If you’ve ever read the ingredients on a jar of peanut butter, you’ll understand why I started making my own homemade peanut butter. Many brands contain hydrogenated oil (trans fats), corn syrup solids, and sugar, all in unpronounceable forms. And that’s if it is just plain old peanuts! If it is “natural” or “stirred,” there are probably more ingredients than peanuts. Making your own peanut butter is easy enough for children to make by themselves, with very few ingredients and not many steps.
We start each day in our house with fruit smoothies which include wonderful healthy extras like flax seeds, yogurt, and rice bran added to one of our favorite fruits (banana, peach, strawberry, mango, or pear). Sometimes we’ll add a handful of spinach or kale for even more nutritional value.
For the past year, we’ve been enjoying our homemade sunflower seed butter. Now that school is back in session I wanted to find a new spin on healthy eating and switched up the seeds! Peanuts are so much more affordable than sunflower seeds, not to mention available at almost every grocery store. Next time your taste buds crave something new and delicious try making your own peanut butter!
You’ll need two cups of roasted peanuts (salted or unsalted) and one tablespoon of peanut oil. Process the peanuts in your food processor until creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary. If you want the super creamy peanut butter to feel free to add another tablespoon of peanut oil.
That’s it! This recipe is fantastic if you’re looking for an easy breakfast or snack that will give you that boost of energy and protein we all need before heading out the door. This simple recipe makes about eight servings, depending on how much you eat in each sitting. The peanuts can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. I’ve included a picture of our tasty results below:
If your peanut butter becomes too thick (whipped like store-bought) thin with a little water and go back to blending. If your peanut butter becomes too thin just add more peanuts and blend again until desired thickness is reached. You can play with different types of nuts using this same method, just note the yield will be different based on how much nut is being used.
Almond butter is delicious, but not quite creamy enough for my taste. It still makes a great addition to smoothies or spreads on apple slices!
Keep in mind that this is nut butter and not intended as an alternative to the store-bought sugary peanut butter. If you’re looking for something with more nutritional value, try adding sunflower seeds or flaxseed meal to your next batch. I’m thinking pumpkin or hemp seed butter would be delicious!
The most popular peanut butter deserts
1. Peanut Butter and Jelly
In my opinion, there is nothing more classic than a PB&J. A sandwich made with fresh bread from the bakery or homemade paired with some honey wheat pretzels and fruit slices and you have lunch kids will beg you to pack! This peanut butter can also be included in many recipes such as our favorite, Peanut Butter Brownies.
2. Peanut Butter and Honey
Another classic combination we always enjoy! Spread on apple slices or use it as you would any other nut butter such as almond or cashew. Yum! Looking for new ways to jazz up your PB? Try this recipe for peanut butter cookies!
3. Peanut Butter and Chocolate
It doesn’t get much better than chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered Cheerios, or peanut butter cups. This is probably my favorite way to enjoy the rich flavor of peanut butter! Buy these ingredients in bulk and keep them handy for an easy treat anytime.
4. Peanut Butter and Avocado
Try this amazing combination on toast or even with tortilla chips as a party appetizer! The creamy texture of avocado pairs well with peanuts to create a spread that tastes great on its own but also makes it easy to sneak in healthy fats your body needs every day!
5. Peanut Butter and Banana
Why not? The only thing better than a classic PB&J is when you add in sliced bananas and maybe even drizzle with mini chocolate chips. Healthy fats and delicious flavors make this a surefire winner in almost every household!
6. Apple and Peanut Butter
Another great combination that’s perfect for kids or adults on the go! Pairing fruit with peanut butter gives it an extra nutritional boost while also providing healthy carbs to fuel our bodies through busy days. This recipe for homemade apple jelly will have your family begging for more, try it over peanut butter for an unforgettable treat!
7. Peanut Butter Toast or Bagel
No time to sit down for breakfast before heading out the door? Spread this nutty spread on toast, bagel, or English muffin for an easy meal that can be eaten while running to catch the bus or even at your desk! I know many adults who love this breakfast without the jelly since it’s so filling they don’t need anything more than a cup of coffee!
8. Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
Perfect for kids and adults alike! Spread peanut butter over plain yogurt and add in your choice of fruit or granola for a healthy treat that’s filling enough to hold you over until lunch. This is also great with pretzels or veggies! A serving of this delicious dip will give you 11g protein and 5g fiber per half-cup helping.
9. Peanut Butter Cottage Cheese
If you’re looking for protein, look no further than cottage cheese. This is one of the most filling snacks I know of and it pairs perfectly with peanut butter. Try this delicious combination or even try swapping out the fruit jam with peanut butter to create a PB & J-flavored treat!
10. Peanut Butter Toast (or Bagel) with Honey
Another great breakfast idea that can be eaten on the run! Add some honey to your favorite bread and top it off with your favorite nut butter for an extra boost of flavor and healthy energy. If you don’t like toast or bagels, use pita bread instead; it tastes great either way!
11. Chocolate Coveredzels
Yum! Grab a bag of honey wheat pretzels and pair it with this delicious chocolate peanut butter spread. Melt in your mouth goodness that’s perfect for an afternoon treat or after-school snack! Why not try this recipe for dark chocolate-covered peanuts?
12. Peanut Butter Apple Slices
A classic combination that never gets old. Add some caramel to the mix and you’re in business! Serve these fresh fruit snacks with lunch or when hunger strikes in the afternoon. They are just as fun to eat as they are healthy so it won’t feel like you’re doing homework when you include them as part of your daily diet!
13. Snack Mix
This is such a great alternative to traditional snack mixes full of sugar and fat-packed ingredients that are terrible for your health. Instead, swap out butter for peanut butter and mix up the recipe with different types of fruits or nuts to get an amazing snack mix full of protein!
14. Baked Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
Perfect after dinner when the kids are begging for something sweet to eat! You can make these in large batches and they’ll taste great even frozen so you can grab them on busy mornings and feel like a real hero. Kids will love these and parents will too, you can even substitute honey instead of sugar for an extra healthy twist. Try this vegan alternative using agave nectar instead!
15. Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars (or Balls)
These granola bars are perfect for busy days when you’re running around with kids or even if it’s just a busy day at the office! Pack them in your child’s lunch bag or your briefcase for an extra healthy treat after eating all that greasy fast food during the workday.
16. Peanut Butter Hummus
Hummus is already pretty amazing on its own but adds some peanut butter and we’ve got ourselves a new creation that tastes like heaven on earth! Try this recipe and let me know what you think, I love making hummus as a dip with fresh veggies and pita chips (and sometimes even pretzels) and it tastes great as a sandwich spread too!
17. Peanut Butter Green Smoothie
A green smoothie is a great way to sneak those veggies in without even realizing it. Add peanut butter, banana, and milk to your blender for a healthy green smoothie that tastes like dessert! Your kids will never know you snuck spinach into this delicious drink.
18. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
Pancakes are an obvious choice for breakfast but why not try something a little different? Swap out traditional pancakes for these delicious oatmeal cookie pancakes instead! Top them with powdered sugar or fresh fruit and sweeten the deal with a drizzle of syrup or honey. You’ll love this recipe because it makes enough for everyone so there’s no arguing about who gets more pancakes at the table.
19. Cool Ranchzillas
A possible PB & J alternative that will have your kids lining up around the block for lunchtime. This is a healthy twist on traditional Cool Ranch Doritos because you can use organic peanut butter and wash it down with some fresh milk instead of nacho cheese sauce which is full of artificial ingredients.
20. Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
Cute little pretzel bites are perfect to make when you are hosting an event or party! Kids love them, parents love them, heck I even think adults would enjoy them too. If you’re looking for more party ideas try this recipe for chocolate-covered strawberries, they’re sure to be a big hit at any social gathering!
