18 Ways to Cook With Peanut Butter
Pumped on protein
Love peanut butter cups? Hate the calories? Here are protein-packed peanut desserts that keep your taste buds and your waistline happy!
Homemade Nut Butter
You can make your own nut butter in only 10 minutes (it’s easier than you think!). Plus, it'll keep in the refrigerator for up to a week when stored in an airtight container. Spread it on sandwiches, or pair it with an apple for a crunchy, diet-friendly snack.
Ingredients: Raw nuts such as almonds and cashews, kosher salt, canola oil
Try this recipe: Homemade Nut Butter
Golden Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
If you often have to eat on the go, pack one of these bars in your purse for a helping of healthy whole grains and protein.
Ingredients: Flaxseeds, nut butter, light agave nectar, golden raisins, vanilla extract, kosher salt, rolled oats, raw mixed nuts such as almonds and pistachios, flaky sea salt
Try this recipe: Golden Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
Carrot Salad and Nut Butter-Ginger Dressing
Ditch calorie-packed creamy dressings and dress up your lunch salad with this nutty, spicy topping instead.
Ingredients: Nut butter, lime juice, low-sodium soy sauce, honey, fresh ginger, scallions, garlic, carrots, cilantro leaves
Try this recipe: Carrot Salad and Nut Butter-Ginger Dressing
Chicken Vegetable Stir-Fry With Satay Sauce
Perfect for a quick weeknight meal, this recipe will have dinner ready and on the table in 20 minutes.
Ingredients: Garlic, fresh ginger, nut butter, brown sugar, fish sauce, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, lemon juice, canola oil, boneless chicken breast halves, losher salt, black pepper, broccolini, small red onion, sliced almonds or other nuts, rice
Try this recipe: Chicken Vegetable Stir-Fry With Satay Sauce
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars
At 176 calories each, these homemade energy bars are far healthier than the calorie-packed store-bought varieties. Plus, peanuts help prevent a blood-sugar spike, so your energy never dips and you don’t experience a crash later. An added bonus? Sweetness comes from heart-healthy dark chocolate and cranberries.
Ingredients: Whole-wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, light brown sugar, creamy or chunky peanut butter, eggs, canola oil, cooking spray, pure vanilla extract, barley flakes or rolled oats, dried cranberries, dry-roasted peanuts, semisweet chocolate chips
Try this recipe: Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars
Peanut Butter Blondies
Peanut butter lovers, this sweet treat is for you. You’ll get a double dose of nutty flavor thanks to rich and creamy peanut butter and the chopped-peanut topping. Plus, one serving provides 6 grams of protein, which makes this a filling, satisfying dessert.
Ingredients: Creamy peanut butter, sugar, eggs, butter, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, salt, cooking spray, chopped peanuts
Try this recipe: Peanut Butter Blondies
Peanut and Sesame Noodles
Pasta night will never be the same again.
If you love peanut butter candy but don’t want to derail your diet, try making this much healthier smoothie version. You only need five simple ingredients to kick-start your morning with 8.5 grams of belly-flattening protein.
Ingredients: Banana, low-fat milk, low-fat frozen yogurt, natural-style peanut butter, vanilla low-fat yogurt
Try this recipe: Peanut-Butter-Cup Smoothie
Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
One serving of this tasty satay and zesty dipping sauce packs a whopping 7 grams of protein in only 58 calories. Try this recipe for a hearty appetizer all your guests will love. Bonus: You can make it in advance and refrigerate until it’s time to serve.
Ingredients: Skinless and boneless chicken breast tenders, lime juice, low-sodium soy sauce, curry powder, creamy peanut butter, ginger, garlic, Sriracha, wooden skewers, cilantro
Try this recipe: Chicken Satay With Spicy Peanut Sauce
Chunky peanut butter gives these treats a hearty crunch, and strawberry jam adds a bit of tart sweetness to each bite. This recipe makes eight-dozen cookies, so you can give batches away as gifts or freeze some to save for a later date.
Ingredients: White whole-wheat flour, baking soda, salt, chunky peanut butter, dark brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract, strawberry jam
Try this recipe: PB&J Thumbprints
Cold Sesame Noodles with Vegetables
For dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes, you can’t beat this Asian-inspired meal. Cucumbers and carrots add plenty of nutrients and crunch to the noodles, and swapping regular pasta for a whole-wheat version gives healthy whole grains.
Ingredients: Smooth peanut butter, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, light brown sugar, salt, whole-wheat spaghetti, sesame oil, scallions, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, sesame seeds
Try this recipe: Cold Sesame Noodles with Vegetables
Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats
With only five simple ingredients, you can make this classic treat healthier by swapping in honey for sweetness and switching to brown rice cereal. Plus, antioxidant-rich dried cherries add some tangy taste.
Ingredients: Natural-style peanut butter, honey, brown rice cereal, dried cherries, cooking spray
Try this recipe: Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats
Banana-Nut Elvis Wrap
Dark Chocolate and Oat Clusters
Pack these clusters in your lunch for a filling dessert at work. Rolled oats offer fiber and whole grains, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, and peanut butter adds substantial protein.
Ingredients: Peanut butter, low-fat milk, semisweet chocolate chips, old-fashioned rolled oats
Try this recipe: Dark Chocolate and Oat Clusters
Thai-Style Chicken Roll-Ups
Swap out regular tortillas for a whole-wheat version to add more fiber to this recipe. This roll-up will keep you full till your next meal, thanks to 22 grams of protein.
Ingredients: Creamy peanut butter, hot water, lime juice, chili garlic sauce, salt, black pepper, flour tortillas, shredded cooked chicken breast, bean sprouts, red bell pepper strips, shredded carrot, chopped green onions, cilantro
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Roasted Squash and Kale Salad
This roasted vegetable salad gets a nutty upgrade thanks to the peanut butter-based dressing. You’ll get 8 grams each of protein and fiber, making this a satisfying meatless lunch option.
Ingredients: Butternut squash, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, pepper, kale, cucumber, red onion, low-sodium soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, sugar, creamy peanut butter, ginger, water
Try this recipe: Roasted Squash and Kale Salad
Peanut Butter Haystacks
Your whole family will enjoy this classic dessert. This simple indulgent needs only four ingredients, and it satisfies any crunchy, sugary, and salty cravings you may have.
Ingredients: Puffed rice cereal, pretzel sticks, semisweet chocolate chips, chunky peanut butter
Try this recipe: Peanut Butter Haystacks
The tang of lingonberry jam adds an unexpected twist to these peanut butter and banana pancakes. Make these for an easy and fun family brunch.
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, eggs, butter, peanut butter, bananas, lingonberry jam, maple syrup
Try this recipe: PB&B Pancakes