Can You Eat Peanut Butter on the Dukan Diet?

I am often asked in questions and emails whether the rules of Dr Dukan’s diet allow peanut butter to be eaten.  I think this is because of the similarities in some of the foods eaten on the Dukan Diet and Atkins.  Many people who have followed Atkins in the past and have eaten peanut butter in phases 2 to 4 of Atkins wonder whether it is permitted in the Dukan Diet and if so in what phases.

The Dukan Diet is a high protein, low carb diet like Atkins but unlike Atkins it is also a low fat diet.  Although peanut butter is high in protein (23.8 g per 100 g) it has a very high fat content (49.2 g per 100 g) and a fairly high carb content (12.6 g per 100 g). It is also quite high in calories having 602 calories per 100g.

Due to the high fat content peanut butter isn’t suitable to eat on the first two weight loss phases of the Dukan Diet – Attack and Cruise and it can only be eaten in the Consolidation phase as part of one of the celebration meals.  In Stabilisation it can be eaten on any day except Dukan Thursdays.

When Can You Eat Peanut Butter on the Dukan Diet?

  • Attack Phase
  • Cruise Phase
  • Consolidation Phase – In Celebration meals only.
  • Stabilisation – On any day except Dukan Thursdays

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35 Responses to “Can You Eat Peanut Butter on the Dukan Diet?”

  • Nicole on May 12, 2017

    Are dairy products made
    With 2% milk allowed. Non fat cheese has a ton of chemicals in it and I rather not eat it. I would prefer to limit my dairy with 2% products than eat all I want of the non fat.

    Also can I have almond milk that has no sugar?

    • Amber on May 13, 2017

      Hi Nicole

      It is the fat content of the food that determines if it can be included not the fat content of the milk used to make it. You can eat dairy products with up to 2% fat content. Provided you stick to under 1 kg of dairy products a day you will be fine. (1 ml is treated as equalling 1 g).

      Almond milk isn’t on the list of foods that are allowed.

      Kind regards


  • Selena on April 19, 2017

    Hi I was wondering if i can have soda crackers (AVIVA) during the attack phase of the diet?

    • Amber on April 22, 2017

      Hi Selena

      These crackers would not be suitable to use on the Dukan Diet as they are too high in carbs.



  • Viviana on October 7, 2016

    Hi Amber, I see a lot of people asking about PB2, I have a peanut powder, deffated and no sugar added, it’s actually just the peanut flour. I’m not going to have it, however is it just the sugar we are worried about? The fat content is less than 12%, so in the consolidation phase, would it be ok? I’m just learning to navigate my new eating habits, so I’m curious regarding this.

    • Amber on October 16, 2016

      Hi Viviana

      I wouldn’t recommend using this unless it was in your celebration meal in Consolidation.



  • Bob on September 29, 2016

    Hi Amber

    8 weeks in, 34 lbs down. I love the diet. Where has it been all my up and down life. I’m inquiring today about the Dukan Chocolate Muffin Mix. Once you make the muffins, how many do you get per day during Cruise ? Do any of these muffins take the place of the Oat Bran daily requirement ?


    • Amber on October 16, 2016

      Hi Bob

      Have the muffins as your 2 tolerated foods and eat the normal amount of oat bran in other meals.

      Keep up the great work


  • Salam on April 18, 2016

    Hi Amber,

    This diet is amazing ,thank you 🙂 but am really worry as am taking two women’s gummy vitamins “alive ” brand it includes sugar as sugar free is not available , am in the third day of attack phase , is it ok or it’s better to stop it ? Many thanks

  • Natalia on October 27, 2014

    Today marks 6 weeks since I have been on the diet. I am still in the cruise phase and lost 25 lbs so far, and last night was the first time I have cheated. It was a pp day and I had a salad with chicken last night. Will this impact the diet? And today I’m still doing a pv day. Just weighed myself as I have been weighing myself every Monday to see the weekly progress and I have the exact weight as last week Monday.

    • Amber on October 28, 2014

      Hi Natalia

      One salad should not mae a great deal of difference. Don’t worry and just carry on as if nothing had happened.

      Kind regards


  • COLIN on September 7, 2014

    Hi am starting this diet soon and have been told that on day one you should eat nine eggs 3 in the morning 3 for lunch and 3 for tea is this correct, if not what is a ideal menu for attack day one

    • Amber on September 14, 2014

      Hi Colin

      The is a new one for me. No you don’t need to have so many eggs and the great thing about the Dukan is that you get to chose the foods that you enjoy best. This means that day 1 in Attack phase will be different for each person. you just need to follow the rules.

      Kind regards


  • Megan on April 27, 2014

    Hi Amber
    Sorry for bothering you again but I’m all the way from South Africa and cannot find framage frais. I know its a sort of cheese and was wondering if I could replace it in recipes with cottage cheese?
    Thanks again

  • Megan on April 24, 2014

    Hi Amber
    I struggle to drink 2l of water each day as I cannot stand the taste. I was wondering if I’m aloud to add fruit to my water just for flavour? Lemon and grapefruit? I obviously will strain the water before drinking it but is this ok?

