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The Best Peanut Butters

Smuckers The Top Four Peanut Butter's

Top Four Peanut Butter's Brand Name Foods

1.  Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

This is the first all-natural spread seen that requires no stirring and no refrigeration. It has a smidge more sodium and saturated fat than the other three.
Per 2 tablespoons: 180 calories, 16 grams of fat (3.5 saturated) and 150mg of sodium.

Skippy number one of the Top Four Brand Name Peanut Butter's

2.  Naturally More Peanut Butter

From the taste, you would never know this powered-up peanut butter was loaded with a combination of wheat germ, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, and egg whites for a protein and omega-3 boost.
Per 2-tablespoons: 169 calories, 11 grams of fat.

Jar of Naturally More peanut butter

3.  Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Just salty enough and studded with nutty nuggets for a satisfying crunch, each 2-tablespoon serving has 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 120 milligrams of sodium.
Per 2 tablespoons: 210 calories, 16 grams of fat.

Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter

4.  MaraNatha Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter

This peanut butter boasts a short ingredient list and is easy to stir. Plus, it is low in sodium (only 80 milligrams) and has a mere 2 grams of saturated fat.
Per 2 tablespoons: 190 calories, 16 grams of fat. Their Roasted Peanut Butter is equally as good.

MaraNatha Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter

Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

Although the light version of peanut butter has about 30 percent less fat than regular, it often contains more sugar and sodium. In fact, the added sugar makes the calorie difference between the two negligible.

Don't fear the fat. Most fat in peanut butter is the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind. Ideally, find nut butters that contain a single ingredient - nuts.

Storing Peanut Butter

If peanut butter is kept at room temperature it can be stored for up to one year unopened. After opening it is best to keep it in the refrigerator for three to four months.

Quick Peanut Butter Nibbles

  • Put peanut butter on a toasted whole-wheat English muffin; top with pear slices and honey.
  • Blend peanut butter, a banana, 1 percent milk and a little vanilla extract for a smoothie for two.
  • Make a sauce by combining light brown sugar, low-sodium soy sauce, lime juice, peanut butter, crushed red pepper, and a minced garlic clove. Serve with vegetables, pita wedges, or chicken.
  • One whole-wheat tortilla with 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter and 1-tablespoon all-fruit strawberry jam.
  • Top graham crackers with peanut butter and jelly for a tasty snack with a bit more nutritional kick than PB and J on white bread.

Peanut Butter Wrap

8 small (6-inch) flour tortillas
1/2 to 1-cup peanut butter
2 medium apples, cored and cut into thin slices
1/4 cup honey

Place a flour tortilla on a plate. Spread 1-tablespoon or so peanut butter over the surface of the tortilla. Press apple slices on one side of the peanut butter-covered tortilla. Squeeze 1-teaspoon or so of honey over the apples. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Fold the tortilla over and press the edges together. Wrap and carry for lunch, or eat immediately. Makes eight wraps. Note: You can also use apple pie filling if you're in a hurry; use about 2-tablespoons per wrap.

Homemade Blender Peanut Butter

1 cup roasted shelled peanuts
1-1/2 teaspoons peanut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit salt if salted peanuts are used)

Place ingredients in blender. With the lid secured, blend until mixture becomes paste-like or spreadable (3 to 4 minutes). If necessary, stop the machine and use a rubber spatula to scrape mixture from the sides of the container back into contact with the blade. Continue blending until desired consistency is reached.

For crunchy peanut butter, stir in 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts after the blending is completed. Yields 1/2 cup creamy or 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter.

Store in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator. Oil may rise to the top. If this occurs, stir before using.

Peanut Butter with Apples

The apple's fiber and complex carbs get a boost from peanut butter's fat and protein. Choose chunky peanut butter for more fiber and a "chewier" texture. For a change of taste, try a pear or banana, or use soy nut butter, which contains heart-healthy isoflavones.
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 medium apple, sliced into six slices
Place approximately one-half teaspoon of peanut butter on each apple slice and enjoy.
Calories: 150

Chunky to Smooth

To make chunky peanut butter smooth, slowly heat up the peanut butter until it liquifies. Then put it through a fine mesh strainer. Use a spoon or rubber spatula to help the peanut butter go through. Store in a separate container.

Did you know?

March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day.

P.S. National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month is November!

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