If you come to this site often, you’re likely familiar with the amazing benefits found in a daily serving of peanuts and peanut butter — including how they can help you live a longer life, keep your mind sharp, and support healthy weight management.

But in addition to the health benefits, this superfood staple has other attributes that make it a popular ingredient: flexibility, and a long shelf life.

And if you’re looking to use more of it and other pantry staples you have on-hand, we have you covered with recipes that are perfect for any time — whether you’re short on ingredients, short on time, or even just running low on effort. (And let’s be honest, who isn’t right now?)

 

Short on Ingredients

Homemade Granola Bars (4 ingredients)

With only 4 ingredients (peanut butter, rolled oats, honey and sea salt) and 15 minutes, you can create a healthier alternative to store-bought granola bars, all courtesy of the Detoxinista. Plus, it’s easy to make vegan with a simple substitution of maple syrup for honey! Trust us when we say it’s a sweet way to start the day.

(And if you’re looking for some more peanut butter and oat love, be sure to check out our recipe for Overnight Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal!)

Short on Time

Pad Thai Peanut Sauce (5 minutes)

Unless we’re counting eating peanut butter right from the jar (no judgements), this five minute Pad Thai Peanut Sauce recipe from Nutrition Stripped is just about the fastest way to create a peanut butter-fueled meal around. Just combine with your favorite noodles and veggies, and you’re good to go!

(And if you want a different take that adds shrimp, don’t miss the recipe for Shrimp Pad Thai from our friends at Woks of Life!)

Short on Motivation

Slow Cooker Thai Pork with Peppers (Set and Forget)

Sometimes it’s not how long a recipe takes, it’s how involved it becomes that makes the difference. And if you have a lot of family in the house, you know that really involved recipes are rarely an option. That’s why we love this simple dish that you can prepare early, and forget about until dinner time.

Short on Fresh Produce

Frozen Vegetable Stir Fry

When getting out to the grocery is hard, so is having fresh veggies on-hand. That’s why we love this stir fry recipe that lets you use peanut butter and your always-ready frozen vegetables to keep your nutrition in check — and in just 10 minutes!

Short on Snacks

Healthy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Hey, it’s ok to enjoy some of the sweet things in life every now and again! And with just a handful of ingredients, this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen makes it easier than ever. Plus, you’ll get more natural ingredients than you’d find in a store-bought variety, and by replacing marshmallow with peanut butter, a more satisfying bite.

Hungry for more?

When it comes to using peanuts and peanut butter in the kitchen, the possibilities are truly endless. So, consider this just an appetizer of what can be done, and be sure to check out our recipe section for even more.

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And while you’re there, check out our other recipes for inspiration, along with daily updates and research on the power of a daily serving of peanuts and peanut butter.