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20 Healthy and Delicious Peanut Butter Recipes

Homemade peanut butter cups? YUM!

Cook This!

20 Healthy and Delicious Peanut Butter Recipes

Homemade peanut butter cups? YUM!

Peanut butter: It's not just for lunchboxes anymore. Jelly's BFF is all grown up and taking America by storm.

Fitness enthusiasts, healthy foodies, dessert fiends, culinary geniuses. Everyone is obsessed with peanut butter—and we can't blame them. You can eat it plain, throw it into sweet recipes, or use it to take a savory dish to the next level; the options are truly limitless. But beyond its indulgent taste and texture, peanut butter also carries tons of health benefits — so long as your stick to the natural nut butters. While processed PB is filled with sugar and waist-widening oils, the real stuff is made with just two ingredients: salt and peanuts. This legume is filled with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and genistein, a compound that down-regulates fat genes. If a flat belly or total health is your goal, be sure the natural kind is what you're buying.

To help you eat more of your favorite food—without falling off the weight loss bandwagon—we found the most delicious healthy peanut butter recipes on the web. Whether you're looking for a new go-to snack, a savory dinner dish, or a virtuous twist on your favorite dessert, you're sure to find something in this collection that will make your mouth water. Take a look and don't miss 16 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Peanut Butter!

SNACKS


1

Loaded Apple Nachos

apple nachos peanut butter recipes

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 219 calories, 11.4 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 13 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 18.7 g sugar, 5.1 g protein

There are few snacks that can rival an apple topped with peanut butter—but this is one of them. By throwing raisins, mini chocolate chips and coconut into the mix, these sweet "nachos" give the classic treat a real run for its money — without loading on the sugar or calories.

Get the recipe from Begin Within Nutrition.

2

No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites

no bake energy bites peanut butter recipes

Serves: 15
Nutrition: 123 calories, 6.7 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 23 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 7.2 g sugar, 4 g protein

Energy bites are perfect for days when you're not hungry enough to commit to an entire granola bar or when you're simply craving something sweet that won't blow your diet. Whip up this recipe and you'll be prepared for either scenario. They only take 15 minutes to make and are filled with superfoods like flaxseed, chia seeds and almonds. Oh, and of course, ooey-gooey peanut butter, too!

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

3

PB FRUIT DIP

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 108 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 60 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, .7 g fiber, 6.8 g sugar, 5.7 g protein

The combination of Greek yogurt and peanut butter is a protein duo made in heaven. You get a rich and creamy dip that's perfect to pack for the kids school lunches or to enjoy at home with apple slices. Use a Greek yogurt that doesn't have ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, or buy a plain one and add your own flavor like cinnamon and vanilla. This is a smart trick to lose the added sugars and still get a flavorful punch!

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

4

HEALTHY PB CUPS

Serves: 12
Nutrition: 106 calories, 9.8 g fat (4.9 g saturated), 1 mg sodium, 3.1 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, .9 g sugar, 3 g protein

If you have major cravings of PB-and-chocolate everything, here's your perfect fix. Just like the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that we're all huge fans of, these are creamy treats are packed with a ton of peanut butter flavor but without the mega-long list of unnecessary ingredients. They're simple to make and portioned small enough to have one or two during the day when you're starting to hit that 2 p.m. slump.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

DESSERTS


5

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

peanut butter ice cream peanut butter recipes

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 360 calories, 17 g fat, 3.1 g saturated fat, 125 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 12 g protein (calculated with 2 tbsp of peanuts as a topping)

This banana ice cream is made by blending frozen fruit with natural peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt. Though it's higher in calories than some supermarket ice creams, it's free of all the nasty health-harming additives responsible for their unnaturally skinny profiles. This treat is sure to satisfy your craving for something sweet and creamy – while keeping you on the straight and narrow in terms of nutrition.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

6

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

chickpea cookies peanut butter recipes

Yields: 22 cookies
Nutrition: 86 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 38 mg sodium, 9.6 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2.3 g protein (calculated with traditional mini chocolate chips)

Whether you're looking for a simple cookie recipe or a healthy one, this low-sugar option is the perfect fit. The majority of the dough is comprised of chickpeas and peanut butter while maple syrup, vanilla extract and mini chocolate chips play a supporting role and add a hint of sweetness. The best part: they're free of eggs, so you can lick the spoon — and the bowl, too.

Get the recipe from Begin Within Nutrition.

