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Peanut Butter Powder Protein—Too Good to be True?

Peanut Butter Powder Protein

Peanut Butter Powder Protein

Too Good to be True?

Many people love peanut butter–myself included. In fact every year, Americans eat three 16 oz jars of peanut butter per person each year. That may not seem like a lot, but one 16 oz. jar of peanut butter contains 14 servings, that adds up to 42 servings per person. (Since not every single person eats peanut butter, some of us are eating a lot more.

The fact that peanut butter is so versatile gives us the opportunity to eat it in many different ways–peanut butter cookies, peanut butter smoothies, peanut butter sandwiches–with jelly, bananas, marshmallow fluff… (I love peanut butter and pickle sandwiches–strange I know, but my mom introduced me to them when I was a child and I have eaten them ever since!), peanut butter and apples, peanut butter and celery…

I eat peanut butter on toast at least once per week. My husband eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during his daily commute.

The problem with peanut butter is that it has a lot of calories and a lot of fat–yes it’s primarily the healthy type of fat, but it’s fat nonetheless. One serving of the peanut butter I usually eat has 16 grams of fat–that’s 25% of the recommended daily allowance.  Plus, many peanut butters have sugars, oils, and other ingredients that are not healthy (or needed)  such as Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils, Molasses, Corn Syrup Solids, Agave Syrup, Mono and Diglycerides, Maltodextrin…

Because peanut butter is not a low calorie or low-fat food, many people avoid eating it–especially when trying to lose weight.

However, others looking to add additional healthy protein to their diets, often add peanut butter to smoothies and shakes. Some even add it to oatmeal.

Peanut Butter Powder Protein

Peanut Butter Powder Protein

Too Good to be True?

As more and more people are looking for healthy, convenient protein options, or vegan or vegetarian protein sources, a variety of new products have been introduced. One such product is peanut butter powder protein.

Not to be confused with peanut butter flavored protein powder–which can be made with a variety of protein sources–peanut butter powder protein is made from peanuts. Peanuts are the source of protein.

Peanut butter powder protein is made by squeezing the oil out of the peanut and then dehydrating what’s left, yielding a powder in which about 90% of the fat is removed from the peanut.

Several brands of peanut butter protein are on the market. Because of its convenience, it has become quite popular. Many people have replaced peanut butter with peanut butter powder protein. Some have added peanut butter back into their diets via peanut butter powder protein.

So how is peanut butter protein powder different from regular peanut butter?

First and foremost, it is a powder. It needs to be mixed with water (or other liquid). Second, it contains less fat. Third, it contains fewer calories.

However, it can be used the same way you use peanut butter–in baking, smoothies and you can even make peanut butter sandwiches. You can add more or less liquid to make the consistency you want.

Peanut Butter Powder Protein

Too Good to be True?

There must be a catch. What about the ingredients? Is it healthy? Does it taste good?

As with all products, each brand has its own formulation–just like peanut butter. It depends on personal preference and what you are looking for. For me, I look at the following qualities:

Peanut Butter Powder Protein Too Good to be True?

  1. High in protein
  2. Low in carbs
  3. Low in fats
  4. No artificial ingredients
  5. Preferably organic
  6. Tastes good
  7. Mixes well
  8. Is reasonably priced

In general, peanut butter powder protein and peanut butter are made of the same main ingredients. Most peanut butter powder protein is made with peanuts, some form of sugar, and salt.

However, peanut butter protein powder typically contains a lot less fat–90% less in some products.  

There are several brands of peanut butter protein powders. Two very popular brands are PBfit and PB2.

My husband and I enjoy Organic PBfit Peanut Powder Powder. It fits all 8 of the qualities I look for. Here is the nutritional profile and ingredients:

Peanut Butter Powder Protein

Serving size: 2 Tbsp

Calories:  50

Total Fat: 1.5 g

Sugar: 2 g

Protein: 6 g

Ingredients: organic peanuts, organic palm sugar, and salt. That’s it!

Mix 2 Tbsp Organic PBfit Peanut Powder Powder with 1 ½ Tbsp water and you can use it just like regular peanut butter. Depending on how you are using it, you can adjust the amount of water to make the consistency you want. You can even mix it with milk or milk alternatives for a richer (and possibly sweeter) taste.

Like me, you may want to get creative and see what other ways you can use peanut butter powder protein. PBfit has recipes online to inspire you.

Is it too good to be true? Give peanut butter powder protein a try and let me know what you think and how you use it.


10 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Powder Protein—Too Good to be True?

  1. Peanut butter powder sounds ideal for hiking/camping/backpacking. Lightweight, high protein, low-fat, non-perishable. You’d just need a small container for mixing and crackers or flatbread. Great for the trail.

    1. Hi Bryce,
      Yes, peanut butter protein powder is a great portable snack. You could also eat it with apples or celery.

  2. Thank you so much for this! I’ve never heard of peanut butter powder protein. I’m going to have to try this since it’s lower in calories, fat, etc. I bet it tastes great in smoothies. Very thorough and informative review. 🙂

    1. Hi, Tammy
      I’m happy you liked the info on peanut butter powder protein. Love to hear what you think after you try it!

  3. Peanut butter is one of my favorite flavors. It’s great because it has a lot of protein and it’s very filling. Peanut butter and pickles I thought I was the only one who did that!

    I wasn’t aware of peanut butter powder protein. What about the taste? Does it taste like the real thing? I can’t recall what I took years ago, but it was something like this and it didn’t taste right at all.

    1. Hi, Garen
      Thanks for your comment and question! Do you really eat peanut butter and pickles?!? I love it! As for the Peanut Butter Powder Protein taste–it’s yummy. I find it a bit sweeter than the plain, unsalted natural type of regular peanut butter I have been eating lately. It does have a bit of sugar from the organic coconut palm sugar. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

  4. Sandra this is a great article and quite informative! I must say you do mention the pros and cons regarding regular peanut butter to the powdered variety, well done on that, however (I know this is protein for women) I DO want the extra fats in regular peanut butter as I am an athlete and into fitness/bodybuilding.

    Remember calories are NOT the enemy when it comes to losing weight. Empty calories are the enemy. Peanut butter, in general, does not contain empty calories. Add it to some whole wheat toast and you have yourself a complete protein snack!

    1. Hi, Donovan
      Yes, if you are a serious athlete you do need the extra calories and fat. As a Personal Trainer I eat both. Peanut Butter Powder Protein is great for people who want to cut down on fat. And I agree that not all calories are created equal. This is a lengthy discussion for another day!

  5. I gotta try this!! I generally add peanut butter to my protein shakes or smoothies for the taste and added protein, but I hate the consistency the peanut butter adds to shakes! Thanks for the info!

    1. Let me know what you think about Peanut Butter Protein Powder when you try it. Thanks, Allie!

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