7 drool-worthy recipes for national peanut butter day

Tomorrow is January 24th, and I know you all know what that means. You’re wracking your brain aren’t you? We just had Martin Luther King Day, the inauguration is over, and Valentine’s Day isn’t for a couple more weeks. What holiday have you forgotten about? What Hallmark card are you missing?  It’s National Peanut Butter Day of course!

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I had no idea such a day even existed until I saw the recent peanut butter cookie post on Jules Gluten Free.

I’m not a huge fan of the standard PBJ sandwich, but I LOVE peanut butter in desserts. Wait, LOVE might not be strong enough. What other synonyms can I find that might be better suited to describe my affection? I ADORE and LUST AFTER peanut butter decadence.

Jules inspired me to think about some of my favorite PB treats to find gluten-free recipes for them.  I haven’t tried any of these, so I needed some criteria in order to filter through the mass of recipes I found.

My criteria required the recipes to be easy and already gluten-free.  It also needed to have a 4-5 star rating or having several positive reviews, so I could determine if it was worth the time and money (and pounds gained) to make it.

Here are some of the most drool-worthy gluten-free peanut butter desserts I could find. Which one will you pick? Eenie, meenie, miney, mo…

And I now need a napkin to clean up my drool.

So, I know you’ve been busting your butt at the gym, but don’t you owe it to yourself and the powers that be to honor this deliciously ridiculous holiday with true peanut butter indulgence?

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Fill ‘er up oatmeal smoothie

I’m always in a specific predicament — figuring out what to do with bananas that are about to go bad. My kids never eat them fast enough, and before you know it, the bananas are more brown than yellow. So I’m always game to finding new ways to use them before I lose them.

Oatmeal SmoothieOne way I use them is in smoothies.  Lately I’ve been reading about oatmeal smoothies, and thought I’d try one out, thinking it would be a nice balanced breakfast alternative. With protein, fruit, calcium, and carbs, this is a pretty well-rounded smoothie, if I do say so myself.

It’s not super-sweet, but then again, it shouldn’t be. And it does have a texture to it. I have a Ninja blender and mine came out pretty smooth, but it does still definitely have some “meat” to it with drinkable small pieces of oats and almonds.

Nora wasn’t a huge fan, but didn’t really give it a fair chance, with her sip the size of a pea. Sophia drank a whole glass, and actually said, “It tastes like breakfast!”

A 12-oz serving is a perfect breakfast or snack, and a healthy alternative to all that processed gluten-free cereal. And this one is sure to help stave off the cravings!

Fill ‘er up oatmeal smoothie
Makes about 2 12-oz servings

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop gluten-free protein powder
14 dry roasted low-sodium almonds
1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
Dash of cinnamon

Directions:
This one is pretty easy. Throw it all in a blender and blend until smooth!

Nutrition: According to the recipe calculator I used on myfitnesspal.com, one serving equals: Calories: 238; Carbs: 35g; Fat: 7g; Protein: 13g; Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 15g

Try different combinations to find an oatmeal smoothie that will fill you up!

P.S. Peel and freeze your “almost bad” bananas for future smoothies!

Erbert & Gerbert go gluten-free

Never heard of the sandwich chain Erbert & Gerbert? Me neither, until this morning. Sitting in traffic, on my way to the airport this morning, I relaxed in the back seat and read USA Today. I’m not really a newspaper reader, but traffic was bad and the driver was silent so I gave it a shot.

Much to my delight, I found a small article on page 5B of the Money section that states this awesomely named sandwich chain is now offering 3 GF soups and Udi’s GF bread to prepare their sandwiches with. They also have dedicated GF equipment to help avoid cross contamination. Although if Erbert & Gerbert is anything like Panera, I might be reluctant to eat there with all the other gluten flying around. Regardless, its great to see another restaurant chain catering to the GF market in their offerings.

Do you have an Erbert & Gerbert near by? Will you try their new GF foods? Let us know how they are!