You could call me a peanut butter addict. I love peanut butter and have spent many evenings before Weight Watchers (and sometimes still) eating peanut butter out of the jar by the spoonful. For awhile I thought that the only way I could eat peanut butter in moderation was to not eat it at all, but luckily with the right recipes I have found lots of ways to incorporate my love for peanut butter into healthy eating habits. I also have found PB2, Powdered Peanut Butter, which I constantly use to replace peanut butter in recipes, smoothies, and when I just want peanut butter on it's own with fruit. It has 85% less fat and calories than regular peanut butter and still tastes amazing. It comes as a powder that you mix with water and presto, you have delicious low calorie peanut butter. It has 45 calories and 1 point per 2 tbsp as opposed to the 190 calories and 5 points regular peanut butter has. I highly recommend it. OK, now let's bring on the peanut butter!
What are your favorite peanut butter recipes?
1. Skinny Cookie Pie, 6 P+, 166 calories
You would never guess that the base of this skinny cookie pie was chick peas. However with the addition of brown sugar, peanut butter, and chocolate chips you get a delicious and healthy cookie pie. This recipe is requested in my home pretty much every week, and can easily be made as regular cookies as well. A great twist on a peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie.
2. Peanut Butter Banana Bread, 4 P+
Next to the Nutella banana bread recipe that I created earlier this week, this is one of my favorite banana bread recipes and combines the classic combination of banana and peanut butter. The banana bread is moist and dense and has enough protein to make a perfect breakfast that will keep you full all morning. You can also easily make this as muffins for built in portion control or add in some chocolate chips to make it even more indulgent.
3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls, 1 P+
Salty, sweet, peanut buttery, and chocolately all in one. These yummy little candies will have my favorite combination of salty and sweet and are made with just three ingredients - chocolate, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Some people have mentioned they have trouble getting 20 out of the recipe. If so I would recommend just making ten instead and having them be valued at 2 points a piece.
4. Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp Candy Bar Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Flavor, 3 P+, 110 calories
As a kid I absolutely loved Nutty Bars. You know the ones, layers of crispy wafers layered with peanut butter and covered with chocolate, which for me meant eating it slowly one layer at a time. Well these Skinny Cow candy bars are the healthy equivalent of a nutty bar. They deliver a perfect peanut butter and chocolate flavor for only 2 points and will satisfy your sweet tooth. My favorite way to eat them is frozen.
5. Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, 2 P+, 65 calories
If you are someone who loves indulgent, rich chocolate fudge, then this is a perfect recipe for you. It is incredibly simple to make with just 5 ingredients (cake mix, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and chocolate syrup) and creates a decadent fudge that is really yummy. The only tricky part of this recipe is the portion size - 1 piece of fudge for 2 points- but in my opinion it's worth it if you are someone who can limit themselves.
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