What’s the deal with powdered peanut butter? Have you seen this stuff in the grocery store? It keeps catching my eye in the organic aisle — specifically this PB2 powdered peanut butter claiming “85% less fat, calories.” Have you tried it? I finally picked up a jar and tested it out, next to a scoop of real peanut butter.
So, what is powdered peanut butter and is powdered peanut butter better for you? It’s essentially powdered peanuts that have been pressed to remove much of the oil and fats. Theoretically this leaves the taste but reduces the fat and calories, leaving you with a peanut powder that can be reconstituted in water.
It sounded too good to be true, at least to this peanut butter-lover. I’ve always felt like nearly 200 calories was a big commitment for just 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, so an option that offered peanut butter with less than half the calories sounded pretty great especially if powdered peanut butter is better for you.
I tried the PB2 out next to Natural Jif peanut butter spread because I wanted a super creamy, slightly sweet peanut butter to really give this stuff a run for its money.
Is Powdered Peanut Butter Better For You?
First, the nutritional details.
- Natural Jif Peanut Butter Spread: 190 calories & 16g of fat in 2 tablespoons
- PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter: 45 calories & 1.5g of fat in 2 tablespoons
Now, this comparison is a little misleading, because 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter, when reconstituted, actually makes just 1 tablespoon of spreadable peanut butter. So double the calories and fat for the powdered peanut butter. Even so, 90 calories, compared to 190 calories, for 2 tablespoons of peanut butter is a pretty big reduction.
Powdered Peanut Butter Better Better Taste?
So, how does it taste? I tried both side by side. The Jif was everything you expect out of a creamy “peanut butter spread” — a little sweet, super smooth, a little bit of guilty pleasure.
I mixed the powdered peanut butter up with a tablespoon of water as instructed, and it quickly came together in a sticky, slightly gritty spread. The PB2 does have a little bit of salt and sugar, so the taste was pleasant and very peanutty. It had a faint lingering bitterness, though, that reminded me ever so slightly of beans.
Overall, taste-wise, while there was certainly a difference between these two, I could certainly see using this in a sandwich or a smoothie — anything where the fat content wasn’t necessary.
So is powdered peanut butter better? It is healthier but doesn’t taste quite as good but if you are someone that wants to cut down on the calories, it’s a great alternative.
Have you tried this, or any other version of powdered peanut butter? What did you think of it?