I have no idea what my deal is lately, but during the past few weeks, I have become completely addicted to peanut butter. I can not seem to get enough. I want peanut butter in and on everything. Well, maybe not everything. I suppose spooning a dollop of peanut butter onto my taco salad or chicken fried steak would not be as tasty. But bread and pancakes and cookies – bring it on. I am, of course, okay with you giving me a little chocolate with my peanut butter. But you probably already figured that one out.
Over Memorial Day weekend, my dad’s wife made a delicious Peanut Butter Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting, which may have been one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. And I may have topped it with Homemade Butterfinger Ice Cream. Twice. (And yes I am a little sheepish to admit that.) Remind me to get that cake recipe, because I think I need to adapt it and share it with you, don’t you think so?
Because I can’t come up with a better reason, I have decided that my peanut butter addiction is most likely because of all of the workouts I’ve been doing. Yes, walking and weight lifting make a person very hungry for peanut butter. I believe there is even some extensive research and scientific data to back up that statement. As a matter of fact, I even found and read an article recently which stated: Be sure to drink plenty of water…and eat lots and oodles and gobs of peanut butter after exercise!!!
Okay, not really. Or if I did, I would surely have been the one writing it.
In all seriousness (if I can, in fact, write something in all seriousness), I truly do believe that the real reason I am loving peanut butter so much right now is because my body needs the extra protein to help me along in my fitness goals. Jen, my trainer, agrees with me, and tells me that in fact, I do definitely need extra protein now. She’s the expert, which makes me feel better about my peanut butter consumption so that I know that I am not completely nuts. Get it – nuts? (Oh brother.) Anyway, I am definitely eating plenty of protein in the form of good meat, eggs, and yes…peanut butter.
(Now, what excuse can I come up with to justify eating chocolate do you suppose? Jen, do you have anything for me on that one?? Please?)
I went into all of that simply to let you know why I created a Peanut Butter Pancake recipe. It sounded like a great way to add protein to our breakfast, so I gave it a try. And, it made it possible for me to feed my addiction first thing in the morning. Yay for me. :)
Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Pancakes
2 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
5 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I use homemade creamy peanut butter)
2 cups milk
Mix flour, baking powder, and sea salt. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and peanut butter together, stirring so that it won’t scorch. Pour melted butter and peanut butter, along with the milk and eggs into the flour mixture. Whisk until well mixed. Cook the pancakes on a buttered griddle or skillet, flipping halfway through cooking. Serve with real maple syrup or your favorite pancake topping. Makes about 20 three inch pancakes.
Incredible with a glass of milk…
My apologies to all of you who have a peanut allergy and had an allergic reaction simply by reading this post that was so full of nutty information.
Are you a fan of peanut butter? Which do you like best, creamy or crunchy? Ever tried making homemade peanut butter? It is the best stuff ever!!!