November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month, a time for food lovers to spotlight the creamy, crunchy, protein-packed goodness of peanut butter.
November was chosen because John Harvey Kellogg applied for the first patent for peanut butter Nov. 4, 1895 when he made it as a healthy meat substitute for elderly Michigan patients.
Now consumed in 94 percent of American homes, the National Peanut Board reports peanut butter is an American favorite. Besides being a good source of protein that offers good mono-unsaturated fat, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals for a healthy diet, it’s also delicious.
Laura Hixon, a teacher at Banks Primary School in Pike County, has a closer connection to peanut butter than most consumers. As the wife of a peanut farmer Billy Hixon of Banks, Alabama, she knows firsthand the hard work that goes into growing healthy, safe food. Hixon said she understands the importance of peanuts from the field to the grocery store, to the kitchen table.
“Billy takes a lot of care to ensure he grows the highest quality peanuts,” Laura said. “We are proud to grow a food that is loved by our own three children as well as people across America.”
There is a large selection of peanut and peanut butter recipes in the Hixon’s kitchen, but the recipe she ranks among her favorites is Peanut Butter Delight.
“It tastes great as a cool dessert and makes more servings than a peanut butter pie,” she said.
For more peanut and peanut butter recipes, visit alpeanuts.com.