I don’t remember a time when peanut butter wasn’t in my kitchen. Even growing up, there was the ever-present jar of peanut butter sitting on the shelf. It was the go-to food for lunch and my favorite ‘lollipop’ was simply a spoonful of peanut butter that I took my time licking. My family’s favorite pie, fudge and cookie recipes start with a cup of peanut butter and anytime chewing gum gets tangled up in a child’s (or unsuspecting dog’s) hair, good old peanut butter takes the sticky out. But fragrant butter made from an underground-growing legume still has a few more tricks under its shell.
Thicken and flavor traditional maple syrup with a 1/4 cup of peanut butter to make a dipping sauce for pancakes, waffles or French toast. Combine ½ cup of your favorite pancake syrup with ¼ cup of your favorite brand of peanut butter and heat in a saucepan over low heat. Pour over pancakes or serve in a cup on the side as a dipping sauce.
Hold Bird Seed
Spread peanut butter on the surface of any small object that can be suspended outdoors, like a piece of Styrofoam, wood plank, pinecone or toilet paper tube. After spreading a thin layer of peanut butter, roll the object in loose bird seed a hang from a tree limb so birds can easily access the food source.
Peanut butter is a good source of protein and can rev up morning energy when added to a smoothie. One large banana, 6 tablespoons of peanut butter, ½ cup of low-fat milk and 1 cup of ice cubes whirled around in the blender until smooth makes a quick, energizing morning smoothie that’s easy to make as a grab and go breakfast.
Catch a Mouse
Tradition tells us that mice like cheese and the dairy product should be used to bait the trap when one of the vile rodents invades our living space. Peanut butter is better than cheese for the dirty job. Aromatic peanut butter lures in the rodent and the food item is impossible to grab and run, which crafty mice can do with a small slice of cheese.
Rice Noodle Sauce
Make this delicious peanut sauce and toss hot rice noodles in to coat – Whisk ¾ cup of hot water and ¾ cup of crunchy peanut butter together until combined. Add ¼ cup of light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and juice from 1 lime.
Dogs love peanut butter and a little bit placed inside a treat ball or dog puzzle toy will keep them (and you) entertained, active and happy for a while. Plus the protein is good for them.