These healthy peanut butter recipes not only look and taste indulgent, but they're quick and easy too.
Why Peanut Butter Should Be In Your Diet
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We probably don't need to convince you to eat peanut butter (you may even have a spare jar in your desk drawer). The good news is that research supports eating peanut butter to maintain a healthy weight. Why? Even though it's higher in calories, the protein-packed spread keeps you fuller for longer, and studies show that eating peanut butter multiple times a week is linked to having a normal BMI. The trick is to eat all-natural peanut butter to keep the sugar content down, and you can even create your own peanut butter concoction for the healthiest option. If you have a peanut allergy, try making your own nut or seed butter. Otherwise, enjoy these healthy peanut butter recipes.
Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chia Seed Bagelwich
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A perfect grab-and-go breakfast, this peanut butter bagelwich only requires four ingredients and comes together in a flash!
1 bagel thin, toasted
2 tbsp. peanut butter
1 banana, sliced
½ tbsp. chia seeds
Spread each slice of toasted bagel thin with 1 tbsp. peanut butter. Top peanut butter-topped bagel thin with banana slices. Sprinkle with chia seeds.
Peanut Butter Granola
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Sprinkled on top of Greek yogurt or enjoyed on its own, this peanut butter granola is made with pantry staples, making it an easy recipe to whip up without making a special trip to the grocery store.
Makes four ¼ c servings
2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp. honey
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. oats
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir.
Stir cinnamon and vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture. Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture. Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 7 -8 minutes until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy.
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
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A high-protein snack for those who want to satisfy their peanut butter craving on the go. The combo of creamy peanut butter with crunchy bran cereal gives these bars a texture that makes them equally delicious and fun to eat.
1/3 c. honey
1/3 c. dark brown sugar
1 c. creamy peanut butter
½ c. crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp. cinnamon>BR> 5 c. bran flakes (such as Raisin Bran)
1/3 c. ground flaxseeds (optional)
1 c. chopped Craisins
Put honey in a large pot on medium heat. Add sugar and stir until melted and mixture begins to bubble. Add cinnamon and stir until dissolved. Stir peanut butter into the honey mixture until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in bran flakes, flax and Craisins. Press firmly into an 8x8 pan lined with foil that overlays ends. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Note: This recipe also freezes well, so you can make a big batch and freeze squares to enjoy in the future. Additionally, you may substitute 1 c. granola + 4 c. bran flakes for the 5 c. bran flakes. Protein powder may also be added to this recipe for an extra protein punch.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter French Toast
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Who says pumpkin can only be consumed in the fall? By combining pumpkin and peanut butter, the filling of this French toast recipe is both creamy and nutritious.
1/3 c. canned pumpkin
2 tbsp. powdered peanut butter (such as PB2), regular peanut butter may also work
1/2 ripe peach, thinly sliced
1 whole wheat sandwich thin
1 egg white
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Nutmeg, to taste
Syrup, to taste
Combine powdered peanut butter (or regular peanut butter) and pumpkin in a bowl and set aside. Whisk together egg white and pumpkin pie spice. Dredge sandwich thin in egg white mixture. Spray a skillet or griddle with non-stick cooking spray. Cook sandwich thin slices at a medium-high heat until egg mixture is set, flipping once. Remove sandwich thins from griddle and spread one half with pumpkin peanut butter mixture and layer peach slices on the other half. Press two halves together and cover in syrup and sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.
Apple, Peanut Butter, and Granola Sandwich
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Inspired by a recipe from Whole Foods, this new take on a breakfast sandwich includes the fresh crunch and fibrous nutrition of an apple, healthy fats from peanut butter and whole grains from granola.
1 apple, cored
2 tbsp. peanut butter
½ c. low-fat granola
Core apple. Slice apple horizontally into several slices to make sandwich “bread.” Spread two apple slices with 1 tbsp. peanut butter each and sprinkle with granola. Top peanut butter and granola-topped apple slice with another apple slice.
Peanut Butter Pancakes
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Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning, this recipe combines two favorites: peanut butter and pancakes. Top with your favorite fruit, mixed nuts, or a handful of chocolate chips.
3/4 c. flour
1/4 c. wheat bran (optional)
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. peanut butter (Melted a bit in the microwave)
3/4 c. milk
Combine all ingredients and stir until completely combined. Spray heated griddle or warmed skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter onto griddle or skillet, cooking the pancakes until the tops begin to bubble slightly. Flip and cook the other side until light brown. Top with syrup and desired toppings (fruit, powdered sugar) and enjoy!
Peanut Butter Energy Bites
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Bake up a batch of these energizing peanut butter bites to pop into your mouth throughout the week. Perfect for a pre- or post-workout snack!
makes approximately 15 energy bites
1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. wheat germ
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir together until everything is fully mixed. The dough will be very thick. Scoop dough by the tablespoon onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until the sides of the bites begin to brown. Let cool and enjoy!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
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Too busy to make a batch of oatmeal for breakfast? With this simple recipe, all the prep work is done the night before. Simply stir in a spoonful of peanut butter in the morning and enjoy.
1/2 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 c. almond milk
1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. peanut butter
Combine all ingredients except for peanut butter and let set in the refrigerator overnight. After refrigerating overnight, remove oats from fridge and stir in spoonful of peanut butter before eating.
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Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
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What better way to beat the summer heat than with a cold and creamy peanut butter smoothie? (Plus, how classic is the PB-and-banana combo?) This blend is perfect for breakfast or after dinner as a healthy alternative to more indulgent desserts.
1 scoop protein chocolate or vanilla protein powder
1 frozen banana, cut into pieces
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 c. milk
3 large ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in blender and enjoy.
Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies
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With ingredients including oats, peanut butter, chia seeds and cinnamon, these cookies offer a healthier alternative to typical peanut butter cookies.
1/3 c. peanut butter
½ c. brown sugar, packed
¼ c. honey
¼ c. canola oil
1 ¾ c. oats
1 c. flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. chia seeds
¼ tsp. salt
½ tbsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Mix peanut butter, brown sugar, honey, canola oil and eggs together until fully combined. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Slowing mix flour mixture into peanut butter mixture. Stir in chia seeds. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheet and bake for approximately 8 minutes or until sides of cookies begin to brown slightly. Cool and enjoy.