7

GRAIN-FREE BROWNIES

Serves: 9
Nutrition: 246 calories, 15.1 g fat (3.3 g saturated), 7 mg sodium, 20.1 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 13.3 g sugar, 9.3 g protein

Step aside, boxed brownie mixes! These easy six-ingredient brownies are taking over. This chocolatey treat is made without using any flour or processed sugar, but still has that great gooey consistency you're looking for in the perfect brownie. By incorporating bananas and PB, they're naturally super sweet with a hint of savory and ideal for to grab when you get the craving for chocolate. Pair with a glass of warm almond milk and your tastebuds are sure to be satisfied! To see what else bananas are doing for you check out 7 Amazing Things Bananas Do to Your Body!

Get the recipe from Love Yourself Green.

8

CLEAN NO BAKE PB PIE

Serves: 10
Nutrition: 394 calories, 29.9 g fat (6.1 g saturated), 158.6 mg sodium, 25.3 g carbs, 4.1 g fiber, 12.5 g sugar, 12.7 g protein (calculated with almond milk and maple syrup)

A pie that requires no baking is a pie we're definitely big fans of! The calories may seem on the higher side, but it comes from only healthy sources like nuts and dark chocolate (which are both on our list of 20 Healthy Fats to Make You Thin). The crust is made of walnuts, pecans, and cashews—all nuts that'll boost your brainpower and keep your memory intact. And the best part is that it tastes just like the childhood favorite ice cream cakes, without all the excess sugar and refined ingredients!

Get the recipe from I Food Real.

9

HEALTHY PB FUDGE

Serves: 8
Nutrition: 127 calories, 10.4 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 83 mg sodium, 6.7 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, 3.4 g sugar, 3.6 g protein (calculated with Stevia and coconut oil)

It can't get much better than a healthy fudge that's sweetened naturally with no heavy fats or corn syrups. This one specifically uses a banana to get that extra sweet kick and still has the fudgy consistency you would get from the bakery bought versions. And, because this recipe is made by using coconut oil, it also reaps major benefits like lasting energy and weight loss. So, forgo the guilt of reaching for a treat and indulge in this!

Get the recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.

BREAKFAST


10

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie Jar

protein smoothie jar peanut butter recipes

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 309 calories, 17 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 111 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 21 g sugar, 15 g protein (calculated with natural peanut butter, 3 tbsp unsweetened hemp milk, 3 tbsp granola, 1/4 cup blueberries, and 1 tbsp hemp seeds)

Peanut butter and chocolate, the food world's power couple, join together to elevate this fruit-filled sippable to the delicious and antioxidant-filled next level. And, better yet, it's extremely easy to make. All you have to do is throw the ingredients into a blender and top it with some low-sugar granola, berries and hemp seeds, a stellar vegan source of protein, fiber and omega-3s.

Get the recipe from Begin Within Nutrition .

11

Chocolate PB Chia Breakfast Parfait

chia parfait peanut butter recipes

Serves: 1
Nutrition: 339 calories, 18 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 123 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 14.5 g sugar, 15 g protein (calculated with 1/2 tbsp cacao nibs)

On days when cereal or overnight oatmeal just won't do, whip up a bowl of this protein-filled treat. Pairing bananas with cacao powder, chia seeds, and peanut butter amps up the fiber content, which will keep you full and satisfied—without piling on excess calories. To boost the slimming effects even further, choose a slightly underripe banana, which contains more resistant starch than the soft and spotted variety. As the name implies, resistant starch resists the digestion process, which prolongs the feeling of fullness.

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.

12

PB Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

overnight oats peanut butter recipes

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 325 calories, 9 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 110 mg sodium, 50 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 17.5 g sugar, 11.6 g protein

Eating cookies for breakfast can help you reach your weight loss goals—well, this cookie-inspired overnight oats recipe can, at least. The addition of vanilla Greek yogurt boosts the protein content, which increases its satiety factor ten-fold. To keep sugar counts reasonable, look for a container of yogurt that contains fewer than 13 grams of the sweet stuff. We like Chobani Vanilla Blended.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

13

PB FLAXSEED PANCAKES

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 322 calories, 14.5 g fat (5.1 g saturated), 452 mg sodium, 38.9 g carbs, 5.1 g fiber, 9.7 g sugar, 9.4 g protein

When you wake up with a craving for a classic like pancakes, here's the recipe you should be turning to! It's made using oatmeal (which has tons of fiber) and flaxseed (a superfood with incredible health benefits)! With these pancakes, you don't have to worry about getting love handles and feeling overly stuffed, but they're sure to keep you powered up through your morning.

Get the recipe from The Minimalist Baker.

