Peanut, Peanut Butter!

I love peanut butter!

When I moved from Berkeley to Ithaca, I didn’t have enough room in my luggage to take my 6 (literally 6, maybe more actually) jars of peanut butter with me.   Consequently, they’ve been sitting at my mom’s house waiting for me.

This morning, I decided to make the familiar toast with peanut butter and banana.  I reached in the cupboard for one of my jars because sadly my mom buys JIF, which is just really no good in my opinion.  I pulled out one that I hadn’t seen in a while: PB2.

Have you heard of PB2?

PB2 is powdered peanut butter.  Sounds weird, right?   According to the site,PB2 is made with premium quality peanuts that are slow-roasted to our specifications and pressed to remove the fat.” 2 tablespoons of dried powder (mixed with 1 tbsp of water) provides only 54 calories, which is nothing compared to the nearly 200 that 2 tablespoons of peanut butter would provide.

I forgot I even had it!  So I decided to use it this morning. I mixed it up in a small bowl then spread it on my toast.

Looks like PB right?

Honestly, if you try this, try it on something (i.e. pb and j, pb banana) not by itself.  On its own, I don’t find it to be particularly delicious. The texture isn’t really the same as peanut butter.  Peanut Butter is creamier and thicker (…gets stuck on the roof of your mouth), although I guess adding less water could make PB2 thicker.  Even so, I still don’t think the texture would be the same, as they advertise.
I’m not a dietitian or doctor, but I always thought the fat in peanut butter was good for you.  Cutting out the fat seems like cutting out some of the good stuff.  However, if you’re looking to cut calories I see where this could be a good option. I still prefer natural peanut butter.

Have you tried PB2?  Any thoughts on it or the idea of it?

Note: I bought this product on my own a while ago, it was not given to me to review.


6 thoughts on “Peanut, Peanut Butter!

  1. Suzanne says:

    I don’t buy JIF either. I refuse to buy any nut butter with added palm oil. And most of the time, the oil being added is hydrogenated.

    I’ve never tried PB2, but like you, I also like the fat in natural peanut butter.

  2. Danielle says:

    I’ve tried PB2 before and it’s not bad! But I bought it during my “fat free” craze and now it’s the real thing for me 🙂

  3. ginamastrog says:

    I haven’t tried pb2 yet. I’ve only just gotten around to trying pb&co! Something I have tried though is pea butter, and it tastes just like peanut butter! I got it at Wegmans, so I think you can definitely find it if you want to. 🙂 (I assume they probably have Wegmans up by Cornell!)

  4. Nicole says:

    My in-laws had PB2 at their house and I meant to try it before I left! I’m excited to try it, though, I’ve heard great things. Plus, it is a STEAL nutritionally speaking!

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