This healthy peanut butter frosting is easy, extra fast (5 minutes!) and super delicious. It's perfect to generously slather over muffins, pancakes, brownies or simply enjoy by the spoon!
I have been making this healthy frosting for a while now, but was debating if I should add it to the blog. Not that it is not worth sharing, but I considered this recipe to be more of a kitchen hack than a recipe itself. I mean, making this 5-minute frosting is as easy and simple as whisking 4 common pantry ingredients together.
I actually originally made this peanut butter frosting to go with my black bean brownies. I change things up a bit when updating and improving older recipes, so I decided to take the PB frosting away to simplify the brownie recipe (and they are so darn good already they don't need anything added to them!). But, after getting a few people desperately yelping to have it back, the famous peanut butter frosting is back in force.
And now, I can see why it needs its own little place on the blog. I was underestimating the magic happening when whisking peanut butter with a liquid sweetener and milk. It creates a super creamy texture that's absolutely divine.
But let me first make something clear before we keep going: if you are looking for a light and whipped buttercream kind of frosting, this recipe is not the one for you (check out this vegan dark chocolate frosting for a fluffier textured frosting). I totally agree that fluffy rich frostings are definitively essential in this world we are living in. But also, they are usually filled with saturated fat, which makes them less of a good choice on a daily basis (I make this vegan peanut butter frosting for the special occasion).
My version is an all day, everyday, kind of treat. It is a thick and sticky vegan frosting that's healthier, super quick to make and perfect to go over just about any baked goods. Or morning toasts. (Or by the spoon.)
Ingredients to make a healthy peanut butter frosting
This frosting recipe could not be simpler! And I bet you got everything in your pantry to make it.
- Peanut butter (I bet you saw this one coming)
- Maple syrup
- Vegan milk
- Vanilla extract
What kind of peanut butter to use
Well, this one is on you. A creamy peanut butter will give you a... smoother frosting. If you like textured frostings, then go for the crunchy one.
In any case, I recommend to use an unsweetened kind of peanut butter. You will then be able to really dose how sweet you want it to be and just have better control over the recipe. And let's face it, it will be healthier as well.
How to make it
It really only takes maximum 5 minutes to create this simple and most delicious frosting!
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until super creamy. The mixture will look clumpy at first as the fat from the peanut butter is slowly mixing with the milk and sweetener. But keep going until it is uniform and smooth.
And use a large enough bowl so you can whisk intensively, this will help create a better texture.
Watch how to make this healthy peanut butter frosting
Super versatile sweet peanut butter sauce
I find myself using this recipe in so many ways in the kitchen! I use it most often to spread over baked goods, BUT you can add more or less vegan milk to make a thinner or thicker sauce to use as a:
- fruit dipping sauce (my kids go crazy dipping apple slices in),
- oatmeal or overnight oats topping
- pancake peanut sauce (add more milk to make a pourable sauce)
- ice cream topping
This recipe makes a little over 1 cup of frosting, so if it makes more than you need, then store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. It will get thicker as it cools down, so let it warm up a bit and add a splash of milk if needed before whisking again.
You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
Other sweet dessert sauce you might like
- Vegan date caramel
- Cherry marmalade
- Coconut whipped cream
- Vegan cashew vanilla icing
- Vegan dark chocolate frosting
- Frosting on these vegan carrot cake cupcakes
I hope you enjoy this peanut butter frosting recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
4-Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Frosting
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter - unsweetened
- 6 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 tbsp vegan plain milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a medium size bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until very smooth. This can take a minute or so. Keep whisking until the frosting turns into an almost whipped texture. Taste and adjust the sweetness and texture by adding more maple syrup or vegan milk if necessary. You can easily make a sweet peanut butter by adding more milk (perfect for pancakes)
- Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Can also be frozen.
- Use over cupcakes, cakes, brownies, or even on morning toast.