Peanut butter is a great source of heart healthy fat and protein, but it can be tiring to eat the same way day-in and day-out. These creative recipes will mix up your PB routine and will keep it as part of your diet. If you’ve been skimping out on this classic nut butter, for reasons other than being allergic, here’s something you should consider: people who regularly ate peanuts had a 21% less chance of dying over five years, says a 2015 study.
1. MAKE PANCAKES
2. BAKE GRANOLA BARS
Combine 1 cup PB, 1⁄4 cup shredded coconut, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1⁄2 cup rolled oats, and 2 tbsp sesame seeds. Spread on a nonstick baking dish. Bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool. Cut into bars.
3. INDULGE WITH SOME FUDGE
In a saucepan, combine 1 cup PB, 1⁄4 cup coconut butter, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tsp vanilla extract, and 1⁄2 cup crushed peanuts. Cook over medium heat until smooth. Pour into a nonstick 9-by-9 pan. Cool until solid.
4. STIR UP A SAUCE
In a blender, blend 4 tbsp crunchy PB with 1 tbsp each ginger, parsley, cilantro, rice wine vinegar, tamari, honey, lime juice, and toasted sesame oil until smooth. Drizzle over cooked meat. To use as salad dressing, add 1 tbsp orange juice.
5. WHIP UP A “SUNDAE”
Cut a banana lengthwise but without slicing all the way through. Spread 2 tbsp creamy PB on one half and close slightly. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp raisins, 1 tbsp walnuts, and 1 tbsp hemp seeds. Top with a dollop of yogurt and a bit of honey.
About the Cook: Adam Kelinson is the creator of Organic Performance and author of The Athlete’s Plate: Real Food for High Performance.