Why I Switched to Peanut Butter Powder

Love the taste of peanuts? So do I. There’s nothing I like more at my local Chinese restaurant than grabbing a bit of peanut chicken and rice. That savory peanut flavor has always been one of my favorites, but I’ve never attempted to peanut dishes at home before. That is, until I saw a jar of peanut butter powder on the shelf.  Keep reading, and I’ll show you how to make an amazing peanut sauce with half the fat, calories, and oil!

What is Peanut Powder?

Peanut butter powder is derived from peanuts and is created by pressing roasted peanuts. It has several health benefits because it’s lower in calories than traditional peanut butter plus features less oil and fat. When the peanuts are pressed, they’re ground into a peanut powder. You create the peanut butter spread by mixing it with a bit of water. Simply follow the directions on the label. Mix until smooth and you get something that looks a lot like peanut butter, and certainly tastes like it too. 

I switched to peanut butter powder after I noticed how many calories were in the little to-go peanut butter containers for celery or apple slices. I was looking at 250 calories for a single cup, but by making my own, I was enjoying fewer than 200 calories. Not only that, but I didn’t have small plastic containers to throw away anymore. I could mix my peanut butter in a reusable container, then wash and repeat for multiple snack sessions. A win for my calories and a win for for my recycling bin. Not to mention it’s vegan!

You can find peanut butter powder from brands like PB2 and Jif. PB Fit, Peanut Butter & Co, and Tru-Nut are just a few you’ll see at Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and other stores. Some jars even have extra probiotics for a health boost. 

How to Use Peanut Powder

The beauty of peanut butter powder is its versatility. You can use it anywhere you’d typically use it in peanut butter. I’ve mixed up a bit to make peanut butter and banana toast and stirred it into my oatmeal. It’s easy to cook with and will still add the same peanut-y taste to your dishes.Toss it in a smoothie, make it in a popsicle, and use it in baking. You’ll love the same taste but with half the fat and oil. Here are a few ideas on how you can use peanut butter powder!

  • Peanut butter pancakes
  • Banana and peanut butter smoothies
  • Peanut blondie brownies
  • Peanut butter cookies
  • PB and J sandwiches
  • Peanut butter milkshakes

You’ll find that the makers of peanut powder often have recipes on their packaging or website so there’s many ideas you can find out there.

Peanut Butter Recipes

The first recipe I discovered with peanut butter powder was a nice peanut chipotle sauce. It goes well with grilled chicken tenders or can be brushed on a set of baked chicken wings. You’ll love this versatile sauce and you’ll want to put it on everything! I certainly did. Try it in a lettuce wrap!

Peanut Butter Chipotle BBQ Sauce

This sauce swaps out traditional peanut butter for peanut butter powder for the same creamy spicy and sweet combination that tastes great. Adjust as necessary to make the appropriate amount of sauce servings. 

  • 2 tablespoons of water (for peanut butter mixture)
  • ¼ cup of peanut butter powder 
  • ¼ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (canned)
  • 1 teaspoon of melted butter

Combine peanut butter powder and water until mixed, then stir in ¼ cup of BBQ sauce and 2 teaspoons of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add a dash of chili powder, then stir well.  

Peanut Butter Powder Cookies

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup of Jif® Peanut Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 F

Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until they’re a fluffy consistency.

Add egg and vanilla, then beat until blended.

Mix in peanut powder, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir well.

Form into small tablespoon-sized discs and spread onto baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until brown. 

Remove and set aside to cool.

 

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