The 12 months between 1894 and 1895 were a busy time for our boy Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. While in post as superintendent at Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, he created both cornflakes and peanut butter.
There were actually a few other people around at the same time making crushed peanut pastes, but Kellogg’s was the one which seemed to enjoy the most success. Even the ancient Aztecs had a form of peanut butter, made from finely ground roasted peanuts.
Note: A sanitarium isn’t a mental hospital, by the way – just for your own curiosity. It was described as a “health resort” for people with long-term illnesses, often injured soldiers and those with tuberculosis.
We’ve been enjoying peanut butter for over 100 years (thousands if you want to go there.) From satay chicken to PB&J, 100g of peanut butter contains roughly 25g of protein and loads of good fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
We asked the team at KITBOX to give us a run-down of their favourite ways to use peanut butter – sweet and savoury. If you’d like to try some of them, we recommend getting yourself some Pip & Nut Peanut Butter.
Use the code ‘WINGMAN’ to get 10% off your order.
Peanut Butter Breakfasts
Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
KITBOX says: These are pretty substantial. They use wholewheat flour, so they’re already healthier than standard muffins, and the greek yoghurt is a nice touch.
You can also try these using Pip & Nut Coconut Almond Butter instead.
Peanut Butter, Banana and Strawberry Quesadillas
KITBOX says: You don’t actually have to make anything here. If you’re doing them for breakfast, go with the wholewheat tortillas. If you’re making them as a dessert, add honey or maple syrup.
Oatmeal Blueberry Breakfast Cookie
KITBOX says: Don’t let ‘cookie’ fool you, these are pure breakfast fuel. Best for the morning after a particularly tough session (whether that’s drink or exercise.) Try mixing them with Chia Charge Chia Seeds.
Peanut Butter Lunches and Dinners
African Peanut Stew with Quinoa
KITBOX says: Yes, the ingredients list is kind of long, but the cooking process is literally two steps.
Peanut Butter Chicken Chilli
KITBOX says: Possibly our favourite one on the list, and it has the least amount of peanut butter. We recommend making extra, because you will eat more than you think.
Beef and Cabbage Stir-fry with Peanut Sauce
KITBOX – This one is all about the sauce, to be honest. It works just as well with chicken and other vegetables. Make sure you get a good peanut butter.
Chicken and Peanut Butter Lettuce Wrap
KITBOX says: If you’ve never tried stuff wrapped in lettuce before, you’re really missing out. Even if you’re not on a low-carb diet, there’s something about the freshness and crunchiness that (sometimes) makes lettuce so much more appropriate than bread. Try it, honestly.
Peanut Butter Desserts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Milkshakes
KITBOX says: Gains. Buy good ice cream and good chocolate for these.
Toasted Bacon Fluffernutters
KITBOX says: A Fluffernutter is a combination of Marshmallow Fluff (you can get it at Sainsbury’s) and peanut butter. We’re well aware that we’ve got bacon in the dessert section, but honestly, where else do you put this?
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake
KITBOX says: We’ve saved this one for last, because you’re not eating anything else for days after this. Good luck.
Don’t forget to share photos of your peanut butter creations with us on Facebook and Instagram, and that you can get 10% off everything at KITBOX with the code ‘WINGMAN’.
Having been involved in functional fitness in the UK from the beginning, in one way or another, KITBOX always try to give something back when we can. We have many friends within the community and help out a growing number of athletes. Whether it be supporting individual athletes, sponsoring throwdowns, helping to organise grass roots competitions or just training with our friends at our local box, we are always listening and learning and trying to help out where we can.