I love peanut butter

Last night, I was invited to the launch party of Peanut Butter & Co’s Nutropolitan exhibit. My hot date (Ms. Leslie) and I sampled vodka cocktails, ate peanut-y appetizers, ogled PB&J art, and left with sweet goodie bags. It was a fun night!

The vodka-based cocktails were…interesting. My “Peanut Butter Whiplash” sort of tasted like a white russian and Leslie’s “PB & J Hooray” had a grape vodka base. After a few sips, we switched back to wine.

 

The lighting in the gallery wasn’t great for photography, but I really enjoyed checking out the exhibit. Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods (as if you couldn’t tell…) and I’m seriously considering buying this poster from the National Peanut Board website.

Andddd, if you’re in the NYC area, you can stop by the exhibit this weekend (Fri, March 4 – Sun, March 6) and pick up a free jar of PB & Co. peanut butter. And for every person that visits the gallery, another jar of peanut butter will be donated to the NYC Food Bank.

I currently have 4 (!) jars of peanut butter in my pantry right now, so a peanut-y recipe has been on my radar for awhile. This morning, I got up around 5:45am, ran 6 miles with Ms. Kelly (hooray, her achilles is feeling better!), made a pit-stop at Starbucks, and then got started on my baking project. It was fun, but I barely had time to do the dishes before dashing off to work! Next time, I’ll save the baking for the weekend…

Peanut Butter Cookie Granola (makes about twenty-two 1/3 cup servings)

Ingredients:

for the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup of PB & Co. peanut butter (I used a mix of white chocolate wonderful and Bee’s Knees)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda

for the Granola Mix

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2.5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1.5 cups dried fruit (I used chopped prunes, apricots, cherries)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Use a mixer to cream together the peanut butter and sugar. Mix in baking soda and egg until combined. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine all granola ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate chips (these need to be added after baking).
  • Use your hands to knead together the cookie dough and the oat mixture.
  • Spread granola on baking sheets and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Stir the granola every 5 minutes or so – you don’t want it to burn!
  • Allow to cool on the baking sheet for at least 30 minutes and then add chocolate chips.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

 

I like this recipe because it’s not super sweet, but it still has a lot of fun flavors going on (chocolate chips! peanut butter!). I think a handful of this granola would make a perfect pre-run snack!

I’m running a 5k on Sunday and am not quite sure what to expect. I think I can run around 20:20, but at the very least I should beat last year’s time. Stay tuned for an update!

I really do love peanut butter. So much. What’s your favorite way to eat it?

  • You doing the Coogan’s 5K? Me too…and dreading the rainy forecast. I’ve never had an NYC race rained out before! What to wear? When it rains on a regular day, I…take a rest day. haha.

  • I love PB, too!! I love mixing plain greek yogurt, PB and some granola. Great post run food!

  • i totally read about the exhibit! neato that you guys got pb cocktails. or were there? that might be not so neato. hmmm.

    i see that you are running a 5k on sunday and so dancing on saturday might be a bad idea. hmmm. good luck on sunday!

  • Sarah

    Peanut butter cookie meets granola? You are a genius! That looks incredible. My favorite way to eat peanut butter is to stuff 2 dates with it — my favorite (short) pre-race combo, along with a cup of coffee. Provides enough protein to blunt the sugar rush of the dates without feeling heavy in my stomach. Perfect running fuel. Love love that poster! I want one too. 😉

  • why oh why don’t I live in the NY area…..Gimme free peanut butter!

    That’s a great poster. 50% of my diet is Almond butter and nutella, and I never drink energy drinks, so that poster mostly applies to me. Right?

    I’m so curious what else was at the event. Peanut art?! sounds purty cool

  • dang, I wish I were in NY…you guys have the coolest food events! This sounds amazing and I definitely plan to make that granola!

  • I just did a “Friday Favorites” post this morning and PB was at the top of my list!

    My all time favorite PB is PB & Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful. It is heaven!

    Good luck on your 5K!

  • S

    Can you post that photo of you and HH contemplating life in the jar of pb? Instant classic.

    Also, almond butter. Mmm.