14

HONEY BANANA MUFFINS

Serves: 12
Nutrition: 253 calories, 10.6 g fat (2.4 g saturated), 243 mg sodium, 34.4 g carbs, 2.7 g fiber, 14.9 g sugar, 7.6 g protein

These muffins are the perfect on-the-go pick for those mornings that you just can't seem to get five minutes to sit down. Make them on a Sunday night and have them for the rest of the week! They're hearty, super flavorful and an easy no-regret decision when there's no time to think. This recipe uses honey as the sweetener, a great alternative to table sugar because it reduces inflammation and doesn't spike up your blood sugar as dramatically.

Get the recipe from Wholesomelicious.

LUNCH AND DINNER OPTIONS


15

Thai Tofu Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce

thai pizza peanut butter recipes

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 233 calories, 16 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 274 mg sodium, 16.3 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 10.5 g protein

By using a pre-made whole-wheat pizza crust, this recipe remains simple and healthy. But one thing it isn't is boring! Thai-inspired flavors and tofu are two things not typically found on a pizza pie, and we love the creativity—and its spicy flavor. Just one slice provides 60 percent of the day's immune-boosting vitamin A and 15 percent of the day's calcium, a mineral that plays a leading role in bone health. We can't think of tastier way to reap the benefits of either nutrient

Get the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.

16

Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad

chicken soba noodle salad peanut butter recipes

Serves: 10
Nutrition: 312 calories, 13.7 g fat, 2.7 g saturated fat, 577 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber, 4.7 g sugar, 21.4 g protein

If you're an avid Eat This, Not That! reader, you already know that we're big fans of buckwheat, the gluten-free seed that's used to make soba noodles. It's not only a great source of protein and fiber but also filled with magnesium, a mineral that's been associated with lower levels of fasting glucose and insulin, markers related to fat and weight gain. Fill up your plate with this nutrient-packed hot and spicy recipe to reap the benefits.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

17

Asian Noodle Salad Jars

asain noodle salad peanut butter recipes

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 378 calories, 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 666 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 12.5 g protein

What's better than a tasty, healthy salad? One that can be easily transported and eaten on the go, of course! We're big fans of Mason Jar salads because they help keep greens fresh and crunchy and, well, they look pretty. This vegan-friendly Asian-inspired recipe calls for things like crunchy red peppers, savory soba noodles, edamame (a protein-packed veggie), carrots and crispy rice noodles. Opting for this over your go-to Chinese order is a sure way to strip away pounds of belly flab.

Get the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.

18

PEANUT STEW WITH SWEET POTATOES AND SPINACH

Serves: 2
Nutrition: 396 calories, 23.9 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 447 mg sodium, 37.7 g carbs, 6.7 g fiber, 18.3 g sugar, 13.6 g protein (calculated without rice)

Cover a small bed of quinoa or lentils with this peanut stew to reap the ultimate benefits of this dish! There's no denying a warm, hearty bowl of flavor-packed veggies and good-for-you grains. Or even skip the grains and add extra broth. Soups are a great fat-burning option that will not only satisfy your taste buds, but your waistline, too! For more on the soup trend, try out 20 Best-Ever Fat Burning Soups!

Get the recipe from Naturally Ella.

19

THAI PINEAPPLE PEANUT CHICKEN SATAY

Serves: 6
Nutrition: 412 calories, 19.5 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 757 mg sodium, 11 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 5.9 g sugar, 48.5 g protein (calculated with stevia and low sodium soy sauce)

There's something about the combination of the sweet-yet-semi-sour flavor of pineapple with the nutty flavor of peanut butter that makes the perfect marinade for proteins. If you're not a meat eater, try this out with tempeh or tofu; it'll still be just as loaded with taste and booming with nutrients. A single cup of pineapple provides 76 percent of your daily recommended manganese, a trace mineral that is essential for producing energy!

Get the recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.

20

CAULIFLOWER RICE SALAD WITH PB GINGER SAUCE

Serves: 4
Nutrition: 341 calories, 23 g fat (14.8 g saturated), 330 mg sodium, 32.9 g carbs, 9.5 g fiber, 18.7 g sugar, 8.8 g protein

Cauliflower is an awesome substitute for heavy carbs that will lighten up any dish and help you lose weight. With a glycemic index of 0, cauliflower fills you up without filling you out! The creamy dressing is tangy and blasting with some pretty impressive flavor. You can fill up on this salad for lunch or add a protein like grilled chicken or tofu and have it for dinner, the options are endless! For other ways to swap the carbs and get more veggies, check out 17 Genius Ideas for Cooking with Cauliflower!

Get the recipe from The Awesome Green.