We’re nuts about peanuts and on September 13th, we celebrate National Peanut Day, although peanuts are not actually nuts, they are legumes. That’s right, peanuts are actually little dried fruits (technically speaking), like beans and peas. That just means we can feel even better about eating them.
We can also feel good about munching on peanuts because they are a superfood, rich in over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Peanuts are a good source of niacin, folate, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, and phosphorus. They also are naturally free of trans-fats and sodium, and contain about 25 percent protein.
Peanuts are the #1 snack nut consumed in the U.S. and of course, we love peanut butter. The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time he or she graduates high school! According to the National Peanut Board, people on the West Coast prefer crunchy peanut butter while East Coasters opt for creamy. We love peanut butter too – check out these 15 Sweet and Savory Recipes with Peanut Butter and these 30 Peanut Butter Recipes You’ll Go Nuts For.
Today, however, is not just about peanut butter but all the different ways you can incorporate peanuts into your dishes, both sweet and savory. Here are 15 delicious ways to use peanuts in your recipes.
1. Easy Peanut Noodles
While this may at first look like your typical noodle dish, it’s actually quite vegetable-forward. These Easy Peanut Noodles call for just a quarter pound of pasta noodles but serves a healthy portion to two people. That’s because it features tons of red bell pepper, cucumber, carrot, radish, and scallion in a delicious peanut sauce. The reasonable portion of noodles doesn’t weigh you down, and the variety of vegetables helps make it a balanced meal.
2. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Peanut Sauce
Stuffed sweet potatoes are always an easy lunch. Not only that, they’re budget-friendly and filling! These Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Peanut Sauce are loaded with black beans, crushed peanuts, crunchy banana chips, and fresh cilantro. Then, you drizzle a spicy and creamy peanut sauce over the whole dish to add one last layer of flavor.
3. Super Veggie Peanut Sauce Stir-Fry
This Super Veggie Peanut Sauce Stir-Fry with cauliflower rice is fresh, fun, and satisfying. The delicious sauce is super easy to make and ties together the rainbow of vegetables in this dish perfectly. It’s also very healthy because it’s made from peanut flour as opposed to regular peanut butter. Yummy, guilt-free goodness!
4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Pops
In these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Pops, the world’s best flavor combo, chocolate and peanut butter, come together in one bite-sized treat on a stick. These cake pops are rich, chocolatey, and coated in dark chocolate. They’re then topped with crunchy peanuts for taste and texture. Cake pops are the perfect snack because they’re easier to make and even easier to eat. They’ll be a hit at any party!
5. Double Crunch Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fudge
This Double Crunch Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fudge is everything. Crunchy peanut butter, coconut oil, chocolate chips, and crushed peanuts come together to make a dessert experience that you’ll want to make again and again. It’s soft, crunchy, and chocolatey with an addictive melt-in-your-mouth texture.
6. Sticky Peanut Orange Rice Burgers
This Sticky Peanut Sweet Potato Orange Rice Burger is the wonderful result of food fusion. It combines some of the most delicious flavors of Asian cuisine – orange, peanut butter, soy sauce, Sriracha – and presents it in one of America’s most beloved forms: a burger. It’s got sweet citrusy notes but is still savory thanks to the soy sauce and peanut butter, and it has just the right amount of bite from Sriracha.
7. Homemade Peanut Butter
Why buy peanut butter from the store when you can make it yourself? This recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter teaches you how to make your very own! You’ll want to eat this household staple with everything. Spread it on toast, add some to oatmeal and smoothies, or just grab a spoonful right from the jar.
8. Spicy Papaya Salad With Smoky Roasted Peanuts
This Spicy Papaya Salad is spicy, fresh, and aromatic with a bit of crunch from a sprinkling of sweet and smoky roasted peanuts. Unripe papayas, fresh herbs and a bit of maple syrup balance the spice perfectly. This is a delicious medley of flavor and textures.
9. Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cakes for One
These individual Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cakes are completely raw, gluten-free, sugar-free! Made with only a handful of all-natural ingredients, these summer treats are both delicious and guilt-free. Creamy peanut butter banana ice cream sits on a grain-free chocolate crust and it’s all topped with a rich peanut butter hot fudge. These cakes are so good, you won’t want to share — good thing it’s single-serve.
10. Peanut Milk Banana and Cocoa Smoothie
What’s the first, most logical thing one would create with peanut milk? It would have to be this Peanut Milk, Banana and Cocoa Smoothie. Nothing earth-shattering here, folks, just the usual rock-solid-delicious smoothie suspects paired with their new friend, peanut milk, all mixed up together into an irresistible shake-like consistency. Spoon required.
11. The First Raw Vegan Butterfinger Candy Bar
If you love the popular candy bar but shake in fear when you read the ingredient list, this Raw Vegan Butterfinger Candy Bar will calm you down. It has all the flavors you love but with only healthy, wholesome ingredients. Easy to make and even easier to eat, this is evolution at its finest.
12. Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Pie
This Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Pie is like a big peanut butter cup, but better. A light and fluffy peanut butter filling is set over a chocolate sandwich cookie crust that requires no baking at all. It’s then covered with a smooth, rich chocolate peanut butter ganache and sprinkled with a topping of chopped peanuts. The textures all work together in harmony to create a decadent dessert that’ll have you dreaming about this pie.
13. Raw Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake
In this Raw Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake, the classic American peanut butter and jelly sandwich gets a raw cheesecake makeover! The crust is mix of peanuts and Medjool dates, the filling is creamy and peanut buttery, and it’s topped with puréed strawberry “jelly.” This no-bake cheesecake has all the goodness of everyone’s favorite sandwich, in cake form.
14. Peanut Butter Cream Pie
How can you go wrong with the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate? This recipe is for Peanut Butter Cream Pie on a chocolate cinnamon almond crust. Top it with bananas, chocolate chips and more peanuts. It’s sure to have everyone begging for more than one slice.
15. Peanut Butter Bars
These little Peanut Butter Bars are not only sweet and decadent tasting, they’re packed with nutrition! Made with raw peanuts, dates, avocado and cacao powder, they are healthy while still being indulgent. They’re quick and perfect for hot days since you don’t need to run your oven.
Peanuts are a healthy and delicious snack but you can also use them in all sorts of recipes, sweet and savory. How will you celebrate with peanuts?
Lead image source: Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Pie