Life would hardly be worth living without the joy of peanut butter. From peanut butter cups to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, American culture doesn’t really exist without peanut butter, if you really think about it. As much as we love traditional comfort food, though, there comes a time when we want to mix it up with new and creative recipes.
We get caught up in our basic peanut butter uses, and while there’s nothing wrong with the classic peanut butter toast, we want you to have nothing but the best.
So let’s talk about the magical things you can do with your favorite nut butter.[/subheader
Because there has never been and will never be anything boring about eating peanut butter.
Here are eight creative things to do with peanut butter.
1Make protein granola bars
Protein bars are the best thing to have when you’re on the go and you need something to give you a boost of energy. But if you eat them on the regular, they can get pretty expensive. Why not try making your own granola bars at home? They’re so easy to bake and they cost a fraction of the price.
Start with a jar of creamy classic peanut butter, like Smooth Operator from Peanut Butter & Co. This is what old fashioned peanut butter is supposed to taste like, so it will serve as the perfect base to your granola dreams. Then follow this recipe for Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars from Minimalist Baker.
2Drizzle it on top of a bowl of oatmeal
Breakfast is a meal that deserves your full attention. Rather than sticking with the same bowl of oatmeal every single morning, spice things up—and up your protein intake!—by drizzling a scoop of peanut butter on top. You’ll love how it tastes when it melts into the warm oats.
To get an extra boost of nutrition, opt in for a super butter that has a hefty serving of Omega-3s, protein, and fiber, like Peanut Cashew Super Butter with Honey, Chia & Flax by Wild Friends. The rich texture will win you over, and the energy it gives your body will keep you coming back for more.
3Use it as a marinade
A marinade? Say what?! We’re serious. Peanut butter doesn’t only have to be reserved for the sweet dishes. You can use it as a marinade for things like shrimp or chicken, and then toss them straight into a taco or a stir fry. Try this recipe for peanut soy marinade, and apply to it anything you like, even something as simple as veggies.
Yum Butter is the place to go if you want healthy, all-natural peanut butter that comes in a no muss, no fuss packet. Their Superfood Peanut Butter is the perfect way to add an extra layer of nourishment to your next weeknight dinner.
4Bake it with sweet potato
When you first hear about the combination of peanut butter and sweet potato, you can’t help but think, Duh, why didn’t I think of that?! Follow this easy, super healthy recipe if you want to get your hands on this peanut butter sweet potato bake.
5Create your own protein balls
These little balls are bursting with nutrition, but they get pricey if you buy too many at once. Solve that problem by making your very own at home, which will hardly take up any of your time—or money. Try this ridiculously easy PB&J protein ball recipe from Wild Friends, and you can choose from a variety of their decadent nut butters if you feel like experimenting with something new.
6Drizzle it on top of freshly baked cookies
Here’s a different variation of peanut butter cookies that you probably never thought of before. Take a hint from the peanut butter titans over at Justin’s, who make high quality, all-natural nut butters, like their very special Honey Peanut Butter. The flavor sounds simple, but sometimes it’s the simplest of recipes that blow your mind the most.
7Make a quick bowl of delicious ice cream
It takes a four ingredients to make this vegan, all-natural dessert: frozen bananas, peanut butter, raw cacao powder, and a splash of almond milk. Put it all in a blender and whiz away. This Banana Nice Cream recipe from Wild Friends will make sure you never get bored with your beloved peanut butter.
8Bake some fudge—yes, fudge
Ok, we know this news might feel like too much to handle, but you got this. This recipe only requires 3 ingredients: coconut butter, honey, and Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter from Peanut Butter & Co (aka the most heavenly peanut butter that ever did exist, so pick up a jar for yourself immediately).
You’ll be so floored with this simple recipe that you’ll never want to go back to PB&Js ever again (well, maybe).