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13 Delicious Peanut Butter Snacks You Can Make Yourself

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Peanut butter is irresistible, inexpensive, and probably in your pantry right now. With every two-tablespoon serving containing 28% of the recommended daily allowance of protein for kids under the age of 10, plus a generous helping of B vitamins, iron, folic acid, and fiber, peanut butter is not a delivery system for healthy foods your kids might not otherwise eat (such as cut-up vegetables). And for adults, peanut butter is a perfect stand-alone food that can support weight loss (as long as you're not in the habit of decimating an entire 16-ounce jar in one sitting). It's also a lip-smacking ingredient in lots of healthy recipes, including these 30 peanut butter recipes. But because many of us are still spending a lot of time at home with our kids, we thought it would be fun to focus on our favorite recipes for kid-friendly peanut butter snacks, with an emphasis on those that are easy enough for you to make with your kids.

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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

peanut butter blossoms on a marble counter
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

This kid-friendly recipe for peanut butter-infused cookies that come bearing Hershey's Kisses is straightforward enough for even a beginning baker to tackle. So go ahead and make them with your kids, bearing in mind that your biggest challenge will be getting your kids to wait, semi-patiently, for the dough to chill. You can even start the process with homemade peanut butter—here's our recipe if you're feeling ambitious.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

keto peanut butter cookies
Beth Lipton / Eat This, Not That!

This cookie recipe is special for two reasons. First, it manages to spin a mere four ingredients—peanut butter, an egg, salt, and a sugar substitute—into moist, well-structured cookies. Second, it contains no added sugar (here are the icky things that happen to your body when you eat sugar).

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Peanut Butter Cups

keto nut butter cup
Beth Lipton / Eat This, Not That!

This low-carb, low-sugar recipe transforms peanut butter into candy reminiscent of Reese's peanut butter cups, but with nine essential amino acids, thanks to the addition of hemp seeds. Candy plus vegan protein? Yes, please.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dip

chocolate chip cookie dip with cookies and berries
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Yogurt plus peanut butter plus a drizzle of honey makes the perfect dip, especially if you add chocolate chips to the mix. This dip is a perfect delivery system for fresh fruit.

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Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites

frozen banana bite cup
Courtesy of The Creative Bite

This cool, refreshing snack pairs peanut butter with bananas just like Elvis supposedly used to do. Although Cool Whip is one of the four ingredients, you don't have to rely on it if you don't want to (and here's why you wouldn't necessarily want to). You can use this Cool Whip alternative, or you could make homemade whipped cream from whipping cream, which isn't as heavy as heavy cream.

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Nutella Peanut Butter Clusters

nutella peanut butter clusters and mixing bowl
Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Who doesn't love Nutella? You can't go wrong with these clusters, which require only Nutella, peanut butter, flake cereal, and a mere 10 minutes.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls

peanut butter oatmeal energy balls
Courtesy of The Big Mans World

These energy balls are packed with peanut butter, flaxseeds, and rolled oats and rely on maple syrup as a sweetener, rather than refined sugar. The recipe specifies that you'll be best off with smooth peanut butter that tends toward the drippy, which makes homemade peanut butter a perfect choice (just make sure you keep the oil that rises to the top mixed in). If you want to use store-bought peanut butter, here are the top peanut butter brands, ranked.

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Three-Ingredient, No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

peanut butter balls
Courtesy of The Big Man's World

With just peanut butter, a sticky liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup, and some coconut flour, you're ready to roll your own three-ingredient no-bake peanut butter balls, which are vegan, paleo, and low carb and can be stored in the freezer.

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Three-Ingredient, No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

plate of peanut butter cookies
Courtesy of Cooking Classy

This recipe for peanut butter cookies is a lot like ours, except it's made with good ole sugar. It won't be keto-friendly, but you also won't have to go out to look for a proper sugar substitute or spend any time debating the merits and risks of sugar substitutes.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough on baking sheet with parchment paper
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker.

Peanut butter and chocolate are two great flavors that taste even better combined. This recipe takes your typical peanut butter chocolate chip cookie and elevates it because it's gluten-free, too.

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Confetti Peanut Butter Snack Bites

confetti peanut butter snack bites
Courtesy of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Not everyone thinks chocolate is the perfect pairing for peanut butter. If that's you or your kiddos, no judgment. We want to bring to your attention the incredible peanut butter pairing that is butterscotch chips, along with rice crisp cereal, rolled oats, and fruit-flavored mini marshmallows.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

chocolate peanut butter cheerios bars
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

When you make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars for your kids, you might want to consider using this peanut butter, which just might be the best on the planet. That way, your kids might not even notice that this recipe includes not one but two healthy kinds of cereal as the main ingredients.

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Peanut Butter M&Ms Truffles

peanut butter mms truffle balls
Courtesy of Sallys Baking Addiction

These smooth, creamy, chocolate-dipped peanut butter truffles are kind of like cake pops, but without the cake, which you and your kids will never miss when you/they break the chocolate shell with your teeth and let the sweet, tender, gooey peanut butter truffle melt in your mouth. Sure, this isn't the healthiest snack you could give your kids. However, if you had to choose a cake pop with health benefits in mind, wouldn't you choose the one with peanut butter as the main ingredient?

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