  • I love pb too! I have many favorites for how to eat it but I think the number one would be in brownies. I love mixing up some brownies and then some peanut butter and then swirling the pb into the brownies. Delicious! (Good thing I don’t do this often. :D)

  • bethp262

    My husband and I go through a jar of Smucker’s Natural Chunky PB every 2-3 days–not kidding! Lately I eat it with plain greek yougurt, a spoonful of flaxmeal and a spoon of fruit preserves (or fresh berries if I have any).

  • mmmm my favorite way to eat peanut butter is on a spoon. I Love it so much though that eating it with oatmeal!

  • seriously, I can’t believe you managed to bake after our run this morning. You kind of amaze me 🙂

    PB is probably the best food ever created – I love mixing it into greek yog or putting it on toast and letting it get all melty. or eating is straight from the jar, really. So glad we got to run together, hooray!!

  • Peanut butter is probably my favorite food. I’m not very discriminatory about it either… I like the “real” kind, the “fake” kind, crunchy, creamy, oily, salty, non-salty, flavored, whatever. All-inclusive peanut butter lover. One of my huge petty fears in life is that I’ll manage to fall in love with some guy who is deathly allergic to peanuts… nooooo!

    Good luck in the 5K race — looking forward to reading about it!

  • The most productive thing I was ever able to do before work was bake mini gingerbread cupcakes and lift at the gym. I bet I would have been able to do something else, but mini cupcakes are a pain in the ass. I like to eat peanut butter off your face! I mean with celery!

  • i like it on bananas. or in oatmeal. or slightly melted on ice cream. or in between two eggo waffles. or ….

    well let’s just say i love peanut butter.

    but in a cocktail drink? ummmmmmmmmmm. i think that’s where i’d draw the line? hahah!

  • Kelly

    Okay just hear me out…my favorite way to eat peanut butter is on bread (not toasted) with real swiss cheese. So so so good!

  • Oh my goodness – I am so in love with peanut butter. And granola! Amazing crunchy granola is something I never get sick of. My favorite way to have peanut butter is on bread, in ice cream, and on top of oatmeal!

  • I’m a little afraid to admit this, but I just started eating peanut butter this year! I hope I’m not banned from society for stating that 🙂

    I just really never liked the taste of it (many pathetic lunches of just jelly sandwiches at camp…), but decided to give it a try after seeing all the fun varieties PB Co. makes- I tried the Dark Chocolate Dreams and I <3 it! I can eat it straight from the jar, but I especially love it on bananas. It's the only type of PB I enjoy because it doesn't taste like real PB! I'm happy I found out I can stomach it because I've been trying to get more healthy fats in my diet!

  • Dani

    I love PB too! I like to eat peanut butter many different ways. It’s always delicious on a spoon right out of the jar! I like to add some vegan choc chips to the spoon too, delish! I also like to put it in the freezer for a little. That poster is awesome!

  • Meggie

    I eat so much peanut butter, I think I keep peanut farmers in business. Lately, I’ve really been into almond butter. Anyways, EITHER is good on these whole wheat (with raisins, walunts, and some other stuff) breadsticks from Amy’s Bread. Or on saltines. Or toaster waffles. Or apples. Or just straight out the jar. Is there really a bad way or wrong way to eat pb?

    Good luck to you Sunday! Wow! What a speed demon. I hope to run <24 min. Last year I did 26:06…so hopefully, also, better than that!

    When you're training for a marathon, have you ever waken up hungry in the middle of the night?

  • i eat my peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon because i’m classy like that =)

  • Oh, too bad we went on different days! I would’ve loved to ogle PB art with ya 🙂

    Hope your 5k went well!

  • i still can’t believe you ran AND made granola before work. although then again, sometimes i accomplish absurd tasks after a night of drinking/before work too. alcoholic stamina?

    my favorite peanut butter use is in savory things – peanut noodles, peanut curry, spicy peanut sauce. you used your free pb for granola; i’m using it to braise cabbage. normal, right?

    hot date redux tomorrow!

  • I eat my peanut butter straight from the jar baby

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