We love nuts and legumes for their protein and healthy fat! We’ve featured sweet peanut butter recipes in blogs before. We even had a blog devoted to savory peanut butter recipes for National Peanut Butter Lovers Month once. Today, we are dedicating a blog to the sweet side of peanut butter! National Peanut Butter Day is this coming Monday, and that’s worth celebrating. You can never have too many recipes for peanut butter!
We are starting off with an incredibly simple recipe that is more of a tip than a recipe. Did you know you can make your own peanut butter? We’ve written about the best and worst peanut butters you can buy in the past. Some people like to make things from scratch as often as possible. If you want homemade peanut butter, it’s straightforward and possibly cheaper than buying organic peanut butter. There are only two ingredients: peanuts and a good blender. You need a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or something similar. You can add salt, a sweetener or a fat for a stabilizer. But, to make peanut butter, you just blend peanuts until they are smooth. A fourth of a cup has 180 calories, four grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. You can read about the process and options to add to it here.
Mousses are delicious soft desserts that have an incredible texture. We love that they are like a fluffy cross between pudding and whipped cream! This one is high in fat because it’s designed for people following the keto diet, so it’s good if you want a “fat bomb” but don’t like the dense texture of those treats. If you aren’t following a keto diet, be aware of the fat content. But, as an occasional dessert, it’s not a deal-breaker! This is easy and fast to make. But, for the best texture, it’s better chilled overnight. A serving has 169 calories and two grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
Cookie bars are wonderful. They’re part cookie, part brownie and completely delicious! They have the chew of a brownie but the flavor of a peanut butter cookie. They’re perfect for dessert. They also pair well with coffee! The recipe states they are excellent at all temperatures — fresh out of the oven, room temperature or chilled. Just like a brownie, it’s a personal preference. For our money, a cold chewie cookie bar is best, but it’s up to you! A cookie has 136 calories, three grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
The title of this recipe tells you everything and nothing about it. It’s a layered dessert that really is a dream come true. It’s not a pie or a trifle. It’s four distinct layers — crust, peanut butter pudding, cream cheese frosting and whipped cream. It’s as decadent as it sounds and perfect for when you have company. But, while it has four layers, it’s not a terribly complicated recipe to make. The tricky part is that the pudding needs to be made a day in advance. It will impress and delight guests! A serving has 367 calories, seven grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We know that one of these recipes is perfect for whatever peanut butter craving you’re feeling! No matter what mood you are in, one of these will hit the spot.