I am so thrilled to be featuring Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter again here on Running on Real Food! The last time Adams Natural Peanut Butter and I teamed up, we brought you Mini PB Oat Cups and a PB Oatmeal Smoothie. The recipes were both delicious and easy to fit into any healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Since November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month (the most mouth-watering month of the year, don’t you think?), Adams Peanut Butter and I wanted to bring you great tasting, quick and easy recipes that work for your natural lifestyle. And we did just that with No-Bake Fruit and Nut Balls and a PB & J Coconut Smoothie!

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Before we get to the recipes, let me tell you why I make Adams Peanut Butter a part of my balanced lifestyle. Firstly, Adams Peanut Butter has no trans fats, no preservatives, no hydrogenated fats, no stabilizers and no added sugar – now that’s the upside of natural! It’s made with just peanuts and a dash of salt so you can add it to your diet without compromising your healthy lifestyle. Living a natural life is important to me but I still love to enjoy my favourite foods, Adams Peanut Butter makes that possible. You can have it both ways!

Peanut butter lovers can rejoice and celebrate this November with Adams all-natural peanut butter and its line of sweet and savoury recipes made with the creamy and crunchy varieties. You can check out their selection of natural recipes at adamspeanutbutter.ca.

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At my house, I use Adams Peanut Butter in everything from quick and easy no-bake snacks, like the No-Bake Fruit and Nut Balls posted below, to curries, salad dressings and sauces, dips, spreading on sprouted whole-grain toast or celery and just about everything in between! Adams Peanut Butter is so naturally good on it’s own, I sometimes even sneak a spoonful as a pre-workout snack! I know I’m not the only one!

With busy families trying to lead more balanced lifestyles through a combination of diet, exercise and fun activities, Adams Natural Peanut Butter makes a great addition to the kitchen. Many homes are now choosing natural options for everything from household cleaners to personal care items; why not choose a natural peanut butter too? It’s time to ditch those over-processed, sugar and hydrogenated fat-laden peanut butter spreads you find in grocery stores and make the switch. Adams Peanut Butter is the natural choice.

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Because Adams Peanut Butter is all natural and free of stabilizers, the oil does separate, so don’t be surprised when you pop open a jar! That’s what natural peanut butter should look like. I like to flip the jar upside down after I bring it home so it’s easier and less messy to stir.

If you’re a kitchen gadget-lover, you an even pick up a peanut butter mixer. You can purchase one at most kitchen gadget or appliance stores so you’ll always have a well-blender peanut butter ready to go! Anything that makes living a balanced lifestyle easier and more convenient is a must in my books! Before opening Adams Peanut Butter, try storing it upside down in the pantry. After you open it, store it in the fridge to keep it fresh.

All right, let’s get to these recipes! You can enjoy these two tasty treats together for the ultimate natural PB snack, or try them on their own to fuel even your busiest of days. They’re both vegan and gluten-free, and can be prepared in just minutes. Healthy living has to be convenient and these two recipes certainly fit the bill!

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The No-Bake Fruit and Nut Balls travel nicely so they make a perfect snack for long days on-the-go. I’d recommend making a batch on Sundays to keep you fuelled up all week long. The PB & J Smoothie makes a nutritious, filling and flavour-packed breakfast. My mouth is watering just thinking about them! Enjoy!


No-Bake Fruit and Nut Balls

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 14 balls 1x
  • Category: Snack, Dessert

Where fruit and nut meet maple syrup and combined with Adams 100% Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, this quick and easy snack is perfect for active lifestyles and on-the-go families. Make it your own by adding your favourite combination of dried fruit such as cranberries or blueberries!


  • ½ cup (125 mL) Adams® 100% Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped mixed salted nuts, or nut of choice
  • ½ cup (125 mL) oats
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup (50 mL) dried fruit: try dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries or raisins in any combination


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Roll into balls or press into mini-muffin tin cups. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water 1 tsp at a time until it holds together.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least 3 hours.


PB & J Coconut Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Smoothie, Breakfast

Adams Peanut Butter, coconut and berries combine perfectly in this take on the classic PB & J sandwich. This smoothie can be enjoyed before or after a workout, as a delicious and healthy dessert or anytime of day you need a natural energy boost!


  • 1 can (400 mL) light coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Adams® 100% Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) pure strawberry jam
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground chia, optional
  • 8 ice cubes, or more to reach desired thickness


  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Find these and more simple and naturally delicious recipes at adamspeanutbutter.ca. The Adams Peanut Butter product line includes a variety of options to satisfy different natural peanut butter preferences. Try it in one of these 4 varieties:

You can find Adams Peanut Butter at select grocery stores, except in Quebec and the Maritimes, and retails for $4.99-$5.99/500 g. My favourite variety to eat on its own is the Adams 100% Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter. I love that hint of salt! For recipes, I love the Adams 100% Natural Creamy Unsalted Peanut Butter.

So, I’ve professed my love for natural Adams Peanut Butter. Now it’s your turn! Join the conversation on social media with #adamsPB #naturalupside!

Disclaimer: I received compensation in exchange for writing this post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.