One of the unusual items in my pantry is peanut butter powder. I discovered it through my wife who was buying it to add to her morning shakes. It is made of the remnants of extracting peanut oil from peanuts. All that is left is dried peanut powder with only a trace amount of fat. This means a 2 tablespoon serving of peanut butter powder is only 70 calories compared to 190 calories for regular spreadable jarred peanut butter.
Not only is the calorie reduction a plus, but I find it to be even more useful and convenient. Like my wife, I too now add the powder right into one of my morning smoothies. This works way better than adding a scoop of fatty peanut butter that sticks to the blender and causes consistency issues in the drink.
The powder can also be rehydrated into a spreadable peanut butter consistency by adding 3 tbsp of water to 4 tbsp of powder. Mix this up with a knife and now you have a spreadable peanut butter that has fewer calories than regular peanut butter from the jar.
I use the rehydrated peanut butter for afternoon snacks like apples and peanut butter or "ants on a log" which my version is celery, peanut butter, and dried cranberries. You can add more water if desired and turn into into a creamy sauce or flavoring for soups and dishes. Peanut butter powder also does great in baked goods and desserts.
My favorite place to buy peanut butter powder is Costco. The brand they carry is PB Fit. A 30oz tub costs $10.99. This is 53 servings which is 2 tablespoons of powder per serving. If you were to rehydrate all of this, that would require 80 tablespoons of water. That equals 5 cups of water which weighs 40 oz. Add this 40oz to the 30oz of powder, and that $10.99 makes 70oz of peanut butter. This puts the total cost in line with buying a regular jar of peanut butter. Amazon carries 30oz of PB Fit for $11.99.
PB Fit is made of organic ingredients which is great. It has a sweetener added (organic coconut palm sugar) but only 2 grams per serving which is in line with other spreadable peanut butters. So give this a try. Like me, you may find that it will quickly replace your jar of peanut butter in the cupboard.
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