If you’re a PB fan, you’ll love this selection of easy sweet and savory vegan peanut butter recipes using this favorite pantry staple.
Peanut butter lends itself to both sweet and savory preparations. You’ll find cakes, cookies, unbaked treats, and even smoothies on the sweet list. Luscious peanut sauce makes its way into hot and cold noodle dishes, tofu preparations, and other savory dishes.
Make sure to see our Guide to Peanut Butter for more on this classic nut butter, including an easy recipe for making your own with fresh peanuts.
The Sweet Recipes
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie: This richly flavored no-bake pie is a luscious high-protein dessert created by Robin Robertson. Bonus — it’s gluten-free.
Classic Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies: Who doesn’t love a good peanut butter cookie? These classic vegan peanut butter cookies are as easy to make as they are to eat. This recipe offers a gluten-free option as well.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Teff Cookies: Leslie Cerier’s luscious vegan and gluten-free cookies are made with hearty teff flour.
Mini Unbaked Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies: When you crave a sweet homemade treat but don’t feel like turning on the oven, these little cookies, with a hint of peanut butter, might just be the thing.
Gluten-Free and Raw Vegan “Snickers” Bars: Using both peanuts and peanut butter, these copycat bars have a number of steps but aren’t difficult to make.
Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies: This moist, rich, super-easy treat has long been a favorite of my immediate and extended family — and of mine, as the lazy baker who makes it.
Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffles: Naturally vegan and easy to make, these vegan truffles, with just 4 essential ingredients, are an energy snack that adults and kids alike will love.
Peanut Butter Granola Energy Balls: Some recipes for energy balls require a machine and/or lots of ingredients. These no-bake vegan peanut butter granola energy balls (aka truffles) need neither.
Cocoa-Date Energy Balls: In these chocolatey date energy balls, the dried fruit provides an appealing texture and sweetness to a truffle-like vegan treat.
Caramel Chewies: These nut butter-stuffed dates with chocolate drizzle taste like mini candy bars, yet they take minutes to make, need only 5 ingredients, and are actually good for you!
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream with a Hint of Chocolate: Enjoyed in a bowl or cone, this is a vegan treat you won’t mind serving your kids. Or someone else’s kids. Just make sure they leave some for you!
Peanut Butter and Jam Whole Grain Breakfast Bowls: A fun and warming way to start the day — whole grain breakfast bowls topped with apple, peanut butter, and jam.
Apple and Peanut Butter Smoothie: Apples and peanut butter are a magical combo. Toss them in a blender with some complementary flavorings and you’ll have a smoothie that tastes like dessert.
Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Smoothie: This smoothie, with a hint of nut butter, is like liquid pumpkin pie, but cool and refreshing. A perfect fall and winter beverage, any time of day.
The savory recipes
Coconut-Peanut Sauce or Salad Dressing: An easy coconut peanut sauce is a useful and delicious staple in the plant-based repertoire. In fact, it’s called for in some of the recipes ahead.
Vegan Peanut Satay Skewers: This recipe gives you a choice of plant proteins to be threaded on bamboo or metal skewers. The wow factor comes from the peanut sauce.
Peanut Satay Golden Tofu Triangles: This simple preparation of golden tofu triangles, inspired by a Thai appetizer, gets its luscious flavor from peanut sauce.
West African-Inspired Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Okra: A delectable sweet potato and okra stew in a rich peanut butter base, this is a westernized version of a typical African recipe.
Cold Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles: Sesame noodles or peanut butter noodles — why choose? Combine the two in luscious cold sesame peanut butter noodles, with a dollop of tahini, a dash of spice, and plenty of crisp raw vegetables.
Spicy Peanut Noodles with Zucchini and Tomatoes: Here’s a super easy and tasty take on spicy peanut noodles. The recipe gives an options for using bottled peanut satay sauce, but better yet, make your own.
Thai-Flavored Tossed Salad with Peanut Dressing: Inspired by the house salads served at Thai restaurants, this colorful tossed salad, served with peanut dressing, is the perfect side dish for Asian-style noodle or rice dishes.