Infused ice cubes, non-GMO ingredients, kale chips, and wheat-free pasta are all food trends for 2014. But what's all the hype about powdered peanut butter? How in does that work with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or is it even supposed to?
Powdered peanut butter is just what is sounds like, a dry form of one of America's favorite foods. The powder is a mixture of peanuts, salt, and sometimes sugar. Much of the natural oils have been removed therefore creating a product drastically lower in fat and calories than the traditional creamy peanut butter in a jar. A two-tablespoon serving contains only 45 calories, 5 grams of protein, and 1.5 grams of fat. The fat content has been cut by about 2/3 by removing the natural oils.
To use powdered peanut butter, mix with water to form a paste. This new product can be used for snacks, in smoothies, in recipes for baked goods, or on a good old PB&J. Since the fat has been removed, powdered peanut butter isn't as creamy or as satisfying. Peanut sauce can be made by mixing peanut butter powder with soy sauce, lime juice, and water and is tasty served over noodles or with shrimp.
Amazon.com shows 96 results for different offerings of powdered peanut butter in a variety of flavors and sizes. The three major brands are PB2, Just Great Stuff, and Dowd & Rogers. This product makes a great food for travelers or backpackers since it is lightweight and has a long shelf life. Powdered peanut butter is also a good fit for institutional use as it is easier to dispense and work with than regular sticky peanut butter. Preppers also like it for their stockpiles.