EASY Peanut Butter Sauce Recipe (4 Ingredients and 5 minutes!) (2024)

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Incredibly quick and easy peanut butter sauce for ice cream, pancakes, waffles and more. This recipe only has 4 ingredients and requires no cooking.

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I used to think there were very few things in life better than a cold ice cream on a hot summer day. Well, that was until I had ice cream with silky smooth molten peanut butter sauce on top. It’s absolutely divine and now I make it every time I’m craving ice cream!

If you’re a peanut butter fan like me, this recipe is definitely for you! Made with only a few ingredients, this peanut butter sauce is ideal for drizzling on ice cream, pancakes, waffles or fruit.This version is a dessert peanut butter sauce, versus our spicy peanut butter sauce, better suited for savory dishes.

Pair this decadent sauce with my Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream or easy to make No Churn Oreo Ice Cream.

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Why You’ll Love This Peanut Butter Sauce

Of course you can always buy a jar of peanut butter sauce at the store, but this is why our homemade version is better.

  • Only 4 ingredients: Although it tastes decadent and rich, this peanut butter sauce for ice cream only has 4 ingredients. Most of them can be found in your pantry or in supermarkets.
  • Easy to make: There’s no special equipment needed to make this recipe. All you need is one bowl, a spatula and a microwave. Yep, it’s that easy!
  • Perfect for many desserts: The beauty of this easy peanut butter sauce is that it can be used in so many different ways. Drizzle it over your favorite ice cream, pancakes or waffles. Add it as a topping on brownies or cookies or use it as a fruit dip.
  • Tastes amazing: This recipe is not only easy to make, but tastes very rich and decadent. It’s sticky, gooey, silky smooth and absolutely addictive.
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Peanut Butter Sauce Ingredients

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s crazy easy to make. All you need are 4 ingredients, which can be found in most pantries or the supermarket. You can simplify this recipe further if needed to only 2 ingredients. Here’s what you will need:

  • Peanut butter – smooth peanut butter is recommended. It needs to be store-bought, not natural. The best brands to use are Skippy of Jif.
  • Corn syrup – I recommend using light corn syrup, my favorite brand being Karo. If you don’t have any, you can replace corn syrup with runny honey.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – This is what makes the peanut butter sauce very shiny and smooth. I don’t recommend swapping it for evaporated milk.
  • Milk – is needed to make the sauce a little thinner, so it can be drizzled. Any type of milk or plant based alternative can be used.
  • Optional: salt – Although optional, I strongly recommend it. Salt makes the flavors more intense and delicious.

For the 2 ingredient option, you will need only peanut butter and corn syrup in 1:1 ratio. If it’s too thick, you can make the sauce runnier with some extra water or milk.

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How to Make Peanut Butter Sauce

It’s not essential to use a microwave, but it’s the quickest way. Alternatively, you can also use the stove and cook the ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat. The rest of the process is exactly the same as with the microwave.

  1. Combine ingredients. Combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave until melted. Add in milk, then stir to combine.
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Ways to Use

When I first made this peanut butter sauce for ice cream, I didn’t realize just how many different uses it has. The options are endless, but here are some of my favorites:

  • Pancakes – If you’re tired of the same old maple syrup topping, then peanut butter sauce is what you need. You can use it for any type of pancake like Sticky Banana Pancakes, Pumpkin Spice Pancakes or Oatmeal Pancakes.
  • Waffles – Trust me when I say that waffles and peanut butter sauce are the perfect match. Simply drizzle it over your favorite waffles and enjoy!
  • Brownies – Although brownies are already decadent and delicious, peanut butter sauce takes them to a whole different level. Drizzle some on top of Homemade Brownies or chocolatey Nutella Brownies.
  • Fruit dip – It goes without saying that peanut butter sauce and bananas is a heavenly combination, but you can also use it with other fruits. Try it with strawberries, apples or melon.
  • Hot drinks – A spoonful of peanut butter sauce in your favorite hot chocolate or coffee will make the drink go from good to amazing.
  • Desserts – Add this peanut butter sauce to all of your favorite desserts including cheesecake, ice cream sundaes or even pound cake.
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Tips & Tricks

I’ve gathered a few tips and tricks a long the way to ensure you get the best batch of peanut butter dessert sauce.

