Are you Team Creamy or Team Chunky? Ever since peanut butter was invented back in the late 1800s, people have been divided on which way they prefer their favorite spread. Some people prefer creamy while others are diehard chunky fans. Whichever way you prefer your peanut butter, get ready to celebrate because January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.
Not only is peanut butter delicious but it’s healthy for us – as long as we eat pure peanut butter without added oils or sugars. Peanut butter is rich in protein, so it keeps us fill and fueled. Of course, peanut butter is also filled with healthy fats.
Peanut butter can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It pairs well with almost anything – of course, there’s jelly, but peanut butter also goes well with bananas, cream cheese, pickles, lime, and tamari. In November, we celebrated National Peanut Lovers Month with These 30 Recipes You’ll Go Nuts For. Now, from decadent desserts to exotic global dishes, here are 15 of our newest sweet and savory recipes using peanut butter.
1. Black-Eyed Pea Collard Wraps with Pickled Vegetables
These colorful Black-Eyed Pea Collard Wraps with Pickled Vegetables make a meal that’ll catch everyone’s eye. Pickling the vegetables adds tanginess, but the star of the show just might be the ginger-peanut sauce that’s made with peanut butter, ginger, maple syrup, and a bit of Sriracha for kick. These are perfect as a make-ahead light lunch that’s light and flavorful.
2. Pomegranate Peanut Flour Cookies With a Chocolate Drizzle
These Pomegranate Peanut Flour Cookies are a combination of tart pomegranate seeds, sweetened peanut butter, and a heavenly homemade chocolate drizzle. They’re a new way to enjoy gluten-free cookies, made flourless through the power of ground-up peanuts and flaxseeds!
3. Peanut Butter Cream Pie
How can you go wrong with the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate? The answer is, you can’t. This Peanut Butter Cream Pie has a creamy peanut butter filling on a chocolate cinnamon crust. Plus, the crust is made with almond meal so it’s gluten-free. It’s sure to have everyone begging for a second slice.
4. Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Protein Bars
These Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Protein Bars make the perfect post-workout (or anytime) snack. A mixture of oats, brown rice and lentils is all it takes to make these bars chock-full of healthy proteins. Peanut butter, dates, and coconut milk make for some delicious bars and then they’re coated in rich chocolate for the win!
5. Raw Peanut Butter Cheesecake
This Raw Peanut Butter Cheesecake is unlike any other cheesecake you’ve had. It has a crust made of pecans and a creamy peanut butter filling – plus a chocolate coating. This decadent cake is for the chocolate and peanut butter lovers and is sure to impress anyone and everyone!
6. Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls With Peanut Satay Sauce
These Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls are a fun and easy way to get your daily dose of colorful veggies. Combine whatever veggies you like with vermicelli noodles, avocado, sprouts, and fresh mint. The peanut satay sauce is perfect for dipping.
7. Rich and Comforting African Peanut Stew
Spicy, rich, and packed with good greens, this Rich and Comforting African Peanut Stew is just the thimg you’ll want on a cold winter day. It also happens to be a cinch to whip up and budget friendly, too. Feel free to add in some diced sweet potato or yams in addition to the kale. A little Sriracha adds some kick to this creamy peanuty stew.
8. Creamy Peanut Butter and Cacao Tarts
These Creamy Peanut Butter and Cacao Tarts are amazing as they are, but when topped with crushed peanuts or dried fruit … they’re phenomenal. The crust, made with walnuts and chia seeds, offers a boost of healthy omega-3s, and peanut butter is healthy too so don’t feel guilty if you eat more than one!
9. Peanut Butter and Cardamom Truffles
The distinct flavor of cardamom stands out in these decadent Peanut Butter and Cardamom Truffles. The creamy peanut butter ball is coated with dark chocolate and then rolled in crunchy roasted peanuts. These little bites are great for gift-giving – or you can keep them all to yourself!
10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
If you have a busy day ahead of you or a workout session to go to, fuel up with these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins. These muffins are packed with carbs and protein. Plus they have the decadent combination of peanut butter and chocolate to feed your soul.
11. Peanut Butter Baby Cakes With Salted Caramel
Hey Babycakes, looking good! No, we’re talking to these Peanut Butter Baby Cakes with Salted Caramel. These peanut butter thumb cakes are not only tasty but also adorable! They are the perfect tiny snack, but if you wanted to, you could double the recipe and bake this as a small loaf or in larger muffin tins. We would still call them Babycakes.
12. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups
These Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups are ridiculously simple to make and absolutely delightful. It starts with a peanut butter shell. Then comes the juicy berry chia jam stuffed inside. And then another layer of the creamy peanut butter shell. They are a little salty, a little sweet, and a lot of delicious. This is a whole new way to enjoy the classic PB and J.
13. Maple Peanut Butter Blondies
Seven is your lucky number because it only takes seven ingredients to make these Maple Peanut Butter Blondies. They’re extremely moist and fudgy. Packed with maple, brown sugar, and peanut butter, these are incredibly delicious.
14. Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake (All You Need is a Blender!)
This Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake might be the easiest cake recipe in the world. Just throw all the ingredients in a blender, pour the batter into a pan, bake for a few minutes and presto: you’ve got a seriously good cake! It’s chocolatey and peanuty and amazingly scrumptious. Drizzle the top with peanut butter mousse for even more indulgence.
15. Mocha Peanut Butter
It couldn’t be easier to make your own peanut butter and if you’re going to do that, think about making it special like this Mocha Peanut Butter. With a touch of cinnamon and vanilla to gently lift the bitter coffee and cocoa flavors, this nut butter is absolute perfection in a classic sourdough PB and J, added to smoothies and desserts or just eaten from a spoon. Make it a big spoon!
If it were up to us, we would put peanut butter in just about everything. How will you celebrate National Peanut Butter Day? Let us know in the comments.
Lead image source: Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake