Peanut butter is an easy go-to snack used in many ways in my household. With kids that are growing and always hungry, a natural choice is a food that they can prepare independently of me. Since peanut butter is an easy-to-prepare food, with no cooking needed, it is a standard ‘gold’ choice for snacking in the Vento House. A jar of peanut butter is a great quick snack helper for those that love it and mom’s use it every day to keep things easy!
Our pantry proudly stocks Smucker’s Peanut Butter. My oldest son and daughter love spreading peanut butter across crackers, stuffed in celery or in bananas! One of my favorite recipes is for the homemade ‘buckeye’ and while they are a bit labor intensive, the key ingredient is peanut butter making them little morsels of heaven with every bite!
My husband splits a banana open, hollows out the middle(enjoying that as well) and then reloads the inside of the banana with peanut butter, nutella and munches away. While this combination would prove deadly to my youngest son, my other son and daughter enjoy this little party that goes on just about once a month. I am always sure to have these items on hand for a quick snack, dessert or sometimes they use it as a breakfast.
Peanut butter on toast is my son’s delight. He loves the crispness of toast against the smooth grain of the peanut butter, while my daughter finds it most delightful to spread peanut butter across a few chips and call it a day. I used to have a friend who would take rice cakes and spread peanut butter across them, I thought it was strange but she was so far ahead of the eating trend(lol).
*Pit fire Tip– A pit fire night will never be the same: after you melt the marshmallow spread peanut butter across the graham cracker, and then add the chocolate, the S’MORE is even more delicious and more creamy!
No matter how you like your peanut butter it is a great snack and a versatile ingredient for so many recipes! As a mom, lavishly living life out loud, and serving quick meals I love the fact that I don’t have to refrigerate peanut butter and that I can keep it on hand and it does not mold. If it gets watery, I give it a stir and it is ready to go, without much thought, unlike many items that have to be refrigerated and then are forgotten about.