  • Use store bought peanut butter – Natural peanut butter does not melt as well as the store bought variety. For this peanut butter recipe for ice cream it’s important to use commercial brands such as Skippy or Jif.
  • Don’t overheat – Whether using the stove or microwave, you shouldn’t overheat the mixture too much as the peanut butter can burn. When using a microwave, cook in increments of 10-20 seconds and mix multiple times to avoid burning. With the stove, cook over low heat whilst mixing continuously to avoid burning the bottom.
  • Mix well to combine – Once heated up well, all the ingredients need to be mixed well until fully combined.
  • Dilute with milk – For an extra runny sauce, you need to dilute the mixture a little to make it runnier. Add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time and mix well before adding any more.
  • Use whilst hot – This peanut butter sauce for ice cream is best whilst hot. This is when it’s runny and the perfect drizzling consistency.
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Storage and Freezing

Once cooled, the peanut butter sauce for ice cream thickens up, so it needs to be used quickly. However, it can stored and then easily made runny again.

How to Store Peanut Butter Sauce

Place in an airtight container or jar and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

To reheat, microwave in small increments of 20-30 seconds and mix until runny. Add 1-2 teaspoons of milk if needed to thin out the sauce.

Can I Freeze Peanut Butter Sauce?

Because corn syrup does not freeze well, I don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

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Sweet Peanut Butter Sauce Recipe

Incredibly quick and easy, this 4 ingredient Peanut Butter Sauce is perfect for ice cream, pancakes, waffles and more! In under 5 minutes!

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Course: Sauce

Cuisine: American

Keyword: peanut butter sauce

Prep Time: 2 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute minute

Total Time: 3 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 Cup

Calories: 1284kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter*
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk*
  • ¼ cup corn syrup or honey
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk for thinning the sauce
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • In a small microwave-safe bowl combine the peanut butter, condensed milk, corn syrup (or honey) and salt.

  • Microwave for 20-30 seconds, then mix well to combine all ingredients. Microwave again in increments of 20 seconds until the peanut butter is fully softened.

  • Add in the milk and stir to incorporate. If the sauce is too thick, add more milk until it reaches the desired consistency.

  • Drizzle hot over ice cream or other desserts.

  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

Notes

Peanut butter needs to be store-bought, not natural. Recommended brands are Skippy or Jif.
Condensed milk can be substituted with more corn syrup. If no condensed milk is used, leave out the extra milk.
The sauce hardens when cooled. To make runny again, microwave for 20-30 seconds, then mix well. Add 1-2 teaspoons of milk if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 1284kcal | Carbohydrates: 138g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 74g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 1080mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 123g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 2mg

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FAQs

What is peanut sauce made of? ›

A typical recipe usually contains ground roasted peanuts or peanut butter (smooth or crunchy), coconut milk, soy sauce, tamarind, galangal, garlic, and spices (such as coriander seed or cumin). Other possible ingredients are chili peppers, sugar, fried onion, and lemongrass.

How do you melt peanut butter to drizzle? ›

When using peanut butter only, the key is heat. Peanut butter is naturally high in fat, but that fat is nearly solid at room temperature. In order to soften it up, you need some heat. In my case, I heated two tablespoons in a heat-proof bowl and then stirred like crazy.

How do you thin peanut butter into sauce? ›

Start with a little less than equal parts warm water to nut butter and add more water as needed, until the sauce is your desired consistency. You'll want it thinner for drizzling, and thicker for dipping.

How to make thin peanut butter? ›

Applying heat is the easiest way to thin peanut butter, but if your PB still looks grainy or is so thick that it's prone to burning, a little liquid can help. Try whisking in a few drops of water as you heat the peanut butter, slowly adding more until the butter reaches the right consistency.

