3 Healthy Peanut-based Snacks
Peanuts are a staple in most American homes—either the legumes themselves or in the form of peanut butter. You probably remember growing up with classic snacks like ants-on-a-log, nutty trail mix, and the famous PB&J. Peanuts are a quick and easy nutrient-rich snack full of protein and fiber. Below we’ve compiled our favorite peanut snack recipes to make to eat at home or on the go!
Peanut Butter No-Bake Balls
This recipe is extremely easy and fun to make. All you need is peanut butter, oats and chia seeds. You’ll combine the three ingredients into a large bowl where you can mix the ingredients with your hands or a spoon. We recommend using your hands to mix it, but please make sure you’re washing your hands properly and for at least 20 seconds before digging in! Feel free to add additional ingredients like chocolate chips, honey or coconut flakes. Scoop out a spoonful, roll into a ball, and enjoy!
DIY Trail Mix
The best part about making your own trail mix is adding all of your favorite ingredients! Depending on what you have in your pantry, trail mix can include dried fruit, nuts and any other healthy treats. We like to add something sweet, something salty, something dried and peanuts as the base. Trail mix makes a great mid day snack for people on the go! Pro tip: drop a handful of your homemade trail mix into some popcorn for a fun movie-night treat!
Peanut Butter Granola
Peanut butter and granola go together almost as well as peanut butter and jelly! Check out our favorite ways to integrate the two:
Granola: All you need for this easy peanut butter granola recipe is oats, peanut butter, vanilla extract and honey. The primary ingredient should be oats, with the peanut butter, vanilla extract and honey acting as a coating on the oats. Put the oats in a large bowl and heat the peanut butter and honey to melt over the oats – adding the vanilla extract at the end. Stir the mixture together and then pour over parchment paper to bake in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes at 275*F., stirring around every few minutes to make sure it cooks evenly. Remove once golden brown!
Granola Bars: Another 3-ingredient recipe, this granola bar only requires peanut butter, dates and oats. Adding dates allows the bars to solidify enough to be made into granola bars. Start by adding pitted dates to a food processor and blend to your desired consistency, then add the peanut butter and oats to the mixture and blend for a little while longer. Once everything is blended, lay parchment paper on a pan and press the mixture down to fit the pan. Let the mixture sit for a moment and then cut it into your favorite granola bar size.
It’s so easy to use peanuts as an ingredient in a myriad of recipes, and a great way to take in biotin and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, so great creative and add them to your diet today!
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