When it comes to ultimate snack foods, you can’t really beat peanut butter snacks. They’re tasty, healthy, and usually packed with protein.
(They also taste spectacularly good with chocolate!)
There’s a lot you can do with peanut butter, so your snack options aren’t all that limited.
You can make purely indulgent snacks, like peanut butter cups or peanut butter cookies, or you can make things that are a bit more nutritious, such as ants on a log.
You can combine peanut butter with fruits, veggies, sugar, chocolate, and more.
Regardless of what you make with it, it’s bound to be delicious because it’s peanut butter!
For this list, I’ve included 17 of my all-time favorite peanut butter snacks. How many of your favorites made the list?
1. Peanut Butter Balls
Let’s get things started with a touch of decadence, which is precisely what these peanut butter balls are.
All you’ll need to make them is peanut butter, regular butter, powdered sugar, crushed graham crackers, chocolate chips, and shortening.
The insides are full of creamy, sweetened peanut butter, and the outsides are covered in rich, luxurious chocolate.
There are also a few graham cracker pieces for an extra bit of crunch.
I usually add a dash of sea salt, as well, but that’s because I love to pair foods that are salty and sweet.
2. Ants on a Log
Although you can use carrots, cucumbers, bananas, and other fruits and veggies instead of celery, for traditional ants on a log, all you’ll need is celery (log), peanut butter (filling), and raisins (ants).
They’re healthy, low-calorie, and low-fat snacks that are ideal for mid-day pick-me-ups.
Plus, they require no cooking and take less than 10 minutes to make.
3. Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars
If you were lucky, you went to a school with a lunchroom that served these thick, soft squares of peanut butter and chocolate goodness.
These layered snacks have a base of peanut butter, sugar, butter, salt, and graham crackers.
On top of that is a mixture of melted chocolate chips and peanut butter.
Dust some powdered sugar on the top, and you’ll have an almost exact replica of your (or at least my) lunch room’s peanut butter bars.
4. Peanut Butter Snack Cake
There’s just something about peanut butter that makes it the ideal complement for chocolate, so I’m warning you now: This is not the last peanut butter and chocolate recipe on this list.
This dense, nutty cake is, however, healthier than some of the others.
That’s primarily thanks to the use of oat flour, natural peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and almond milk instead of other, less wholesome ingredients.
There’s no sugar, only half a teaspoon of salt, and some chocolate chips.
That makes this a pretty nutritious and delicious peanut butter/chocolate snack.
5. Peanut Butter Cups
These are less healthy, but if you love Resee’s Peanut Butter Cups, you’ll want to hang onto this recipe, anyway.
With it, you can make as many of your own peanut butter cups as you like!
And yes, they are every bit as good as the ones that come in that pretty orange wrapping.
If you have the right tools, you can even make them into nifty shapes like pumpkins or eggs.
6. Peanut Butter Toast
All you’ll need for peanut butter toast is bread, some peanut butter, and a toaster (or equivalent).
That doesn’t mean your breakfasts will be boring, though.
You can also add banana slices, chocolate chips, berries, oats, chia seeds, broken pretzels, or anything else you like. It’s a very tasty way to start the day.
7. Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Nothing walks that fine line between healthy and sweet quite like granola bars, and with cinnamon, peanut butter, honey, and more, these homemade bars are better than most.
They’re nutty, crunchy, and surprisingly filling, and you can make several in only 45 minutes.
8. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Of all the snacks on this list, this one is easily the most beautiful.
The whirls and swirls of chocolate and peanut butter almost make it look like a work of art.
And believe it or not, you’ll only need two ingredients to make it (three if you want to add a bit of sea salt, which does make it a thousand times better).
Don’t worry about needing artistic talent to prepare it.
If you can melt, pour, and move a knife or skewer around in swirling motions, you can make this rich, crunchy bark.
9. Peanut Butter Cookies
These homemade cookies are soft, crumbly, and full of peanut butter yumminess.
If your mom or grandma was a fan of peanut butter cookies, you’ll probably recognize these as being similar or identical to those from your childhood, complete with fork cross lines in them.
10. Apple and Peanut Butter Granola Snack
If you’re looking for a quick, healthy snack that your kids – and everyone else in the house – will love, look no further than these apple and peanut butter granola snacks.
All you’ll need are apples, peanut butter (natural is best), and granola (any flavor is fine).
Core your apples and slice them to resemble flattened donuts with holes in the middle of each slice.
Then cover one side of each piece with peanut butter and sprinkle the granola on top.
They’re sweet, nutty, crunchy snacks that the whole family will love. Best of all, you can make them in 10 minutes.
11. Peanut Butter Yogurt Bowl
At first glance, this tasty yogurt bowl may look like soft-serve ice cream with various toppings, but it’s actually something much healthier.
With only three ingredients – Greek yogurt, smooth peanut butter, and honey – you can create a smooth, rich, peanut butter/yogurt mixture that tastes amazing on its own.
Once you add the banana slices and chocolate chips, it’s so good that you’ll regret not making more.
As with all yogurt bowls, feel free to vary your toppings to suit your specific tastes.
12. Peanut Butter Banana Bread
I love banana bread, but peanut butter banana bread blows the original recipe right out of the water.
It has the same dense, filling texture of banana bread but gives you that added bit of earthy nuttiness.
I like to add walnuts to mine, as well, and drizzle it with honey immediately before serving it.
13. Peanut Butter M&Ms
Peanut M&Ms are the stuff, but why waste money on those tiny little packages when you can make your own and have a whole bowl?!
They require only six ingredients and are vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
They’re also that perfect mixture of salty and sweet and still have the outstanding crunchy M&M shell.
They take a little bit of time to make, but you can prepare a ton all at once.
Since you can freeze them for up to a month, there’s no reason not to make a large batch.
14. Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
Because I’m a chocoholic, I add the optional mini-chocolate chips to this recipe.
As a result, these muffins have five of my favorite ingredients in them – chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, bananas, and honey.
They’re scrumptious and perfect for fall.
They’re lighter and fluffier than peanut butter banana bread, but they pack the same massive flavor punch.
Be sure to add the melted peanut butter to the top, as well. It’s so good, it’ll make your eyes roll up, and your mouth water.
15. Peanut Butter Cheese Crackers
Ahhh… that age-old argument: Which is better – cheese crackers or peanut butter crackers?
With this savory, nutty snack, you’ll never have to choose.
Instead, you’ll get both, as well as crunchy (crackers) and smooth (filling) and both sweet and savory.
It’s a snack full of contrasts, and it’s phenomenal.
16. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels
Sweet, salty, and crunchy with a smooth chocolate layer on top, these delectable pretzels are another contrast-filled snack.
Each one actually contains two pretzels. You’ll make them with a thick, rich filling between them, and then you’ll dip them in chocolate.
The filling includes peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
The chocolate topping is simply melted semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Not only do these little pretzel sandwiches taste incredible, but they look fantastic, as well, making them the perfect – and easy – finger food to take to any party or potluck.
17. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t occasionally like to start the day with a thick, creamy, protein-rich smoothie.
That’s what you’ll get with this recipe. All you’ll need to make it is almond milk, creamy peanut butter, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, ice, and a banana.
Of course, you can also add protein powder, chia seeds, flaxseed, or any other nutritious, flavorful thing you like.
Whichever ingredients you choose, simply dump them all into a blender, and blend them until they’re smooth.
Once that’s done, just pour the mixture into a glass, add any toppings you want, and enjoy your morning!
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