Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ode to Peanut Butter

In case you didn’t know, March is proclaimed National Peanut Month. What better way to start a new month than to celebrate by eating, making, or buying something peanut butter flavored? Not only is it a dreamy, creamy, protein-packed powerhouse in a jar, it has numerous health benefits as well.

--Based on 2 Tbsp serving--

  • Calories ---10% (190 calories)---Energy!
  • Protein ---13% (8g)---Needed to repair body tissues and develop new ones, to maintain fluid levels and to make antibodies which ward off disease and infection.
  • Fiber ---8% (2g)---Fiber reduces the risk of some types of cancer, helps control blood sugar levels and may help reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood.
  • Vitamin E ---22% (2mg)---Vital antioxidant which protects Vitamin A and body's cells and tissues from damage. Important for the immune system. May aid in the prevention of tumor growth.
  • Niacin ---24% (4mg)---Important in the release of energy from the food we eat and the maintenance of healthy skin, the nervous system and the digestive tract.
  • Folate ---7.5% (30mcg)---Important for the development of new cells, particularly during growth and pregnancy.
  • Magnesium ---15% (52mg)---Important in the building of bones and teeth, creation of protein, transmission of nerve impulses and maintenance of body temperature.
  • Phosphorus ---13% (104mg)---Component of all soft tissues. Fundamental to growth and maintenance of bones and teeth.

The History of Peanut Butter

There are many claims about the origin of peanut butter. Africans ground peanuts into stews as early as the 15th century. The Chinese have crushed peanuts into creamy sauces for centuries. Civil War soldiers dined on 'peanut porridge.' These uses, however, bore little resemblance to peanut butter as it is known today.

In 1890, an unknown St. Louis physician supposedly encouraged the owner of a food products company, George A. Bayle Jr., to process and package ground peanut paste as a nutritious protein substitute for people with poor teeth who couldn't chew meat. The physician apparently had experimented by grinding peanuts in his hand-cranked meat grinder. Bayle mechanized the process and began selling peanut butter out of barrels for about 6¢ per pound.

Peanut Butter As We Know It Today

In 1922, Joseph L. Rosefield began selling a number of brands of peanut butter in California. These peanut butters were churned like butter so they were smoother than the gritty peanut butters of the day. He soon received the first patent for a shelf-stable peanut butter which would stay fresh for up to a year because the oil didn't separate from the peanut butter.

One of the first companies to adopt this new process was Swift & Company for its E.K. Pond peanut butter ~ renamed Peter Pan in 1928. In 1932, Rosefield had a dispute with Peter Pan and began producing peanut butter under the Skippy label the following year. Rosefield created the first crunchy style peanut butter two years later by adding chopped peanuts into creamy peanut butter at the end of the manufacturing process.

In 1955, Procter & Gamble entered the peanut butter business by acquiring W.T. Young Foods in Lexington, Kentucky, makers of Big Top Peanut Butter. They introduced Jif in 1958 and now operate the world's largest peanut butter plant ~ churning out 250,000 jars every day!

And Peanut Butter has recently made even more of mark in the food world..it’s no longer possible to just pick from crunchy or creamy, Skippy or Jiff, check out some of my favorite peanut butters!!

  • PB & Co. peanut butters are out of this world—make sure to try the Double Chocolate Dreams, White Chocolate Wonderful, and the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl to name a few!
  • PB2 is a peanut butter in powdered form—mix it with water and you get a creamy peanut butter ready for eating. This is perfect for travel since it takes up little space in powder form and only needs water to be mixed.
  • FitNutz peanut butter is yet another powdered peanut butter mix—if you haven’t tried the powder, don’t shoot it down right away, it’s highly comparable to the stuff in a jar!
  • Justin’s Nut Butter comes in convenient squeeze backs for on-the-go snacking or just to make sure you don’t go overboard with a whole jar! My favorite is definitely the Cinnamon Peanut Butter! =)

Do  I already have you craving some peanut butter flavor? How about satisfying it with one of my peanut butter recipes?

What is your all-time favorite recipe containing peanut butter??

And of course I couldn’t start the month of March out without celebrating a bit early. Check out my new PB creation!!

Choco-PB Banana Roll


Serves: 8


  • 1 box of Angel Food Cake mix
  • 1 1.4-oz box of instant sugar-free(or regular if you choose) chocolate pudding mix—half cup reserved for drizzling.
  • 1/2 c cold milk—I used Almond Breeze
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/4 c powdered sugar, for sprinkling
  • 2 Tbsp PB2 or 2 Tbsp creamy PB


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix cake mix and water until combined. Line a 15 x 10 x 1 in. pan with waxed paper or tinfoil and spray with cooking spray. Carefully pour batter evenly over pan. Let bake for 17-20 minutes until cakes springs back and is lightly browned on edges.
  • Meanwhile take a kitchen towel(or use a pillowcase like me)and sprinkle it evenly with the powdered sugar.
  • Take cake out and immediately invert on to prepared towel and roll up starting the long way. Carefully move to cooling rack and allow to completely cool, about 45 minutes.
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  • Mix pudding and milk together with wire whisk for about two minutes—let sit for 5 minutes. Add PB2 powder, or if using real peanut butter, melt slightly in the microwave and incorporate into pudding mix..remember to reserve 1/2 c at this point. Slice banana into small slices.
  • Carefully unroll the cake leaving the towel below it. Spread pudding evenly over inside of the rolled cake, topping with bananas. Re-roll the cake without the towel and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle pudding over individual slices right before serving.
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    Jenny said...

    I am so ashamed that I didn't know it was national peanut month! I shall celebrate every day, at least twice a day :). This post has a very special place in my heart!

    Nicole, RD said...

    YUMMMM! That roll looks out of this world! You are trouble, I tell you! ;)

    I didn't know it was National PB month! March is a popular month, I guess!!

    Favorite PB recipe...hmmm. Probably homemade peanut butter chocolate squares. You can never go wrong with a Reeses!

    sophia said...

    Hahah! I just posted a peanutty recipe...and I didn't even know it was peanut month! Nice!
    I've actually read up on the history before...also about how it was used to feed masses of slaves! eek.

    Stacey said...

    I was so excited when I found out it's national peanut month since PB is one of my all-time favorite foods! Anything involving chocolate and peanut butter is good in my book. Too bad PB isn't 6 cents/pound anymore, haha!

    Emily said...

    Wow, the roll looks delicious! Happy peanut butter day!

    Jessica said...

    I am definately making the peanut buttery bars this weekend! They look delicious!

    I don't have a favorite peanut butter recipe, but this one may become it!

    Krista said...

    Thanks for all the PB info!! I didn't know a lot of that. Didn't know it was PB month, either! Guess your package came in perfect timing, eh? LOL!

    Have a great day, Cassie!

    Kathleen said...

    Love, Love, Love peanut butter. I just made a new peanut butter cookie but didn't get any pictures of it! I'll be making it soon and posting it. It was absolutely TO DIE FOR!!!

    Pam said...

    Great post..thank you!

    Dessert looks divine!


    Kerstin said...

    What a lovely PB treat! I need to make something to celebrate this holiday :)

    Kim said...

    Happy PB month! I adore PB too and I love your leading picture with the heart carved in a jar of peanut butter - very cute! Your chocolate peanut butter banana roll looks AMAZING.
    I think my favorite peanut butter dessert is Paula Deen's peanut butter pie. So bad, but so delicious.