    • Amber on April 24, 2014

      Hi Megan

      Lemon is only supposed to be used in cooking but if you are struggling and don’t mind bending the rules just a little you could add lemon slices to your water. I also find that slices of cucumber added to iced water make a very refreshing drink.

      Best wishes


  • Sue on April 14, 2014

    What about peanut butter powder? They dehydrate it and take the fat out, then you mix it with water or milk and use it as peanut butter. The one I have has (per 2 tablespoons) 1.5 g fat, 5g carb (1fiber and 3 sugar) 5g protein. Would that be ok? In what phase? Also is three such a thing as a jam that is allowed? I saw jelly mentioned but then realized that is a UK way of saying jello. Ty

    • Amber on April 14, 2014

      Hi Sue

      Peanut butter powder isn’t on the list of allowed foods so could not be eaten in the weight loss phases. You’ve found the goji berry jam recipe but this is really the only jam you can have as no other fruit apart from rhubarb is allowed.

      Best wishes


  • Aline on March 30, 2014

    Is malt vinegar permitted?

    • Amber on March 30, 2014

      Hi Aline

      Yes you can use malt vinegar.

      Kind regards


  • Deepak Nagpal on March 8, 2014

    I’m on the attack phase of the diet and was wondering if I could lift weights at the gym etc. also are protein shakes totally off the chart because it’s advised I take them during a workout.

    • Amber on March 9, 2014

      Hi Deepak

      The protein shakes are not allowed but if you want to adapt the Dukan and take protein shakes in conjunction with exercising it is of course your choice.

      Best wishes


      • Deepak on March 10, 2014

        Will the diet still work if im lifting weights at the gym?

        • Amber on March 11, 2014

          Hi Deepak

          Weight lifting won’t necessarily stop you losing weight but if you are building muscles which replaces fat the impact of your body changes may not register on the bathroom scales. This is because the same volume of muscle weigh more than the same volume of fat.

          Kind regards


  • Sonetchka on March 5, 2014

    I have eaten 1 tbs of peanut butter in the cruise phase to ease the sugar needs. How bad will that affect my weight loss?

    • Amber on March 5, 2014

      Hi Sonetchka

      A tablespoon of peanut butter is not a suitable food to ease sugar cravings as it is very high in fat and doesn’t contain a very high level of protein.

      It is never possible to say exactly how a lapse will impact on your weight loss. In some people they notice no difference while others advise that it impacts their weight loss for at least a couple of days.

      Try to put the lapse behind you and continue as if the lapse had not happened.

      Kind regards


  • elisha on September 23, 2013

    I am on day one of the attack phase and i wanted to see if eating packaged sandwich meat is ok? like turkey and ham

    • Amber on September 23, 2013

      Hi Elisha

      Yes you can eat packaged meat provided it has no added sugar or oil and it is low in fat.

      Kind regards


  • Emma on September 22, 2013

    Hi Amber
    Silly me thinking that on the attack phase I was able to eat as many nuts and seeds as I wanted! Technically today is my first day on the diet and I’ve eaten 4 eggs and about a handful of almonds! Is that really bad?! Have I completely ruined all of today?

    • Amber on September 22, 2013

      Hi Emma

      I don’t think it is going to make a huge amount of difference provided you follow the diet correctly from here on in. Try to eat as wide a variety of foods as you can as it would not be good to eat 4 eggs every days.

      Kind regards


  • Fadia on August 21, 2013

    I am still on day 2 of the Attack Diet. I am finding it easy and satisfying. I don’t think I will have trouble during the Cruise Diet either. I am very worried about the Stabilization diet though. You see I am a lazy person who would rather remember less stuff than more. The stabilization diet should have been in the form of what you cannot eat while on it. What you can eat is too long and requires a booklet when shopping. What makes my problem worse is that I’m American and bought the UK version of the book.
    Help with that list!

    • Amber on August 21, 2013

      Hi Fadia

      There is not a lot of difference between the foods on the US version and those on the UK version. Off the top of my head the US version has the following addition foods lean pork loin, okra, zero/low fat ricotta or cream cheese.

      Is it Consolidation or Stabilisation which you feel you will struggle with. Stabilisation is the final stage of the diet which is followed permanently where you eat and drink whatever you like for 6 days a week and have a Dukan Thursday to control the excesses of the rest of the week. Consolidation is the phase when you add in bread, fruit, cheese, celebration meals and starchy foods. If you don’t want too many choices in this phases make your own list of the foods that you prefer and stick to this instead.

      Kind regards


  • mari on May 15, 2013

    There is a product called PB2 – peanut powder, with 85% of fat removed, which I add to my Oat Bran galette. 2 tbsps have 5g protein, 5g carbs (the oat bran has 11g) and 1.5g fat.
    It is a good way to enjoy peanut flavor on this diet, and no worse than lo-fat yogurt or cheese for carb content.

    • Amber on May 15, 2013

      Hi Mari

      Peanuts, fat reduced or not aren’t an allowed food and this food also contains added sugar. If you want to adapt the diet to suit your personal preferences you can but it won’t be following the Dukan Diet as intended by Dr Dukan.

      Best wishes


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