I am probably the worst example for my daughter when it comes to snacks. I crave sweets, I don’t believe I have a sweet tooth; I have a mouth full of sweet teeth. I am trying to get better for my own sake but also; I am trying to provide her with healthy snacks while also satisfying my sweet tooth (or teeth). I have experimented with several recipes and have fallen in love with so many different ones. Here are a few of my favorite healthy snack recipes using peanut butter!
Carrots with Peanut Dipping Sauce
What you need:
- 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- A splash of soy sauce
- A few drops of sesame oil
- Water to smooth
- Carrot sticks
Mix everything but the carrot sticks together with a fork or whisk in a bowl. Add water as needed to thin mixture to a dipping consistency (all-natural peanut butter needs more; everyday brands need less).
Cored sliced apples with peanut butter, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips
You will need
- 2 apples
- 3-4 Tbsp. peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter or chocolate soy nut butter
- 2 Tbsp. granola
- Choice of nuts
- Chocolate Chips
Wash and core apples.
Slice crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.
Spread nut butter over apple slices.
Sprinkle granola, nuts and chocolate chips over top.
Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream
What you need:
- 4 large very ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
Peel bananas and slice into 1/2 inch discs. Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a large plate or baking sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours.
Place the banana slices in a food processor or powerful blender. Puree banana slices, scraping down the bowl as needed. Puree until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Add the peanut butter and puree to combine. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream consistency. If you prefer harder ice cream, place in the freezer for a few hours and then serve.
*Note-if you have a hard time creating a creamy consistency, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to help puree the banana slices. Make sure you use a powerful food processor or blender!
Peanut Butter Balls
What you need
- 2 cups NATURAL crunchy peanut or almond butter
- 2 scoops Jay Robb chocolate whey or egg white protein powder
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 TBS freshly ground flax seeds
- 1 tsp psyllium husks (optional thickener and fiber for the little tikes!).
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Mold the mixture into small balls (like a large marble), and place them in a container lined with parchment to separate the layers. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.
Chocolate Covered PB Banana Bites
What you need
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
- 1/8 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/8 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 ripe bananas
- Sea salt
Peel bananas and slice into 1/4′ pieces.
Mix the peanut butter and the applesauce in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on top of each banana slice.
Place bananas on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
During the last 5 minutes of freeze time, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. Microwave for 1 minute or until chocolate melts.
Remove bananas from freezer and dip 1/2 of each banana piece in the chocolate. Sprinkle sea salt on the chocolate tops.
Place bananas back on parchment paper tray and put back in the freezer.
They will be ready to eat in 15 minutes. Store in a ziplock bag.