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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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                                                              Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                                              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                              At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                                              Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                                              One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                                              When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                                              So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                                              Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                                              This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                                              Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                                              When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                                              Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                                              One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                                              Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                                              An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                                              When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                                              Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                                              Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                                              We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                                              By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                                              Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                                              While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                                              I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                                              You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                                              Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                                              When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                                              Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                                              Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                                              Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                                              One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                                              Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                                              Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                                              This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                                              While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                                              Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                                              Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                                              This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                                              For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                                              Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                                              Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                                              For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                                              To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                                              We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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