If you’re a supermarket sleuth like me, you may have noticed a new item on the shelf in the past year or so: powdered peanut butter. That’s right, now you can have your peanut butter creamy, crunchy… or powdered!
So what’s the scoop on powdery PB? Its biggest claim to fame is that it has fewer calories and 85%-90% less fat than regular peanut butter. That’s because powdered peanuts have been pressed to remove most of the oil. You can reconstitute it with water – or add it as a powder to smoothies or baked goods.
If you’re looking for peanuty taste without adding a lot of calories and fat, powdered peanut butter does have some advantages. Two tablespoons of the powdered version has about 45 calories, 5 grams of protein and just 1.5 grams of fat. That’s compared to about 190 calories, 8 grams of protein and 16 grams of fat for 2 tablespoons of regular creamy spreadable peanut butter. Although 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter reconstitutes to only about 1 tablespoon of spreadable peanut butter, it still offers a considerable calorie and fat savings while providing protein and flavor.
But don’t ditch traditional peanut butter just yet! Although it’s rich in calories and fat, a little goes a long way and, at least according to the taste tasters in my kitchen, there’s no substitute for the real thing! If you’re going to have regular PB, stick with a 2-tablespoon serving. Also, keep in mind that most of the fat in peanut butter is the heart-healthy unsaturated variety, so cutting fat here is not really a health bonus. For sandwiches and dips, I prefer old-school creamy traditional peanut butter.
Still, powdered PB definitely is worth a try. For smoothies, it boosts protein and flavor for a fraction of the calories of regular PB. Powdered PB is also a tasty addition to yogurt, oatmeal, and recipes like these delicious Granola Peanut Powder Pancakes. If you’re a peanut butter nut like me, you’ll probably want both powdered PB and regular PB in your pantry!