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Enough With PB&J? 30 Healthy And Tasty Peanut Butter Recipes

Enough With PB&J? 30 Healthy And Tasty Peanut Butter Recipes

Peanut butter is one of the most understated foods. It is packed with a ton of health benefits. First off, it is known for having high amounts of protein. So much so that in times of emergency, it’s recommended to always ensure peanut butter is stocked because it is quite filling and including a good amount of nutrients like potassium and fiber. The high amount of unsaturated fats means that it is a healthy, heart-healthy snack. But peanut butter is usually found in sandwiches, accompanied with jam. But that doesn’t have to always be the case. There is a lot to uncover with the 30 peanut butter recipes we will cover today.

1. Mini Crunch Bars with Peanut Butter Shell Drizzle

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    This recipe is healthy on many fronts. First off, it vegan-friendly and makes use of organic rice cereal in the recipe. In addition, with the use of coconut oil and unsweetened cocoa powder, you’ll find this to be a guilt-free alternative to the store brought Crunch bars.

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    2. Peanut Butter and Fleur de Sel Brownies

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      This is a delectable mix of chocolate and peanut butter, with a generous helping of peanut butter icing to make these brownies a hit. Maldon is sprinkled on the top for a finishing touch. This is a rich and tasty deviation from your average homemade brownies.

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      3. Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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        Homemade ice cream is always seen as a healthy alternative to store brought. Without the additives that allow store brought ice cream to last longer, you are a smoother and more flavorful ice cream when made at home. This recipe makes use of peanut butter and a butterscotch topping for a mouthwatering experience.

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        4. Layered Peanut Butter Brittle Ice Cream

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          You are in for a flavor explosion with this recipe. Making use of peanut butter cups, peanut butter, and peanuts, all of this is layered and made into a pop. This is the perfect recipe just in time for the dog days of summer. However, I’d like to see you not make use of the recipe anytime of the year either.

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          5. Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes

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            No-bake recipes are a favorite for individuals who are short on time and want to create amazing desserts. This recipe makes use of butterfingers and pretzels for a nice base, with your traditional cheesecake recipe as the middle, topped off with a chocolate drizzle.

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            6. Grilled Peanut Butter Honey Banana Waffle Sandwiches

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              Like peanut butter, bananas are a food filled with potassium. For a fiber, protein, and potassium filled morning, start with this grilled peanut butter waffle sandwich, with honey. The recipe makes use of whole grain waffles, and it is kid-friendly and flavorful as well.

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              7. Peanut Butter Breakfast Jar Parfait

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                Parfaits are a great way to get started with your morning. They are filled with nutrient rich fruits and yoghurt that not only boost your energy, but have a natural sweetness that makes it tasty. The addition of peanut butter to your morning parfait, as outlined in this recipe, offers more potassium and fiber to get you through the day.

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                8. Peanut Butter, Strawberry, and Banana Quesadilla

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                  This breakfast food, or even on-the-go snack, gives you a new twist to the average quesadilla. No need to worry, we aren’t combining cheese and peanut butter here, this is friendly for the lactose intolerant friends out there. That’d be a bit odd either way. You can hack this recipe even more by making use of whole wheat tortillas.

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                  9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

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                    This is the ultimate hack on the peanut butter and jelly we all know. Not only is it transformed from a sandwich to a pancake, it’s quite flavorful while still being healthy. While jarred peanut butter paste isn’t used in this recipe, to ensure the peanut butter flavor is able to be found throughout the batter, it is still a great recipe. Top it off with a banana slice or two, instead of the butter, for added tastiness.

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                    10. Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Butter Dip

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                      Peanut dips are quite common in Asian cuisine. This is no different with this vegetarian friendly lettuce wrap with the accompanying peanut butter dip made with ginger. The dip is tangy with a bit of spice. If you want to make this a meat dish, you can replace the recipe’s tofu for sautéd chicken.

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                      11. Beef & Cabbage Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

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                        Another great Asian dish, making use of a peanuts, incorporates beef and cabbage with udon noodles for a mouthwatering dish that takes a little over a half an hour to prepare and serve. Packed with potassium and folate, you don’t have to sacrifice your diet for this yummy dish.

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                        12. Chicken And Peanut Butter Lettuce Wrap

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                          Mixing savory and sweet with grapes, apples, and peanut butter, you can get a new twist on the summer friendly chicken salad lettuce wrap. It’s filling enough for a lunch, while not being heavy on you. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish!

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                          13. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

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                            Rolled apricots, figs, and nuts held by peanut butter and honey is the combination for a powerful mid-day snack or morning pick-me-up with six grams of protein. The recipe makes 14 bars.

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                            14. Peanut Butter Split Smoothie

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                              This is another potassium filled recipe. The peanut butter split smoothie includes banana, non-fat milk, yoghurt, and of course peanut butter, to make for a breakfast or post-workout friendly treat that you won’t ever have to feel guilty about.

