One of my subscribers, "SA," e-mailed me last week to tell me about a new powdered peanut butter product called PB2. Being the peanut butter lover that I am, I checked it out right away and was surprised to learn about this "all natural" product that contains only 54 calories and 2.8 grams of fat for a 2 tablespoon serving! Now "all natural" doesn't mean it's just peanuts...it does contain sugar and salt as well. But no crazy preservatives or other ingredients that you can't pronounce. According to the producer's website, it's "made with USA grown peanuts that are slow-roasted and pressed to remove fat."
It's made by a company called Bell Plantation in Tifton, Georgia, and as far as I know, you can only order it through their website: www.bellplantation.com. (Click here to go directly to their product page.) The other small catch is that the minimum order is 4 jars (each of which is $3.99). But according to the expiration date on mine, it appears to be good for a year...and there is no doubt that I'll easily go through 4 jars of this stuff in less than a year.
Yes, it is powdered. You turn it into peanut butter by mixing 2 tablespoons of the powder with 1 tablespoon of water and stirring until smooth. I think you could use a little less water and have a thicker peanut butter.
My order just arrived on Friday...I tried it as soon as it came, and I'd give it a 9 on a peanut butter scale of 1 to 10. I ate it plain, and I could just barely tell that it wasn't the same as my usual full-fat all-natural peanut butter. If you put in on a PB&J sandwich or spread it on a rice cake, I'm sure you'd hardly notice the difference. I think PB2 and Wheat Thins will be one of my new favorite afternoon snacks.
Here's a quick side-by-side nutritional comparison of PB2 and your average all-natural peanut butter, per 2 tablespoon serving:
PB2 Average all-natural peanut butter
Cal: 54 210
Fat: 2.8 16
Carbs: 3.7 6
Fiber: 3 2
Protein: 4.3 8
If you dabble in peanut butter only occasionally, it may not be worth the slight hassle of ordering this stuff online (and ordering 4 jars of it) just to save 150 calories per serving. But if you love a good PB&J sandwich or like to make dips or sauces with peanut butter, I'd say it's worth the effort for such a big savings in calories and fat.
UPDATE: Check out my PB2 recipe for a peanut sauce to be used with Thai chicken satay...click here. I also came up with a low-cal PB2 chocolate peanut butter parfait that you've gotta try (click here), a recipe for peanut butter honey french toast (click here), and my new favorite, PB2 pad thai (click here).