15 Peanut Butter Recipes

Here are all the best peanut butter recipes for using up this tasty nut butter! Try everything from cookies to dips to pancakes.

Peanut butter recipe

Got peanut butter? There’s not much this tasty nut butter can’t make better. Use it in cookies, cakes, oatmeal, bars, savory sauces: you can even use it as a substitute in hummus or pancakes! There’s really nothing peanut butter can’t do.

Want to make it homemade? Go to How to Make Peanut Butter. When you’re ready to use it, here are all the best peanut butter recipes to use up a jar! Try it in magic 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies (a genius kitchen move!), dip that tastes like frosting, or even in meals like peanut noodles. We’re getting hungry, so let’s get to it.

And now…the top peanut butter recipes to use a jar!

More nut butters

There are lots of tasty nut butters you can use to mix up these peanut butter recipes! Try some of our top homemade nut butter recipes:

Looking for nut butter substitutes? Try Best Peanut Butter Substitute and Best Almond Butter Substitute.

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Energy balls

Peanut Butter Balls (& Best Ways to Use It!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This peanut butter energy balls recipe is the best easy snack! Healthy oatmeal balls pack protein and fiber into tasty bites. 


  • 2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (no sugar added, or any nut butter or sunflower butter for nut free)
  • 1/3 cup honey (or agave syrup for vegan)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vanilla or chocolate protein powder (optional; we use this one)*
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Freeze the bowl for 5 minutes. 
  2. Roll the dough into 20 small balls, pressing the dough together with your hands. We used a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop (#40) to make uniform balls. You can also make smaller balls if desired. (If the texture of your nut butter makes the dough very dry, add a little more honey or a few tablespoons milk of choice until you can press it together into a ball shape.) Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!


*If you prefer, you can omit the protein powder from this recipe and still have a delicious snack. You can also add natural foods like chia seeds or flax seeds (2 tablespoons of each has 4 grams protein).

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Snack

Keywords: Peanut butter recipes, Peanut butter recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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