My inspiration for this beautiful brunch dish was classic Eggs Benedict: an English muffin topped with ham, poached egg, and Hollandaise sauce. This egg-free version makes fun use of apricot instead of poached egg, and a deliciously creamy peanut sauce instead of Hollandaise. Be sure to taste an apricot from the bunch you’re using to make sure they’re sweet; otherwise, to make the dish a bit sweeter, you could spread a layer of Peanut Butter & Co. Awesome Apricot Preserves onto each English muffin half before topping with roasted apricot. And if apricots aren’t in season, you can use canned, drained apricot halves instead (no need to roast them!).
These soft and sinful pull-apart muffins technically aren’t muffins at all. They’re made from sweet yeasted dough which is rolled into strips and layered to create irresistible peelable layers once they’re baked. I’ve made other versions in the past, but this one is for true peanut butter lovers and it’s my favorite recipe yet. Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter has been worked into every element of the recipe: kneaded into the dough, spread between the layers, and drizzled on top in a cream cheese peanut butter glaze. Paired with a mug of hot coffee, it’s peanut butter heaven.
Cool off this summer with peanut butter ice pops. Caroline’s four easy recipes can be made in 5 minutes or less. This one blends together strawberries, yogurt, honey, and Smooth Operator peanut butter!
Cool off this summer with peanut butter ice pops. Caroline’s four easy recipes can be made in 5 minutes or less. This one blends together mango, yogurt, and Smooth Operator peanut butter!
Cool off this summer with peanut butter ice pops. Caroline’s four easy recipes can be made in 5 minutes or less. This one blends together banana, almond milk, and Smooth Operator peanut butter!
Up until a month or so ago I had never heard of a Croque Madame sandwich, but I came across a photo of one and was kind of blown away. It is like a grilled cheese, but so much better. The sandwich has a béchamel sauce, ham, more cheese and an egg on top. Obviously, I had to make it, but with my own twist. I swapped the ham for bacon and let’s just say it was better than good. It was awesome!
That got me to thinking about swapping the béchamel for something. That something being peanut butter. I know it sounds crazy, but you guys, I promise it is so good. Just try me, you are going to love it. Nothing beats the combo of peanut butter and bacon!
Cook up a batch of bacon, save the grease, and grab a little Mighty Maple peanut butter and you have the fixings for a real treat!
These flaky biscuits are obviously great for breakfast and brunch as is but could also make any chicken biscuit sandwich a winner.
Do you love carrot cake as much as I do? If you do, then you’ll love it in smoothie form! In this recipe we mix Smooth Operator peanut butter with some carrots and oats for great texture, then add some delicious cinnamon and cloves to give it that cake spice flavor we love!
This smoothie has a thick, almost milkshake-like texture but with a very subtle, delicate blend of flavors. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation when you taste the coconut, banana, and sweet peanut butter all together — like a healthy, smoothie version of a pina colada! So sit back, relax, and indulge in a glass of this wonderful coconut smoothie – it’s instant happiness!
A refreshing drink with tropical flavors of cardamom and pineapple is given an energy protein boost from the peanut butter. Cardamon not only adds a subtle spice, but has its own health benefits of preventing illnesses, improving digestion and detoxing the body.
This sweet smoothie tastes like your favorite pear crumble dessert. But instead it is a protein-packed shake with a natural sweetness that makes it feel like a dessert even when it isn’t. The oatmeal thickens the texture and gives it extra body, while the pear provides the sweet fruity flavor. With just a pinch of cardamom and a generous dose of peanut butter it is the best way to enjoy your crumble through a straw.
Fruity and sweet, this smoothie is reminiscent of the flavors of chocolate fondue. A thick, refreshing drink with decadent flavors of chocolate and peanut butter and a healthy boost from the banana and apple. And, bonus, there is added protein via the Greek yogurt and peanut butter! It’s the perfect way to start your day or your work-out!
Dreaming of a healthy and rich chocolate, peanut butter and coconut smoothie? Don’t let these flavors fool you into believing this is a high-sugar drink. It’s protein-rich because of the chia seeds and peanut butter, and it’s full of potassium because of the banana. And, with all the unlimited health benefits of coconuts being touted by nutritionists, this is a drink where dark chocolate dreams do come true.
Drinking this smoothie is like treating yourself to your favorite dessert without the heavy calories. Each sip tastes like a piece of chocolate dipped fruit. The combination of berries and peanut butter make this the perfect sip for morning to get you started on the right foot. The bananas provide texture while the berries and chocolate peanut butter pack a flavorful punch that can’t be beat.
I really can’t express to you in words how much I love this Dark Chocolate Dreams smoothie. It really is a chocolate lovers dream in liquid form! Whenever I need something to treat my sweet tooth I make this smoothie and then suddenly everything is right in this world. This is my absolute favorite smoothie recipe!
Instead of coffee, wake up running with an energizing peanut butter and Earl Grey tea smoothie. It’s a delicious drink blended with potassium-rich banana and immune boosting frozen, cultured yogurt. The flavor of Earl Grey tea’s bergamot and black tea from assam leaves are enhanced with the sweetness of the maple peanut butter.
This sweet smoothie is sweetened naturally by the pure maple syrup in the maple peanut butter. It is light and creamy and perfect for a quick pick-me-up mid-day, or a light lunch. Regular cow’s milk or rice milk can be substituted if you prefer. You’ll still get the creamy flavor with just the right amount of warm cinnamon spice.
When it’s Fall there’s one thing I look forward to: pumpkin pie! Give me a piece of a pie, and you’ll have one happy girl! But who says we can’t have pumpkin pie all year round? That’s what happens in this smoothie recipe! The cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice make Fall smell like it’s right around the corner, no matter what time of the year it is!
Pretzels, peanut butter, and honey — these all evoke feelings of comfort and tasty snacking. Blend them together with banana and milk, and you have a pretty healthy, drinkable snack! Pretzels are a great low-fat treat and add a salty element to the sweet smoothie while honey, in addition to its sweet flavor, also lends antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to the mix. And of course, the delicious protein power of peanut butter and the nutrients from milk and banana round out this perfect smoothie.
This creamy peanut butter smoothie has a subtle sweetness and spicy kick. The avocado makes it silky and smooth. Just a dollop of honey is all that is needed for just the right amount of sweetness. This healthy drink is just the thing to power you up in the morning or when you need a quick afternoon snack.
This smoothie makes me feel like I’m on an island somewhere, rubbing my toes in the hot sand, staring out at dolphins in a crystal clear ocean. The truth is this scene doesn’t happen very often, so when I need that tropical air I reach for the ingredients to take me away to an imaginary daydream island!
The best version of a green monster smoothie! It tastes like a creamy and smooth chocolate peanut butter and banana smoothie with an extra special, extra nutritious surprise — a full cup of spinach! It’s the perfect way to trick yourself, or your loved ones, into getting a healthy and delicious treat. It tastes like it should be bad for you, but it is oh so good!
The inspiration for this smoothie is the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Except the peanut butter in this smoothie has a subtle note of decadent white chocolate. The ‘sweet jelly’ is replaced with an antioxidant rich hibiscus tea and frozen strawberries. Instead of having a sweet sandwich, walk out the door to work or the gym with this smoothie!
National Blueberry Pie Day is April 28th and we’re celebrating it with a blueberry pie twist via these Peanut Butter Blueberry Pie Bars!
Using peanut butter dough for both the crust and the streusel, the result is almost like a peanut butter cookie with a blueberry pie filling. So yummy!
These sliceable bars are easy to transport and perfect for outdoor picnics when bringing a pie might be too difficult.
Today, March 25, is International Waffle Day and we’re celebrating with not just another old waffle recipe. These whole wheat peanut butter banana waffles use crunchy peanut butter which gives them a wonderfully nutty texture.
It’s just like eating banana bread for breakfast but in waffle form – and you get to amp it up some more with toppings or syrup!
What I absolutely love about a classic Monte Cristo sandwich is the delicious sweet/savory combination of flavors. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s traditionally a ham and cheese sandwich dipped in egg batter, pan-fried, and then served with a dusting of powdered sugar on top and a side of preserves for dipping. This version adds both a smoky component (with turkey bacon) and a salty component (with peanut butter), which really takes it to the next level. A sprinkling of roasted, salted peanuts on top along with the powdered sugar makes it perfect.
Creme brulee is one of those desserts that is so perfect in its original form, it’s hard to mess with it. But once you do, you realize there are endless possibilities. This peanut butter variation is one example. Just when you thought creme brulee could not get any better, it does. Plus, this is a no-bake recipe, meaning you don’t need to fuss with water baths or turning on your oven.
Wouldn’t this be an amazing dessert to serve your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? (And you get extra servings, too!)
White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter is the star in this recipe with heavy dollops added to both the ganache filling and the crepe batter. Assembled with alternating layers of crepes and ganache and decorated with just a handful of raspberries and a light dusting of powdered sugar, this crepe cake is the ultimate dream dessert for a peanut butter lover! Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 minutes Yield: 1 cake (about 8 – 10 servings) Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1½ cups milk [...]
