When you need a snack to tide you over until dinner, peanut butter is the perfect solution. Not only is it filling, but it’s not the diet disaster that some people assume it is (at least when consumed in moderation). Peanut butter has a healthy mix of fiber and protein, is packed with good-for-you fats, and delivers lots of vitamin E, potassium, and vitamin B6, according to Prevention.
While you could always slather some peanut butter on toast for a mid-day snack or pair it with a banana post-workout, those are hardly the only ways to eat this nutty spread. Peanut butter is surprisingly versatile, adding extra flavor to everything from smoothies to granola to hummus. Here are seven of our favorite snack recipes featuring peanut butter.
1. Homemade Spicy Peanut Butter
Making your own peanut butter at home is a breeze, provided you have a food processor. It’s also easy to customize with different add-ins, from the obvious (chocolate) to the slightly quirky, like the cayenne pepper and paprika in this for spicy peanut butter recipe from Kitchenaid.
- ½ cup shelled unsalted roasted peanuts
- ¼ teaspoon salt (use more or less to taste)
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 1½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (or more, to taste)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil
Directions: Place the peanuts and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process for 3 to 4 minutes, then scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue processing. Initially, the peanuts will form crumbles, then form a ball, and will finally turn into creamy peanut butter.
Once your peanuts are creamy, stop the processor and add the cayenne pepper, paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes. Continue processing to combine, then drizzle in the oil and blend just until smooth. Serve.