If you love peanuts, rejoice, because National Peanut Day is coming September 13! And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t indulge in some recipes that give your body the protein and nutrients that are packed inside every little peanut. So keep reading for a few delicious National Peanut Day recipes that also happen to be good for your health.
Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Energy Bars
For snacking between meals, oatmeal and peanut butter energy bars can be made right at home.
All you need is ½ cup each of honey, peanut butter, roasted peanuts, dried figs, and dried apricots. Make sure the figs, apricots, and peanuts are all chopped. You’ll also need 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 2 cups each of brown rice cereal and rolled oats, ½ teaspoon of salt, ¼ cup each of light brown sugar and toasted wheat germ, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of canola oil.
Combine the peanut butter, canola oil, cinnamon, brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until it bubbles, and then remove from heat, stirring in the vanilla extract. Then combine the wheat germ, apricots, salt, figs, peanuts, rice cereal, and oats in a bowl and pour the peanut butter mix over the dry mix. Let this cool in the refrigerator before cutting into bars and enjoying.
Noodles with Lime-Peanut Sauce
For dinner, try this noodles recipe that incorporates a delicious and healthy lime and peanut sauce, making it one of the most popular National Peanut Day recipes.
You’ll need ¾ pound of your favorite noodles, along with 2 cups each of snow peas, sugar snap peas, and broccoli florets. You’ll also need ¼ cup each of water and soy sauce, ½ cup each of shelled unsalted peanuts and peanut butter, 2 tablespoons each of lime juice, brown sugar, and rice vinegar, 1 cut up scallion, 3/4” ginger grated finely, and ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
Cook the pasta, drain it, and rinse it with cold water. Steam the broccoli and then add in the sugar snap peas and snow peas and steam those as well. Toast your peanuts in a pan over medium heat for roughly 3 minutes and then let them cool as you make your sauce by blending the soy sauce, vinegar, water, peanut butter, scallion, sugar, red pepper flakes, ginger, and lime juice.
When ready to serve, toss the pasta with about ¾ cup of the sauce and then top every serving with the vegetables before drizzling on the remaining sauce. Chop up peanuts coarsely and add those to the top too.
Give these National Peanut Day recipes a try to enjoy the flavor of nutritious peanuts without falling off your weight loss track.