Update: I found some stores in this area that carry powdered peanut butter. Please see my comment below for details. End update.
I’ve heard of powdered peanut butter before but I’ve never had an opportunity to try it. For March, which is National Peanut Month, I received an email with a gluten-free recipe (below) that called for this ingredient. My curiosity was piqued again, so I wrote to a company and asked for a sample. I’m eager to receive it and see what I think, because this is one of those things that just sounds too good to be true.
I say that because powdered peanut butter supposedly has 75 to 85 percent fewer fat calories than regular peanut butter. It sounds like a Frankenstein food, but I looked into how it is made and it sounds fairly simple: Roasted peanuts are pressed until all of the oils come out, leaving nothing but a floury substance behind. One of the companies that makes powdered peanut butter, Bell Plantation, saves the peanut oil and sells that separately.
Bell Plantation’s product, called PB2, contains (per 2 Tbsp. serving) 2.8 grams of fat, .55 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 grams cholesterol, 94 mg sodium, 3.7 g carbs, 1 gram sugar, and 4.3 grams protein. The listed ingredients are peanuts, sugar and salt. Some – particularly raw foodies – may be turned off by the fact that the peanuts are roasted first.
Powdered peanut butter is reconstituted with water to form a paste that can be used just like regular peanut butter. From what I understand, you can add as much water as you like to achieve the consistency you like. According to Bell Plantation’s website, you can also mix it with jams or jellies or fruit juice or dip fruit straight in the powder as one might dip strawberries in sugar.
You can also use powdered peanut butter in baked goods, sauces and other recipes. Trader Joe’s sells a peanut flour that is essentially the same thing as powdered peanut butter, except maybe less salt. Alas, we have no Trader Joe’s. So unless someone is aware of a local store that sells powdered peanut butter, we’ll have to order it online.
Here are a few sources:
Betty Lou’s Inc. (Look under “specialty products”)
And this is the gluten-free recipe that intrigued me. I’m not familiar with all of these brands and products, but maybe some of you are:
1 Tbsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 Tbsp. Apple cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
1 Tbsp. San-J’s Szechuan Sauce
1 Tbsp. Just Great Stuff Powdered Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp. Thai Seasoning (Spice Hunter brand)
1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
Kall Liquid Stevia – 1 dropper full
1 bag raw shredded vegetables, such as Fresh Express
Mix all ingredients together, pour over raw vegetables and enjoy!
Source: San-J International.