You may have seen it on the shelf in your local health of food store and wondered…what's the deal with that powdered peanut butter?
Well in this article we take a look into just that, how the powdered stuff is made, what it tastes like and is powdered peanut butter good or bad for us?
- Not Organic – peanuts are one of the most heavily pesticide sprayed foods you can buy. So generally they are not organic.
- Bad Fats Removed – the fat in peanuts is mostly bad monounsaturated fats that are not present in the powdered stuff.
- Doesn't taste as nice as the real deal – from my own taste tests I prefer to use the powdered variety for baking and smoothies only.
Generic Peanut Butter
- Calories – 588
- Total Fat – 50g
- Carbohydrate – 20g
- Protein – 25g
PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
- Calories – 375
- Total Fat – 12.5g
- Carbohydrate – 46g
- Protein – 46g
As you can see by the comparison above, the fat reduction from 50g to 12.5g is huge when comparing normal peanut butter to pb2 powdered counterpart.
However, it is important to note that the same amount of powdered peanut butter doesn't necessarily reconstitute to the weight as normal PB – just something to be aware of.
Still the fat and calorie difference is pretty amazing. What was interesting is the increase in carbohydrate and protein count for the dried peanut butter. I have used the stats taken from the Bell Plantation website that are measures in 2 tsp amounts and multiplied them up to hit 100g.
How It's Made
The process for making powdered peanut butter is simple. They take a bunch of the peanuts, squeeze them to remove all of the natural oils (which contain all of the fat) and then they crush, grind and dehydrate the remaining nuts into the powder you can buy in those cute little jars.
Now it's important to note here that powdered peanuts butter has 80-90% less fat content than the standard stuff, which is why it has become very popular amongst chefs and athletes who use it to add to their healthy smoothies.
First up, we look at the brands of powdered peanut butter available.
PB2 Bell Plantation
The most popular on the market is by far the pb2 powdered peanut butter from Bell Plantation. This is their flagship product and was introduced to the market as a way to bring something different to the table. Something that was unique and could be used in many ways, plus keep for a long time without going bad.
Hoosiers Hill Farm
Then we have Hoosier Hill Farm, established in 1999 they run an actual farm that is based in Northeast Indiana. Their product offers more for your money in terms of volume and is made with 100% peanuts with no added flavours or preservatives.
This product has some great reviews over on Amazon and Betty Lou's seem like a trusted brand. They offer slightly larger tubs that the other brands and the price seems about right. Their products come under the name “Just Great Stuff”, which judging by the reviews, isn't far wrong.
They also claim that their product has 90% less fat than the standard butter, compared to the PB2 product which quotes “85% less fat”. Something to think about if you are sticking to a low-fat diet.
Powdered Peanut Butter Recipes
There are hundreds of recipes that call for powdered peanut butter. Here are some of my absolute favorites:
PB2 Protein Power Balls
Skinny Chocolate & Peanut Butter Frappuccino
Peanut Butter Cup SLUDGE
Are There Any Other Options?
There are one or two different options if you are a little more health and environment conscious, or if you would just like to add a bit more flavour.
First up, we have organic powdered peanut butter which is obviously free from any nasties and the price difference isn't a much as you would expect with an organic variety.This one from Betty Lou's is our pick of the bunch.
Then we have powdered peanut butter with chocolate, which is popular for those making smoothies and for using it when baking cakes, cookies and other delicious treats.Again, the ‘just great stuff' line from Betty Lou's is our pick of the bunch.
One of the key questions I am often asked is…”is powdered peanut butter good for you?”
My answer to this is yes with a caveat. You see peanuts aren't the healthiest of nuts for you, but that's not to say they are bad either. Almonds and Macadamia nuts offer more good fats than peanuts do, hoeer they are also much more expensive.
So for that reason, there is no reason not to use peanut butter, powdered or normal in your everyday use.