Peanut butter is traditionally thought of as a spread that tastes good on both bread and toast, but it can be used for so much more than that. You may already have seen some of our tasty recipes that incorporate everyone’s favourite nut butter into everyday cooking, but we thought we’d go one step further. We’d like to bring you some of the best recipes from popular online resources like The Minimalist Baker and The Happy Pear. Whether you’re looking for a delicious mid-week meal or inspiration for your next bake sale, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy here.

Snacks

  • Energy Bites

A quick and easy solution to that mid-morning craving, or great as a nutritious and filling snack any time of the day. Different types of energy bites can be found everywhere from Starbucks to supermarkets these days, but they are so simple to whip up at home too. You can create yummy oatmeal and peanut butter bites using a no cook method to combine nuts, seeds, chocolate chips and peanut butter into squishy little balls of energy. Perfect for on the go!

  • Cheese Crackers

These vegan and gluten-free cheese crackers from The Minimalist Baker are the perfect accompaniment to your favourite peanut butter spread. The contrast of the sharp “cheese” flavour with the smooth creamy nut butter will satisfy any savoury craving without breaking the bank or ruining your diet. They are delicious and full of vitamins and protein.

Meals

If you’re after something a bit more substantial that will still satisfy your need for good old PB, then look no further than these two appetising options.

  • Indonesian Satay

This recipe comes from cheerful twin chefs Steve and Dave Flynn who form health food duo The Happy Pear. They have a great selection of recipes that can be adapted to pretty much any dietary requirements, though this one is certainly nut-heavy! It’s a one pot take on the classic Indonesian satay, perhaps the most famous peanut butter sauce of all, and it’s quick, cheap and easy to make. You can’t go wrong with this one.

  • Peanut Stew

A great alternative to the satay sauce is a peanut stew. You can cook the peanut butter with any combination of root veg to your own taste, though butternut squash works well as the sweetness will offset the peanutty saltiness. Add spices and shelled peanuts to taste before serving with brown rice or lentils. Yummy and warming on a winter’s day.

Sweet Treats

  • PB&J Brownies

Another new spin on a classic recipe is The Happy Pear’s raw vegan PB&J brownies. This recipe really lets the unique flavours and textures of peanut butter shine and is guaranteed to keep everybody happy. It’s the perfect treat that doesn’t use bags of refined sugar but still packs a sweet hit; and the best part is that there’s absolutely no cooking involved! Just whizz it up, spread it out and you’re good to go.

  • Chocolate PB Mousse Pie

This decadent sounding dessert is the ultimate smooth, creamy, sweet and salty culinary delight. So good and simple to make that you’ll just want to create it again and again and again for every celebratory occasion. Find it on The Minimalist Baker’s site and prepare to be bowled over by the taste, the mouthfeel, everything! You’ll be checking your calendar for the next good excuse to whip out your mixing bowls and cook up a storm.

Drinks

Let’s not forget about how good peanut butter can be in its liquid form; it makes the perfect addition to healthy smoothies and naughty shakes alike.

  • Milkshake

The ingredients are straightforward and nothing out of the ordinary: ice cream, milk and peanut butter. However, to add a real twist to your creation, why not throw in a handful of fresh basil? Although you might not expect it, the herb offsets the flavours of the peanut butter perfectly creating a one-of-a-kind shake that’ll have everyone asking you for the recipe.

  • Hot Chocolate

    Hot chocolate

Blogger Marie of Not Enough Cinnamon has come up with a healthier alternative to the sugar and fat heavy hot chocolates we find on the menu during the colder months. This delectable drink involves cocoa powder, creamy peanut butter, a pinch of salt, milk, natural sweetener and some dark chocolate. You can also go the whole way and top it off with whipped cream and a bit of melted PB. Beautiful!

Great recipes are now easier to access than ever before thanks to the internet and particularly social media. Apps like Bluprint, where you can access craft-based classes and tutorials, and websites where you can play games, like roulette or sudoku in a virtual environment, are bringing people’s favourite hobbies directly to their computer and smartphone screens. You can do the same with recipes as a whole host of different online recipe resources have sprung up, such as AllRecipes. Check out some of the options we’ve listed above, and then continue exploring to find your own favourite peanut butter recipes out there on the web.