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September 13: National Peanut Day

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It’s easy to see why the peanut was given its own national holiday. With its heart-healthy “good” fats, 30+ essential vitamins and minerals, and its ability to reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, there are tons of benefits to making this legume part of your regular diet. Raw, roasted, or made into butter, the peanut is great as a snack and as an ingredient in other dishes. Peanuts are also used in shampoo, flours, fuel, dyes, and other products thanks to George Washington Carver, who discovered over 300 uses for the peanut during his lifetime.

Peanut butter is really easy to make at home in a food processor. Just blend any variety of raw peanuts on high with a little bit of salt and oil if needed until they become creamy.  Kayle of The Cooking Actress has a great series of pictures on her blog of what your peanut butter should look like as you’re processing it. This DIY version is much healthier than store-bought peanut butter, which often contains extra sodium and preservatives.

So what are our favorite things to do with peanuts?

Use them as a yogurt topping with grapes and jelly like they do at Chobani Soho:
 

Turn it into PB & J Sushi:

 

 

 

 

 

Make one of these delicious recipes from some of our favorite blogs:
Skinny Spicy Peanut Noodles (via Cooking with Cakes)
Peanut Buttery Bars (via Carrots ‘N’ Cake)
Ginger Peanut Coconut Squash Fries (via Cara’s Cravings)
Mexican Snack Mix (via Dinner, Dishes and Desserts)

 

Feature image via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image 2 courtesy of mrsdkrebs on Flickr (CC BY 3.0)

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