Spread it on thick! These healthy peanut butter desserts are surprisingly good for you.
Why Peanut Butter Should Be In Your Diet
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We probably don't need to convince you to eat peanut butter (you may even have a spare jar in your desk drawer). The good news is that research supports consuming peanut butter to maintain a healthy weight. Why? Even though it's higher in calories, the protein-packed spread keeps you fuller for longer, and studies show that eating peanut butter multiple times a week is linked to having a normal BMI. The trick is to eat all-natural peanut butter to keep the sugar content down, or blend up your own PB rather than snagging a jar at the store. If you have a peanut allergy, try making your own nut or seed butter.
Mix your favorite spread into these healthy peanut butter dessert recipes for a sweet and satisfying treat.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
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Made with just three ingredients (coconut oil, natural peanut butter, and dark chocolate), these melt-pour-freeze cups are worth the wait time to bite into. Important note: Wait until this healthy peanut butter dessert is a little thawed—the cups are pretty solid straight from the freezer.
Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Photo: A Sweet Pea Chef
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Bananas naturally sweeten these light and fluffy muffins, while Greek yogurt adds some moisture and protein. You can whip these up from scratch and be nomming one in less than 25 minutes—perfect for when the PB chocolate craving strikes. This healthy peanut butter dessert is called a “muffin” but could easily be a “cupcake” depending on who you ask!
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins
Photo: Damn Delicious
Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Energy Bites
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These easy, no-bake bites are the perfect pre-workout snack, packed with carbohydrates for energy (from the banana and oats) and healthy fats to keep you going until your larger post-workout snack or meal (from the flaxseed and peanut butter). The chocolate is simply there to make you smile—and keep going back for more for a healthy peanut butter dessert.
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Energy Bites
Photo: The Cookie Rookie
Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter Chocolate Drizzle
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These are not your usual nachos! This healthy peanut butter dessert that’s based on a bed of apple slices is a crunchy, sweet treat that will keep you full (apples are packed with satisfying fiber) and crush your cravings all at once. Choose milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate, depending on your mood.
Get the recipe: Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Photo: Trial and Eater
Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
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You can make this homemade chocolate PB and the cookies in 30 minutes flat—a perfect emergency healthy peanut butter dessert. One key to acing these amazing cookies: Use natural peanut butter (the only ingredient should be peanuts) if you don't make your own PB. (Related: Stir Together No-Bake Cookie Dough That’s Packed With Protein)
Get the recipe: Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Photo: Edible Perspective
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Pops
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In the mood for a frozen treat, but don't want to ruin your day of healthy eating? These DIY pops made from Greek yogurt (check out all of its many body benefits!), banana, cocoa powder, and peanut butter will satisfy your summer sweet tooth at only about 60 calories each.
Get the recipe: Chocolate PB Banana Yogurt Pops
Photo: Recipe Runner
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough PB Ice Cream
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This cookie dough ice cream recipe is so worth the effort it takes to whip it up. First, you make the homemade (healthy!) cookie dough from peanut butter and chickpeas. Freeze that and later add to blended banana ice cream. (Then try this mocha chip banana ice cream next.)
Get the recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Photo: The Fitchen
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
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You'll kick yourself for not already making this three-ingredient dip. It makes fruit a treat to eat! Plus it's so easy, and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen: natural creamy peanut butter, cocoa powder, and a vanilla yogurt. Dip your favorite fruit into this chocolate-peanut butter heaven, and you'll make this an after-supper staple.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
Photo: The Lemon Bowl