Peanut butter is high in fiber, a good source of plant-based protein and is also rich in heart-healthy fats. There is emerging science around the benefits of nuts in a diet, such as blood sugar regulation, and they are a great source of magnesium and potassium.
Here are two recipes for you to enjoy.
Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes
If you're someone who loves peanut butter but also tries to eat healthy, you know the struggle of resisting the delectable full-fat spread. Well, try to maintain your excitement when we tell you that there's a version of peanut butter that cuts the fat and calories down by 85 percent. Powdered peanut butter, or PB2, is the perfect substitute for peanut butter if you're trying to lose or maintain your weight. Here, we add it to our pancakes for a kick of protein and flavor.
1/3 cup Quaker Oats
1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese
1 cup Egg Whites
1 medium banana
1/2 cup Powdered Peanut Butter
1 second Coconut Oil Spray
1 Blend oats in blender until fine.
2 In large bowl mash banana and mix in blended oats, cottage cheese, egg whites and peanut powder.
3 Heat large skillet to medium heat and spray with coconut oil.
4 Pour about 2-3oz portion of batter for each pancake. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter.
207 CALORIES PER SERVING
Serving Size: 3 pancakes
High-Protein Chocolate Doughnuts
(WARNING: these are a bit more evil.....;)
These protein-rich doughnuts are loaded with fiber-filled black beans, protein powder and nearly half a dozen eggs. Choose any heat-stable protein powder you prefer — chocolate, plain or vanilla — and feel free to skip the peanut butter glaze if you’re feeling something simpler.
358 CALORIES PER SERVING--one donut
2 cups cooked black beans
5 large whole egg
1 cup Coconut Palm Sugar
6 tbsp Oil, avocado
6 tbsp Cocoa Powder, Unsweetend
2 scoop Whey Protein Isolate, Unflavored
2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Table Salt
1 cup Peanut Butter
2 tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2 Add the black beans, eggs, 1 cup sugar, oil, cocoa powder, protein powder, vanilla extract, baking soda and 3/4 tsp salt to a blender or processor and blend until the batter is uniform in texture.
3 Scoop batter into a doughnut pan and bake for 20 minutes.
4 Warm the peanut butter, 2 tbsp sugar and 1/4 tsp salt in a pan over low heat until spreadable. This is the peanut butter glaze.
5 Glaze doughnuts with the peanut butter glaze.
These doughnuts are incredibly tender and, as a result, quite delicate! Exercise caution when removing them from the doughnut pan.