Cut fat and calories by using powdered peanut butter like PB2 for snacks and recipes. Peanut butter powder is popular with WW members, dieters, weight lifters, and people who want to enjoy the delicious taste of peanut butter without the high fat. Here are some ideas for how to use it.
Healthier Peanut Butter Alternatives
Peanut butter powder has actually been around for many years and is especially popular with Weight Watchers members. If you know me, you know I’m a huge peanut butter fan and even though I’ve lost 100 pounds, I haven’t given up enjoying peanut butter.
However, peanut butter is very high in points, calories, and fat. In fact, with the new WW Program for 2022 & 2023 peanut butter went up to 7 points for 2 T – yikers!) Having a lighter option is great.
Plus, for some of us, peanut butter or nuts in the house can trigger binge eating, so keeping PB2 around can be a safer alternative that may not be as triggering.
I’ve tried some other peanut butter alternatives like Better N Peanut Butter but I didn’t care for them as much as powdered peanut butter.
What is Peanut Butter Powder?
Peanut butter powder is a fine powder made from peanuts that have most of the oil removed.
Powdered peanut butter is made from roasted peanuts that have been pressed to remove most of the oil and then ground into a fine powder. Some brands contain a little sugar and salt. With most of the fat gone—powdered peanut butter has about 85 percent less than regular—you’re left with protein and fiber.Consumer Reports
30+ Ways to Use Peanut Butter Powder
What is peanut butter powder used for? Here are some PB2 recipes, and meal and snack ideas for how to use PB2.
- Stir into smoothies made with almond milk and fruit. (Note that fruit has added points if blended into smoothies for WW members.)
- Mix into protein shakes made with protein powder.
- Mix into whipped topping such as light Cool Whip. Use this as a dip for fruit or just eat it off the spoon. It tastes like the filling inside a peanut butter pie.
- Cut up apples and toss with PB powder.
- Mix into plain, non-fat Greek yogurt along with a packet of diet hot cocoa mix (or 2 T cocoa powder) for a chocolate PB treat.
- Mix into banana pancakes.
- Try eating it with a shake of salt and 1/2 tsp of sugar free maple-flavored syrup for more of a PB-from-the-jar taste.
- Make into protein balls.
- Mix into plain or vanilla yogurt.
- Mix into banana nice cream.
- Mix into low-fat brownies or cake mixes.
- Make into an individual microwave cake or muffin.
- Make into copycat magic shell.
- Mix into oatmeal such as our WW Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal.
- Mix into overnight oats.
- Mix with water and spread on toast.
- Mix into our zero point microwave banana soufflé for one for a peanut butter-banana variation.
- Add water or almond milk and use as a dip for apples, bananas, or other fruit.
- Add water or almond milk and use as a dip for pretzels, Good Thins, Pop Chips or other low fat chips or crackers.
- Add water or almond milk and spread on a rice cake. (Especially good on flavored rice cakes like caramel.)
- Make a peanut stir fry sauce for vegetables.
- Make into a healthy peanut salad dressing. (Click here for more healthier salad dressing recipes.)
- Add water, spread on celery and top with raisins to make “ants on a log”.
- Mix into vanilla ice cream or light ice cream like Halo Top.
- Make healthier peanut butter blondie brownies.
- Sprinkle on popcorn.
- Mix with mashed banana and spread on light toast, light English muffins or bagel thins.
- Make frozen PB banana bites. Roll banana slices in PB2 and top each with a drizzle of melted chocolate (such as from Lily’s or ChocZero sugar-free chocolate chips) and freeze.
- Add water or almond milk and spread onto a light or low carb tortilla. Top with sugar-free jam or whole fruit slices like bananas or strawberries. Roll up, slice and serve.
- Make into a lighter cheesecake.
- Mix it into regular peanut butter to increase the serving size.
- Make 3 ingredient PB cookies.
Varieties of Peanut Powder
Peanut butter powder has actually been around for many years and is especially popular with Weight Watchers members. Years ago I first heard of PB2 when members were ordering it online from Bell Plantation. These days, you can find it in most grocery stores next to the regular nut butters. (I typically buy the Walmart generic version.)
Here are some of the varieties that are now available:
- PB2 – This is the classic and original powdered peanut butter. They also carry a crunchy variety.
- Chocolate peanut powder – Several companies now make a version with added cocoa powder and sometimes sweetener.
- PB Fit – This company makes a powdered peanut butter similar to PB2. They also carry Organic and Sugar Free (with added sweetener) variations. Comparing PB2 to PB Fit, the taste, calories, and WW points are almost the same.
- Flavor Co flavored peanut butter powders – This company offers a huge variety of flavored nut powders including salted caramel, toffee apple, party cake, and cookies n cream. Keep in mind that some varieties have added sugar and sweeteners.
- Nuts n More peanut butter powders – This company also offers a wide variety of flavors including birthday cake and cinnamon toast.
- Naked PB – This brand has no added sweeteners or salt.
- PB n Me – Carries powdered peanut butters and a dark roast variation.
- PB2 protein powder – Peanut powder with added protein.
- Nut powders – Companies now provide cashew powder and almond powder. (Note that almond powder is different from almond flour such as is used in baking.)
- Generic – I use the Walmart generic brand of peanut butter power and it works for me.
Tips for Using Powdered Peanut Butter
I’ve been using powdered peanut butter for years. Here are some tips I’ve found helpful.
- Store in freezer. While peanut powder is shelf-stable, it can go rancid over time so it’s recommended you store it in the freezer, especially if it takes you a while to go through a large tub.
- Generic is fine. Name brands are delicious but the generic brands work just as well.
- Mix with almond milk. You can reconstitute peanut powder with water but I like it better with unsweetened almond milk for a creamy texture.
- Peanut butter powder doesn’t taste like regular peanut butter. Don’t expect it to and you’ll be happier. Enjoy it for what it is. For true peanut butter lovers (like me), you’ll still want regular peanut butter in your life, but this is a great substitute in recipes or on days when you need to save some points or calories.
- Have fun with it. Get creative and enjoy this healthier option as a way to save points or calories and still enjoy the delicious peanut taste in a variety of snacks and recipes.
Where Can I Buy PB2?
Peanut butter powder is available at most grocery stores such as Target, Woolworths, Walmart, and grocery stores like Kroger and HEB. Bulk food stores like Costco and Sam’s carry it, too. If your local store doesn’t carry it, you can purchase it on Amazon here.
Answers to FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Powdered Peanut Butter
Here are answers to questions we receive most often about PB2, PB Fit and other nut butter powders.
With these tips and ideas, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious peanut butter flavors and stick to your healthy eating and weight loss goals.
How do you use PB2? Share in the comments below.
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