When recipes call for only one tablespoon of peanut butter, I'm like, "Oh I gotchyour ONE tablespoon of peanut butter."
But serious moment here: when buying peanut butter, try to go all natural (in other words, the grainy looking kind with the oil on top that you have to stir). Usually the kind the we all know and love (the buttery smooth kind) contains sugar, which is just wrong because it makes it THAT MUCH MORE DELICIOUS!
I find that when I purchase the "boring" kind, I'm not as tempted to dive in or go beyond the recommended serving size as I am with the creamy sugary smooth kind. Oh whatever, I'm totally a sucker for the sugary kind. Through and through. Pass the JIF, please. I'll just go ahead and put this out there too: I'm all about using peanut powder as well, in which the fat has been stripped out of the peanuts, but I'll tell you straight up....the fat in the unedited version is what makes you feel satiated for longer, which will make you a happier camper!
And no, fat doesn't make you fat. Excess calories (beyond your daily energy needs), whether they come from fat, carbohydrates, protein, or alcohol, leads to increased fat mass.
Peanut butter monster