In “I Eat Peanut Butter on Everything”, Sarah Koppelkam writes about her favorite creamy, crunchy, salty, sweet classic food, and tells you some new and interesting ways to use it.
Sometimes, I eat peanut butter for every meal of the day.
Is that good for me? Probably not. Am I okay with it? Absolutely!
Peanut butter and I have been in a relationship for quite some time now, and like all relationships, ours has changed over the years. In elementary school, nothing could beat a classic PB&J on white bread. And of course every year on Halloween I would demolish about twenty Reese’s Cups. Then, in middle school, I discovered the ooey gooey and yet somehow still crunchy, warm, and melty joy that is peanut butter toast. In high school, I learned that I could add a banana to that bread and PB combo and everything changed. But it wasn’t until coming to college that I became a full on peanut butter fanatic. When I say I eat peanut butter on everything, I mean it.
You can imagine my delight when I discovered that there is actually a huge variety of nut butters out there– almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter – you name the nut, and someone has probably made it into a butter. Nut butters are the perfect dorm room food: easy, non-perishable, and filling. They also became one of my main sources of protein during the time that I was a vegan.
One of the ways I use peanut butter almost every day is in the PB&O, or peanut butter and oatmeal. You’re probably used to topping your bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar or fruit. Borrrrringggg. Try it if you don’t believe me – oatmeal is the perfect delivery system for your favorite nut butter. Start with a bowl of warm oatmeal, which is rather bland and mushy on its own. Scoop out a tablespoon (or more) of any kind of nut butter and swirl it in. It will get gloriously warm, infusing your oats with a delightful sweet and nutty taste. If you don’t over-mix it, you will be rewarded with pockets of molten creamy deliciousness as you eat. I like to complete mine with a sliced banana and either a few nuts or some granola for crunch.
PB&O is one of the easiest ways to get a really healthy and filling breakfast when you only have access to a microwave. All you need is a microwaveable oatmeal packet (I really like Natures’s Path brand from WesShop) and any kind of nut butter.
Disclaimer: If you’ve ever seen me sneaking out of Usdan with like six stolen bananas, this is why.
So if you’re a fan of peanut butter, oatmeal, breakfast, or awesomeness in general, give PB&O a shot. Happy breakfasting!
- Sarah ‘15