Chocolate, peanut butter and sweet, ripe cherries. Could it get better than this?! I don’t think so! This smoothie is sweet enough to feel indulgent but healthful enough to qualify as a complete breakfast or afternoon snack. In the summertime, substitute fresh cherries for frozen if you like.
I make all kinds of granola bars fairly often. They get me through the workday and fuel my long runs and hikes. I love them for their convenience! Practically all of my granola bar recipes start with a really good peanut butter, like Mighty Maple. With the peanut butter, I always add wholesome healthy ingredients like oats and dried fruit.
I like my granola bars extra chewy with lots of texture. I chose raisins, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips as my add-ins for these granola bars. And each bite is bursting with peanut butter and maple flavors. These are a new favorite snack!
Every Christmas season is the same for me: go overboard indulging in holiday food, then start the New Year with a resolution to eat healthier. I know I’m not alone in this as New Year’s Day diets are practically a national tradition. My favorite breakfast or snack to turn to when I know I should have something healthy, but am craving something rich and creamy is this cinnamon raisin peanut butter rice pudding. It comes together in a matter of minutes and it’s a great way to use up leftover rice. The perfect way to indulge, guilt free!
Caroline Wright starts things off on the right foot this new year with her simple, healthful peanut butter smoothie recipes. This one is blended with blueberries, maple syrup, almond milk, and Smooth Operator peanut butter.
Caroline Wright starts things off on the right foot this new year with her simple, healthful peanut butter smoothie recipes. With peanut butter, coconut milk, kale, and banana this is the best green smoothie out there.
Caroline Wright starts things off on the right foot this new year with her simple, healthful peanut butter smoothie recipes. This one is blended with oats, apples, cinnamon, and Smooth Operator peanut butter.
The inspiration for this recipe came from my love of pumpkin, monkey bread and holiday entertaining. Every year for Christmas breakfast my mom makes her famous monkey bread. Guys, it is so good and also pretty special since we only have it on Christmas morning. Yes, only once a year!
Enter this monkey bread. It is completely different, but in an amazing way! The monkey bread dough is pumpkin spice. Meaning it is stuffed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Then the dough balls are generously drizzled with creamy peanut butter. Oh my gosh, I know! So awesome! Oh, and there are some caramelized bananas hidden on top too, but if you have any banana haters they can easily be left out.
The secret to these fantastic muffins is the peanut butter and cinnamon incorporated into both the streusel topping and the muffin portion. The awesome streusel topping contains ooey, gooey Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter mixed with the flour, butter, and extra cinnamon. It gets even more exciting beneath the streusel surface – one finds buried Cinnamon Raisin Swirl treasure baked right into the moist, cinnamon-y cake.
This simple, easy to make pancake recipe gets jazzed up with some mixed berries. Instead of topping them with traditional sugar or maple syrup, the pancakes are served with a milk jam made with peanut butter, sugar, and milk. The use of Mighty Maple peanut butter in the milk jam makes these pancakes so appealing for cool weather mornings!
Making Graham crackers shouldn’t be intimidating. The process is very similar to making pie crust. You simply cut the fat into the flour, add Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter and some honey, then pull the dough together with a little ice-cold water. A word of caution – don’t over mix the dough or you won’t get a nice, flaky bite. Likewise, add only enough water to help the dough stick together. Too much water will cause your graham crackers to be doughy. Try The Bee’s Knees or Mighty Maple peanut butter instead of Old Fashioned Smooth for fun.
After making my first ever bread pudding two years ago, I’ve become addicted to them. They are great for dessert and even better for breakfast. This bread pudding is perfect for summer when fresh cherries and berries are in season, but you can swap out the cherries in this for any fruit that you love and make it all year long.
One of the sandwiches I order the most at Peanut Butter and Co.’s Sandwich Shop in NY City uses The Bee’s Knees peanut butter and so in homage to my favorite peanut butter, I came up with a sweet treat that combined all of my favorite things- peanut butter, popcorn, marshmallows, and honey roasted peanuts.
These peanut butter popcorn bars are chewy, sticky, and chock full of peanuts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, but beware- they won’t last long in your kitchen.
This decadent dessert is the love child of two southern favorites: a PB & Banana Sandwich and Banana Pudding. As if by magic, the rich homemade peanut butter pudding binds slices of pound cake and bananas together like a country-style tiramisu.
