Be it adults or children, peanut butter tops the charts, quenching both our sweet and savoury taste buds. It’s needless to say that peanut butter goes with literally everything. Peanut butter is a healthy and affordable nut butter option that comes with a lot of versatility. Did you know that peanut butter contains nutrients that boost our heart health and improves blood sugar levels? For those who are unabashedly addicted to peanut butter and can never have enough of it, well, we have got you covered with some of the most nutritious and absolutely delicious peanut butter recipes. 

10 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes To Satisfy Your Dessert Cravings

Here are 10 peanut butter recipes which will let you savour your favourites in dessert form.

1. Peanut Butter Cookies 

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • ½ cup of butter
  • ½ cup of honey
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 2¼ cups of all-purpose flour
  •  ½ teaspoon of baking powder

Method:

  1. Start with preheating the oven to 175 degrees C.
  2. Take a medium-sized bowl, put butter, sugar, and honey in it. Then mix them until you get a creamy paste.
  3. Stir in the eggs and the peanut butter.
  4. Add flour and baking powder into the mixture and combine them well. 
  5. Shape dough into 1½ inch balls.
  6. Place the balls on cookie sheets and ensure that they are at least inches apart.
  7. Dip a fork into flour and press deeply on top of each cookie in a criss-cross pattern.
  8. Bake them for at least 15 minutes in the preheated oven and wait till the peanut butter cookies turn slightly brown.
  9. Lastly, cool the peanut butter cookies on cooling racks, and later, store them in a tightly covered container.

2. Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of peanut butter
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For The Frosting: 

  • ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 6 teaspoons of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar sifted

For Garnishing: 

  • Roasted peanuts

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Take a pan, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk them all thoroughly and keep the paste aside.
  3. Heat the butter and water in a medium saucepan until it comes to a boil.
  4. Take off the heat and whisk in the peanut butter and oil until the mixture smoothens.
  5. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  6. Now, add the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Whisk them until they are well blended.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk them until they are combined.
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for at least 40-45 minutes. You will notice that the top is turning golden.
  9. While you make the frosting, keep the cake on a cooling rack.
  10. To make the frosting, put the butter, peanut butter, and buttermilk in a saucepan and boil them. 
  11. Turn off the heat and whisk the vanilla extract and the powdered sugar until the frosting is smooth. If your notice that the frosting is stiff and not pourable then add a little buttermilk to it.
  12. Pour the hot frosting over the warm cake.
  13. Spread it evenly over the peanut butter cake and garnish it with the roasted peanuts.

3. Peanut Butter Brownies 

Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (115g) of salted butter
  • 8 ounces (228g) of coarsely chopped quality semi-sweet chocolate
  • ¾ cup (150g) of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) of packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (80g) of all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 2 tablespoons (11g) of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For The Peanut Butter Filling: 

  • ¾ cup (185g) of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup (120g) of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of (30ml) milk
  • Chocolate chips and peanut butter chips

Method:

  1. Take a medium-sized saucepan and put it on medium heat. Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in it, and stir thoroughly for about 5 minutes. 
  2. Turn off the heat, pour it into a large mixing bowl, and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  3. While the chocolate mixture is cooling, make the peanut butter filling. 
  4. Take a medium-sized bowl. Beat the peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and milk together on medium-high speed until combined. The mixture will look like cookie dough. Keep it aside once done.
  5. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 177 degrees C. 
  6. Line the bottom and sides of a 9×9 inch square baking pan with aluminiumfoil, leaving an overhang on all sides. 
  7. Whisk the granulated and brown sugars into the cooled butter mixture. 
  8. Add the eggs and whisk them until they look smooth. Whisk in the vanilla and fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  9. Pour half of the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan. Take large chunks of the peanut butter filling and flatten with your hands. Pour the remaining brownie batter on top. 
  10. Top it with the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. 
  11. Using the back of a spatula, gently press the chips into the brownie batter.
  12. Bake for 35-36 minutes.
  13. Allow the peanut butter brownies to cool completely in the pan, and lift the foil out of the pan. Use a sharp knife and clean with a paper towel after each cut.

