- Category: Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
- Published: 04 November 2015
- Written by REBECCA ROTH | STAFF WRITER
Calling all peanut butter lovers! If you are a die hard fan of peanut butter, I advise you listen up. Whether you love peanut butter and jelly, or you prefer peanut butter on just about anything, you’re bound to find a recipe here that you’ll enjoy.
Peanut butter is a beloved food for most.
“Anything with peanut butter and banana is good,” said Georga Torres, a junior chemistry student.
“I love apples and peanut butter the best,” says Tommy Chung, a sophomore marketing student.
Here are five great peanut butter recipes that any peanut butter lover has to try:
1) Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars
This is a healthy snack that does not take long to make. They are great for in between classes because they are great for on the go. The recipe calls for a mixture of 2 1/2 cups of rolled non-instant oats, a 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, a 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 large egg 2 mashed bananas, and a 1/3 cup of peanut butter peanut butter.
Bake the mixture in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. All that’s left to do after that is cut them into bars, and eat all that peanut butter goodness!
2) Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites
For the sweet and salty fanatic, these have the perfect combination to satisfy your sweet tooth with a little salt sensation, and of course, peanut butter!
To make these, you mix 1 cup of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter that is softened to room temperature, a 1/2 cup confectioners’ powdered sugar, and a 3/4 cup of packed light brown sugar mixed together and roll the mixture into balls.
Then, take the peanut butter balls and put them between two pretzels and freeze them for 20 minutes. Once that’s done, you melt down any chocolate to your liking for you to dip. Refrigerate that for 10 minutes and then you have a perfect little chocolate pretzel peanut butter bite!
3) Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola
Peanut butter and jelly is a classic childhood snack combination. Here is a new, unique way to have PB & J. First, you need to mix together 3 cups of rolled oats, a 3/4 cup ground flax, 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, 1 cup of salted peanuts, and 1 cup of pecan halves.
Then, you melt together 1 cup of peanut butter and a 1/2 cup of honey in a microwave for 30 seconds and then pour it over the oat and nut mixture.
After that, you add a 1/2 cup of any jam flavor of your choosing and 2 tablespoons of canola oil. That bakes in the oven for 30 minutes at 300 degrees. When it’s done, mix in a cup of raisins, and bam, you have a twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly!
4) Nutella and Peanut Butter Banana Bread
This recipe is great for breakfast or a late night snack! To get this delicious spin on banana bread, you first need to mix 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. In a separate bowl, mix 3 mashed bananas, a 1/2 cup of peanut butter, a 1/4 cup of canola oil, 1 large egg, a 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, and a 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar. Then, mix the wet and dry mixture together. When made into a dough, kneed in a 3/4 cup of chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.
Then, put the mixture into a baking pan and spread 3 tablespoons of Nutella on top. When that is complete, bake for 50 minutes for the finished product of peanut butter, Nutella, banana goodness.
5) Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
No peanut butter recipe can top the legendary peanut butter cookie that mom always makes. For this classic, you mix a 1/2 cup of butter, a 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar, a 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 1 large egg, a 3/4 cup of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour. Roll the dough into balls and place them in a tray in the oven for eight minutes at 350 degrees. It’s up to you if you want to press the fork marks on the tops just like Mom does!
You’re bound to love one of these recipes if you’re a peanut butter fanatic!
“Peanut butter has changed my life in so many ways, I love baking anything peanut butter,” admitted Flor Fermin, a senior homeland security student.
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