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Got a craving for some tasty peanut butter snacks? Peanut butter is creamy, salty, thick, and chewy — what’s not to love? Peanuts are also really good for you. So, whether you pair that peanut butter with wholesome, fresh ingredients like bananas, acai, or quinoa, or something a little less nutrient-dense like chocolate, you’ll still reap the benefits of this delicious food.
Benefits of Eating Peanut Butter Snacks
Peanut butter is a wholesome and relatively unprocessed food. Ideally, it’s made with just roasted peanuts and maybe a little bit of salt that are ground together until they turn into a paste. However, there are many brands of peanut butter on the market that contain added sugar and vegetable oils. Pay attention to the ingredient list and choose real peanut butter with just peanuts and salt.
Peanut butter contains wholesome nutrients that can boost your heart health and improve blood sugar levels. Peanut butter is made up of 25 percent protein, making it a great plant-based protein source. It’s also high in essential vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin E, vitamin B3, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Peanut butter also contains a good amount of healthy fats, which are an essential part of any diet. In fact, peanut butter is high in unsaturated fats (namely PUFAs and MUFAs). Eating the right proportion of unsaturated fats and saturated fats plays an important role in heart health. Additionally, because peanut butter is low in carbohydrates and high in fat, protein, and fiber, it can help lower blood glucose levels. In fact, studies have even shown that eating peanuts and peanut butter can help you maintain a healthy weight. Peanut butter is also high in antioxidants, such as p-coumaric acid and resveratrol. It’s no wonder so many of us crave this wholesome ingredient!
Of course, peanuts are also a common allergen. Those with a known peanut allergy should strictly avoid peanuts, peanut butter, or any food that requires any traces of the nut.
Top 10 Peanut Butter Snacks
If you’re looking for some tasty peanut butter snacks to satisfy that craving, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered up ten amazing peanut butter snacks for you to try:
These milk chocolate cups are filled with creamy peanut butter. They’re the perfect tasty snack when you’re craving something sweet. Plus, they’re already made for you, so they require no prep.
Made with puff pastry, cream cheese, creamy peanut butter, and raspberry jam, these pinwheels are easy to make but look fancy enough to serve as an appetizer at your next gathering. They’re creamy, sweet, and seriously addicting.
These energy bites are easy to prepare, and are free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. In fact they’re made with just three ingredients: peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut flour. They’re soft, chewy, and simply bursting with rich, peanut butter flavor.
With bananas, Greek yogurt, flax seeds, almond milk, vanilla extract, and peanut butter, this smoothie has it all. It’s creamy, thick, and tastes just like a milkshake, but is a lot more wholesome.
These chocolate peanut butter bars are rich and decadent. They’re also super easy to make with just salted butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, creamy peanut butter, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
This peanut butter acai smoothie bowl is packed with protein, carbs, and healthy fats. The peanut butter is the perfect addition to the acai bowl, giving it an unparalleled rich and creamy texture.
Fluffy and light with a divine honey and peanut butter flavor, these muffins make a delicious treat whether for breakfast or a hearty snack. They’re also vegan and contain no artificial sweeteners.
These cookies are made with a few wholesome swaps, such as coconut oil instead of butter and oats and peanut butter instead of white flour. A half a cup of M&Ms added to the recipe makes them simply irresistible.
This banana bread is simply bursting with rich peanut butter flavor that complements the sweet banana perfectly. Enjoy a slice with extra peanut butter spread on top or a drizzle of honey.
Made with toasted quinoa, maple syrup, and oat flour, these bites are crispy, crunchy, and taste just like a peanut butter cup. Plus, they’re packed with protein, and are a vegan and gluten free treat.
These tasty and delicious snacks are sure to hit the spot whenever you’re craving something with peanut butter. Try your favorite and let us know what you think!