21. Asian Salad Dressing
Swap out traditional salad dressing full of fat and mystery ingredients for this homemade Asian twist! Instead of using butter to flavor your dressing, the peanut butter will give it a nutty taste that you’ll love. Add extra salt or pepper to this recipe if you want it to taste more like traditional salad dressing but keep in mind this healthy version is much better because it’s full of nutrition!
22. Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
This might sound weird but I swear to you it tastes amazing. Instead of putting ice cream in your blender just use frozen bananas, fresh banana chunks, and creamy peanut butter then blend until smooth for an amazing treat that won’t send your kids bouncing off the walls! Drizzle some chocolate syrup on top for added sweetness too.
23. Air-Fried Potato Chips
No fried foods here, get the same crunch of a traditional chip with these homemade air-fried potato chips. They are basically sliced potatoes that are tossed in oil and your oven cooks them to perfection. Kids love them because they taste like traditional chips but you don’t have to feel guilty about giving them all of this healthy goodness.
24. 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
Love peanut butter cookies? Love throwing ingredients in your blender? Then you’re going to go nuts over this recipe! Instead of having both of these delicious treats separately try making them into one for an amazing dessert that will save time on two separate desserts that kids would fight over anyway! Also, try out these protein pancakes if you want another breakfast idea that’s going to taste just as amazing!
25. Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles
You can make this recipe with any type of nut butter but I love the creamy flavor of peanut butter in these popsicles because it gives them a rich unique taste. You can even switch up the fruit for some other ideas like blueberry, strawberry, cherry, raspberry…the possibilities are endless! Also, try out these gluten-free snickerdoodle cookies or paleo chocolate granola bars for more great recipes that you and your family will enjoy.
26. No-Bake Energy Bites
No-bake recipes are essential during busy seasons when you’re going from one activity to another and don’t have time to light up the oven. Instead of trying to get your kids to eat a bland bowl of oatmeal before school in the morning try mixing together ingredients like peanut butter and honey and giving them this recipe so they can eat a go-to snack on their way out the door.
27. Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Peanut Butter granola bars are all over store shelves but you can save money by making these at home! There’s no flour or processed sugar in these granola bars either so you’re getting a nutritious treat that tastes just as good as any homemade dessert. Just add dark chocolate chips for an extra yummy flavor too!
28. Baked Banana Chips
If you haven’t tried banana chips yet then it’s time to pick some up and give them a try! They’re crunchy and salty, a perfect combination for your taste buds. You can buy a large bag at the store or you can make banana chips in your own oven right from home. Cut up some fresh bananas, coat them in peanut butter (optional), sprinkle on some salt and spices then bake them for an easy snack that’s much healthier than regular potato chips.
29. Homemade Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
It’s time to stop paying high prices at the ice cream parlor when you can make chunky monkey ice cream in your own kitchen with no fancy equipment needed! With ingredients like coconut milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract…this recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The best part is that you can even use bananas as a topping instead of chocolate or caramel for those who are picky about their ice cream toppings.
30. Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas
These frozen bananas dipped in rich dark chocolate and sprinkled with nuts (or sprinkles) make the perfect treat during the summer heat! You can also cut them into smaller pieces and let your kids munch on them all day long without worrying about giving them a bag of greasy potato chips that will just lead to a tummy ache.
31. Nutty Overnight Oats
This overnight oats recipe has creamy almond milk, crunchy chia seeds, creamy peanut butter, rich cocoa powder, and energizing vanilla extract! Not only does this recipe give you a boost of healthy energy it also tastes great too so you’ll never want to eat plain oatmeal again.
32. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
This chocolate peanut butter fudge can be used as a party favor or dessert at your next get-together. It’s quick, easy to make, and super delicious! You can even use almond butter instead of peanut butter if your diet restricts the consumption of legumes in your family.
33. Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
I hope you’re ready for one amazing cupcake because these chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are going to knock your socks off! If you can’t find dark cocoa powder then you can always use regular cocoa powder but the dark stuff gives these cupcakes their special taste.
34. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
These chocolate peanut butter bars are so rich they should be illegal! Chunky peanut butter, crunchy nuts, creamy chocolate…every bite is ecstasy in your mouth! This recipe makes a lot of bars so you can share or just eat them all yourself and save some extra for later. Either way, it’s a win-win situation!
35. No Bake Strawberry Banana Oat Bars
Take a break from baking and try this no-bake strawberry banana oat bar recipe instead! It only takes 10 minutes to whip up and will give you enough snacks to last throughout the week or month if that’s what you’d prefer. Fresh strawberries, ripe bananas, rolled oats, vanilla extract, and creamy peanut butter are all you need for this amazing recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to make.
36. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls
This chocolate peanut butter pretzel ball recipe is like eating a giant spoonful of nutty rich deliciousness! Crunchy salty pretzels dipped in sweet chocolate with flavorful peanuts peeking out the top…what more could you ask for? You can even omit the peanuts if you’d like or use other nuts like almonds instead. Make it your own and make them your favorite flavor!
37. Apple And Cream Cheese Rollups
Apples are an excellent snack because they’re filling, healthy, and contain natural sugars that give you energy fast! This apple cream cheese rollup recipe takes it to the next level because not only do you get a protein-packed snack but it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly, and 100% delicious!
38. Paleo Jello Pudding Cups
This paleo jello pudding cup recipe is chock full of healthy ingredients that are good for your body. Not only are they low in carbohydrates but you can make them taste however you want by using other fruits or flavors that pair well with real fruit pieces like mangoes or oranges. Use this recipe as a base and play around with it until you find your new favorite flavor!
39. Nutella Pretzels
These Nutella pretzels might look sinful but I promise you they’re actually pretty healthy! Made with almond flour, dark chocolate chips, and real hazelnut Nutella these pretzels are gluten-free, low carb, vegan-friendly, and amped up with antioxidants thanks to the dark chocolate. You can’t go wrong with this recipe that only takes 5 minutes of prep time before you’re munching on them all day long.
40. No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix Bars
These no-bake pumpkin spice trail mix bars are perfect for taking on the go when you need a little snack to tide you over between meals or just want something sweet but don’t have time to sit down at home. They’re rich in protein thanks to almonds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and sunflower seeds and they’re ooey-gooey delicious thanks to the real pumpkin, cinnamon spice, and maple syrup.
41. Cinnamon Walnut Banana Bread
Banana bread is a great snack because it’s healthy and tasty but this cinnamon walnut banana bread takes it to the next level! Walnuts add protein and fiber while bananas give you vitamins potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, copper, B6 as well as antioxidants that fight oxidative stress as well as lower cholesterol levels. You can even skip the glaze if you want or just use some raw honey instead of maple syrup to make it healthier for your family.
42. Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
This chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bar recipe is like having dessert for breakfast! Don’t worry, you won’t be having cold cereal that tastes like cardboard and weighs a ton to get your morning started. These oatmeal bars take only 15 minutes to make and have enough peanut-buttery chocolate flavor to keep you full until lunchtime!
43. Pumpkin Spice Power Balls
These pumpkin spice power balls are so easy to whip up and they’re great for kids’ lunches or taking on the go when you need a little pick-me-up snack in between meals. The creamy almond butter, cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut flour, chia seeds, and oats all add healthy omega 3 fatty acids while being easy on your digestive system without any stomach discomfort making them a nice energy boost!
44. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles
These chocolate peanut butter banana popsicles are a great snack for kids because they love the chocolate and peanut butter taste with creamy banana underneath. You don’t even have to tell them it’s healthy when you use real fruit, raw honey, and all-natural ingredients when making these! Use whatever toppings you’d like but these three are my personal favorites.
45. Pumpkin Spice Latte Rice Krispie Treats
I always love finding new recipes that are tasty yet healthy at the same time since I try so hard to eat right in order to avoid bad health problems later in life. These pumpkin spice rice Krispie treats are made with whole grain brown rice cereal so they’re gluten-free rather than full of refined sugars and starches that can be harmful to your body. You can even skip the whipped cream for a healthier snack!
46. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
These banana chocolate chip muffins are great for kids’ lunches because they taste like dessert but are full of protein thanks to almond milk, coconut flour, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, ripe bananas, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. They’re sweetened naturally with no refined sugars or starchy ingredients that will leave you feeling sick after eating them so enjoy without guilt! ( Just make sure your bananas aren’t overripe if you want to use them in baked goods .)
47. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
If you’re looking for a healthy, homemade alternative to store-bought potato chips, these baked cinnamon apple chips are just what you need! They are so simple to make since they only have three ingredients and they taste so much better than whatever processed junk you’d find at the grocery store. Just skip the cinnamon sugar coating if you want a healthier snack or use raw honey in their place.
48. Nut Butter Energy Bites
These nut butter energy bites are great for kids because they’re safe for toddlers to eat without any hidden ingredients that will harm them later on in life. You can also customize them with your own mix-ins or toppings when serving different family members for popsicles, smoothies, cereal bowls, oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream sundaes, and more.
49. Gluten-Free Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Muffins
These gluten-free cinnamon chocolate chip muffins are quick and easy to make and they’re a lot healthier than the ones you’d find at your favorite coffee shop since this recipe is sweetened naturally with honey instead of refined sugars. Just use eggs, applesauce, oil, almond milk, vanilla extract, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice), all-purpose flour (substitute oat flour for a gluten-free treat), and chocolate chips as per the directions below!
50. Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
This banana oatmeal breakfast cookie doesn’t taste like it’s healthy but actually has no refined sugar or whole wheat flour making it a healthy alternative to those store-bought breakfast cookies. You can give them as a healthy treat for the kids’ lunches or just enjoy them with some almond milk and fresh fruit for a quick energy boost in the morning.
51. Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
This strawberry banana-baked oatmeal is a great option for school or work because you can make it the night before and grab it on your way out the door without needing to prepare anything else first! Just be sure to use whole grain oats, natural brown sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice), vanilla extract, coconut oil (or unsalted butter), 2% milk, sliced strawberries, and sliced bananas between layers of oatmeal then bake for half an hour at 350°F.
52. Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins
These raspberry oatmeal muffins are much healthier than the ones you’d find at your favorite bakery since they’re filled with fresh raspberries, whole grain oats, all-purpose flour (or almond flour), coconut sugar, brown sugar (real or fake), eggs, cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice), baking soda, salt, unsweetened applesauce, and vanilla extract. Just make sure to use real cane sugar instead of artificial sweetener in order to avoid health risks harming your body later in life like weight gain and diabetes!
53. Flourless Pumpkin Blender Muffins
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to muffins that contain refined sugar and flour, then these pumpkin blender muffins are just what you need with ingredients like eggs, pumpkin puree, almond milk (or coconut milk), banana (or applesauce), baking powder, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup.
54. Roasted Plantain Chips
If you love the taste of plantains but don’t want to spend so much time cooking with them or buying them at a store near you then try out these roasted plantain chips! All it takes is some green plantains sliced up into thin rounds with olive oil and salt before roasting in the oven for half an hour at 400°F to create a treat everyone will enjoy whether they’re vegan or not.
55. Cocoa Brownie Energy Bites
Since these cocoa brownie energy bites are raw and vegan, they make the perfect snack for kids because there’s no refined sugars or gluten to harm their growing bodies. They’re made with oat flour (or almond flour), applesauce (or banana puree), nut butter (almond or peanut works best), unsweetened cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut oil (optional), salt, and dairy-free chocolate chips as an optional ingredient for taste!
There’s a wide variety of gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan recipes to choose from in this list so it should be easy enough to find something that tastes good no matter your dietary restrictions!
Just use the ingredients listed below each recipe to get started on your journey towards becoming a healthier you so you can enjoy life more!