After a day in the fridge, all the elements meld together, with the cake absorbing moisture and flavor from the pudding, while the bananas become tender and ripe. Scooped into a bowl, it may look a mess, but with crunchy bits of peanut brittle on top it’s a heavenly dessert.
This peanut butter banana pudding is perfect for parties and cookouts because you can make it in one bowl and scoop it out at the table. Best of all, since it needs to be made a day in advance, it frees you up to enjoy dinner and dessert with your guests.
The first recipe I ever made with my new bundt cake pan was this peanut butter cake. It is so moist, soft, and bursting with peanut butter flavor. It reminds me of a giant peanut butter cookie, but in cake form. Each slice is quite dense and studded with chocolate chips. I love it finished off with a sweet chocolate glaze. Peanut butter and chocolate fans will go crazy for this!
My typical morning routine involves oatmeal and Smooth Operator peanut butter, however some days I need an extra kick of caffeine and chocolate — lots of chocolate.
Enter the Dark Chocolate Dreams Mocha Muffins! Combining chocolate, peanut butter, and coffee, I’ve created the perfect morning treat that will have you rushing to the kitchen. These are perfect for weekend visitors as you can make the entire batch in advance and then drizzle them with peanut butter the morning of.
This is the treat for those days when you just need a little extra kick of caffeine (or chocolate for that matter).
Everyone I know loves a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich (including me!), and it’s always fun to reinvent this classic. Scones, which are like biscuits but are a bit more flaky and delicate, are a traditional part of afternoon tea; they are often served with jam and clotted cream. Here the clotted cream has been replaced with Brie cheese and the rich, peanutty scones serve as the “bread” portion of this elegant version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Healthy and milkshake belong in the same sentence when you’re talking about this recipe. No one would know it from the rich, creamy texture or the sweet peanut butter-chocolate taste but this milkshake is packed with good-for-you-stuff. Spinach. Avocado. Banana. Dates. Don’t let that stop you from trying this lusciously smooth treat. Instead, get out your blender and whip up a healthy treat. For those of you who are dairy-free, rejoice! This milkshake doesn’t use a drop of milk.
I bet you’ve never had a bread pudding with coconut, banana, peanut butter and a touch of cinnamon in each bite. Have you? This succulent pudding is dairy-free and gluten-free using creamy almond milk and gluten-free bread but you can use cow’s, rice or soy milk if you prefer. This dish is perfect right out of the oven – just scoop a warm serving right into your bowl. You can savor the dish all week long by keeping it covered in your fridge. I enjoy serving this bread pudding warm with a drizzle of PB & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter on top.
Everyone knows that Elvis loved his Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches. We’ve taken that classic and turned it into a decadent French toast sandwich! A peanut butter sandwich is dipped in batter and then cooked until crisp. The peanut butter and jelly become a wonderful and gooey mixture that will make anyone swoon.
I’m not saying that you should totally ignore chocolate on Valentine’s Day. But…why not also include a cake that is more fun to make with a partner: the Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll! If you’ve ever made a Jelly Roll cake at home, you know that it can be hard to handle the rolling of the cake while baking solo–so why not employ your Valentine with this most delicious task? You’ll be rewarded with a delicately spongy cake which gives way to a rich, deliciously smooth white chocolate peanut butter filling, beautifully paired with sweet strawberry jelly. Bonus points if you roll it into the shape of a heart! This is an adaptation of a classic Jelly Roll recipe I discovered in Taste of Home.
There’s nothing quite as elegant as a profiterole stuffed with light and airy pastry cream. Add smooth, white chocolate peanut butter into that equation and it reaches for divine. They’re not as hard as they look either!
My love for peanut butter and sweet potatoes began, well, before I can remember really. As a sweet treat at lunch I’ve always topped a baked sweet potato with peanut butter, cinnamon, and a shake of salt- it’s heavenly.
By taking a typical twice baked potato and adding Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla extract I’ve created an out of this world concoction.
In fact, I am pretty sure I will be adding this to my breakfast rotation with it’s combo of carbs, protein, and healthy fats- not to mention its sweetness. It’s definitely enough to hold me over until lunchtime.
Couscous might not be the first thing you would typically think of when it comes to breakfast, but this dish definitely changes that. This creamy porridge-like bowl of couscous is the perfect way to switch up your usual breakfast routine. It’s hearty like a bowl of oats, but is uniquely scented with warm spices and flavored with peanut butter, coconut, and vanilla.
