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11 Crazy Peanut Butter Dinners And Desserts You Ought To Make This Week

We adore peanut butter. It's cheap, filling and pretty healthy, for the most part. That's why, for National Peanut Day, we've taken the innocuous, healthy spread and found all kinds of ways to violate it for your maximum tasting pleasure.

Apologies to those with peanut allergies -- although, if you can do other nuts, most of these recipes will work well with other nut butters, such as almond butter or cashew butter. If you want to go really sweet and desserty, consider going the Nutella route.

1. Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Sure, you can totally buy your favorite crunchy or creamy peanut butter from the store, but if you're feeling just a tad more ambitious than usual and up for something really delicious (and healthy), why not make it yourself? It's no harder than throwing a few handfuls of peanuts into the food processor (plus your choice of mix-ins) and blending until creamy. That's really all it takes, can you believe it?

2. Chicken Nachos with Spicy Peanut Butter Satay Sauce

Chicken Nachos with Spicy Peanut Butter Satay Sauce

Make something really dirty and delicious by topping crispy wonton chips with crunchy stir-fried veggies and tender chicken, and smothering the whole dang thing in savory peanut sauce and fresh chopped cilantro.

3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Panini on Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Peanut Butter and Jelly Panini on Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Everyone knows that peanut butter and jelly is pretty much the best easy sandwich ever. But with a few minor tweaks from this recipe, your sandwich will transcend to a whole new level of awesomeness.

4. Peanut Butter S'moreos

 Peanut Butter S'moreos

This baked dessert (Can we call it a cake? Let's call it a cake) is creamy, gooey and loaded with rich flavors. It's super easy but requires just enough effort to make it seem like a proper baked dessert, so that you can charm anyone in your path -- or just eat it yourself. That's totally what we would do.

5. Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter and Pretzel Truffles

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter and Pretzel Truffles

No baking required! Just mix up all the ingredients and dip them into chocolate -- basically an easier version of cake pops.

6. Peanut Butter Hummus

Peanut Butter Hummus

It might sound a little weird at first, but the smooth peanut butter will give you really creamy hummus with a similar flavor profile as traditionally used nutty tahini. Except that peanut butter is much cheaper and easier to work with.

7. Ridiculous Pancake Breakfast Sundae

Ridiculous Pancake Breakfast Sundae

Want the most absurd, over-the-top desserty brunch ever? Turn your morning pancakes into a chocolaty, nutty ice cream-laden monster. Make us proud.

8. Fool's Gold Loaf

Fool's Gold Loaf

If you are a bodybuilder, a competitive eater, an athlete or just a REALLY hungry person, check out the sandwich first popularized by the King himself. Cram a jar's worth of peanut butter, a jar's worth of jelly and a full pound of bacon into a hollowed-out loaf of bread. The power of Elvis compels you.

(Alternately, make this version instead, for a slightly more normally-portioned sweet and savory sandwich.)

9. Coconut Curry Peanut Soup

Coconut Curry Peanut Soup

Make a quick and filling dinner on the cheap, using stuff you probably already have sitting around your kitchen. Not in the mood for chicken? Dump in a can of chickpeas instead.

10. Sweet Potato Peanut Soup

Sweet Potato Peanut Soup

If you are intrigued by peanut butter soup but not quite up for coconut curry, why not try this filling, savory fall classic?

11. Beef Burgers with Peanut-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Beef Burgers with Peanut-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

This Bobby Flay masterpiece is another one of those "just trust us" recipes that'll really blow your mind if you take a chance on it. The tomato and chile sauce gets a few notches of complexity from the sweet, creamy and nutty spread that goes just perfectly with beef patties.