Oh, the beloved peanut. They are crunchy, creamy and salty. They can be paired with almost any flavor and they still come out singing. Those of us who love peanuts know that they are versatile – but do you have good peanut recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert? Look no further than this Perfect Peanut Post.
A little background that may surprise you: peanuts aren’t nuts. They are actually legumes (edible seeds enclosed in pods), related to beans and lentils. Nuts like almonds and walnuts grow in trees, but peanuts grow underground.
Although first discovered in Brazil, it was actually Africans who introduced peanuts to North America in the 1700s. It would take another century until peanuts were grown for commercial use in the US – not until the 1800s.
Besides the yummy taste and crunchy texture, peanuts are cholesterol-free, high in protein and contain many nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins for good health. If you want to celebrate your love for this legume, why not devote an entire day to meals containing peanuts with our peanut recipes below?
Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bar – Honey, peanuts and oats – it’s a winning combo and a tasty way to start the day. This recipe for homemade granola bars also contains chocolate chips to sweeten the deal. The best thing about these? You can grab ‘em and go when you’re running late in the morning for school or the office and not feel guilty about skipping an important meal of the day. Use this same recipe base to make Apricot Hazelnut Granola Bars and Cranberry Almond Granola Bars.
Elvis Banana PB&J All Shook Up Smoothie– Inspired by Elvis’ favorite sandwich, this smoothie spins a tasty twist on the traditional way to eat peanut butter and jelly. It also contains bananas, low-fat yogurt and almond milk – making it a healthy way to fuel up mid-day.
Trail Mix Energy Bites – Peanuts are rich in energy and these no-bake snacks will provide both taste and nutrients to keep you going throughout the morning or afternoon. This easy-to-make snack contains dates, trail mix (with peanuts), oats, flax seed and a hint of brown sugar and honey all rolled up into a sweet little bite. Kids love to make this – and you can mix it up by including any combo of raisins, chocolate M&M candies, cashews, almonds, and any other kind of dried fruit or candy.
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Quinoa Bowls – An easy weeknight dinner that you can prepare before work, this Thai-inspired recipe combines flavorful ingredients including coconut milk, lime, garlic, soy sauce and (of course) peanuts, with hearty chicken, broccoli and edamame all served over a healthy bowl of quinoa.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon-Bons – These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons, a classic recipe from our 1992 issue of Homemade Good News, make a terrific way to end a long day and a good meal. Rice Cereal is tossed with confectioner’s sugar and a peanut butter mixture, then rolled into a ball and chilled.
Do you still have a sweet tooth and hankering for peanuts? Try these delicious nutty sweet treats!
Did you know the term “Peanut Gallery” references seats located in the back of a theatre’s balcony? People who sat in these “cheap seats” would often throw peanuts at those on stage who gave a poor performance.
What are your favorite peanut recipes?