Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's National Peanut Butter Day!

And you know what that means, right? 

We celebrate!  Because here at Heavenly House, peanut butter is a food group unto itself.  Nay -- scratch that -- peanut butter is THE MOST IMPORTANT food group. 

We snack on peanut butter spoons (something that should be marketed by street vendors and deli counters -- they'd be rich) and nibble on peanut butter sandwiches and lick peanut butter fingers.  Which are closely related to peanut butter spoons but with more drool.  We serve it with apples, carrots, celery, bananas, toast, waffles, pancakes...in short, I feed my kids peanut butter whenever they darn-well please, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  They love the stuff. 

And I love it, too.  It's packed with tummy-filling protein and fiber, plus the fat in natural peanut butter is of the truly healthy kind. 

So to pay homage to this blessed, gooey substance, Lauren and I made a special recipe today that we'd love to share with you! 

I was first introduced to these cookies when my dear friend Katie brought a batch over after Landon was born.  They kept me nourished for days before I could stay awake long enough to eat anything more complicated.  These are filling enough to stand in for a quick breakfast as you're heading out the door or make for one seriously stout afternoon snack.  They're hearty and healthy and delicious; I hope you like them as much as I do!

Peanut Oat Breakfast Cookies
Makes approx. 9 cookies

1-2 overripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1/2 C chunky peanut butter
1/2 C honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 C rolled oats
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/4 C dry milk powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 C raisins (optional)

Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Drop by 1/4 cupfuls, 2 inches apart, onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Slightly flatten each cookie (they won't spread much).  Bake at 350 for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. 

Let me know what you think if you try the recipe!  And tell me: what's the most strangely satisfying way YOUR family eats peanut butter?


  1. Ha ha ha, had no idea, I thought they were some sort of rice crispy peanutbutter cookies. I feel kinda silly now and also wish I had some bananas so I could make these!!

  2. Katie, I have one nearly-festering banana here that is ALL yours ;)

  3. Im so making those when I get some milk powder!

    We love peanut butter here too! Best on bananas, and a spoon full with chocolate chips *smacking lips*. PB sandwhiches are eating several times a week. Oh and on apples, yummo!

  4. Julie, I had to borrow some milk powder from my mom because it's totally something I don't keep on hand. This may be the only thing I need it for!

  5. These look so good! Have to wait until I have some bananas that are a little over-ripe (which doesn't happen too often around here because my son eats them like crazy). Our favorite peanut butter concoction lately is apple nachos..melted PB drizzled over sliced apples with whatever other toppings you like. Our favorites are coconut, sunflower seeds, and sometimes raisins. Only bad part is that the all-natural PB we usually get doesn't melt! So I buy skippy natural just for this purpose!

  6. Mmmm....PEANUT BUTTER. I don't know if it's *strange* but one of my favorite ways to consume PB is on waffles with a drizzle of honey. {drool...slobber...} :)

  7. Sounds delicious!! I am definitely going to try these.

  8. I am always looking for something to grab for breakfast as I run around in the mornings! These sound perfect. My kids love to eat peanut butter in spoons, just like yours, only we call them peanut butter lollipops. :) Peanut butter and honey sandwiches is another favorite.


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