For most people, November brings to mind a few things: leaves changing colors, chillier weather and Thanksgiving. But, did you know that November is National Peanut Butter Month, too? That’s right, and we’ve whipped up a list of five Detroit-inspired peanut butter recipes and places to get your peanut butter fix.
With a name like Nick’s Original House of Pancakes, it’s no wonder Nick’s has just what every peanut butter lover could want: peanut butter chip pancakes. All of Nick’s pancakes are made from scratch and served with warm maple syrup. Next time you’re in Ann Arbor, give this Original House of Pancakes a try!
Located in Greektown Detroit, Astoria Pastry Shop is home to the peanut butter mud pie: a dessert so rich in flavor, it’s hard not to gush about it. Be warned, some will be turned off by its richness, but this peanut butter (and chocolate) lover will never turn one of these puppies down.
While initially a Detroit-based bread company, Avalon is also a full-featured bakery with plenty of sweets to munch on. In the peanut butter department, Avalon does not disappoint. From original peanut butter cookies to peanut butter brownies and vegan peanut butter granola bars, it’s hard to not find something for the peanut butter lover in you.
Treat Dreams, with locations in Ferndale and Detroit, has a weekly rotating list of available ice cream flavors. One that you might see on regular rotation under its vegan banner is dark chocolate peanut butter. The rich flavor of dark chocolate and peanut butter mix together for one sweet treat.
Based in Livonia, Velvet Peanut Butter makes its own, gluten-free certified peanut butter. You can buy a case or a three jar special online through Velvet’s Ebay store. Here is a list of Michigan stores, including Kroger and Meijer, that carry Velvet Peanut Butter. Velvet’s history goes back decades. To get a glimpse of that history, check out some of the stories from Velvet’s biggest fans.
We would be remiss if we didn’t close this out by mentioning a recipe for peanut butter pancakes from civil rights activist and Detroit resident Rosa Parks. Dubbed “Featherlite” pancakes, Parks’ recipe includes a ⅓ cup of peanut butter to give the fluffy, golden brown breakfast food a slight hint of sweetness.