I love peanut butter. No, I seriously L-O-V-E love want to smother it all over my face and roll around in it like a pig love peanut butter. In cookies, in sauces, in my mouth right out the jar, I adore the nutty creamy salty sweet taste of this holy nut buttery goodness. Problem? Well if you are anything like me you really can’t eat just two tablespoons of the stuff. I mean, how could you? It’s just too flippin good.
And so to solve this teeny tiny problem I like to call binge eating my way through a jar on a Saturday night, I have been on a quest to find a lower calorie solution. I first started experimenting with Better’n Peanut Butter last year, which I picked up at Trader Joes. This stuff boasts half the calories and 40% less fat than regular PB. Sadly the protein content and the flavor followed with the caloric reduction. I still dabbled in it for a while, mixing it with the regular stuff to try to up the taste. I eventually gave up, and resigned to eating my favorite food not as frequently.
However the saga continued. Last week I went to Whole Food’s and freshly ground my favorite honey roasted peanut butter they have on “tap” (not sure what else to call it). Later that night I may or may not have eaten half the tub. Efff! The first step is admitting you have a problem.
And so, I began to patrol the internet for a solution. I saw all different kinds of peanut butter alternatives, namely peanut flour, where you just add water to make a peanut butter esque spread. Sadly they all were either discontinued (Trader Joe’s brand) or got less than exciting reviews. All except one. Behold, my new messiah in a jar, PB2.
So what is PB2 you ask? Well it is essentially powdered peanut butter. Or second generation peanut butter, as they like to call it. The company claims “Through a unique process that doesn’t involve the use of any chemicals and doesn’t alter nature’s intended balance found within the peanut, we remove over 85% of the fat from premium quality peanuts. Essentially, the oil is squeezed out of roasted peanuts and what remains is our famous powdered peanut butter – all natural with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. When you mix water or a favorite drink with PB2 you get the same consistency as full-fat peanut butter, with all the roasted peanut flavor, but 85% less fat calories.” And so I had to give this stuff a try. I ordered it on Amazon and it came in the mail today AND OMFGGGGGG was it everything I hoped for and more. I measured two tablespoons of the powder and added one tablespoon of water and viola! PEANUT BUTTER! Well it tastes exactly like creamy peanut butter and with only 45 calories, 1 g fat, 2 g fiber AND 5 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons, I was just too ecstatic and fulfilled to know the difference. I ate it three times today. Shocker.
Now you can’t buy PB2 in stores, only online. On their website you can buy 4 containers for $15.96 which is a MUCH better deal than the almost eight bucks I paid on Amazon (got too excited, and clearly didn’t price compare, just focused on the free overnight delivery, whoops). Oh well, next time, which at this rate, should be in about two days…
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