Loaded Apple Nachos
Nutrition: 219 calories, 11.4 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 13 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 18.7 g sugar, 5.1 g protein
There are few snacks that can rival an apple topped with peanut butter—but this is one of them. By throwing raisins, mini chocolate chips and coconut into the mix, these sweet “nachos” give the classic treat a real run for its money — without loading on the sugar or calories.
Get the recipe from Begin Within Nutrition.
No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites
Nutrition: 123 calories, 6.7 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 23 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 7.2 g sugar, 4 g protein
Energy bites are perfect for days when you’re not hungry enough to commit to an entire granola bar or when you’re simply craving something sweet that won’t blow your diet. Whip up this recipe and you’ll be prepared for either scenario. They only take 15 minutes to make and are filled with superfoods like flaxseed, chia seeds and almonds. Oh, and of course, ooey-gooey peanut butter, too!
PB FRUIT DIP
Nutrition: 108 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 60 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, .7 g fiber, 6.8 g sugar, 5.7 g protein
The combination of Greek yogurt and peanut butter is a protein duo made in heaven. You get a rich and creamy dip that’s perfect to pack for the kids school lunches or to enjoy at home with apple slices. Use a Greek yogurt that doesn’t have ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, or buy a plain one and add your own flavor like cinnamon and vanilla. This is a smart trick to lose the added sugars and still get a flavorful punch!
HEALTHY PB CUPS
Nutrition: 106 calories, 9.8 g fat (4.9 g saturated), 1 mg sodium, 3.1 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, .9 g sugar, 3 g protein
If you have major cravings of PB-and-chocolate everything, here’s your perfect fix. Just like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that we’re all huge fans of, these are creamy treats are packed with a ton of peanut butter flavor but without the mega-long list of unnecessary ingredients. They’re simple to make and portioned small enough to have one or two during the day when you’re starting to hit that 2 p.m. slump.
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
Nutrition: 360 calories, 17 g fat, 3.1 g saturated fat, 125 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 12 g protein (calculated with 2 tbsp of peanuts as a topping)
This banana ice cream is made by blending frozen fruit with natural peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt. Though it’s higher in calories than some supermarket ice creams, it’s free of all the nasty health-harming additives responsible for their unnaturally skinny profiles. This treat is sure to satisfy your craving for something sweet and creamy – while keeping you on the straight and narrow in terms of nutrition.
Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields: 22 cookies
Nutrition: 86 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1.4 g saturated fat, 38 mg sodium, 9.6 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2.3 g protein (calculated with traditional mini chocolate chips)
Whether you’re looking for a simple cookie recipe or a healthy one, this low-sugar option is the perfect fit. The majority of the dough is comprised of chickpeas and peanut butter while maple syrup, vanilla extract and mini chocolate chips play a supporting role and add a hint of sweetness. The best part: they’re free of eggs, so you can lick the spoon — and the bowl, too.
Nutrition: 246 calories, 15.1 g fat (3.3 g saturated), 7 mg sodium, 20.1 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 13.3 g sugar, 9.3 g protein
Step aside, boxed brownie mixes! These easy six-ingredient brownies are taking over. This chocolatey treat is made without using any flour or processed sugar, but still has that great gooey consistency you’re looking for in the perfect brownie. By incorporating bananas and PB, they’re naturally super sweet with a hint of savory and ideal for to grab when you get the craving for chocolate. Pair with a glass of warm almond milk and your tastebuds are sure to be satisfied! To see what else bananas are doing for you check out 7 Amazing Things Bananas Do to Your Body!
CLEAN NO BAKE PB PIE
Nutrition: 394 calories, 29.9 g fat (6.1 g saturated), 158.6 mg sodium, 25.3 g carbs, 4.1 g fiber, 12.5 g sugar, 12.7 g protein (calculated with almond milk and maple syrup)
A pie that requires no baking is a pie we’re definitely big fans of! The calories may seem on the higher side, but it comes from only healthy sources like nuts and dark chocolate (which are both on our list of 20 Healthy Fats to Make You Thin). The crust is made of walnuts, pecans, and cashews—all nuts that’ll boost your brainpower and keep your memory intact. And the best part is that it tastes just like the childhood favorite ice cream cakes, without all the excess sugar and refined ingredients!
HEALTHY PB FUDGE
Nutrition: 127 calories, 10.4 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 83 mg sodium, 6.7 g carbs, 1.3 g fiber, 3.4 g sugar, 3.6 g protein (calculated with Stevia and coconut oil)
It can’t get much better than a healthy fudge that’s sweetened naturally with no heavy fats or corn syrups. This one specifically uses a banana to get that extra sweet kick and still has the fudgy consistency you would get from the bakery bought versions. And, because this recipe is made by using coconut oil, it also reaps major benefits like lasting energy and weight loss. So, forgo the guilt of reaching for a treat and indulge in this!
Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie Jar
Nutrition: 309 calories, 17 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 111 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 21 g sugar, 15 g protein (calculated with natural peanut butter, 3 tbsp unsweetened hemp milk, 3 tbsp granola, 1/4 cup blueberries, and 1 tbsp hemp seeds)
Peanut butter and chocolate, the food world’s power couple, join together to elevate this fruit-filled sippable to the delicious and antioxidant-filled next level. And, better yet, it’s extremely easy to make. All you have to do is throw the ingredients into a blender and top it with some low-sugar granola, berries and hemp seeds, a stellar vegan source of protein, fiber and omega-3s.
