Easy, Healthy Peanut Butter Snacks to Satisfy Cravings
Peanut butter is one of the best sources of protein that you can use to make healthy snacks.
With around 25 grams of protein in every serving, peanut butter snacks are both tasty and nutritious. Peanut butter is also incredibly versatile, allowing you to create a wide range of snacks for the entire family.
From peanut butter cookies to healthy peanut butter snack bites, the possibilities are endless.
Looking for some of the best, healthy peanut butter snacks to try for yourself? You’re in the right place. Here’s a quick look at a few of the best options.
The Health Benefits of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter may taste great, but it also has many health benefits. Peanut butter has been proven to decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes while also allowing you to manage your weight with ease. This is because it's packed with all the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy, active lifestyle.
Peanut Butter Nutrition
At American Dream, we are big believers in balance and not depriving ourselves of delicious food — you shouldn't have to sacrifice the taste and treats you love in order to follow a healthy, happy lifestyle. That's why, as a company, our mission is to make it easier than ever to satisfy that sweet tooth with high protein, low carb, low sugar, gluten-free nut butters. All of our butter bases are lightly sweetened naturally, with Stevia. The only added sugars you’ll find will come from our hand-measured and hand-topped mix-ins!
Here’s a quick look at the nutritional information of standard peanut butter according to the USDA.
Amount: 100 grams
Total fat: 50 grams (76%)
Sodium: 429 milligrams (0%)
Potassium: 649 milligrams (18%)
Protein: 25 grams (50%)
Carbohydrates: 20% grams (6%)
Sugars: 9 grams (37%)
Vitamins and Minerals
While Peanut butter is packed with nutrition, every serving also comes with packed with vitamins and minerals. This makes it the perfect ingredient for a healthy snack to fuel wherever the day may take you. Here’s a quick look at the vitamins and minerals in every serving.
Vitamin C: 0%
Vitamin B6: 25%
Vitamin D: 0%
Healthy Peanut Butter Snacks
As mentioned above, peanut butter is one of the healthiest ingredients for some seriously easy, healthy snacks. If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s a quick look at a few of the best recipes that you need to try for yourself.
1. Peanut Butter Protein Bars
The perfect snack for increasing daily protein intake.
- 1/3 Cup Flaxseed meal
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
- 1/2 Cup Protein powder
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 2.5 Ounces Dark chocolate
- 3/4 Cup Peanut butter
In a large mixing bowl, add all of your wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Once well mixed, use a spoon to mix in the flaxseed meal and protein powder. After most of your protein powder has been mixed in, use your hands to continue combining until a dough forms.
Place the dough into a parchment-lined pan and press the dough in until an even layer forms. Melt your dark chocolate until smooth and runny and pour over the peanut butter slab. Place the pan into the refrigerator and let set until the chocolate hardens.
Once the chocolate is set, cut the slab into smaller bars or squares and enjoy.
2. Peanut Butter Cookies
One of the simplest ways to use peanut butter. While you can simply add peanut butter to your standard cookie recipe, there are also more creative ways to make peanut butter cookies. Here’s a basic recipe to try for yourself.
- 1/2 Cup Coconut sugar
- 1/2 Cup Oat flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea salt (1/4 Teaspoon for salted peanut butter)
- 1 Cup Peanut butter
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
The first step in creating these delicious cookies is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. From here, all you need to do is combine all of your ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use a tablespoon to measure out the dough in order to get equally-sized balls.
Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper making sure to space each ball out. Gently press the balls using a fork until they are a quarter of an inch thick. Bake for 15 min and leave them to cool completely before eating.
3. Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles
If you’re looking for a quick, fun snack for the whole family, consider peanut butter banana popsicles.
- 3 Bananas (fresh or frozen)
- 1 Cup Non-dairy milk
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- Maple syrup or honey
This vegan-friendly recipe is quick and easy to make for summer. In a blender, combine all of your ingredients adding the maple syrup or honey to taste. Make sure to blend until the mixture is perfectly smooth.
Once blended, pour equal amounts of the mixture into popsicle molds and place into the freezer until completely frozen. If you don’t have popsicle molds, simply pour the mixture into small plastic or freezer-friendly cups. Cover the top of the cup with saran wrap and poke a hole with the ice cream stick in the center to keep it in place.
4. Peanut Butter Energy Balls
A tasty, healthy snack with a quick boost of energy. Here’s a quick recipe to try.
- 1 Cup Old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1/4 Cup Desiccated coconut
- 1/4 Cup Dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 Teaspoon Sea salt
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
This easy recipe requires no oven and no food processor. In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until well combined. Allow the dough to firm up a bit by leaving it in the fridge for an hour or so.
Once the dough is cold and easier to handle, take it out of the fridge, and using the palms of your hand, place a large teaspoon of the mixture into your hand and roll it into balls. For some added flavor and texture, you could even dip your energy balls into a mixture of greek yogurt and honey and place them in the freezer to firm up.
5. Peanut Butter Yogurt Bar
Peanut butter yogurt bars come packed with everything you need to power through wherever the day may take you.
- 3/4 Cup Greek Yoghurt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter yogurt bars are a quick and easy snack to make. Starting with a shallow baking sheet, line it with parchment paper and set it aside for later. In a large bowl, mix together the honey, yogurt, and cinnamon.
Pour the mixture into the baking sheet, creating an even, thin layer. Drop small dollops of peanut butter in the mixture and use a fork to create swirls throughout the sheet. Place the sheet in the freezer for a few hours until frozen solid before removing and breaking the sheet into smaller pieces.
To store, place the pieces of bark in an airtight container and store them in the freezer.
Different Types of Peanut Butter for Snacks
Peanut butter is one of the healthiest food spreads available. However, there are more options available than ever. We've listed the most popular options from American Dream Nut Butter below.
1. Breanne’s Blend Cookie Batter Peanut Butter
Breanne’s Blend Cookie Batter is completely gluten-free and comes with bursts of cake batter and sweet cookie flavors. This creamy peanut butter is packed with 15g of clean protein per serving and is perfect for adding to homemade protein balls.
2. Butter My Cup Peanut Butter
If you love peanut butter cups, you’re going to love Butter My Cup Peanut Butter. This tasty peanut butter blend is hand-topped with chopped peanut butter cups and mini chocolate chips, making it perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.
3. Monster Cookie Peanut Butter
Monster Cookie Peanut Butter is a classic twist on your favorite cookie and is a fan-favorite blend. This candy coated blend can be enjoyed any time of the year and even with all of these toppings, it still fits into any diet or lifestyle!
High-Protein, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter from American Dream
Peanut butter is incredibly nutritious as it comes packed with protein, healthy fats, and tons of vitamins and minerals. Peanut butter is also incredibly versatile, allowing you to make a wide range of snacks and desserts for the whole family.
Enjoy any of our delicious flavors with a spoon and no side of guilt. You won't find any artificial sweeteners in any of our jars. Whether you're looking for a midnight snack or prepping for a bodybuilding show, our nut butters are perfect for adding to a well-balanced diet.
Check out the wide range of nut butter blends available at American Dream Nut Butter today.
Currently my favorite flavor of nut butter. I am going to have to make this recipe.
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