower Wings
These Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower Wings are seriously amazing. Crunchy baked cauliflower “wings” coated in a sticky, spicy peanut sauce? That’s the kind of thing we want to eat all day, every day. The secret ingredient is orange marmalade, which gives the sauce a slightly sweet, slightly tangy hint of citrus. It’s definitely a dish you’ll want to share with everyone you know!
2. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Truffles
The only way to make peanut butter any better is to add some pumpkin spice. Taking a bite out of these Pumpkin Peanut Butter Truffles is like taking a bite out of the best orange-leaved, scarf-wearing fall day you’ve ever had. With warming cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, rich, creamy peanut butter, cozy maple syrup, and homemade pumpkin-kissed chocolate, these will totally melt in your mouth.
3. Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu, Vegetable, and Grilled Pineapple Stir-Fry
Not only is this Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu, Vegetable and Grilled Pineapple Stir-Fry a great easy single-serve meal, it’s also a wonderful dish to make a big batch of and share with friends at a picnic or potluck. It has coconut rice, tofu, edamame, and grilled pineapple. The sweet chili peanut sauce adds amazing bold flavors that takes this dish over the top.
4. Peanut Butter Caramel ‘Nice’ Cream Blizzard
If you miss Blizzards, you’ll love this Peanut Butter Caramel ‘Nice’ Cream Blizzard. Peanut butter and banana ice cream topped with homemade candy bars – it’s all the sweet, chunky candy-filled ice cream deliciousness without the dairy and sugar!
5. Thai Peanut Burrito Bowls
Not only are they ridiculously simple, these Thai Peanut Burrito Bowls are completely and utterly out-of-this-world tasty. The peanut sauce is the shining star of the dish; it’s seriously rich, ultra-creamy, slightly spicy, and it’s made of peanut butter. All the different components with their textures and flavors combine one easy yet epic meal!
6. Rich Chocolate and Peanut Butter Tart With Vanilla Meringue
This Rich Chocolate and Peanut Butter Tart with Vanilla Meringue is a wonderful dessert that boasts the decadence of chocolate and peanut butter while still being super healthy. The secret to the meringue topping is aquafaba, of course. Everyone will love this impressive treat.
7. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pancakes
Mmmm … fall is here and that means lots of pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, and all things that scream “fall.” Like these Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pancakes, for example. There is nothing like a gorgeous, sky-high stack of light and fluffy pancakes with buckwheat to brighten your day and fill you up!
8. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake
This No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake is one of those recipes that wows everyone! It has peanut butter, coconut and a secret ingredient – avocado. Not only is it vegan (which no one can tell) but it has both nut-free and gluten-free options.
9. Peanut Butter Bulgur Waffles
There’s no better way to start your day than with these protein-packed Peanut Butter Bulgur Waffles. If you haven’t cooked with bulgur wheat before, this is a great place to start – the hearty grain gives these waffles a pleasantly chewy and crispy texture. Top with a generous drizzle of maple syrup and a pat of vegan butter for the ultimate breakfast.
10. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies
Imagine pulling some cookies out of the oven, you smell a little bit of vanilla and then a strong scent of peanut butter and chocolate! That’s what these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies will bring to your day. Biting into a plain chocolate chip cookie is pretty great, but a center full of warm, gooey peanut butter makes it an extra decadent treat.
11. Kung Pao ‘Chicken’
A veganized and gluten-free version of a Chinese takeout classic, this Kung Pao “Chicken” makes use of soy curls to give the dish a chewy, satisfying bite. The sauce is made with peanut butter and lots of fiery spices for the best takeout at home.
12. Peanut Butter Fig Bars
These rich fudge-like Peanut Butter Fig Bars will melt in your mouth and remind you just how well peanut butter and jelly get along. The fig in the crust is reminiscent of the sweetness of grape jelly, and those crispy fig seeds create an interesting and unique texture.
13. Sticky Peanut Cauliflower Wings
These Sticky Peanut Cauliflower ‘Wings’ are sticky, salty, spiced and totally addictive. They may be a side dish, but this is one recipe that will have everyone overlooking the main meal at dinner. Make a triple batch because these tempting morsels don’t hang around for long on the table.
14. Black Bean Peanut Butter Brownies
The fact that there are black beans in these Black Bean Peanut Butter Brownies will completely dissolve when you sink your pearly whites into them. It’s a great way to get some nutritious beans into fussy family members who think they don’t like beans. They’re chocolate peanut butter brownies to them, and a nutritious wholesome treat to you. Win-win!
15. Baked Sweet Potato and Mung Bean Croquettes With Peanutty Coconut Sauce
These Baked Sweet Potato and Mung Bean Croquettes not only taste amazing, they also feature two nutritional superstars: sweet potatoes and mung beans. The combination offers a one-two punch of protein and iron, as well as a ton of bold flavor. The dish is completed with a drizzle of coconut-peanut sauce made with creamy peanut butter for a luxurious topping that’s a breeze to prepare!
