National Peanut Butter Day: Peter Pan Apple Crumble

To celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, here is a tasty recipe from “Peter Pan Peanut Butter in your Daily Diet,” a booklet the home front housewife could have sent for in 1945. I found out about this collection of peanut butter recipes from a Peter Pan peanut butter advertisement I used in my peanut butter frosting post. I managed to find a copy so I could share some more peanut butter goodness with you.

My 13 year old son made this apple crumble. It was his first attempt at making something other than cookies and pancakes. I am really proud of how well he did. I’m sure he’ll join me here again in the future.

Peter Pan Apple Crumble

  • 3 tbsp Peter Pan peanut butter
  • 1/2 c sifted flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/3 c finely chopped peanuts
  • 6 medium sized cooking apples

Sift flour with sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Cut in peanut butter and butter until mixture is crumbly. Add peanuts. Peel apples and slice thin. Place in well greased baking dish. Sprinkle peanut butter mixture evenly over the top of the apples. Bake in moderate oven (350°F) for 40 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425°F and bake 10 minutes longer or until brown. Serve hot with cream. 6 servings.


I love a good apple crumble. I’ve never had one with peanut butter, so I was definitely intrigued. This didn’t disappoint. I think I prefer a classic crumble, but the addition of peanut butter and peanuts was an interesting change. The crumble wasn’t as sweet as a classic crumble. The peanut butter was the leading flavor, and the chopped nuts added a bit more crunchiness than you usually get from similar dishes. I didn’t have any cream to use, but I think that would have been lovely. A large scoop of vanilla ice cream would be an ideal addition to a bowl of peanut butter apple crumble, but then again, I think most things are greatly improved with a scoop or two of ice cream.

Forgive my lack of pictures. We inhaled the entire dish before I realized I needed more pictures of it. I wanted to make sure the recipe was posted before the day was over, though. After all, National Peanut Butter Day only comes once a year. Enjoy!

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