Happy National Peanut Butter Day {+ Yummy Recipes}!

Did you all know that it was National Peanut Butter Day?  Seriously…..who knew we had National Food Holidays!  I absolutely LOVE IT! 

Every day of the year we get to celebrate a different food!    Every….single…..day!

March 9 happens to be Crabmeat Day!

April 5…..we will be celebrating Raisin and Spice Bar Day!

July 11….which just so happens to be my birthday…..is also Blueberry Muffin Day!  Woo Hoo!!!

I could go on an on, but instead will give you this amazing website, State Symbols USA!  Go have a look and you will be floored at all the food that we honor as a Nation.  What I really want to know…..how was this voted on?  Who got to pick the cool food (or not so cool food in some cases)?  I wanted that job!  How much fun that would have been!

Today we celebrate and honor one of my absolute favorite foods…….. PEANUT BUTTER!  This yummy spread played an important role in all of our childhoods.    Let me rephrase that.     It was a constant in all of our childhoods until peanut allergies became so wide-spread (my house included…..poor K)! Not only does it have a delicious rich taste, but is also known for its nutritional value!

I was reading an article in the Huffington Post today, and it listed the 5 top health properties of peanut butter!  I will leave it to them to tell you the actual facts…..but in a nutshell (lol….get it?), they are saying that peanut butter is:

1.  Heart Healthy
2.  High in Potassium
3.  Keeps you feeling Full, which helps to prevent weight gain
4.  It’s a cheap source of Good Calories
5.  It can keep you mentally Sharp (4.3 milligrams of Niacin)

In honor of this great day, I want to recap some of the really YUMMY recipes utilizing my favorite ingredient!

Tempting Thyme Homemade Peanut Butter CupsHomemade Peanut Butter Cups-I shared these at Easter last year!  The filling is so versatile and can be used for a variety of different recipes….including Buckeyes!!

Tempting Thyme Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cup BlossoomsSalted Caramel Peanut Butter Blossoms– These are addicting!  I had to make something quick to bring to a family get together, and thankfully had some leftover frozen chocolate chip cookie dough left.

Tempting Thyme Oreo Peanut Butter Fudgy Brownie CakesOreo Peanut Butter Fudgy Brownie Cakes– This was a true winner with the Monday Night Football gang, and I have made them a few times since!

Tempting Thyme Chubby Hubby TrufflesChubby Hubby Truffles–  Gotta love this name….brings me right back to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  These truffles have all the important ingredients….peanut butter (of course), pretzels, chocolate and caramel!

Tempting Thyme Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup {Cookie}Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup {cookie}– This was a lot of fun to do, and so thankful I didn’t make a lot of them the first time around.  We all know that every single one of them would have ended up in my stomach!  They are that good, and I only make them now when I know I have a crowd to feed!  Addicting people!!!

Tempting Thyme Peanut Butter Buckeye CupcakePeanut Butter Buckeye Cupcakes– My #1 favorite recipe last year!  These were amazing, and had B asking me to make them whenever his friends came home!  They combine a brownie cupcake with a buckeye filling, and then topped with a peanut butter frosting, ganache and a tiny little peanut butter cup!  Seriously Wicked good!

Now that you know it is National Peanut Butter Day….do something special.  Whip up one of these tempting desserts!  No time?    Then just grab a spoon and eat a spoonful……..right…out ….of ….the….jar!

Have a great day everyone!  If you are interested, tomorrow is National Irish Coffee Day!

                     Shaunna

2 thoughts on “Happy National Peanut Butter Day {+ Yummy Recipes}!

  1. Who knew?! National food holidays? I’m going to check out that post. It sounds like great trivia AND a great blog prompt. Thanks for sharing except that now I’m drooling for homemade peanut butter bars!

    • You will love the site…..gives you facts that you never could have imagined for each State. If you ever collected the State quarters, this site would help to make a book displaying the quarter surrounding by facts and tidbits.

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