Celebrate National Peanut Day with These Recipes

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“The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut. Discuss.” – Mike Meyers

While Mike Meyers was definitely going for the laugh with this one-liner, he’s not wrong. The peanut is a legume, and it’s been around for centuries. In fact, history shows that the Incas made some sort of paste from peanuts that resembles what we know as peanut butter today.

And through the years, those little peanuts have continued to be popular when it comes to making delicious food! From the simplicity of a good PB&J to more refined meals, you’ll find peanuts used in lots of dishes. 

With September 13th marking National Peanut Day, here are a few peanut recipes you can try that include this tasty ingredient.

  • Sweet and Crunchy Peanuts: Do you love a good sweet and salty snack? Then this recipe is for you! With just a few simple ingredients, this snack can be made in about 20 minutes. Of course, you need to let it cool for a few minutes before you dive in – but it will be worth the wait.
  • Asian Chicken with Peanuts: A quick stir fry makes for an ideal meal on a busy weeknight, and this one is delicious. All the flavors you love in a typical Asian dish with the addition of some peanuts to add crunch. 
  • The Best Homemade Peanut Butter: Sure, you can buy peanut butter in the grocery store, but have you ever tried making homemade? If you’ve got a food processor and all the ingredients (peanuts, salt, honey, and maybe some vegetable oil), you can get started! And be sure to read about the ways you can customize your homemade peanut butter. Yum!
  • Crunchy Chicken Peanut Chopped Salad: Don’t you love a recipe that has you picking up something quick and easy from the grocery store and adding it to a dish to make it something super flavorful? That’s exactly what this recipe has you doing with some deli-fried chicken tenders. The whole family will LOVE this salad!
  • African Chicken and Peanut Stew: This hearty dish is a great addition to your fall menu. It’s sweet, spicy, creamy, and nutty – and it can be made in one big pot in about an hour. Serve it over rice or just in a heaping bowl!
  • Golden Buttery Peanut Brittle: Peanut brittle is an old-fashioned classic candy, and it’s not hard to make – as long as you have a candy thermometer. (You can easily pick one up online for $10-$15.) This recipe has six ingredients and is so buttery you’ll have a hard time putting it down.
  • Peanut Butter Cookies: Raise your hand if you are a fan of peanut butter cookies! This recipe incorporates both white and brown sugar, adding just the perfect amount of sweetness and you can decide if you’d like to use crunchy or smooth peanut butter. 
  • The Best Easy Peanut Butter Pie: If you need a dessert that’s easy to make, looks fantastic, and tastes even better – then you can make this pie. Drizzle a little chocolate sauce on top, and you have a creamy, fluffy, slice of heaven!
  • No-Bake Vegan Protein Bites: Protein balls are a great snack for everyone – and you can make a big batch on the weekend to last you throughout the week. These are vegan and filled with all sorts of healthy ingredients to give you a little burst of energy before a run or as you are busy running errands.

What are some of your favorite peanut recipes? Do you tend to gravitate to the sweet side of things, or do you like peanuts in savory dishes, too? No matter what you like, on September 13th, remember that it’s National Peanut Day – and celebrate with this little legume.

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