Tasty Ways to Eat Peanut Butter for Breakfast

It’s safe to say there are a lot of peanut butter lovers in the world, and a great majority of them has their favorite food first thing in the morning. No matter what your breakfast of choice may be, peanut butter can easily be incorporated into your morning meal to pump up its healthy fats and protein, and of course, taste. Even better, adding peanut butter to your breakfast helps you stay satiated longer, so you can rest assured you won’t hear your stomach grumbling in your morning meeting. Check out these 7 breakfast recipes that enlist peanut butter and pick one that complements your AM cravings.

1. Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

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Cookies for breakfast? All of your childhood dreams just came true. Grab one of these peanut butter breakfast cookies while you’re running out the door and you’ll arm yourself with a sweet treat that not only tastes great, but is healthy for you, too. This recipe comes from Crazy for Crust and each cookie yields 160 calories and 4 grams of protein. Grab two and you have an easy, nutritious breakfast on-the-go with fiber, protein, and healthy fats to keep you full until lunch.


  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips, optional


See recipe directions at Crazy for Crust

2. Peanut Butter, Banana, and Flax Smoothie

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Everyone knows that peanut butter and bananas are a match made in snack heaven, and when you blend the two together and add flax, you have an easy breakfast, too. This peanut butter, banana, and flax smoothie from Cooking Light is another great breakfast on-the-go that you can whip up at home and then slurp down during your commute. Now that the weather is slowly warming, consumers can stomach the idea of cold breakfasts again, and this smoothie will ensure you don’t sweat out your breakfast on your way to work.


  • ½ cup 1% low-fat milk
  • ½ cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced

See recipe directions at Cooking Light

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

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Still, some people like hot carbs in the morning, regardless of the season, and this chocolate peanut butter oatmeal from Bakerita is for them. The addition of chocolate and peanut butter make this oatmeal a morning meal you’ll have no trouble getting out of bed for, and it’s a treat you can indulge in on both busy weekdays and slow Saturday mornings. Oatmeal doesn’t have to be tasteless and boring — add banana, cocoa powder, peanuts, and peanut butter to the mix and all of a sudden your morning meal is doubling as dessert.


  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted peanuts

See recipe directions at Bakerita

4. PB&J Pancakes

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Have both breakfast and lunch at your morning meal with these pancakes featured on Food Network. In this breakfast dish, thick peanut butter pancakes are dressed in a homemade blackberry syrup that is almost too good to be true. And all you need for the syrup are blackberries, sugar, water, and lemon. The rest of the recipe is also simple and it yields 12 pancakes. Serve these pancakes on a Saturday or Sunday morning and you’ll have a new nostalgic treat on your hands.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk, plus extra if needed to thin
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Blackberry Syrup:

  • 2 pints fresh blackberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lemon, zested

See recipe directions at Food Network

5. Peanut Butter Coffee Cake

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Next up is the perfect breakfast cake to serve next time you’re hosting brunch. Enter: peanut butter coffee cake from Jif. It can be prepped and baked in all of 35 minutes. Many homemade coffee cakes are tasteless and dry, but this Peanut Butter Coffee Cake is rich and moist thanks to the addition of fat from the peanut butter. The peanut butter pairs with flour, brown sugar, butter, milk, and eggs to yield a cake that is packed with flavor, and while it serves 16, it’s safe to say most brunch guests will be coming back for seconds.


  • No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 1½ cups packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup Jif Peanut Butter, divided (or another peanut butter of your choice)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

See recipe directions at Jif

6. Peanut Butter Granola

Muesli, granola, milk, honey

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For a slightly healthier breakfast, there’s this peanut butter granola from Table for Two. You can throw this granola on oats, yogurt, cottage cheese, or in milk, and you have a fast and filling breakfast that tastes great but won’t throw you into a carb coma for the day. The recipe requires just 5 ingredients and it can stay fresh in an airtight container. Make a batch for the week ahead and then grab your yogurt and granola as you’re running out the door.


  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

See recipe directions at Table for Two

7. Peanut Butter Muffins

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Last but not least: peanut butter muffins. No one can skip the morning meal when muffins are for breakfast, and this recipe from Real Simple yields an especially appetizing treat as the muffins are rich in flavor and easy to eat, regardless if your appetite has or hasn’t woken up yet. Not only will you enjoy the AM snack, you might even find yourself reaching for another.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped

See recipe directions at Real Simple

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