Whip up one of these delicious (and mostly healthy) peanut butter concoctions, from cookie dough to dark chocolate, the next time you feel adventurous
The Best Homemade Peanut Butter Recipes Imaginable
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Recently, John Mayer posted a wildly popular Instagram photo of a bottle of Justin's homemade chocolate almond butter with chocolate chips and chunks of cookie dough. The downside? Only one batch of this "nirvana on a spoon" was made—exclusively for the singer! (See how Justin's Nut Butters became one of everyone's Favorite Health Food Brands.) In protest, we scoured the web to find the best and most creative peanut butter recipes that called for every mouthwatering ingredient imaginable. From cheesecake-flavored to banana-infused, gingerbread cookie to cinnamon-raisin chia seed, these dozen delicious recipes are sure to put Mayer's post to shame!
Honey Roasted Butterscotch White Chocolate Peanut Butter
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Averie Sunshine knows a thing or two about peanut butter. Her first cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America’s Favorite Spread practically makes her an expert! So when she wrote on her blog that this Honey Roasted Butterscotch White Chocolate Peanut Butter was her “favorite homemade peanut butter flavor to date,” we thought it must be pretty unbelievable. Using butterscotch—an under-used but well-loved ingredient—this sweet spread tastes more like candy—plus it takes less than 10 minutes to make in a food processor.
Photo: Averie Sunshine
Peanut Butter Cup Spread
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Imagine the filling of a Reese’s, as a spread. That’s what Shelly, a New Jersey mother of four, had in mind when she mixed peanut butter, butter, and cookies in a blender. After a few failed attempts (resulting in awkward consistencies), Shelly finally whipped up a winning recipe that mimics the innards of Peanut Butter Cup.
Healthy Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Chia Seed Peanut Butter
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True to its name, this delicious recipe from Desserts with Benefits, is low in sugar, high in fiber, gluten-free, and vegan to boot! Chia seeds can sometimes have a strange consistency, but by adding stevia, syrup, cinnamon, coconut oil, and raisins (plus peanuts, of course!), healthy baker Jessica Stier crafted a spread so good, no one will guess how nutritious it is.
Homemade Vanilla-Honey Peanut Butter
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Created by Georgia of The Comfort of Cooking food blog, this simple, four-ingredient peanut butter recipe is not only rich and creamy enough to slather on toast, but also can be used for baking.
Photo: The Comfort of Cooking
Homemade Maple Peanut Butter
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You'd never guess that this sweet and versatile recipe was actually a byproduct of vegan food blogger Ginny McMeans’ attempt at Chunky Maple Peanut Butter Ice Cream. Using only peanuts, maple syrup, and sea salt, this spread is ideal for vegans seeking a little energy-booster. Eventually McMeans perfected the ice cream recipe, but we’re so glad this came first.
Photo: Vegan in the Freezer
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
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Don’t let the Messy Baker blog name discourage you from whipping up this rich, delectable recipe; with only two ingredients, it’s really not messy at all!
Photo: The Messy Baker
Peanut Butter and Vanilla Greek Yogurt Dip
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Not so much a spread as a dip, this Peanut Butter and Vanilla Greek Yogurt combo was just too good to exclude. Custom cake maker, cupcake decorator, and full-time mom, Paula Hennig of the Half-Baked Baker blog suggests pairing this sweet and simple dip with Walker’s Shortbread cookies.
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Creamy Peanut Butter Hummus
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Though the combination may sound off, Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is swears that with one swipe of a pita chip, you'll become addicted to this savory, high-protein recipe. Using crushed chickpeas with real peanuts that provide just a hint of peanut butter flavor, this versatile spread can be enjoyed any time of day.
Photo: How Sweet It Is
Healthy Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Spread
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Potassium and protein-packed peanut butter spread on a banana has long been a favorite pre-workout energy-booster, not to mention a simple-but-amazing snack. With this in mind, Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits crafted this nutty, banana-infused spread to simplify snacking even further. A few spoonfuls of this vegan-friendly, gluten-free, no sugar-added spread makes a simple substitute for the fruit and spread combo.
Photo: Desserts With Benefits
Cheesecake-Flavored Peanut Butter Dip
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Rather than dipping strawberries in plain whipped cream, why not make each bite taste like a piece of delectable cheesecake? This inventive peanut butter recipe from Jennifer of Peanut Butter and Peppers is light, creamy, and pretty low in calories since it calls for healthier ingredients, such as PB2 powdered peanut butter and greek yogurt. It’s so good you won’t want to limit it to just strawberries either— Jennifer suggests spooning it into little shot glasses, topping it with whip cream and serving to guests with a spoon.
Photo: Peanut Butter and Peppers
Gingerbread Cookie Dough Peanut Butter
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This boldly flavored recipe from Averie Cooks (who's author, Averie Sunshine, is a true peanut-aficionado) is flavored with molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg, making it resemble one of America’s favorite holiday treats, the gingerbread cookie. Inherently gluten-free, this spread can also be vegan-friendly if made with plain peanuts and vegan white chocolate chips.
Photo: Averie Sunshine
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip
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Now you can enjoy the sweet and spicy taste of pumpkin pie all year round! This filling Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dip from Cookin’ Cowgirl really stands out when served with apples or vegetables.