Celebrate National Peanut Month With These 23 Recipes


March is National Peanut Month, though we certainly don’t need a special holiday to honor this salty, protein-packed nut. Peanuts and peanut butter are some of our favorite recipes, and we’d like to share a few with you. (Spoiler: there are lots of desserts to come!) Celebrate National Peanut Month with these 23 recipes.

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African peanut soup

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Poached chicken, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, kale, jalapenos, peanut butter, crushed peanuts and a mix of spices go into this African soup from The Modern Proper. It is served in chicken broth, crushed tomato, and tomato paste broth, which may actually make it closer to a stew than a soup.

Boiled peanuts

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Boiled peanuts are a Southern specialty and an acquired taste. Whether it’s your first time trying them or they’re an old favorite, we recommend these boiled cajun peanuts from A Spicy Perspectivewhich can be prepared in the slow cooker, instant pot or stovetop.


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These chocolate covered peanut butter fudge balls can be easily made at home with a recipe like this one from Preppy Kitchen. In case you were wondering about the name, it comes from the dessert’s resemblance to buckeye nuts. The most notable difference between the two is that one is a delicious candy, and the other is very, very toxic (if not prepared correctly).


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Chikki is an Indian take on crispy, but it looks less like a candy than a square of Rice Krispies, as the nuts or puffed rice or chickpeas are highlighted more than the sticky coating. Similar to brittle, one of the most popular types is made with peanuts, like this version of Swasthi recipes.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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Energy bites

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If you want a simple dessert that has protein but no added sugar, try Energy Bites. This version of Chef Savvy only requires five ingredients – peanut butter, oats, flax seeds, chocolate chips and honey – and no cooking.

Grilled Elvis

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Elvis was known to enjoy peanut butter, banana and bacon toasted between two slices of buttered bread, which are all ingredients of this recipe from Who Needs a Cape. They call it the “Grilled Fat Elvis Sandwich”, but we tried to be a little nicer to The King.

Kung pao chicken

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Unlike Americanized Chinese dishes with murky origins like General Tso’s Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken is actually a staple of Sichuan cuisine named after a Qing Dynasty governor. The dish combines marinated chicken breast cubes, Sichuan chilies and peanuts in a spicy sauce, but Western recipes, like this one from Tastes Better From Scratch– will often also include peppers.

Mole Sauce

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Did you know that peanuts or peanut butter can be used to make mole sauce? This evolutionary table recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of peanut butter to make the delicious black sauce, which you can use as a meat marinade, taco ingredient, or topping for burritos, enchiladas, rice, and eggs, to name a few .

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Baked chicken with hazelnuts

Baked chicken with hazelnuts

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We’ve seen great recipes for chicken breast wrapped in various types of nuts, but this one from At Home With Shay is by far the most inventive. Get this: It’s marinated in coconut milk, sesame oil, and soy sauce; it is coated in coconut, panko and peanuts; and it is drizzled with a sauce made with coconut milk, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and honey.

pad thai

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Pad Thai is such an explosion of multiple flavors that we sometimes forget they are peanuts, especially since they are often ground or chopped. This recipe from Feast at home– which can be used with chicken, shrimp or tofu – calls for whole roasted peanuts!

Peanut butter jar

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A crunchy snack that features our favorite nut, peanut crunch isn’t as difficult to make as most types of candy (you’ll still need a candy thermometer, though). And this recipe from The Country Cook only requires peanuts and six other common cooking ingredients.

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peanut butter flowers

peanut butter flowers

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A party and baking staple, Peanut Butter Flowers are a classic that combines a base of peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s Kiss (or whatever the generic term is for those) on top. To try this version via All Recipes, as it is called “the easiest in the world”. How easy? Five easy ingredients!

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Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut Butter Brownies

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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If the Cheesecake Factory has taught us anything, it’s that there are no limits when it comes to the breadth of the menu or the type of cheesecake you can make. In fact, peanut butter cheesecake really isn’t a huge stretch of the imagination, and Taste & Tell can show you how it’s done—including water bath tips.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

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Since we’ve already told you about peanut butter flowers, traditional peanut butter cookies may seem lacking. That being said, I guess we’ll really need to wow you with the recipe, and therefore introduce you this one from Food Charlatanwhich bills itself as “the best softest peanut butter cookies you’ve ever had!” »

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Peanut butter cup

Peanut butter cup

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Homemade peanut butter cups are easier than you think and better than you think. In the Kitchen with Matt (no, not me!) has a ton of tips for making a version he aptly calls “Better than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.”

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Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

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We appreciate any recipe that has a small number of ingredients, a short prep time, and the word “foolproof,” because sometimes those fools are busy! This Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe from Foodtasia checks all the boxes, because it only requires five minutes and four ingredients: peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and icing sugar.

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Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

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A chocolate graham cracker crust, creamy peanut butter filling, and toppings that are only limited by your imagination, peanut butter pie is a delicious dessert option that only takes 12 minutes to bake. As Handle the Heat explainsthat’s because only the crust needs to be cooked!

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Peanut butter milkshake

Peanut butter milkshake

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We’ve had all the milkshakes, from the classic vanilla to the red velvet cake to the mint chocolate chips, but we always come back to the peanut butter. And with this recipe from Sims Home Kitchen, you can participate in all the fun. The recipe is labeled “easy” because aside from the toppings, you only need three ingredients: ice cream, milk, and peanut butter.

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Pork Dumplings & Peanut Sauce

Pork Dumplings & Peanut Sauce

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Crunchy peanut butter, honey, soy sauce and sesame oil make up the peanut sauce in this recipe for pork dumplings from Ricardo Cuisine. You can use the sauce for other dishes, but the recipe also includes instructions for making the pork meatballs, which we highly recommend!

pork satay

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Marinated, skewered and grilled meat with peanut sauce? Sign us up. No need to light the grill to this pork satay recipe from Taste of Home, however, because you can bake it to perfection right in the oven. Don’t forget to save some sauce for dipping!

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Spicy Roasted Peanuts

Spicy Roasted Peanuts

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It doesn’t get any easier than roasting peanuts, but the flavors of this version of Taste are anything but simple. Sea salt, sweet paprika, chili powder and powdered sugar combine to form the flavor profile of these peanuts, which only require about 15 minutes in the oven.

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