These are a variation on our favorite breakfast treat pain au chocolat, a French-inspired treat served in the boulangeries of France. In French Canada they are referred to as chocolatines and are a special treat not to be missed. This variation of mine is filled with a cream cheese and peanut butter blend that bakes up beautifully for a special way to start your day. The combination of a buttery flaky dough, peanut butter and dark chocolate, baked together and giving off a deliciously seductive aroma is completely irresistible. You can roll them in the traditional pain au chocolat shape or create a pin wheel shape as I have done here.
These cute little balls are packed with a hearty dose of protein from the eggs, chickpeas, peanuts and the peanut butter; not to mention the addition of fabulous fiber from the oats and cranberries. I use dry chickpeas to create maximum flavor, but you can certainly use canned chickpeas if you are in a time crunch. I serve this tasty bite-sized snack to kids after school with jam as well as to my adult clients and friends with plain Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a trendy appetizer with colorful toothpicks.
Chicken and waffles seems to be all the rage right now, and while I have yet to have it at a restaurant, I decided it was time to make my own version at home. These chicken bites are breaded and baked, nestled on a golden buttermilk waffle, and drizzled with a maple peanut butter and honey glaze. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner – it doesn’t matter when you make these. Just do it!
Fruit salad always reminds me of Labor Day and picnics in the park. It’s a time of change, summer is winding down, school is about to start. This fruit salad has that same feel. It’s got some summer fruit, cherries, blueberries, and plums but also a hint at fall with the apples. I’ve used Honey Crisp here, but I think Granny Smith would work wonderfully as well!
When I have the time, I like to try different and exciting breakfasts. One I tried recently was the Columbian arepa. Seeing that it’s not too different from an American breakfast, I used some familiar ingredients and some foreign. The result was a cross-culture success. The seemingly odd pairing of Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter with cornmeal cakes and plantains–which I had never had before–tasted homey and familiar, as hearty as an American breakfast.
This recipe takes the classic peanut butter and apple childhood snack and turns it into a moist, flavorful grown-up coffee cake. I used Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter to give the cake a little more texture and interest. Eat this at breakfast or as a snack with your afternoon cup of coffee. Or, if you’re really feeling indulgent eat a warm slice with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
My good friend, Kelly, from The Spunky Coconut inspired this dish with her Blueberry Coffee Cake. (http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2011/08/blueberry-coffee-cake-gluten-free.html) I wanted to make something not only gluten-free but grain-free for all those who can’t tolerate grains. As a bonus, it’s dairy-free too.
Nothing says “good morning” like a pan of still-warm buns right out of the oven, especially when they’re made with a rich, cocoa-spiked yeast dough and filled with a gooey swirl of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Best of all, with a little advance preparation the night before, these buns can be baked and on the table in under an hour for a lazy weekend brunch.
Eat them warm and gooey right out of the oven, or let them cool off and drizzle with sweet Peanut Butter Frosting for an extra boost of peanutty goodness.
If you like peanut butter cookies, these tartlets are for you – the crust is basically a peanut butter cookie! For a nice balance of flavors, the peanut butter cookie shells are filled with apricot preserves and drizzled with white chocolate. Since these tartlets are two-bite-sized, they’re the perfect little treat for serving at a party or cookie exchange. Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Growing up in New Jersey, zeppole (Italian fried dough balls) from the local pizza parlor were a favorite afternoon treat. My friends and I would often stop in on our way home from school and split a greasy brown paper bag full of the freshly fried dumplings dipped in powdery white sugar (the latter would inevitably get all over our school uniforms, much to our mothers’ dismay!).
This recipe puts a chocolaty twist on the old favorite by replacing butter with Dark Chocolate Dreams. A dusting of cocoa sugar at the end will make them just as appealing to adults as they are to kids.
Most Canadians can agree that butter tarts are about as Canadian a dessert as you’ll ever find, but when it comes to agreeing about whether or not raisins belong in a butter tart, that’s a whole ‘nother story (think of it as our version of the Neverending Beans in Chili Debate).
To resolve the debate once and for all, I set out to create a butter tart recipe with Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter that would make both sides happy – one that has the sweet raisiny flavor the raisin-lovers crave, and the smooth syrupy filling the purists adore. The end result may not be authentic in anyone’s book, regardless of whether they’re a With-Raisins or a No-Raisins, but one bite of that gooey sticky sweet filling is sure to win over all but the most die-hard of butter tart snobs.
Ahhh… banana bread, the staple of every household that has bananas gone slightly too far. It seems like a last resort baked good, but banana bread is actually quite the treat in our household, as we rarely have bananas around. The combination of bananas and peanut butter is a natural one (thanks Elvis!) but the addition of a few spices and some chocolate chips really ups the game. Of course, using Mighty Maple also adds that touch of earthy maple syrup flavor which goes so well with the banana bread. Soon you’ll be buying bananas and impatiently waiting for them to sweeten up for this updated classic baked good.
