Peanuts are great in so many different recipes; breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts! Peanuts are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids which benefit heart health. Since peanuts are legumes, they contain more protein than any other nut! Peanuts are a great protein source to add to any meal. Peanuts are a plant-based protein offering the nutritional benefits of fiber, niacin, folate, vitamin E and more. The high fiber and protein content in peanuts can help you feel fuller longer, reducing cravings for snacks or junk food. So many wonderful reasons to include more peanuts in your diet! In celebration of Peanut Month this March, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite RD approved peanut recipes below. Enjoy!
Craving a sweet treat? No worries! These sweet peanut recipes are perfect when you’re in need of a healthy dessert or after-school snack. Have a little extra time? Try prepping a few of the recipes to have a healthy treat on hand when those cravings kick in!
In need of a quick and easy afternoon snack? These are the treats for you! “No-Bake Bean and Peanut Butter Treats are perfect for everyone in the family because they are delicious, energizing, and heart-healthy. Little hands can form the dough into hearts, or, if they prefer, balls. The best part is that these treats are ready in about 30 minutes!” says Elizabeth, MS, RD of Better is the New Perfect.
Healthy cookies? Yes please! These cookies are filled with healthy protein and antioxidant rich fruits. “These peanut butter blueberry cookies are everything a peanut butter lover wants in a cookie – moist, chewy and peanut butter filled!” says Tawnie, RDN of Kroll’s Korner.
Going for an afternoon hike or enjoying a family picnic? These are the perfect energy bites! “No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites are the perfect pre-run or on-the-go snack! Full of flavor, fiber and a hint of sweetness, they are kid friendly, gluten free and vegan” says Sarah, RD of Bucket List Tummy.
These small bites are perfect to pack for the kids for a delicious and healthy lunch snack. “These naturally-sweetened, heart-healthy, raw pumpkin bites are great as snacks or for dessert!” says Karmyn, RD of The Nutrition Adventure.
Healthy fats + low sugar donuts sound like the perfect treat! “Luckily these are made from almond flour and minimal sugar so they are full of healthy fats instead of refined sugar!” says Kelli, RD of Hungry Hobby.
Our Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe is filled with healthy ingredients that not only taste great, but also satiate. Smoothies can provide an essential source of energy to power your mornings by delivering an extra boost of vitamins and minerals. And, by consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form, the body can more easily break down these nutrients to aid digestion. Find this recipe on our blog.
Who knew peanuts could taste so great at lunch and dinner too? We love using peanuts, peanut butter, powder and more in savory dishes to boost the protein and the flavor of the meal. Check out these delicious savory peanut recipes below for some dinner and meal prep inspiration!
A quick and easy dinner that can be prepped ahead of time and the leftovers are perfect for lunch! “It’s an entry-level easy dish to make with a sauce that comes together in mere minutes. It can be eaten warm, cold, or room temp. And leftovers can be sent the next day in a lunch box.” says Katie, RD of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook.
A restaurant-style dinner, made simple! “To assemble the meal, all you have to do is put some of the beef mixture into each lettuce leaf, top with the sauce, and that’s a wrap!! Sorry…couldn’t help myself with the pun, but really, these lettuce wraps are so full of flavor – they’re definitely a must-try!” syas Amber, RDN of Homemade Nutrition.
Looking for an easy way to flavor tofu? “This is a super easy and well-balanced meal to make for a weeknight dinner and to have leftovers for lunch the following day. Protein? Check. Healthy fats? Check. Fiber? Check. Whole grains? Check. Vegetables? Check. You’re set” says Kara, RD of The Foodie Dietitian.
A delicious, easy and customizable dinner option the whole family will love! “Since it’s not socially acceptable to eat a jar of peanut butter for dinner, I choose to smother it all over noodles, add some green veggies, and call it #balance” says Alexis, RD of Hummusapien.
Our Baked Tofu with Thai Peanut Sauce is the perfect recipe for beginners and experts alike. Thanks to its simplicity, powerful flavors, and vegan ingredients, this dish will quickly become a favorite in no time at all! This recipe is also a great alternative to take-out, as it’s full of nutritious ingredients that will keep both your taste buds (and wallet!) happy. Find this recipe on our blog.