4. Peanut Butter Fudge 

Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250g) of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 230g) of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (460g) of sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • Chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Take an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with aluminium foil.
  2. Take another large bowl, put the peanut butter and the butter together and let them melt.
  3. Stop the microwave and check the mixture every minute until it looks completely melted and creamy.
  4. Remove it from the microwave and put in the vanilla extract. You can use a large rubber spatula or wooden spoon to stir the mixture.
  5. Now, it’s time to add the salt if you prefer a salty fudge.
  6. Add the sifted confectioners’ sugar and stir them thoroughly. The thick mixture will start resembling cookie dough.
  7. Put the fudge into the baking pan and smoothen the top by using the back of a spoon. 
  8. Cover tightly with aluminium foil and cool it for at least 4 hours until it gets firm.
  9. Cut it into pieces.
  10. You can store the peanut butter fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

5. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie 

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of water (or dairy-free milk of choice)
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds (alsi)
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract 

Method:

  1. Take a blender, combine the water, banana, peanut butter, flax seeds (alsi), and vanilla. Blend them until the mixture turns smooth. You can add 1-2 tablespoons of water if the mixture turns out to be very thick.
  2. Taste the peanut butter banana smoothie, and you can adjust the flavouring according to your taste. If you require a sweeter flavoured peanut butter smoothie, you can add one tablespoon of honey. 

6. Peanut Butter Banana Bread 

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour (maida)
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt or any coarse salt
  • Brown bananas
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 
  2. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, pour the flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk them together thoroughly and keep the paste aside once done.
  4. Mash the ripe bananas with a fork, adding the peanut butter and melted butter to it. Stir the mixture until combined. 
  5. Pour in the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir them until the paste appears smooth.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix them.
  7. Pour the batter into a prepared pan and bake for about 50-65 minutes. Check the bread after periodic intervals just to be on the safe side. 
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and set on a cooling rack and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  9. Use a knife around the edges of the bread to carefully remove it from the pan. 
  10. Once the peanut butter banana bread is cooled completely, cut it into slices. You can also top it with some peanut butter sauce. 

7. Peanut Butter Toast 

Peanut Butter Toast Recipe

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Sliced whole grain bread
  • ½ –1 tablespoon of peanut butter 
  • Toppings of choice: banana slices, berries, chia seeds, chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Toast the bread slices and spread the peanut butter on them.
  2. Sprinkle on the toppings of your choice on the peanut butter toast and serve.

8. Peanut Butter Milkshake 

Peanut Butter Milkshake Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 6 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chopped peanuts (optional)

Method:

  1. Take a blender and put all the ingredients in it. 
  2. Blend them until the paste turns smooth.
  3. Top the peanut butter milkshake with the whipped cream and chopped up peanuts according to your taste. You can also add some chocolate peanut butter on it to enhance the flavour.

9. No-Bake Peanut Butter Treats

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup of chunky peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup of dry milk powder
  • ⅓ cup of quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Take a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract. 
  2. Stir in the milk powder, oats, and graham cracker crumbs. 
  3. Shape it into small balls. 
  4. Cover the balls and refrigerate them until serving.

10. Peanut Butter And Jelly Muffins

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of wheat bran (chokar)
  • 1 cup of whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of Kosher salt or any coarse salt
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce or apple pulp
  • ½ cup of buttermilk
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 10 teaspoon of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • ¼ cup of seedless jam

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees C and line a 12-hole muffin pan with 10 paper liners. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the wheat bran, flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, buttermilk, oil, and egg. 
  4. Add the flour mixture to the bowl and mix them together. 
  5. Divide half the batter among the lined muffin cups. Top each with 1 teaspoon peanut butter, then the remaining batter. 
  6. Bake it for at least 25 to 27 minutes. 
  7. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the jam with 1 tablespoon water. 
  9. Just before serving, sprinkle the jam mixture on the muffins. You can also top it with some peanut butter sauce or chocolate peanut butter.

After recreating these peanut butter recipes, you will agree that no matter how long or tiring your day has been, there’s nothing that will cheer up your taste buds and rejuvenate your mood than some comforting and succulent peanut butter desserts. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a big jar and get your hands busy trying out these mouth-watering desserts with none other than your favourite star ingredient, peanut butter.

Anurekha Chakraborty
Anurekha Chakraborty

Anurekha Chakraborty holds a degree in Psychology and experience in digital content management. A creative content writer and editor, she enjoys penning articles about lifestyle, psychology, beauty, health & wellness, fashion, entertainment and similar creative niches.

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