Banana bread is a quick batter bread, meaning you throw all the ingredients into a pan, stick it in the oven and let it bake to a golden brown loaf. The addition of Mighty Maple peanut butter, spices and chocolate chips elevates this quick bread recipe into something magical that will have you clamoring for more. I used whole wheat flour and bread flour to give the bread a little more substance, but feel free to substitute an equal amount of all purpose flour in it’s place, just be aware the bread will come out more cakey and less bready.
This dense loaf cake is the stuff of dreams! Chocolate peanut butter is swirled into the peanut butter cake base and topped with a sweet pistachio streusel. Serve slices for teatime or dessert, or even, if you’re feeling indulgent, for breakfast.
When it comes to breakfast recipes, I always like for there to be some kind of redeeming quality to the dish. It makes me feel good to start the day off right. That all sounds terribly boring, but I strongly believe that wholesome and decadent do not have to be mutually exclusive. When good, real ingredients are involved, it gives you a bit more license to have fun. These peanut butter oatmeal pancakes hit every mark on my little personal breakfast wish list—protein from the Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter (my absolute favorite!) keeps me full throughout the morning, while the whole grain oats and flour add plenty of nubby texture and flavor. Topped off with a couple pats of good sweet cream butter and a generous drizzle of real maple syrup, it’s an absolutely perfect start to the day.
The great thing about breakfast is that both savory and sweet inspiration work well. Carrot cake inspired this dish, but even so, it’s full of healthy things and only subtly sweetened; really I based it on carrot cake just so I could get an extra veggie in at breakfast.
For this recipe I made coconut milk by blending shredded unsweetened coconut with water. I left the coconut bits in the milk (to give the pudding more texture)
I spent many weekends at my grandma’s house when I was growing up. She was, like many grandmas, full of surprises and always managed to make you feel special. We’d spend the day in her garden, we’d bake cookies, she’d teach me card games, and how to knit. In the morning I was always greeted by the scent of breakfast coming into where I slept and many times it would be her special coffee cake recipe. Inspired by hers, I’ve created a peanut butter and oat version that’s a reminder of those special days I’ll always treasure.
The combination of peanut butter, banana and oats is fantastic in muffin form. But what I love most about this particular muffin is the secret bite of strawberry jam in the center, hidden away as a surprise. Think of it as a lovechild between decadent oatmeal banana bread and jam-filled peanut butter donut, only easier to make, more fun to eat and way healthier for you. Best of all, once they’re made and cooled, stick them in a ziplock bag in the freezer and pull them out individually the night before for a quick and easy breakfast in the morning.
One of my favorite quick breakfast meals is a piece of toasted cinnamon raisin bread with warm, gooey peanut butter on top. I used that as the inspiration for this dish and added in the Greek yogurt to make it more nutritious. As a busy mother of two, I often need an on-the-go breakfast and this pizza is perfect for that. But it’s not just for me. My family and I enjoy this pizza as an en route breakfast while traveling to our favorite weekend hiking trails
There’s just something about waking up to a breakfast of freshly baked scones. Inspired by a recipe that my Mom used to make for me and my brothers, these Oat and White Chocolate Peanut Butter Scones are light and flaky and make any morning worth getting out of bed for.
Flaky layers are filled with dried cranberries, thick rolled oats and smooth creamy white chocolate peanut butter to provide a unique and tasty meal. Easily made in advance, these scones can be rolled out, cut and frozen and then baked fresh for a great breakfast even during your busy workweek.
I love baking bread. In fact, I bake bread at least once every other week. I love how it fills my house with that familiar bakery aroma and it amazes me every time how such simple ingredients, when working together, can create something so tasty. This version combines onions and herbs with spicy peanut butter which pairs perfectly with grilled cheese or fried egg sandwiches, as it does simply toasted and smeared with butter or some Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter.
In this Asian take on eggs benedict, I’ve replaced the hollandaise sauce with a tangy peanut butter sauce. Instead of poaching the eggs, I used an old Japanese technique of slow cooking the egg in the shell.
Originally made in natural onsen (hot springs), the eggs cook at a low temperature for a long time. This sets the eggs with a texture more like crème brûlée than boiled egg. You may not have a hot spring in your backyard, but you can still make these eggs by using a large pot filled with a lot of water, and carefully monitoring the temperature.
One of my favorite weekend breakfasts is a plate full of warm cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit with coffee on the side. This twist on my regular cinnamon rolls has the classic flavors of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, rolled up into whole grain dough, and drizzled with a tangy yogurt and peanut butter glaze.
I love making pancakes on weekend mornings, but I often find I’m hungry just an hour or two after eating them. This recipe is different! Not only do these pancakes offer a delightful flavor twist, they’re also packed with protein thanks to the addition of the yogurt and peanut butter, so just a few of them will keep you feeling energetic all morning long. And if you’re lucky, you’ll have some leftover Chocolate Yogurt Cream for fruit (or finger!) dipping later in the day!
My recipe for Mighty Maple Peanut Butter Yogurt Scones was inspired by an unforgettable cranberry yogurt scone that I tasted a few years back at a bed and breakfast in Vermont. This time my scones incorporate one of my absolute favorite ingredients: peanut butter! The combination of whole wheat flour, maple syrup, French vanilla yogurt, and maple peanut butter creates a slightly sweet yet hearty scone that will start your day off on the right foot!
I love to bake on the weekends. One of my favorite things to bake are muffins, which are an easy grab-and-go breakfast for busy mornings. To keep them healthy, these muffins have whole-grains, healthy fat and protein thanks to Smooth Operator peanut butter, fruit and non-fat dairy. The yogurt filling adds a special touch while still keeping this a healthy treat. If you want to make these not gluten-free, you can easily substitute 2 cups of whole wheat flour for the rice flour, chickpea flour, and arrowroot starch.
When I think of breakfast or brunch, my mind immediately wanders to the sweet side. Therefore, it was a given that the recipe I entered in this contest was going to be sweet. I settled on French toast… with a twist: individual baked French toasts stuffed with cinnamon raisin peanut butter and topped with a creamy peanut butter yogurt sauce. Peanut butter and yogurt are not only delicious when paired together, they are also protein power houses and will energize you for the remainder of the morning!
I’m sure you all remember “those kids” in the cafeteria that constantly tried to trade their PB&J sandwiches for your stuffed crust pizza or chicken nuggets. I was not one of those kids, being an avid lover of peanut butter and jelly ever since I was strong enough to open a jar. When I began to brainstorm ideas for this contest, I came across Julia Child’s recipe for a baked yogurt tart and immediately felt inspired. Here’s my version with a deliciously comforting PB&J spin. It’s quick,healthy, and sure to make you feel like a kid again!
A morning bowl of oatmeal is routine in my kitchen and more often than not it includes peanut butter and banana — a classic and delicious combination. For those mornings when I want something extra special or I have company in town, I serve baked oatmeal. Warm and comforting, you’ll enjoy the tender oatmeal, crunchy nuts and soft baked fruit on the bottom. Peanut butter is mixed right in and the result, if you can imagine, is like a warm piece of banana bread smeared with a generous helping of peanut butter. It’s truly a breakfast worth waking up for and helps start my day right!
In 1941, Time magazine referred to George Washington Carver as the “Black Leonardo” for his many skills and talent, which no doubt included his scholarly pursuit and promotion of the humble legume — peanuts. An early proponent of sustainable agriculture, Carver knew farmers needed a crop to provide food for their families which would also serve as a source for other products that would help improve their quality of life. This January 5 is George Washington Carver Recognition Day, and I’m proud to honor a man who was an outstanding scientist, botanist, educator, inventor, and developer of over a hundred peanut-based recipes. This recipe is a tribute to Mr. Carver, who I’m sure would have enjoyed a hefty morning slice of this savory sweet cake with his coffee.
In my mind, nothing can rival a warm and gooey cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven and slathered with sweet frosting on a cold snowy morning. Especially if it happens to be Christmas morning! Imagine waking up not only to the excitement of opening presents with loved ones, but also to the intoxicating aroma of warm cinnamon, sweet sugar, and rich peanut butter wafting from the kitchen. My inspiration for creating these peanut butter and raisin cinnamon rolls was threefold: my brother’s love of peanut butter (it must run in the family), my sister-in-law’s tradition of making cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, and my nephew’s adoration of raisins. Therefore, these sweet and rich peanut buttery cinnamon rolls dotted with raisins are dedicated to Dan, Jaime, and Aiden!
It’s no secret that peanut butter and bread are a pretty perfect pair. That’s probably why this soft challah recipe, which has plenty of Mighty Maple peanut butter baked right into the dough, is so incredible! Sweet, buttery, and with a subtle peanut flavor it’s wonderful for sandwiches or simply toasted with a generous spread of salted butter. The leftovers also make a fantastic French toast; in fact, make sure you reserve at least a few slices for precisely this purpose. This nice twist to a favorite classic [...]