16. No-Bake Snickers Pie
This is the Snickers Pie recipe of your dreams. It has a crispy crust, a caramel layer and light and fluffy peanut butter mousse. This pie is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, paleo, vegan, raw, ooey- gooey, chocolatey, caramel-y, and peanut butter-y. The only other “y” is why aren’t you making this yet?
17. Noodles With Creamy Peanut and Orange Sauce
There’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of noodles smothered in a rich, creamy sauce. These Noodles with Creamy Peanut and Orange Sauce does the trick over a bed of brown rice noodles with creamy peanut butter topped with cool cilantro, crisp mint, and bright orange zest.
18. No-Bake Cinnamon Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars
These No-Bake Cinnamon Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars are simple and delicious. There are only seven ingredients including rice cereal and peanut butter that get mixed and topped with melted chocolate. Make them immediately and bring them everywhere. They’re a perfect portable snacking treat!
19. Jackfruit Satay Skewers With Peanut Sauce
These Jackfruit Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce will show you that no one needs to eat meat to have a delicious meal. They have great flavors, texture, and overall plant-based goodness… what more could you want? The satay sauce has coconut, peanut butter and chile flakes. Serve over rice and vegetables, or great with a fresh crispy salad!
20. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Oreo Pie
This No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Oreo Pie is delicious and easy to make! The crust is topped with a creamy peanut butter filling, chocolate swirl, and homemade peanut butter cups. This pie is beautiful, slices so cleanly, and is beyond delicious!
21. Vegetable Lo Mein With Creamy Peanut Sauce
Don’t call for takeout; make this Vegetable Lo Mein with Creamy Peanut Sauce instead. It’s so quick and you can customize it to your tastes with your favorite veggies. The peanut sauce is savory and sweet with coconut milk, peanut butter, and tamari.
22. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb Smoothie
Who doesn’t love dessert for breakfast and not just any dessert but chocolate and peanut butter which is the best combination in the world? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb Smoothie has bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate – everything you need to start the day deliciously.
23. Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad
This Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad may remind you of a super-healthy version of pad Thai in salad form. Carrots and bell peppers bring a hint of sweetness, while broccoli and spinach add their brilliant earthy flavors. The quinoa makes the whole salad feel fluffy and light, and the peanuts for some added crunch. It’s all topped with a distinctly Thai-inspired peanut-y dressing that boasts a ton of flavor and brings this whole salad to life.
24. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Parfait
This Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Parfait is incredibly rich, decadent, and delicious but don’t let that deter you if you’re trying to stick to healthier treats. Free of refined sugar, dairy or any mysterious additives like so many other desserts out there, this parfait will satisfy your sweet tooth while treating your body a bit better in the process.
25. Garlic Broccoli With Coco-Peanut Sauce
Change up your usual side dishes and make this Garlic Broccoli with Coco-Peanut Sauce tonight. The simple sauce of peanuts and coconut milk is draped over tender garlic broccoli creating a perfect union of savory flavors. It’s one of those dishes that comes together so quickly, you may feel unsure you included all the ingredients. But worry not, it really is that easy and that delicious.
26. Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Strawberries and peanut butter may be a new combination for you, but it’s one you’ll turn to again and again. These Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Covered Strawberries are so good and so easy to make, but they look so impressive, everyone will think you bought them in a gourmet chocolate shop.
27. Japanese-Style Slow Cooker Tofu
This Japanese-Style Slow Cooker Tofu is a recipe everyone will love. All you have to do is put the tofu, miso, peanut butter, and other ingredients in the slow cooker and come back in time to enjoy this beautiful meal. Everyone will think you cooked all day – let them.
28. Peanut Butter Mousse Jars With Chocolate Shell
These Peanut Butter Mousse Jars with Chocolate Shell are like a party in your mouth. They have velvety peanut butter mousse and an intensely delicious dark chocolate shell. This dessert is impressive enough to serve for a date night or dinner party but is so simple you can make it any weeknight.
29. Spicy Peanut Mushroom Kale Soup
This Spicy Peanut Mushroom Kale Soup is made mostly with condiments for seasoning and flavor. It may seem strange, but they contribute to the rich, velvety texture of the broth, and add a great umami flavor. This is the perfect soup for a cold winter day.
30. Peanut Butter Swirl White Chocolate Button Blondies
These Peanut Butter Swirl White Chocolate Button Blondies are buttery, mellow, and so sweet. They are just peanut buttery enough with white chocolate buttons for a decadent finish. Share them with all your friends or hid them for yourself. It’s your call!
OMG! With all these amazing recipes featuring peanut butter, this is going to be the most delicious month of meals ever! Happy National Peanut Lovers Month!
Lead image source: No-Bake Snickers Pie