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So Much More Than a Spread: 4 Ways You Should be Using Peanut Butter

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From its birth at the hands of George Washington Carver to its now ubiquitous presence on grocery store shelves, peanut butter has a long, nutty history. Over the past century it’s been spread, swirled, dipped, melted, and even baked to perfection. Whether you’re pairing it with its most well-known companion (jelly) or eating it solo (with a glass of milk handy, we hope), peanut butter is undeniably delicious. And though it may not be “ butter” per se, what peanut butter lacks in lactose, it more than makes up for in decadence and versatility.

Here are a few of our favorite peanut butter-centric recipes, ranging from salty to sweet.

1956 Peanut Chicken Curry over Sticky Rice — THUMB

Peanut Chicken Curry with Sticky Rice

This Thai-inspired recipe makes for a seriously cozy dinner that will warm you up from the inside out. A simple mix of coconut milk, curry paste, and peanut butter creates a luscious, fragrant curry that’s then simmered with chicken, bean sprouts, and spinach. A side of sticky rice lets you soak up every last bite.

_Peanut Noodles with Green Beans and Thai Basil_THUMB

Long Life Peanut Noodles

Another Thai-inspired dish, this recipe starts with long life Chinese egg noodles and tosses them in a creamy, subtly spicy peanut sauce. Green beans, red bell pepper, and Thai basil add a vibrant touch of color and a satisfying crunch to this garlicky, peanutty creation.

Chocolate Coconut Bites with Peanut Butter_THUMBB

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

These little bites of heaven are further proof that peanut butter and chocolate make a perfect—dare we say, unbeatable—pair. These darling treats bring together peanut butter, dark chocolate, and coconut, rolled up into bite-sized balls and sprinkled with sea salt. Trust us, you’re going to want more than one.

Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate 

When cold weather hits, there’s nothing quite like a steaming cup of hot chocolate. But what do you do when the same-old cocoa isn’t quite hitting the spot? You throw in a dollop of rich, creamy peanut butter, sit back, and ponder the greatest pair since peanut butter and jelly: peanut butter and chocolate.

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