Waffles are in regular rotation in our house – they’re a must on weekends, and leftovers are frozen to pop into the toaster on more rushed weekday mornings. The addition of peanut butter boosts protein, which helps the boys get through long school days. If you don’t have Mighty Maple or The Bees Knees peanut butter, Smooth Operator or Crunch Time works well too – just add a tablespoon of maple syrup, honey or brown sugar to add a touch of sweetness.
Homemade granola is so much tastier than store-bought. And homemade granola with maple peanut butter? What could be better! My favorite way to eat this is on top of plain yogurt with fresh berries, but it’s also fantastic blended into smoothies, on ice cream for dessert, and mixed into pancake batter.
Hot Cross Buns are a traditional Easter-time yeast leavened bun. Unfortunately a good Hot Cross Bun can be hard to track down. The ones you find at the store tend to be loaded with high fructose corn syrup, plenty of unpronounceable preservatives, and gummy dried candied fruit pieces best left to great aunt Millie’s fruitcake. My quest for a tasty Hot Cross Bun led me to the kitchen. Out went the red and green dyed citrus pieces and in went plump mixed raisins and for a twist, peanut butter. Fresh from the oven these buns are soft, sweet, and delicious and make for a perfect breakfast on Easter morning.
March is National Peanut Month and I thought of a recipe that’s easy enough but also festive enough to help celebrate our favorite legume!
Peanut butter and jelly are long-time friends, as are jelly and doughnuts. I brought these old friends together to party in this recipe, and didn’t know how sweet the result would be until I tried it. The peanut-buttery dough is delicious—characteristically light like any of your favorite yeasted doughnuts, but with that crave-able peanut butter kick—and is brought to a whole other level when filled with grape jelly. It’s a match made in comfort food heaven.
These chocolate peanut butter and strawberry crepes are the perfect way to start off a weekend. And it’ll make a delicious and romantic breakfast for someone special this coming Valentine’s Day. They’re sweet without being cloying while filling enough to keep you fueled for an adventure-packed day. I used strawberries for this batch, but these would also be delicious with kiwi, banana, or if you’re really feeling crazy, all three!
Don’t worry if your first couple of crepes don’t turn out quite right, as there should be enough batter for about 14 crepes. One of the keys to good crepes is temperature; you want the pan hot enough so that you get a nice brown color, but you don’t want it so hot that it doesn’t cook all the way though. It’s also important to get just enough batter in the pan to produce a round crepe without adding so much that you end up with a pancake.
Use a thick bottomed pan to ensure your crepe browns evenly and go a little crazy with the butter for your first crepe, which will prevent all the subsequent ones from sticking to the pan.
I first became hooked on scones when I was living in Scotland. I ate one almost every day! These days they are more of a treat for me, I only make them once in a while. Scones are great for breakfast or served with afternoon tea. I love the way these have such a unique flavor because of the honey in the peanut butter. They are best accompanied with a hot cup of coffee or glass of cold milk.
Pop tarts were one of my favorite treats as a child, and are now one of my favorite things to make at home. They are so simple to throw together and make a tasty breakfast or snack! Here I use my favorite pie crust recipe, from Martha Stewart, but you could definitely substitute store bought in its place.
There’s nothing like a delicious Baby for breakfast.
I’m talking, of course, about the Dutch Baby, a dramatically puffy oven pancake with a light, souffle-like texture and delicate, sophisticated flavor. For all its fancy appearance, it couldn’t be easier to make, and is rendered even more delightful when you add a healthy dollop of rich, creamy peanut butter. While any type of creamy peanut butter will work, I say go all the way and use Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter–it adds a decidedly decadent edge to this breakfast beauty.
Ever since I received my first blender as a birthday gift several years ago, I’ve been experimenting with smoothies on a nearly daily basis—indeed, you might call me a “smoothie enthusiast.” A key aspect of all my smoothies is that they must be nutritious. Accordingly, peanut butter makes a perfect smoothie component, with its high protein content and generous amounts of fiber and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Below, you’ll find a hemp-based smoothie with banana and coconut; this smoothie provides a dose of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient often [...]
Muffins are one of the simplest ways to get a quick breakfast in on the go. I always keep a batch frozen, wrapped individually, and reheat them for 30 seconds before spreading with peanut butter and all fruit preserves. The crunch pieces in the peanut butter softens a little while in the oven and lends an interesting texture to these slightly sweet muffins. I like the almost crusty texture of these muffins better when baked without paper cups.