5 Healthy Ways to Use Peanut Butter

Here are 10 healthy ways to use your favorite creamy spread: peanut butter.

Peanut butter remains on everyone’s list of favorite foods. Along with its unmistakable decadent flavor and texture come healthy nutrients like protein, fiber, healthy fats, magnesium, iron and potassium. Here are five healthy ways to prepare the nutty goodness, plus 10 stupendous recipes.

Blend

Pass on the jar altogether and make your own creamy, dreamy PB, or go for a dehydrated version of powdered peanut butter for a protein-packed smoothie. Finally, try whisking up peanut butter with coconut milk and chili-garlic sauce for a killer savory dipping sauce.

Food beauty of a peanut butter protein shake, as seen on Food Network’s The Kitchen, Season 4.

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Todd Plitt, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Freeze

Give this nut butter a deep chill to make a one-of-a-kind frozen treat.

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2012, Food Network

Bake

Since you can use less butter, recipes for peanut butter cookies often have less of the unhealthy type of fat.

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2012, Television Food NEtwork, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Don’t Bake

There are plenty of ways to enjoy peanut butter bars and cookies without an oven. These no-bake goodies are filled with the goodness of whole grains.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars in a cream colored dish

Stuff

Use peanut butter to make a velvety filling for cupcakes, French toast, pancakes and crepes.

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Mini Chocolate Cupcakes in brown cupcake wrappers topped with Reeses toppings

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Stephana Bottom

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Photo by: Kat Teutsch

Kat Teutsch

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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