Peanut butter lovers, this one’s for you!
Any sweet or savory treat with peanut butter gets a thumbs up from me and I absolutely love experimenting with it in the kitchen.
Whether you like your peanut butter smooth and creamy, extra crunchy, sugar-free, or even homemade, there are so many delicious ways to use it!
Get ready to dig into that jar of goodness because we’ve made a list of the 12 best ways to use peanut butter. America’s favorite treat is getting an upgrade. But first, let’s start with the classics…
1. Peanut Butter and Jelly
Let’s start with a classic, shall we? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
My little hack for the best PB&J is to spread some butter over the toast before adding in the peanut butter and jelly. It gives it just a little bit of that salty, buttery goodness and takes your sandwich to a whole new level!
My favorite jelly to use is guava or fig. Yum!
An all-time favorite breakfast… Oatmeal! But as delicious and healthy as it is, it does have a reputation for being bland.
One way to add some flavor is a scoop of peanut butter! The sweet, nutty flavor is simply delicious with oats. I usually go with crunchy peanut butter for this one to add extra texture. Plus, you also get a little extra dose of protein.
3. Peanut Butter Protein Balls
A great way to have peanut butter on the go is with protein balls or energy bites. I love making these because they’re a great healthy snack and can even be an on-the-go breakfast if you’re in a rush!
To make these energy balls, you only need 5 ingredients: creamy peanut butter, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, old fashioned oats, flax seed, and honey!
Who doesn’t love a good smoothie right? Whether you’re looking to make a sweet treat or a healthy beverage, there’s definitely room for peanut butter in your smoothie.
Make your very own peanut butter banana beverage with milk, bananas, honey, and peanut butter.
You can also go for a healthier, vegan option by making a green peanut butter smoothie with banana, nut milk, kale, cinnamon, and of course, peanut butter!
Whichever one you choose, you’re sure to get a delicious peanut-buttery treat!
5. No-Bake Cookies
Cookies? Yes! No-bake cookies? Even better! No-bake cookies with peanut butter? THE BEST. I love making these because they’re so delicious and so simple!
Everytime I’m craving peanut butter cookies, this is how I always make them. Thin and crunchy! You can even make them with healthy, gluten-free ingredients so you can enjoy them guilt-free. They’re just too good to resist!
6. Pancake Topper
What I really love about pancakes is that I can dress them up in all my favorite treats and peanut butter is definitely on top of my list.
Instead of the usual butter and maple syrup, I go all in with a spoon of peanut butter spread on top and some sliced bananas and chopped walnuts. Top it off with a little bit of whip cream for a rich and decadent breakfast treat.
7. Bananas on Raisin Bagels
Okay, so I’m a big fan of the peanut butter and banana combo! These two make the perfect pair.
But you can also enjoy this sweet duo on top of a raisin bagel. Sprinkle just a little bit of brown sugar on top of the sliced bananas for that caramelized goodness. Simply delicious!
Aside from bananas, another fruit that goes oh-so-well with peanut butter is apples! This one is probably the most simple way to enjoy peanut butter but also one of the most delicious!
Just slice up your apples, add a good spoonful of your favorite peanut butter on the side, and use it as a dip.
9. Peanut Butter Glaze
I had to include a peanut butter glaze on this list. Once you try this, you’ll be dipping all your donuts in this delectable treat.
You can use peanut butter glaze on top of donuts, brownies, or even a bag of popcorn! It’s the perfect combo when you’re looking to create a new spin on your favorite treats.
To make, all you need is peanut butter, milk, and powdered sugar. Combine everything with an electric hand mixer on low to medium speed and you’ve got your very own peanut butter glaze!
10. Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Craving something savory with your peanut butter? Chicken satay is a popular Thai dish that has become a favorite all around the world.
The peanut sauce is what really makes this meal pop. Creating that perfect sweet and salty combo.
To make your very own authentic peanut sauce, all you need is coconut milk, red curry paste, peanut butter, white vinegar, and soy sauce. Make sure to use pure peanut butter for an even stronger peanut flavor!
11. Peanut Butter Chili
The first time I heard of peanut butter chili, I had second thoughts, but once I gave it a try I’ve never looked back!
Smoky peanut butter chili is extremely delicious and addictive! To make, simply add half a cup of peanut butter to your usual recipe (12 servings).
Trust me, once you give this a try, you’ll never have chili any other way.
12. Asian Noodles
Many Asian cuisines are known to have a layer of sweetness in their dishes and peanut butter seems to fit in with anything, even noodles!
You can use soba, rice noodles, or even ramen noodles with peanut butter. Add sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, grated ginger, and chili flakes if you want a little bit of heat.
Peanut butter in your dinner? Yup! It’s quick and easy and super delicious!