Case in point, PB2. This product has popped up a couple of times on my WIAW posts and garnered a few questions, so I figured I would discuss it here for anyone interested in learning more about what PB2 is.
Manufactured by Bell Plantation, PB2 is powdered peanut butter. Basically, they squeeze out 85% of the fat from roasted peanuts and what is left is peanut butter powder. That's it. How in the world do they do this? Well, I haven't the slightest clue (lol) but their website states that "their unique process doesn't involve chemicals or alter nature's intended balance found within the peanut." No preservatives or artificial sweeteners are added, either. Check out the nutrition facts below:
Serving size: 2 tablespoons
Servings per container: 15
Calories from fat: 13
Total fat: 1.5 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Trans fat: < 0.01 g
Cholesterol: < 0.01 mg
Sodium: 94 mg
Total carbohydrate: 5 g
Dietary fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 1 g
Protein: 5 g
Okay, so you got this jar of powdered peanut butter sitting there. Now what? Well, let's start with the basics and reconstitute it to make some peanut butter. Simply mix 2 tablespoons PB2 with 1 tablespoon of water. Boom - done! Not much more involved than just opening a jar of Jif, is it? It is ready to slather onto bread for a classic PB&J sandwich, onto crackers & celery for a quick snack, or just licking off of the knife like I
The dry powder comes in handy, too. My boyfriend likes to add about a half tablespoon to his protein shakes. I throw a spoonful or two into my oatmeal and love it in hot chocolate! Bell Plantation suggests dipping fruit slices directly into the powder. There is a myriad of uses for this stuff, so invent your own method and share it with us! Alternatively, you could try out one of the many recipes on the PB2 website.
Admission: I am completely addicted to peanut butter in all forms and will always eat WAY over the suggested serving size. So, I was thrilled to discover this stuff. I know that natural peanut butter isn't necessarily awful for you (good fats and protein and all that), but it is nice to have a lower fat and calorie alternative that I can indulge in more often. :)
Bell Plantation also offers a chocolate PB2, as well as roasted peanut oil, but I have yet to try either (someday!) so I cannot vouch for them at this time. If you have tried them, let us know what you think in the comments!
(Note: Bell Plantation did not endorse or in any way promote this blog post. This is a product I personally use and enjoy. All opinions are strictly my own.)