Chocolate PB Chia Breakfast Parfait
Nutrition: 339 calories, 18 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 123 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 14.5 g sugar, 15 g protein (calculated with 1/2 tbsp cacao nibs)
On days when cereal or overnight oatmeal just won’t do, whip up a bowl of this protein-filled treat. Pairing bananas with cacao powder, chia seeds, and peanut butter amps up the fiber content, which will keep you full and satisfied—without piling on excess calories. To boost the slimming effects even further, choose a slightly underripe banana, which contains more resistant starch than the soft and spotted variety. As the name implies, resistant starch resists the digestion process, which prolongs the feeling of fullness.
PB Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
Nutrition: 325 calories, 9 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 110 mg sodium, 50 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 17.5 g sugar, 11.6 g protein
Eating cookies for breakfast can help you reach your weight loss goals—well, this cookie-inspired overnight oats recipe can, at least. The addition of vanilla Greek yogurt boosts the protein content, which increases its satiety factor ten-fold. To keep sugar counts reasonable, look for a container of yogurt that contains fewer than 13 grams of the sweet stuff. We like Chobani Vanilla Blended.
PB FLAXSEED PANCAKES
Nutrition: 322 calories, 14.5 g fat (5.1 g saturated), 452 mg sodium, 38.9 g carbs, 5.1 g fiber, 9.7 g sugar, 9.4 g protein
When you wake up with a craving for a classic like pancakes, here’s the recipe you should be turning to! It’s made using oatmeal (which has tons of fiber) and flaxseed (a superfood with incredible health benefits)! With these pancakes, you don’t have to worry about getting love handles and feeling overly stuffed, but they’re sure to keep you powered up through your morning.
HONEY BANANA MUFFINS
Nutrition: 253 calories, 10.6 g fat (2.4 g saturated), 243 mg sodium, 34.4 g carbs, 2.7 g fiber, 14.9 g sugar, 7.6 g protein
These muffins are the perfect on-the-go pick for those mornings that you just can’t seem to get five minutes to sit down. Make them on a Sunday night and have them for the rest of the week! They’re hearty, super flavorful and an easy no-regret decision when there’s no time to think. This recipe uses honey as the sweetener, a great alternative to table sugar because it reduces inflammation and doesn’t spike up your blood sugar as dramatically.
Thai Tofu Pizza with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Nutrition: 233 calories, 16 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 274 mg sodium, 16.3 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 10.5 g protein
By using a pre-made whole-wheat pizza crust, this recipe remains simple and healthy. But one thing it isn’t is boring! Thai-inspired flavors and tofu are two things not typically found on a pizza pie, and we love the creativity—and its spicy flavor. Just one slice provides 60 percent of the day’s immune-boosting vitamin A and 15 percent of the day’s calcium, a mineral that plays a leading role in bone health. We can’t think of tastier way to reap the benefits of either nutrient.
Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad
Nutrition: 312 calories, 13.7 g fat, 2.7 g saturated fat, 577 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber, 4.7 g sugar, 21.4 g protein
If you’re an avid Eat This, Not That! reader, you already know that we’re big fans of buckwheat, the gluten-free seed that’s used to make soba noodles. It’s not only a great source of protein and fiber but also filled with magnesium, a mineral that’s been associated with lower levels of fasting glucose and insulin, markers related to fat and weight gain. Fill up your plate with this nutrient-packed hot and spicy recipe to reap the benefits.
Asian Noodle Salad Jars
Nutrition: 378 calories, 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 666 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 12.5 g protein
What’s better than a tasty, healthy salad? One that can be easily transported and eaten on the go, of course! We’re big fans of Mason Jar salads because they help keep greens fresh and crunchy and, well, they look pretty. This vegan-friendly Asian-inspired recipe calls for things like crunchy red peppers, savory soba noodles, edamame (a protein-packed veggie), carrots and crispy rice noodles. Opting for this over your go-to Chinese order is a sure way to strip away pounds of belly flab.
PEANUT STEW WITH SWEET POTATOES AND SPINACH
Nutrition: 396 calories, 23.9 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 447 mg sodium, 37.7 g carbs, 6.7 g fiber, 18.3 g sugar, 13.6 g protein (calculated without rice)
Cover a small bed of quinoa or lentils with this peanut stew to reap the ultimate benefits of this dish! There’s no denying a warm, hearty bowl of flavor-packed veggies and good-for-you grains. Or even skip the grains and add extra broth. Soups are a great fat-burning option that will not only satisfy your taste buds, but your waistline, too! For more on the soup trend, try out 20 Best-Ever Fat Burning Soups!
THAI PINEAPPLE PEANUT CHICKEN SATAY
Nutrition: 412 calories, 19.5 g fat (4.4 g saturated), 757 mg sodium, 11 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 5.9 g sugar, 48.5 g protein (calculated with stevia and low sodium soy sauce)
There’s something about the combination of the sweet-yet-semi-sour flavor of pineapple with the nutty flavor of peanut butter that makes the perfect marinade for proteins. If you’re not a meat eater, try this out with tempeh or tofu; it’ll still be just as loaded with taste and booming with nutrients. A single cup of pineapple provides 76 percent of your daily recommended manganese, a trace mineral that is essential for producing energy!
CAULIFLOWER RICE SALAD WITH PB GINGER SAUCE
Nutrition: 341 calories, 23 g fat (14.8 g saturated), 330 mg sodium, 32.9 g carbs, 9.5 g fiber, 18.7 g sugar, 8.8 g protein
Cauliflower is an awesome substitute for heavy carbs that will lighten up any dish and help you lose weight. With a glycemic index of 0, cauliflower fills you up without filling you out! The creamy dressing is tangy and blasting with some pretty impressive flavor. You can fill up on this salad for lunch or add a protein like grilled chicken or tofu and have it for dinner, the options are endless! For other ways to swap the carbs and get more veggies, check out 17 Genius Ideas for Cooking with Cauliflower!