How long does homemade peanut sauce last? ›

I suggest doubling or tripling the recipe to have throughout the week with salad rolls, roasted veggies, and salads. How long with the sauce last? The Peanut Sauce will last up to 1 week in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.

Is peanut butter and peanut sauce the same thing? ›

Thai Peanut Sauce is made up of peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, a sweetener (I used maple syrup), rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds, a spice and water. In some more traditional versions, coconut milk is used instead of water, but I find this combination to be perfect.

How to make peanut butter squirtable? ›

If your peanut butter sauce is too thick to drizzle, simply add water a little bit at a time (no more than a tablespoon at once) and stir to incorporate. Keep adding water until the sauce reaches the consistency you like, keeping in mind that it will likely thicken a bit once you remove it from the heat.

Can you melt peanut butter into a liquid? ›

Place the peanut butter in the microwave, and heat it for 30 seconds. Once the 30 seconds is up, stir the peanut butter to makes sure it's melting evenly. Place the peanut butter back in the microwave for another 30 seconds, and stir again. This will probably take a few rounds to get to your desired consistency.

What can I add to peanut butter to make it runny? ›

Getting a Runny or Drippy Consistency

For a runny and silky-smooth peanut butter, let the food processor run for 1 more minute. You'll hear a “sloshy” sound as the peanuts release their natural oils, becoming very runny. This is when I usually add any extra seasoning to my peanut butter, like salt or honey.

Why is my peanut sauce not smooth? ›

If the oil is separating from the sauce a bit (this can happen from the oil in the coconut milk and the peanut butter, but it's easy to fix!), add water a few drops at a time and whisk until it comes smoothly back together.

Why is my peanut sauce breaking? ›

Sauces can break for any number of reasons including cooking at high heat, adding too much liquid to a hot pan, or even just waiting too long for everything to combine appropriately.

How do you make cheap peanut butter taste better? ›

Some ideas include:
  1. Mixing in a small amount of honey or maple syrup for sweetness.
  2. Adding a small amount of vanilla extract or cinnamon for extra flavor.
  3. Mixing in cocoa powder or cacao nibs for a chocolate peanut butter.
  4. Mixing in a small amount of coconut oil for a creamier texture and a hint of coconut flavor.
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Can peanut butter be diluted? ›

Thinned smooth peanut butter

Measure 2 teaspoons of smooth peanut butter and scoop them into a bowl. Gradually add 2 to 3 teaspoons of hot water. Stir the mixture until the peanut butter is thinned and dissolved.

Why is my homemade peanut butter not creamy? ›

If your homemade peanut butter is not creamy, it is likely due to not blending the peanuts long enough. Try blending for a few more minutes or adding a small amount of oil to help make it creamier.

What is Vietnamese peanut sauce made of? ›

Vietnamese peanut sauce is simply made with peanut butter, hoisin and garlic for a sweet, tangy and rich sauce. How long can I store homemade peanut sauce? Store leftover homemade peanut sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Does peanut sauce taste like peanuts? ›

Best made with toasted peanuts

(under different names) It is also used in some European cuisine. The key ingredient is peanuts which together with kecap (soy sauce) gives it a salty and mildly spicy taste. Many different recipes for making peanut sauces exist, which means that all these satay sauces taste differently.

What does peanut sauce taste like? ›

It's salty, sweet, acidic and bold — a sauce like no other. For the uninitiated, Asian peanut sauce is a puree of peanuts, soy sauce, ginger, sesame, spices and often garlic, lemongrass and lime.

Is peanut sauce an American thing? ›

Although commonly associated with Thai cuisine, peanut sauce actually originated in Indonesia (source). What Americans know as peanut sauce is more commonly referred to as satay sauce (or bumbu kacang) in Indonesia, because it's most often served with the popular Indonesian dish, satay (skewered, grilled meats).

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