Bananas + Peanut Butter…  it is a simple yet delicious combination.  Over the years I have seen a ton of people walk around my college dorm eating this combo for breakfast (and the occasional midnight study snack).  You just peel a banana, spread on some peanut butter and walk out the door to class.  Boom.  Easy peasy.  But my banana stock is totally erratic — I either have way to many or none at all — so I needed to find a different way to get my banana-peanut-butter fix.  And I found it when I saw this recipe from Make it Naked.  My mouth dropped to the floor and I knew I had to make it:  Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Spread!

Healthy Homemade Banana Peanut Butter

All the banana flavor without needing fresh bananas on hand all the time!  I didn’t have 2.5oz of freeze-dried bananas (I only had 2oz) so I added some natural banana extract to the recipe (sooo good) along with some more cinnamon.

Healthy Homemade Banana Peanut Butter

Delicious, creamy, sweet, salty and rich.

Healthy Homemade Banana Peanut Butter

Thick and totally spreadable…  like frosting…

Healthy Homemade Banana-Infused Peanut Butter

Yield: 2+1/4 cups

Healthy Homemade Banana-Infused Peanut Butter


  • 56g (2oz) Freeze-Dried Bananas (I used Nature's All)
  • 4 packets Truvia (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 16oz Roasted, Unsalted Peanuts
  • 1 tsp Banana Extract


  1. In a large food processor, add the bananas, truvia, cinnamon and salt. Grind until powdery.
  2. Add the peanuts and grind until buttery (in a large food processor, it should take only a few minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed.
  3. Add the banana extract and pulse until fully incorporated.
  4. Process for another ~20 seconds, then scoop into a pretty jar. Seal tightly and refrigerate to store.


This recipe is: no bake, sugar free, gluten free, vegan!

Recipe adapted from: Make it Naked

I decided to compare the nutrition label of my Banana Peanut Butter Spread to the Planters Banana PB Granola Spread nutrition label because I wanted to see how they would compare.  The Planters label is on the left,  the Desserts with Benefits label is on the right:

Healthy Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Spread  Healthy Homemade Banana Peanut Butter Spread

These two nut butters may taste similar, but their nutrition stats and ingredients are at completely different ends of the spectrum.  My recipe has 30 less calories, 3g less fat, no added sugars and absolutely NO added hydrogenated oil/trans fats.  Oh, and see how the Planters nutrition label says it has “zero grams trans fats?”  HAH.  Hydrogenated oil/trans fat is listed on their ingredient list but because it is below .5g per serving they are legally allowed to say it has 0g.  BULLSH*T.  Sorry, I am just totally against this FDA nonsense.  Let’s look at the Planters ingredients:

planters peanut butter ingredients

EW.  Sugar is included FOUR TIMES in this ingredient list (sugar, sugar, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup) and hydrogenated oil too.  I like how they call this stuff “NUT-rition” when it has nothing nutritious about it.  I want to slap whoever thought of this name.


Okay, ranting is over now  :)

Healthy Homemade Banana Peanut Butter

So let’s end this post on a good note:  this Banana Peanut Butter Spread.  You need to make it.  It’s good on your finger a spoon or even a fresh banana (when you have some in stock)

Labels: 5-Ingredients-or-Less, Banana, DIY, Gluten-Free, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, Low-Sugar, No-Bake, Nutrition-Label, Peanut-Butter, Peanuts, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Comments (6)

  1. Davida @TheHealthyMaven: August 19, 2013

    You just combined my two favourite foods!!! Big smile on my face from this recipe :)

  2. dessertswithbenefits: August 20, 2013

    Yay!! I hope you make a batch of this ASAP and LOVE IT :)

  3. Krissy @ Make it Naked: August 20, 2013

    Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Becca: August 27, 2013

    Mmm, this sounds so yum! I love bananas and peanut butter on rice cakes so this spread sounds awesome! I don’t have banana extract, do you think I could substitute vanilla extract to add another flavor element?

  5. Joy: July 27, 2014

    This sounds good! Could I use real banana? More likely to have real than get freeze dried. If so, how much do you think? Thanks!

  6. dessertswithbenefits: July 29, 2014

    Real banana sounds so much more appealing here, but I’m afraid it won’t work very well. The bananas will turn brown from oxidation and the spread won’t last very long, even in the fridge (~3-4 days) :(
    The freeze-dried bananas actually thicken up the peanut butter so it’s more like the typical storebought kinds and not so drippy :)
    Sorry for the inconvenience, but the freeze-dried bananas are the way to go!

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