My 4 Favorite Recipes that Feature Peanut Butter!

 

I was alerted to the fact that #nationalpeanutbutterday and immediately decided that’s a #weirdnationalyholiday I could get behind! Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods and it is amazingly versatile as an ingredient for smoothies, energy bites, and even sauces and savory dishes.

Here are my favorite recipes where peanut butter is the star of the recipe.

PB & J Smoothie

This smoothie is the easiest and one of the tastiest smoothies you can make. The rich flavor of peanut butter hides a good handful of spinach, and you can change up the “jelly” by changing up the kind of berries you use. I’m more of a raspberry jelly kind of girl, so I use frozen organic raspberries most of the time, but in the summer I sometimes use seasonal blackberries. It’s so easy, I’m just going to drop the ingredients here: 1/2 frozen banana, ~2 frozen cauliflower florets (optional), 1 handful fresh spinach, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries and 1 cup almond milk.

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Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Mmmmmm. Where do I even start? These things seriously taste like peanut butter cookie dough and they’re packed with healthy fats and fiber, with no added sugar for a quick energy boost without the crash. I like to make large batches of them and store in the freezer. The great thing about energy bites is that they’re not hard to make and hard to mess up. I like Living Well Mom’s recipe for peanut butter date energy balls, but I have to admit I add in mini dark chocolate chips to them as well!

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Peanut Sauce

This is maybe the most shared recipe I’ve ever used. I use Minimalist Baker’s easy peanut sauce recipe and add 1tbsp of Sriracha to make it really pop. This recipe takes just a single bowl and I use it in tons of different dishes as a dip, sauce and dressing. My family loves this dressing on an asian-inspired cabbage slaw I make and Cody loves this sauce warmed over zucchini noodles for a super low-carb dinner.

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Peanut Butter Chia Pudding with fresh Strawberries

Dessert or breakfast, or BOTH?! It doesn’t matter. This super tasty chia pudding is packed with healthy fats with natural sweetness from pure maple syrup. You can find tons of recipes for chia pudding online, but Minimalist Baker has the chia to liquid ratio nailed. Chia pudding is another go-to that you can absolutely throw your own spin on by adding in some extras like cacao powder, fresh fruit, nuts, and you guessed it - peanut butter! When topping chia pudding, I like to use fresh fruit over frozen, but if frozen is what you’ve got it will work!

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Eat up peanut butter fans!