Here are all the best peanut butter recipes for using up this tasty nut butter! Try everything from cookies to dips to pancakes.
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!
Here’s a healthy snack that’s so delicious, you might find yourself sneaking one for dessert. Try this peanut butter energy balls recipe! Just mix a handful of simple ingredients together and bam! You’ve got an instant homemade snack that’s infinitely more delicious than store-bought granola bars or energy bites. Even better, they’ve got a good amount of protein and fiber for a tiny ball.
Here’s the peanut butter recipe every home cook needs…3 ingredient peanut butter cookies! This genius combination of ingredients makes for the mostpeanut butter-y, chewy, sweet and salty flourless cookies you’ll have. Really. It seems unbelievable, but it makes this recipe perfect for whipping up on moments notice. And it’s got the ideal chewy texture: pretty much our perfect PB cookie.
Here’s a peanut butter recipe that’s quickly become a fan favorite: these ridiculously easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars! These were big winners in our house and quickly solidified themselves into the weekly repertoire. Featuring peanut butter, honey, and oats, they’re a snack or breakfast (sans chocolate) you can feel good feeding yourself or your family!
Another standout peanut butter recipe? Peanut butter dip! It’s just 4 ingredients and somehow tastes like frosting. It’s works for any occasion: a quick snack for kids, a family party, or a big snacks table. Or if you’re me, use it for a sweets craving after a meal! Serve with thinly slice green apples for the perfect combo. Every time we make it, it disappears in a flash.
Next up: try this peanut butter smoothie recipe! You can swear off milkshakes for good, because this smoothie is just as satisfying. It’s got the best pure peanut buttery flavor, and the silkiest, creamiest texture. Even better: all you need is 3 ingredients (plus ice)! It’s easy to make vegan or plant-based, and it’s the perfect breakfast or snack. Here’s how to make this easy recipe…and why you won’t be able to stop slurping it.
Our most popular peanut butter recipe? Bliss bites! They’re basically a homemade peanut butter cup combined with a no bake cookie, and people all over the world make and love them! Made with maple syrup, coconut oil, and oats, they’re naturally sweet, vegan, and gluten-free. Keep them in the freezer or refrigerator and nibble all week long.
Another great peanut butter recipe? Try Peanut Butter Pancakes! This recipe is so flavorful, you might enjoy these more than the classic recipe (we did!). Peanut butter brings richness in flavor and a savory sweetness (and substitutes for egg). In fact, we prefer making these to our standard pancakes! Our 3 year old can’t get enough of them. Neither can we!
Peanut butter recipes aren't just sweets! This peanut noodles recipe has become a fan favorite because it's an easy dinner recipe that takes under 30 minutes to make! This delicious plant based dinner features peanuts, Napa cabbage and red pepper, cilantro, and lime. It uses our favorite trick for "cooking" the vegetables: simply drain the hot pasta water over them when the pasta is done!
Sure you can make peanut butter cups at the store...but have you tried homemade? They're infinitely tastier: and a fun project! Here you'll take tempered dark chocolate and let it harden around a peanut butter filling in a mini muffin tin. The filling has maple syrup and a hint of powdered sugar, allspice and vanilla. They taste better than any peanut butter cups you'll find.
These peanut butter frozen yogurt bites are the perfect snack to satisfy a snack craving! They're great for kids...but we like them just as much as our son does! Combine yogurt, peanut butter, and maple syrup, and they're a healthy snack that's irresistibly good.
Here's another in our savory peanut butter recipes: a deliciously easy meal! Thai peanut sauce has loads of savory sweet flavor and creamy texture. Imagine a perfectly baked sweet potato, topped with a fresh, crunchy Thai-style pepper and cabbage slaw and a creamy peanut sauce. We’ve heard from many readers that this one is a family favorite! If you have an Instant Pot, try this with our Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.
Another great peanut butter recipe: more peanut butter cookies! These vegan peanut butter cookies are where it’s at for us! They’re soft but perfectly crumbly, and salty sweet. Decorated with the classic criss-cross pattern, they’ve got a sparkle of sugar. And a chocolate icing drizzle makes them look even more fun.
Here's an unexpected peanut butter recipe: this insanely delicious crispy cauliflower! This baked and breaded cauliflower recipe is totally crispy and crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. And the flavor? It's so many things at once: savory, tangy, sweet, and spicy. Your palate is simply overwhelmed by the complexity. Peanut butter is the glue that holds the breading together.
This peanut butter buckeye balls recipe takes the classic cookie and adds a healthy twist! Essentially peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, they’re little bites of heaven. Instead of the traditional butter and sugar, this recipe uses Medjool dates: large, sweet dates that are used to make natural sweets like energy bars and raw brownies. Add a little peanut butter, and voila — instant buckeye filling!
Got peanut butter? Make peanut butter popsicles! These popsicles are ultra creamy using a combination of the nut butter and coconut milk. Top them with a chocolate drizzle for the ultimate combination. They're perfect for summer, but you can eat them anytime!
Last up in our peanut butter recipes...Thai salad with peanut sauce! Crunchy colorful vegetables and crisp-sautéed tofu are smothered in a creamy peanut sauce dressing. Then it's all topped with peanuts, cilantro, and lime. You can also substitute shrimp or edamame for the protein. There’s a lot going on in this bowl: the best part is the creamy, silky peanut sauce!
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:
Homemade Nut Butter Make this nut butter with any nut: we used a combination of walnuts, almonds and cashews for a delightful flavor!
1/4 cup vanilla or chocolate protein powder (optional; we use this one)*
3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Freeze the bowl for 5 minutes.
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).
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 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.