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Happy National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day: All of My PB Faves!

Did you know that it’s National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day? This is a day I’ve been celebrating since back in 2012!

I thought it would be fun to do a round up of some of my favorite things peanut butter related.


When it comes to plain old peanut butter, I’m a simple girl. I’m looking for two ingredients: peanuts and salt. Unsalted peanut butter is a no go for me. I love that slightly salty taste to balance out the sweet roasted peanuts. As far as texture goes, it must be spreadable and the runnier the better!

My Favorite Peanut Butters

1) Trader Joe’s Salted Crunchy and Creamy Natural Peanut Butter – the saltiest of them all and also the runniest/drippiest.

2) Whole Foods 365 Crunchy and Creamy Natural Peanut Butter – I love the bigger bulk size that you can get these jars in. They are easy to stir and taste great.

3) Smucker’s All Natural Peanut Butter – this may catch you buy surprise but this is my go-to when I’m traveling and have no access to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or a store with “fancy” nut butters. It’s got my two key ingredients, peanuts and salt, and a nice thick but still spreadable texture.


I will pick regular peanut butter over flavored any day of the week but I do mix it up on occasion. When I do, here are some of my favorites.

Three Favorite Flavored Peanut Butters

1) Wild Friends Peanut Butter – if I had to choose just one, I’d have to go with their seasonal Pumpkin Spice but I love them all so much! Especially the Honey Pretzel, Cinnamon Raisin and Chocolate Coconut.

2) Nut Butter Nation Honey Vanilla – I first discovered this peanut butter when the brand sent me samples and after tasting the Honey Vanilla I basically told my fiance, “hands off! It’s mine!” Their Brown Sugar Cinnamon also deserves a mention and also to be noted is that they meet my texture criteria.

3) Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful – while I do love Dark Chocolate Dreams, White Chocolate Wonderful really has my heart. It’s my favorite thicker texture peanut butter.


I like to try to incorporate peanut butter into as many things that I bake and cook as possible. Here’s the healthier stuff.

Peanut Butter Granola Clusters

1) Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola – this (seriously) addictive granola has become a favorite among many of you too!


2) Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola Bars – lots of peanut butter, dates, honey, seeds, nuts and dried fruit go into these amazing bars!


3) Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins – Big, soft, fluffy muffins with just the right balance of peanut butter and banana flavor. They come in at under 200 calories per muffin.


And here are my slightly more indulgent selections.


1) Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – just five ingredients and gluten-free. Warning: you can’t eat just one.


2) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars – Fun story. Back in the early days I used to bake these bars and send them off to readers as a giveaway prize. 🙂 They are one of my favorite dessert recipes of all-time and have become a favorite of so many friends as well.


3) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies – these are great cookies to package up and give as gifts. They’re big and fluffy but still soft and chewy in the middle. They’re pretty sturdy and hold up well for transport.


Like I said, I like to find a way to include peanut butter into as many things as possible so I made a killer pad thai sauce with it!

Homemade Pad Thai

Homemade Pad Thai – I love that this recipe has made homemade Thai food accessible for so many of you for the first time! The sauce is easy and addictive. This is probably one of my most Pinned recipes ever!

Your turn!

I’d love to hear your peanut butter favorites! Share any of the categories above…favorite plain PB, favorite flavored, favorite healthy recipe, favorite PB dessert or favorite savory use of PB! 

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • erin March 1, 2016, 8:51 pm

    those peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies are a must on my list! let me know if you come across any good peanut butter pie with chocolate crust recipes! been looking for a good one!

  • Erika Welsh March 1, 2016, 9:25 pm

    What a fun surprise to see our jars in this post 🙂 Lots of love to you Jen <3 Thanks for always supporting us!!

    • Jen DeCurtins March 2, 2016, 9:47 am

      Of course! I can’t get enough of your nut butter!

  • Mary Beth March 1, 2016, 9:49 pm

    Fave PB dessert- the Peanut ‘Better’ Balls from Oh She Glows blog… So delicious and a healthier indulgence than old school buck-eyes.

    • Jen DeCurtins March 2, 2016, 9:46 am

      This look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenny C March 1, 2016, 9:58 pm

    I feel like I’ve been living under a rock–how did I not know there were so many different, fun peanut butter flavors? I’ve seen the assortment at TJ but always afraid that if I went for the white chocolate, self-restraint to not finish it by the spoonful would be out the window. Going to start broadening my PB horizons, I usually just go for chunky. Thinking of starting with the nut butter nation honey vanilla and using it to make those muffins…and/or the granola. Thanks for the awesome recipes and ideas!

  • Marina @ Snackie Bird March 2, 2016, 2:58 am

    I love PB so much! But we don`t have a lot of choices here, in Russia. I am lucky girl when I find a plain natural PB in the store. I make PB at home, though 😀

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles March 2, 2016, 5:17 am

    my favorites are peanut butter & co crunch time (I buy it by the case lol) and Trader Joe’s crunchy pb with flax and chia seeds.

  • ACKTIVE LIFE March 2, 2016, 7:18 am

    DROOLING…Life is better with peanut butter! I haven’t had Wild Friends in years…I need to get you some Nuttzo to try…I’m about to have a spoonful of nut butter as we speak…XOXO

  • eliz March 2, 2016, 9:52 am

    Santa Cruz organic dark roast pb

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 2, 2016, 11:12 am

    O Jen, you’ve got to get yourself some Teddie PB! That stuff is the BEST!!! Crunchy or smooth, I can eat a jar a day!

  • Rebecca March 2, 2016, 11:53 am

    I can’t believe I didn’t realize it was Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day! We eat sooo much peanut butter in my house, even the dog loves it! I usually buy the Kirkland brand of natural pb at Costco because it’s a good value, but Smucker’s natural is my actual favorite! In fact I bought it lately because we were out and I didn’t want to go to Costco just for pb. My husband asked why we weren’t eating Smuckers all the time, he loved it!

  • DeeDee March 2, 2016, 1:34 pm

    Smucker’s Natural is the my favorite grocery store peanut butter as well. Nice to have as a backup.

  • Molly March 2, 2016, 5:38 pm

    Have you tried Crazy Richard’s Natural Peanut Butter? I tried it a few months back, and I’m officially hooked! They sell is at HT in Charlotte, and it’s a been on sale for several months for $3.

    Pioneer Woman’s Peanut Butter Pie is fail proof, a crowd favorite and totally sinful! http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/another-pie/

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt March 3, 2016, 10:59 am

    I’m a sucker for the natural honey roasted natural Peter Pan 🙂 Go though it like crazy!

  • Sarah March 3, 2016, 5:13 pm

    I love Smuckers Natural peanut butter! But I have to get my hands on that Honey Vanilla and Pumpkin Spice PB’s-holy yum!

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