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Beyond the jar: 8 ingenious ways to eat peanut butter

Beyond the jar: 8 ingenious ways to eat peanut butter
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(BPT) - What food is tasty, filling and fun? Peanut butter, and according to research, Americans are in love with the nutty spread.

According to a Peter Pan Simply Ground survey (see below for survey notes), 74 percent of people say it’s a staple in their grocery cart, with the average person eating it four times a week. While toast and PB&J remain a popular go-to, people are seeking new ways to enjoy peanut butter. In fact, 82 percent report that they’re still looking for more flavor pairings and unique ways to incorporate it into their diets.

If you love peanut butter but want to go beyond the sandwich, here are eight unique and delicious ways to enjoy it every day:

Vegetables and fruit: Peanut butter is a great way to get adults and kids alike to eat more fruits and veggies. Go beyond celery and try carrots, sweet peppers, pea pods, mango slices, berries and more. The nutty notes of peanut butter are amazing with many different types of produce.

Bacon: What has a cult-like following similar to peanut butter? Bacon. And when you blend the two together, you have a flavor explosion unlike any other. Fry up some bacon, let cool and dip it in the wide-mouth jar of Peter Pan Simply Ground in original and honey roast varieties. Serving breakfast? Set a jar in the center of a dish with bacon slices layered around for easy passing.

Ice cream: Cool ice cream and peanut butter are the perfect pair. No matter if you prefer ice cream sandwiches, bars or fudge pops, grab your jar and take a dip. The sweet, confection is enhanced with rich, nutty peanut butter.

Popcorn: Whether a movie night, sleepover or girls night in, popcorn is an essential snack. Want something a little different? Pop a fresh batch and then dip a few of the kernels in peanut butter. It's an indulgent treat that will have everyone talking.

Granola and protein bars: Satisfying snack bars just got an upgrade when you dip them into peanut butter. With a texture just like freshly ground alternatives, Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter is the perfect addition to health snacks like protein and granola bars.

Pickles: Sometimes unlikely combinations have the most delicious results. That would be the case with pickles and peanut butter. Give it a try and dip that spear right in or slice pickles for easy sharing with the family.

Potato chips: Do potato chips have you reaching for that jar of dip? Change things up by grabbing a jar of peanut butter instead. Salty chips dipped in peanut butter are a match made is snacking heaven.

Cookies: Chocolate, butter, molasses no matter your favorite cookie, it's going to be better when you add a dollop of peanut butter. Dip and enjoy!

Need more inspiration for unique ways to enjoy peanut butter? Try this decadent recipe featuring Peter Pan Simply Ground. For more unique ideas, visit www.peterpanpb.com.

7-Layer Peanut Butter Dip
Makes three mini 7-Layer Dip Jars

Ingredients:
1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
1 thinly sliced banana
1 cup Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter
1 cup of softened cream cheese
3 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of whipped cream
3 tablespoons of chocolate chips
assorted dippers

Instructions:
1. Evenly layer a small jar with graham cracker crumbs, sliced banana, Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter, softened cream cheese, honey, whipped cream, chocolate chips.
2. Serve with optional assorted dippers: pretzel rods, plain potato chips, crispy bacon, fresh strawberries, sliced cooked waffles, pound cake, sliced apples, etc.

Survey background: The Peter Pan Peanut Butter survey was based on a nationally representative sample of 1,010 Americans ages 18+ who eat peanut butter, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%. It was conducted from August 24, 2016 – September 2, 2016 by Kelton Global.