Peanut butter is quite possibly the best food in the world, if you ask me – which you must have, because you’re here! It was first created in 1895 to help patients who couldn’t eat solids, and I bet they would have agreed at how wonderful this stuff really is…at least until the 20th day in a row of eating it. If you are counting carbs and love peanut butter, you probably could use some tips on low carb peanut butter snacks. Each of the snack ideas in this article are under 20 grams of carbs and pack a good protein punch to help carry you through to your next meal.
Ahh, the Wonders of Peanut Butter
Not only is peanut butter inherently low carb, it is packed with protein and healthy fats. As a pregnant woman with gestational diabetes, I’ll take all the low carb protein I can get, so you can imagine how much peanut butter we go through around our house. Even peanut butter with added sugar is relatively low carb…my trust jar of Skippy contains just 3.5 grams per tablespoon, compared to Kirkland natural peanut butter with no added sugar, which has 2 grams of carbs per tablespoon.
List of 5 Low Carb Peanut Butter Snacks
1. Peanut Butter and Celery Sticks
Peanut butter and celery sticks should not only top this list of low carb snacks, but the list of best snacks in the world, ever. Period. Cut up three medium celery stalks and either spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter within the sticks or go lazy like I do and dip the celery in the peanut butter. Total Carbs: 3.57 for the celery and 7 for sweetened peanut butter/4 for natural peanut butter.
2. Peanut Butter and Crackers
This is comfort food personified. While crackers are generally a no-no in the world of low carb, a handful for a snack, coupled with protein-rich peanut butter, is usually acceptable for most people – even those who closely monitor blood sugar. Dip six Ritz crackers (or crackers of your choice, but check the carbs) in 2 tablespoons of sweetened peanut butter. Subbing natural peanut butter will get you two more crackers if you have more of a hunger. Total Carbs: 12 for Ritz and 7 for the peanut butter.
3. Peanut Butter Toast
Not only does peanut butter toast make a great snack, it also goes great with scrambled eggs or cottage cheese for breakfast. Smear 1 tablespoon of peanut butter onto whole wheat, high-fiber toast. This is a snack that satisfies! Total Carbs: 18 for the bread (unadjusted for fiber) and 2 for the peanut butter.
4. Peanut Butter and Apples
Gosh, this almost sounds too sweet, doesn’t it? Apples and peanut butter are a heavenly combination that can double as a dessert too. You get a whole whopping cup of sliced apples to dip in 2 tablespoons of unsweetened peanut butter, and the fiber will help keep things in good working order. Total Carbs: 15 grams for the apple and 4 for the unsweetened peanut butter.
5. Peanut Butter and Pickles
Work with me here. I promise, it’s not just because I’m pregnant. Peanut butter and pickles have gone hand in hand for as long as I can remember, and if you give them a try, you may find yourself craving them in the middle of the night too! Quarter 2-3 dill pickles lengthwise and dip them into 2 tablespoons sweetened peanut butter. If you’re feeling adventurous, make an open-faced peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich on a single slice of whole wheat bread. It’s like the three were made for each other. Total Carbs: 7 for the peanut butter, 0 for the pickles.