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                              15. Chicken Salad with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette

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                                The star of this recipe is the peanut-lime vinaigrette. Made with beef broth, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil, and hot sauce for a nice kick. You can substitute beef broth for vegetable stock, and chicken for tofu for a vegan friendly alternative vinaigrette.

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                                16. Memphis Banana Bites

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                                  This is a simple recipe that takes less than an hour to get into your mouth. Making use of three simple ingredients, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate, you can create mouthwatering dessert bites that can be in the form of mini sandwiches or in balls.

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                                  17. Nutty Sweet Potato Soup

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                                    This unique sweet potato soup makes use of melted peanut butter to give it a nice, nutty finish when you enjoy it. This gives it 14 grams of protein and five grams of fiber. This is truly a nutrient rich, healthy appetizer or quick lunch that is ready in a half hour.

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                                    18. Peanut Butter and Green Apple Toast

                                     

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                                      This kid-friendly recipe can be great once school starts, or when they are off for a day at their summer camp. With a recipe including whole grain bread, a half a green apple, and peanut butter, you can add a finish touching of honey to add more sweetness naturally given out from the apples. This nice, quick lunch or snack option is just over 200 calories.

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                                      19. Dark Chocolate and Oat Clusters

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                                        It is a known fact that chocolate is healthy for you. The less additives and sweeteners, the more it is beneficial to you. This is the reason why dark chocolate is considered some of the healthiest of any chocolate variety. This dark chocolate and oat cluster recipe is a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth while getting a blast of antioxidants.

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                                        20. Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

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                                          Who said pie had to be unhealthy? This 259 calorie per slice pie is sue to quell such a misconception. The shaved milk chocolate may make you rethink if the pie is truly fat-free. No need to worry, it is! Enjoy this wonderful dessert after savoring beef and cabbage stir-fry with peanut sauce.

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                                          21. Chocolate Bonbon Bombes

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                                            This may seem like a complicated dessert to make, but it truly isn’t. There are only three ingredients, one of which you can make using the peanut butter ice cream recipe mentioned above. Just top it with chocolate, dash some nuts on top, and put in the freezer. The only thing easier than making them is popping them in your mouth.

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                                            22. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

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                                              Thinking back to my childhood, and especially to this day, I loved cookies and my favorite lunch time meal were PB&Js. Having them all in one is a bit too much of a good thing for me to handle! This recipe isn’t simply spreading peanut butter and jelly on pre-made cookies. You are able to make them from scratch, all in under 10 minutes.

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                                              23. Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats

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                                                This healthy alternative to store brought rice crispy treats replace white rice with brown rice and honey instead of corn syrup. Peanut butter is thrown in for added nutrients, and dried cherries for added taste.

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                                                24. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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                                                  Oatmeal cherry cookies with the required addition of peanut butter make for a smooth, chewy cookie that comes with a surprise of dried sour cherries. For 132 calories per cookie, these are health-friendly both in caloric intake and nutrients.

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                                                  25. Peanut Butter – Milk Chocolate Puddings

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                                                    Not only are you able to make your own pudding with this recipe, you can even learn how to make peanut butter pudding. This, while great alone, is an excellent paring with the milk chocolate pudding recipe also included.For a nice finisher, top it all off with a whipped topping.

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                                                    26. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

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                                                      A peanut butter cake, layered with chocolate, and topped with cream cheese and a butterfingers finishing seems like only a dream. However, with this recipe it is a reality. Another great point about the recipe is that the filling, cake, and frosting instructions are all separated. So if you feel like you just want to make a peanut butter cake another day, the recipe can point you in that direction.

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                                                      27. Peanut Butter Cream Tart

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                                                        Made with a chocolate wafer cookie crust, this Peanut Butter cream tart is technically a cheese cake. It has a nice chocolate drizzle finish while still remembering to have a peanut butter and cream cheese base. This will be a crowd favorite for your next dinner party, while still being easy enough to fix during the week.

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                                                        28. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

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                                                          This recipe is another twist on the classic PB&J. In the form of bars, they are convenient and good to eat on the go. They are sweet while still being a tad bit savory with the peanut butter. The recipe below makes 16.

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                                                          29. Banana S’more Nut Bars

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                                                            The Banana S’more Nut Bar is a very contemporary take on not only s’mores, but also energy bars. While including various types of nuts, chocolate, and honey, you will also find marshmallow to complete the s’mores inspiration.

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                                                            30. Sweet-and-Salty Peanut Butter Sauce

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                                                              Peanut sauce, as mentioned earlier in the article, can be used as a great dipping sauce for various Asian dishes. Now you can make some of your own with this sweet and salty peanut better sauce. Some have even found it to be a great topping for various dishes and desserts they make.

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                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                              Listen carefully:

                                                              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                              1. Pray Daily

                                                              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                              3. Smile Often

                                                              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                              4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                              How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                              First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                              8. Go Exercise

                                                              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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