10 Ways to Love Peanut Butter

by in Healthy Recipes, March 1, 2011
Peanut Butter Bars
Dana's Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Calling all peanut butter lovers! We’re celebrating Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day and kicking off National Peanut Month by giving you 10 tummy-pleasing ways to sop up some peanutty decadence. We recommend choosing natural or homemade varieties for the truest flavor and best nutrition.

1: Solo
Peanut butter
is just so good on it’s own. A light smear on celery sticks, apple slices, or whole grain crackers and you have a heart-healthy and satisfying snack. Sprinkle on some sunflower seeds for crunch or a few raisins for natural sweetness. Each tablespoon has about 110 calories so portion out to keep the calories reasonable. Ever tried making your own nut butters?
RECIPE: Make Your Own Nut Butters

2: Energy Bars
Make your own simple and delicious version of an energy bar. Peanut butter acts as the healthy glue to hold them together.
RECIPE: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

3: Smoothies

Who needs ice cream when you have the creamy goodness of peanut butter?! Perfect for a post-workout protein boost or breakfast on the go.
RECIPE: Peanut Butter Split Smoothie

4:  Stir Fry
Melt a spoonful of PB into stir fried noodles for a silky and flavorful sauce.
RECIPE: Stir Fry Basics

5: Salad Dressing

Make a thick and creamy dressing without the unhealthy fats. Toss it up with fresh veggies, cooked chicken and a citrus punch.
RECIPE: Chicken Salad with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette

6: Satay
Grilled chicken, steak, and shrimp love peanut butter too. Combine with soy sauce, brown sugar, lime and chili paste for a sweet, sour and creamy dipping sauce.
RECIPE: Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

7: Yogurt Dip
For another take on dips, mix creamy peanut butter with nonfat Greek yogurt for a light and tangy dipping sauce for strawberries, apple slices, carrot sticks or whole grain pretzels.

8: Sweet Treat
If you love peanut butter and chocolate, this is the munchie for you! Try to find banana chips that aren’t fried in oil to save a few calories.
RECIPE: Memphis Banana Bites

9: Quick Breakfast
A healthy and satisfying breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming – it’s as easy as 3 ingredients.
RECIPE: Peanut Butter & Green Apple Toast

10: Soup
Whisk in some peanut butter to soups and stews for a nutty flavor and unbeatable texture. Earthy vegetables like butternut squash and sweet potatoes make the best flavor combos.
RECIPE: Nutty Sweet Potato Soup

More Ways to Celebrate Peanut Butter Day

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (352)

  1. Colleen Kay says:

    Mmmmm as a kid, we were always making up new variations of sandwiches. A childhood fave was HAM, JAM and PB. :D

  2. Susie says:

    Family tradition! Peanut Butter on your Pancakes (it is international Pancake Day ya know) with syurp. Only way to eat Pancakes

  3. Pam Adelman says:

    Peanut butter and butterscotch chips added to rice krispies make the best treats!

  4. Mary says:

    Equal parts of peanut butter and marshmallow creme, wonderful

  5. jerry87413 says:

    I'm thinking PB on french toast with butter and maple syrup, OMG tastes like a fresh baked cinnamon roll. Yum yum!!!

  6. jerry87413 says:

    Oooh oooh oooh, I know another one, chocolate cake with PB frosting! WOW!!!

  7. ron says:

    Peanut butter and swiss cheese (aged) on whole wheat, PB on both pieces of bread.

  8. @Timphotog says:

    A spoonfull of crunchy peanut butter stirred into hot oatmeal is SO good! Try it, you'll like it!

  9. M. says:

    Goober Burger
    Burger topped with PB and Mayonese

  10. feastonthecheap says:

    So many amazing ideas in the comments! Boring old wheat crackers with PB are my go-to 4PM snack, but when I have a little more time, I'll whip up a batch of PB-enhanced Vegetarian Soba Noodles and keep them in the fridge for those hungry mid-afternoon moments. I use about 3 Tablespoons worth, instead of the 1.

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