Have You Tried Powdered Peanut Butter?

Some of you may not be old enough to remember this, but during the 1990s our country went through a major fad diet craze. We were crazy for all things fat-free. There was fat-free cheese (which did not actually melt), fat-free brownies (filled with sugar and fillers) and, of course, fat-free butter (because who does not want a glob of synthetic byproduct on their food?).

One amazing food that became taboo during this time was peanut butter. There are few foods that I love more than peanut butter and, luckily, as time moved forward we realized that fat is a necessary and healthy part of the diet. Therefore, peanut butter has made a comeback. Fast forward to today and now we have a heavenly array of nut butters that line the shelves of our grocery stores. Nut butters are so popular that you can even make your own fresh peanut butter, almond butter or macadamia butter at many health food stores. With all of these wonderful choices, why would anyone eat something called "powdered nut butter"?

Well, let me tell you why. Powdered nut butter is created by taking all of the oil out of peanut butter, leaving a peanutty powder. Some use the product by adding a small amount of water to reconstitute the powder into something that tastes similar to peanut butter. I suppose for those trying to reduce overall calories this may not be a terrible option.

For me, I look at this product as an opportunity to add one of my favorite flavors to other foods that I already love. For example, when making a protein shake, adding two tablespoons of the powder adds four grams of protein but just 45 extra calories and 1.5 grams of fat. Or, mix it with Greek yogurt; or oatmeal; or your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe to add some nutrition and flavor. My newest obsession is to add powdered nut butter as a topping to my frozen yogurt.

However you choose to use it, I would recommend giving this product a try, because adding the divine taste of peanut butter to your favorite foods without adding all of the extra calories is one tasty tip.

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Jody Pannozzo
Jody Pannozzo, RD, is a registered dietitian and nutritionist, and writer for SantéCenterAZ.com and MyDietitian.com.