Peanut butter is a popular spread that can be used on a wide variety of foods. It is a staple part of most people’s breakfast but can also be consumed as a simple snack.
It is rich in healthy fats (for example- oleic acid) and omega-6 fatty acids which are good for your cholesterol levels. Peanut butter provides quite a bit of protein and is also rich in vitamin B6.
It should, however, be noted that although it is a great source of nutrients it is best to have it in moderation because it contains quite a lot of calories.
Here are some ways of eating peanut butter that you might not have tried before
1. Peanut butter sauce
Yeah, you read that right. You can make a delicious Thai peanut butter sauce with a few simple ingredients which will likely be available at your home.
- 1/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- ¼ cup dry sherry
Now just stir all of these ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and serve with some grilled seafood (maybe some shrimp or lobster).
2. Peanut butter smoothie
Peanut butter tastes heavenly in a fruity smoothie as it adds a nutty sweetness to it which is irresistible. Fruits like bananas or strawberries go well with peanut butter and provide a lot of vitamins and minerals too (like vitamin C, potassium. Bananas contain a lot of carbohydrates).
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup yogurt
- Chopped fruits of your choice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
Put all the ingredients in the mixer with a few cubes of ice and blend until your smoothie is ready.
3. Peanut butter milkshake
Milk contains most of the essential nutrients, but it primarily provides calcium and in terms of taste goes very well with peanut butter.
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Mix all the ingredients together in a blender and serve with some ice.
4. Peanut butter oatmeal
Oats are perfect as a breakfast food. They contain protein, provide you with a lot of fibre and are also low in calories. Add peanut butter to your oatmeal and enjoy a healthy breakfast.
- 1 cup of oats
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
Heat the water and add in the oats. Cook over medium heat until they become soft. Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl and stir in the rest of the ingredients.
5. Peanut butter bites
This is a quick, easy-to-make snack that will provide you with carbs, fats and fibre.
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 3 tbsp honey
Put the oats in the blender and turn it into powder. Add the peanut butter and honey and blend it again. The mixture will have a sticky consistency. Scoop it out and roll it into little balls with your hands. You can store them in the refrigerator.
6. Peanut butter sandwiches
Peanut butter sandwich is a simple American recipe that’s extremely popular among youngsters and adults alike. It is a breakfast food, but can also be consumed as a snack.
- 4 slices of bread (you can use either white or brown bread)
- 4 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp margarine
All you need to do is spread the peanut butter and margarine on a slice and place the second on top to make the sandwich.
7. Peanut butter and yogurt
Yogurt is rich in probiotics, protein and calcium. It is low in calories and goes well with peanut butter.
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp honey
Just blend the ingredients together into a smooth, fluffy mix and top it with chocolate chips or pieces of fruit.
8. Thai salad with peanut butter dressing
You can use peanut butter as a salad dressing to add a little sweetness to fresh fruits and vegetables.
You’ll need (for the salad)-
- 2 cups kale
- 1 ½ cups red cabbage
- 1 ½ cup napa cabbage
- ½ cup red bell pepper
- 1 mango
- Few mint leaves
- 1 tbsp green onions
- ¼ cup cilantro
You’ll need (for the dressing)
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp water
Mix the fruits and vegetables together in a bowl. Blend the ingredients for the dressing in a blender. Drizzle the dressing on the salad and serve.
9. Peanut butter granola bars
Granola bars are one of the healthiest snacks you can have. They’re filling and nutritious- not to mention tasty! They’re excellent at decreasing your cholesterol and blood sugar levels and also help with digestion, owing to the high fibre content in them.
The best part is, you can experiment with ingredients when you’re making them and choose your favorite add-ins.
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup chopped chocolate or almonds
First, heat the peanut butter, oil and honey in a pan. Add the salt and vanilla in after a few minutes. Stir until combined. After the mixture formed has consolidated slightly, add in the almonds or chocolate chips (you can also add in both of them!). Let the mixture cool down, then put it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Take the mix out and put it in a baking tray lined with parchment. Firmly press down and make sure the mixture is compact in the tray. This will ensure that the granola bars will remain firm. Put the tray in the refrigerate again for a couple of hours until they’re chilled. Take them out, cut them into little bars, and enjoy!
10. Peanut butter and chicken
You can substitute your usual sauces for peanut butter while preparing chicken and enjoy a nutty, buttery preparation. Chicken is a good source of protein, and when combined with peanut butter, the protein value increases enormously.
- 8 chicken thighs cut into chunks
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 2 pcs garlic (chopped)
- 2 red chilis (finely chopped)
- 2 tsp ginger (grated)
- 2 tbsp garam masala
- 400 gm tomatoes (chopped)
- 400 ml coconut milk
- 100 gm peanut butter
Add the oil to a pan and heat it. Add in the garlic, garam masala, onion, chilis, ginger one after the other. Stir in the tomatoes, coconut milk and peanut butter. Add the chicken and cook until the sauce thickens. Serve with rice.
11. Peanut butter pasta
Peanut butter goes well with pasta when you prepare it in a Thai style. Pasta provides carbohydrates and a little bit of protein. It compliments the protein and fats provided by peanut butter.
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp chilli paste
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- ¼ tsp ginger (ground)
- 1 pc lime (juiced)
- 3 tbsp water
The main task here is making the pasta sauce perfectly. Boil the pasta according to the instructions given on the pasta, drain and keep aside. For the sauce, mix all the ingredients mentioned above together in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Heat the sauce in a pan, add the pasta and cook for a couple of minutes. Serve with chopped peanuts sprinkled on top.
12. Peanut butter soup
Soups provide you with fluids and fibre, aid digestion and boost your immune system. Vegetables present in soup provide vitamins and minerals too.
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup tomato paste
- 2 tbsp minced ginger
- 1 chopped onion
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- A few pieces of kale, chopped into strips
- ¾ cup peanut butter
Boil the broth and water, then add the garlic and salt to it. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Add the stock to the mixture slowly then let it simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.
13. Peanut butter and jelly rolls
PB&J is an incredibly popular combo because the two compliment each other beautifully. Jelly consists of collagen which increases the elasticity of your skin, aids digestion and even reduces joint pain.
- 2-3 slices of bread
- 4 tbsp of jelly (any flavor of your choice)
- 2-3 tbsp of peanut butter
Lay out the slices of bread and flatten them out using a rolling pin. Do so gently, else the bread might tear. Slather the slices with layers of peanut butter and jelly, cut them into strips and then roll them.
14. Peanut butter cups
These are great alternatives to store-bought sweets for they’re home-made, contain no added sugars or preservatives and are simply delicious.
- 170 gm dark chocolate (chopped)
- 170 gm milk chocolate (Chopped)
- 6 tsp peanut butter
Melt the dark and milk chocolate in separate containers and allow them to cool. Get some paper liners for the peanut butter cups. Fill them first with the chocolate, then add dallops of peanut butter on top. You can sprinkle some chocolate shavings on top. Put them in the freezer and wait for them to solidify.
15. Peanut butter and chocolate bars
This is a simple dessert that is incredibly easy to make. Dark chocolate has anti-inflammatory properties and is also known to contain antioxidants that help improve the condition of your skin and hair.
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 cups graham crackers
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cup peanut butter
Crush the crackers into a powder. Melt the butter and peanut butter on the stove. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, crackers, salt and sugar together. Put this in a tray lined with parchment paper and refrigerate. This will form the bottom layer.
For the top layer melt the chocolate chips with some more peanut butter by heating on the stove. Allow it to cool, then add to the top of the crust. Once the mixture has consolidated, cut it into little bars.
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