3 Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Recipes

Get more peanut butter in your diet and boosts its nutritional value with three super-simple, tasty and healthy recipes.

Peanut butter is great food choice for athletes. High in healthy fats and protein, it helps fuel your performance and rebuilds muscle. It is an ideal part of an athlete's nutrition, but there are ways to make it even better. Here are three recipes athletes can prepare to increase their nutritional gains. Check out the video player above for a bonus peanut butter recipe.

Banana Nut Peanut Butter

Bananas are a great source of complex carbohydrates and sugars. They are also high in potassium, which can lower your risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Walnuts are one of the healthiest nuts athletes can eat, providing healthy fats, protein and fiber to help refuel and rebuild muscle.

Ingredients:

  • 15 ounces of natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1 small smashed ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of natural honey
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/4 cup of natural chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and either cover with a airtight lid or transfer to a jar or container with a resealable lid.

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

Due to its immune system-boosting capabilities, cinnamon is an excellent spice to add to any dish. It also helps reduce muscle soreness, helping you recover faster from your workouts. Raisins are another wonderful source of complex carbohydrates and sugars to help provide lasting energy.

Ingredients:

  • 15 ounces of natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/4 cup of raisins

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and either cover with an airtight lid or transfer to a jar or container with a resealable lid.

Chocolate Cocoa Peanut Butter

Chocolate and peanut butter go together like salt and pepper. They taste great together, and adding chocolate protein powder gives an extra boost of protein and immune system-boosting agents. Cocoa provides benefits similar to chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 15 ounces of natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of natural cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and either cover with an airtight lid or transfer to a jar or container with a resealable lid.


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