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13 Best Peanut Butter Breakfast Ideas

Get your peanut butter fix in the morning with these clever meals!

What can't peanut butter do? On top of being incredibly delicious, peanut butter can boost your meal with all kinds of nutrients to kickstart your day! It's full of healthy fat and protein—both helping you to feel satiated after a meal. It's low in sugar and sodium but dense in micronutrients like vitamin E, vitamin B3, magnesium, and copper. Between all of the nutritional benefits—and the fact that it's tasty—it's probably one of the best foods to kickstart your day! This list of peanut butter breakfast ideas is an easy way to get started.

One note about peanut butter: Find one that isn't loaded with added sugar and palm oil! Instead, find a peanut butter that will actually benefit you, like Once Again's Organic Creamy Peanut Butter, Fix & Fogg, or any of these other top peanut butter brands. Once you have your favorite peanut butter in hand, here are a few peanut butter breakfast ideas that will have you excited to get out of bed!

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Mix it in your oatmeal.

Oatmeal with peanut butter and banana recipe
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

For an extra boost of healthy fat and protein, mix in a tablespoon of peanut butter into your bowl oatmeal—as we did for this peanut butter banana oatmeal recipe. Top with banana and extra nuts, or even chia seeds, to really up the nutritional content of your bowl.

Or overnight oats!

overnight oats finished with a spoon of oats on the marble counter
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Peanut butter will make your overnight oats even creamier! Mix one tablespoon of peanut butter with 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of almond milk. Throw in some chia seeds for an extra boost of fiber—as we did in this peanut butter overnight oats recipe.

Blend it in a smoothie.

raspberry cashew butter cottage cheese smoothie garnished with raspberries
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Between the creaminess and fattiness in peanut butter, it makes for a great additive in smoothies. Especially if you mix it up with some berries! Or if you need a recipe, swap out the cashew butter with peanut butter in this PB&J smoothie.

Make a breakfast sandwich.

The low-calorie elvis
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Maybe not an egg sandwich, but peanut butter goes really well with bananas (and bacon, thanks Elvis!), so why not make it for breakfast? Here's how to make the Elvis sandwich with creamy peanut butter and, we weren't kidding, salty bacon.

Top it on pancakes.

protein pancakes with peanut butter and blackberries on a white plate
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

No maple syrup? No problem! Peanut butter makes an excellent topping on pancakes—especially because of its high protein and low sugar content. Get our recipe for Protein Pancakes and top with peanut butter!

Mix it in yogurt.

Nut butter in smoothie bowl

Plain Greek yogurt isn't the most appetizing thing to eat on its own—but mixing in peanut butter certainly helps! It gives that Greek yogurt the touch of sweetness it needs. Top with fresh fruit and granola for a delicious morning yogurt parfait.

Make granola with it.

blueberry yogurt granola

Speaking of granola, did you know you can use peanut butter to make it? Peanut butter helps the oats to stick together when baking. Give it a try yourself with this peanut butter granola recipe.

Stuff it in crepes.

crepes suzette

While we love this homemade Nutella crepe recipe, we do also love drizzling a little peanut butter in it as well. It feels like a decadent dessert, but somehow it's still considered breakfast!

Make a gourmet PB&J.

peanut butter sandwiches

Peanut butter and jelly doesn't have to only be a lunch food, you know. You could always make a fancy peanut butter and jelly toast in the morning with a few special ingredients! Top with your favorite jam or jelly, fresh fruit, and even some crunchy nuts or chia seeds for a filling breakfast. Or try one of these peanut butter and jelly recipes!

Bake breakfast cookies.

peanut butter oatmeal breakfast cookies
Courtesy of Back to the Book Nutrition

Cookies? For breakfast? Absolutely! These cookies get a boost of protein thanks to the peanut butter and eggs. Made with oats, these cookies are naturally gluten-free and pair great with a cup of coffee. Try this peanut butter breakfast cookie recipe from Back To The Book Nutrition.

Drizzle on chia pudding.

chocolate peanut butter chia pudding
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Whether you're making a simple chia seed pudding or mixing it with chocolate, peanut butter is a great topping to add! It gives that chia pudding an extra boost of protein and flavor.

Enjoy it with an apple—or banana!

apples peanut butter

Peanut butter and toast is an easy go-to in the morning, but you could always swap out that slice of bread with an apple or a banana! It will satisfy any sweet craving you have in the morning and will fill you up quickly.

Bake it in muffins.

peanut butter banana muffins
Courtesy of Sally's Baking Addiction

If bananas can go in muffins, why can't peanut butter? Peanut butter really enhances the flavor of the muffin and increases the protein content without having to add protein powder. You can even get the best of both worlds by trying this peanut butter banana muffin recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

For even more clever ways to use peanut butter, here are 11 Genius Peanut Butter Hacks You've Never Thought Of.

Kiersten Hickman
Kiersten Hickman is a freelance health and nutrition journalist. Read more about Kiersten
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