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9 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes You're About to Fall in Love With
Sure, peanut butter may not be the lowest-calorie food in the world. But it has a ton of health benefits when consumed in moderation, thanks to the fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats in peanuts. Peanuts may also increase your life span and reduce your risk of heart disease, according to recent research from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While we know it's tempting to eat peanut butter straight from the jar (hey, we won't judge), these nine healthy peanut butter recipes take the spread to next-level deliciousness.
Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps
Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Butter Butternut Squash
We know it sounds like an odd pairing, but trust us on this one. Peanut butter and butternut squash are a match made in healthy meal heaven. Bonus: Butternut squash is packed with a little something called beta-cryptoxanthin—an antioxidant that has been linked with a lower risk of developing arthritis.
Get the recipe: Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps
Peanut Butter Recipes: Crispy Peanut Tofu & Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry
This veggie-loaded stir-fry supplies the perfect amount of sweetness thanks to a dash of brown sugar. We suggest using sriracha for flavor instead, if you're trying to cut back on the sweet stuff.
Get the recipe: Minimalist Baker
Peanut Butter Recipes: Chicken Quinoa Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
With 24 grams of protein per cup, quinoa deserves its place as the fit chick's go-to grain. Add protein-packed chicken, low-cal lettuce, and the healthy fats from peanut butter to the mix, and you've got one awesomely healthy wrap. Go ahead, have another (and another).
Get the recipe: Natasha's Kitchen
Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Avocado Sushi
These rolls don't have any real fish—just peanut butter and avocados. And if you haven't made avocados a daily staple, start now. A Journal of the American Heart Association study found they can lower your LDL—or bad—cholesterol.
Get the recipe: Connoisseurus Veg
Peanut Butter Boy
Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Butter Chili
Next time you're craving a comfort meal, stir up this crazy-flavorful chili. It's loaded with beans, which were shown to lower bad cholesterol (we're really into this recurring theme) in a Canadian Medical Association Journal study. Another spoonful, please?
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Boy
Once Upon a Chef
Peanut Butter Recipes: Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing
Forget Italian and Ranch dressings. This homemade peanut dressing will make you wonder why you didn't try it years ago. The best part? You know exactly what's in it. No artificial preservatives here.
Get the recipe: Once Upon a Chef
Savoring the Thyme
Peanut Butter Recipes: Peanut Butter Hummus
We all love a little celery-sticks-and-peanut-butter action, but may we suggest mixing up the dip with this PB hummus when you're feeling adventurous? Chickpeas may keep you feeling full and decrease snacking on processed foods, says a study in Appetite.
Get the recipe: Budget Bytes