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Quick and simple recipe ideas for peanut butter lovers

Ingredients for "Ants on a Log"
Ingredients for "Ants on a Log"
Peanut butter is a versatile and tasty ingredient that can be used in many recipes, or enjoyed alone
Peanut butter is a versatile and tasty ingredient that can be used in many recipes, or enjoyed alone
Copyright Megan Silea, 2010

March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day. Peanut butter is nutritious, delicious, and can please even the pickiest eater of any age. It's also a very versatile ingredient, and many recipes using peanut butter are quick and easy to prepare.

Here are a few quick and tasty snack ideas. These snacks are popular with kids but are also good for adults looking for a healthier snack alternative. Included in the list is a must-have treat for any Memphian or Elvis fan!

Ants on a Log

One celery stalk

About 1 tablespoon of your favorite peanut butter

A few raisins or currants

Make sure the celery stalk is clean and dry. Trim it to about 3" - 4" in length; you can usually get two to three good snack-sized pieces from one regular celery stalk. Fill the center of the celery with peanut butter and top with raisins or currants.

For more quick snacks kids will love, check out Tasty Time with ZeFronk on Playhouse Disney.

Peanut Butter Banana Boat

1 medium banana

About 2 tablespoons of your favorite peanut butter

Peel banana and cut into two pieces (horizontally, not lengthwise). Cut a V-section out of the middle of the banana (see pictures in slideshow). Fill the cutout-V with peanut butter and enjoy! Serves 2.

Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich (Elvis's favorite!)

2 slices bread

1 medium banana, sliced

Your favorite peanut butter

Spread the desired amount of peanut butter on bread. Top with banana slices. Close sandwich and enjoy! You can also make a grilled version of this sandwich for an extra-tasty treat.  Elvis fans can enjoy this sandwich the next time they visit Graceland at Rockabilly's Diner. Graceland is open year-round from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays. For more information, including ticket prices and their full schedule, please visit their website.

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