Did you know that November is not only Thanksgiving, but also a month to celebrate peanut butter? The holiday was first started by the Southern Peanut Growers Association in 1990 on November 4th. The day was so popular that it was expanded to the entire month. According to Peanut Butter Lovers.com, Americans consume about 64 million pounds of peanut butter each November.
Peanut butter can be a great addition to a prepper’s kitchen because it contains a variety of nutrients, is easy to prepare, and easy to store. Sources I examined stated that homemade peanut butter is best stored in the refrigerator or freezer as it has a low acidity which makes it risky to can. But if you feel like it, you could always experiment. Or, a simpler option would be to store the peanuts and make it into butter as you go.
Nutrients in Peanut Butter
Peanut butter has somewhat of a bad reputation in the health food world- simply because it contains a lot of fat and a large amount of omega-6 fat, which can lead to inflammation in the body. However, peanut butter also has a variety of beneficial nutrients. In a 100 gram serving of peanut butter, you will find:
- 25 grams of protein
- 45 percent of the recommended daily amount (RDA) of vitamin E
- 67 percent RDA for vitamin B3
- 39 percent of RDA for magnesium
- 73 percent of RDA for manganese
- Several antioxidants
Most nutritionists agree that peanut butter can be beneficial (particularly if you avoid omega-6 fats through other sources) in moderate and small doses. Peanut butter is a high-calorie food, so if you are trying to watch calories, you may want to go easy on the creamy spread.
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Outside the Box Peanut Butter Recipes for Preppers
Our family typically sticks to the “standard” peanut butter recipes- like sandwiches or treats. Occasionally my kids will request peanut butter on vegetables, fruit, or alone. However, there are many out of the box peanut butter recipes that may make peanuts one of your favorite foods to serve.
This simple breakfast recipe adds peanut butter to oatmeal or quinoa so that your breakfast remains a little more sustaining throughout the day.
A woman from a Bible study I was in once told me that in Nigeria, where she was from, peanut butter was often added to soups and stews. I don’t know how authentic this peanut butter stew recipe is, but it looks tasty!
Add peanut butter to a chili recipe for an extra layer of flavor dimension.
For dessert, why not try this peanut butter and banana ice cream? You can’t get much healthier than this for dessert.
Mix peanut butter with agave nectar for a popcorn topping.
If you like biscuits, but hate that they usually are nutrient-less, try this version with the addition of peanut butter to add a little extra flavor and nutrition to your biscuits!
Have you ever thought about adding peanut butter to squash or sweet potato soup? I never have before, but it sounds delicious!
Asian recipes often use peanuts and peanut butter to flavor sauces and dishes. This recipe for green bean stir fry with peanut sauce looks like a great recipe to try first!
If you want something fresher, this Asian salad uses peanut butter dressing.
If you love classic peanut butter cookies, but want them to be a little healthier, we have you covered!
Here is another healthy peanut buttery dessert bar that rivals any store-bought peanut butter and chocolate bar.
Using Peanut Butter as a Prepper
Peanut butter can be a great resource for emergencies and outdoor activities because the nut has a relatively long shelf life (up to a year in cold temperatures), is easy to make, and can take the place of protein when meat is scarce. Don’t think of peanut butter as just a dessert- you can use it for every meal!
What is your favorite way to use peanut butter in a healthy way?