By now y'all should know I love me some nut butter. While I enjoy almond butter and have even made my own cashew butter before, it's really peanut butter that is my favorite.
Of course, if I was being really honest with myself I would also admit that it is a trigger food. This is especially true during that once-a-month hormone surge when I will happily eat any peanut butter and chocolate combination in existence. Half the time I don't even bother with the chocolate and, instead, have what I call a spoon and run with a peanut butter jar.
Peanut butter is a good source of protein, but it's also high in calories and while the fats are the good kind it's still high in fats. A single serving of peanut butter -- 2 tablespoons -- is 5 Weight Watchers points.
Which is why I am so glad I finally jumped on the powdered peanut butter wagon with PB2.
What is this craziness? Powdered peanut butter? I know, kids. Just give yourself some time to wrap your mind around it.
Right, so all you do is take 2 T of PB2, mix it with 1 T of water and voila. Peanut butter.
Trust me, I was skeptical, too. Not just on the taste but what sort of wacky scientific unpronounceable ingredient list voodoo caused this magic.
Roasted peanuts. Sugar. Salt.
Wait. That's it? That list is shorter than your average jar of peanut butter. And 2 T. of PB2 is only 1 Weight Watcher Point.
Granted it doesn't taste exactly like peanut butter. But y'know what? This peanut butter lover actually really likes the taste. I also like that can I can control the consistency. So when I'm making, say, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich now (which I can do again without feeling like I'm throwing away WW points, especially when served on Simply Filling approved light bread) I make it using the recommend amount of water. But when I put it on my English muffin or in my Overnight Oats for breakfast I like it a little, erm, meltier so I'll add a bit more water so it's a runnier. I also haven't baked with it yet, but I have no doubt PB2 and my KitchenAid will be meeting soon.
Before, peanut butter always felt a little off-limits. I'd eat it, of course, but every time I did I'd wonder if there was something else I could have had for those 5 weight watchers points that might have been a better choice. Or I'd have to do some crafty math to fit it into my daily or weekly points. It's one of those things where as soon as you make something taboo it's suddenly all you want to eat and for someone where peanut butter is a trigger food this is a dangerous situation to get yourself into. With PB2 I don't have to feel that way. I can have peanut butter on my toast for breakfast and have it on a sandwich and lunch and it's still less points than regular peanut butter would have been for one of those meals. Take the guilt away and suddenly I'm not craving it as much because I don't have to, knowing I can eat it when I want to.
Now, I will say that PB2 is more expensive than a jar of regular peanut butter (although the online prices are better than in the store. May have to stock up!), but for this gal it's a very worthy purchase.
Have you ever tried powdered peanut butter?
Love from the ashes,