Americans love peanut butter (PB). We pledge our undying loyalty to a single brand and end relationships over the ‘chunky vs. smooth’ debate. However, I’ve been surprised to find out that peanut butter (the foundation of the American food pyramid) is a fairly divisive subject here, so being a staunch peanut butter lover has put me into a small yet passionate minority. I am here to speak out on their behalf and tell you peanut butter needs – no, deserves – more respect.
1. PB and Apple-sauce on crackers: The most symbolic representation of America, after red cups.
2. PB and Pita: Spread peanut butter inside a pita pocket. Slice a banana and toss it in as well.
3. Fluffernutter: Marshmallow fluff on one slice of bread, peanut butter on the other. Put them together and feel your blood sugar sky-rocket.
4. Bacon nut-butty: Swap butter for the peanut variety. A re-union of sorts between the UK and the US, achieved through breakfast.
5. The Nutbut Toastie: PB & Nutella sandwich. You’ll be left with the perfect sandwich to cry into late at night while studying.
6. Peanut sauce: Many international cuisines regularly use peanut sauce for flavouring. Now take that level of cooking down a few steps, and mix a bit of peanut butter into a noodle stir-fry – DIY pad thai.
7. Cookies: Mix raw oats, peanut butter and M&M’s – cookie dough for the baking-impaired.
8. Tea time: two plain tea biscuits, peanut butter and honey sandwiched between them.
9. Jack-nut potato: Microwave a sweet potato, then scoop out the insides and mix with peanut butter and nutmeg. Put the filling back in the potato skin, and chuck it in the oven. This could almost be considered real cooking. Almost.
10. Straight out of the jar. Nothing screams “I’m an adult!” more than this.