Happy National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Whether you like it thick and crunchy or smooth and creamy, today is the day to go nuts for this undeniably delicious spread. Peanut butter is a nutrient-dense boost of calories, fat and protein. In addition to the classic peanut butter and jelly on toast, we’ve put together a handful of satisfying recipes that incorporate peanut butter in unconventional ways.
1. NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BARS | HUMMUSAPIEN
Ditch processed granola bars for these yummy no-bake peanut butter granola bars. Sweet medjool dates and peanut butter holds together high-fiber oats, chia seeds and flaxseed. These bars are an energizing snack to refuel with after a tough workout. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 bar each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 198; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 39mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 5g
2. THAI CHICKEN SALAD WITH PEANUT DRESSING| COOKING LIGHT
At only 262 calories per serving, this chicken salad with a taste of Thai serves as an easy entree or appetizer. Enjoy refreshing bean sprouts, lettuce, carrots and celery lightly marinaded in a tasty peanut butter sauce.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 262; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 63mg; Sodium: 599mg; Total Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Protein: 28g
3. CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BITES | RUNNING WITH SPOONS
Craving a treat? Whip up these easy chocolate peanut butter bites to satisfy your sweet tooth. You won’t even have to bust out the mixer or turn on the oven! Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 ball (2-inches in diameter) each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 123; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 4g
4. AFRICAN PEANUT SLAW | CLEAN EATING
This recipe features a truly tantalizing combination of flavors, including warming curry powder, bright ginger and nutty peanuts. Finely chopped jalapeños give this stew a nice, mild background heat, but if you’re chile-averse, you can cut down or omit them. Recipe makes 10 servings at 1/2 cup cooked rice + 1 cup stew + 1/2 tablespoon cilantro each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 305; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 608mg; Carbohydrate: 55g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 10g
5. CHICKEN SATAY WITH PEANUT SAUCE | COOKING LIGHT
Marinate chicken in a coconut milk and curry powder mixture, and serve with a spicy peanut sauce for an easy, economical Indonesian-style grilled main dish. Recipe makes 8 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 270; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 65mg; Sodium: 708mg; Total Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 8g; Protein: 28g
6. HEALTHY NUT BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE | EATING BIRD FOOD
This health nut blueberry smoothie is quick and simple—not to mention super tasty. The coconut gives a little chew to this naturally sweet, slightly nutty drink. Whip one up for your afternoon snack today! Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories 223; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 166mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 7g
7. CHICKEN WITH PEANUT SAUCE & SWEET POTATOES | CLEAN EATING
No skillet is required to make this scrumptious chicken tossed with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Just pack it into the foil and take it out to the grill; it’s a no-mess dinner solution. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 335, Total Fat: 10g, Sat. Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Carbs: 30g, Fiber: 7g, Sugars: 9g, Protein: 33g, Sodium: 169mg, Cholesterol: 65mg