What Is Peanut Butter Powder? How Do I Use It?

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You’ve probably started seeing powdered peanut butter on the grocery shelves—right there next to standard peanut butter. No doubt, it’s becoming increasingly available, but what exactly is it?

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It’s a product that's made by pressing roasted peanuts to remove most of the natural oils, and the remaining peanut “particles” are ground into a fine powder. Out with the oil/fat go many of the calories. Compare:

Standard creamy peanut butter (2 tablespoons) 190 calories 16g fat (2.5g sat) 7g protein

Peanut butter powder (2 tablespoons*) 45 calories 1.5g fat (0g sat) 5g protein

You can reconstitute the powdered product to create lower-calorie, less-fat peanut butter, but the texture is not as smooth and creamy. *When you reconstitute 2 tablespoons of the powder, you end up with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter; the resulting nut butter will be lower in calories and fat, but the difference won’t be quite as impressive.

The flavor of the reconstituted nut butter is deeply peanutty, but I honestly wouldn’t look to this product as a replacement for my morning smear on my whole-grain waffle; the texture and flavor just don’t quite live up. (It’s a little grainy and less rich.) Also, and I think this is an important point: Peanut butter may be calorie dense and high in fat, but it’s mostly heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and satiating, satisfying fat at that—meaning it will help keep you filling fuller, longer. There is nothing wrong with peanut butter.

If you are dieting, though, and really looking to cut calories, this can be a good product for you. But I like to think of it from more of a culinary point of view—how can you use its deep, roasty flavor and powdered texture to benefit your cooking? It does have certain advantages: It doesn’t clump as standard peanut butter might; it incorporates smoothly and easily into smoothies, batters, and more. And it can be used in a similar way as flour. So here are some ideas for delicious ways to use peanut butter powder:

• Stir into plain Greek yogurt or your morning bowl of oats, and swirl in lower-sugar grape jelly. Either one of these PB&J breakfast bowls will take you right back to childhood.

• Add a couple tablespoons to a smoothie or (even better!) a milk shake.

• Substitute up to 1/3 of the flour in your standard pancake or waffle batter for a more protein-packed start to your day.

• Dust your popcorn with it! Combine with a little powdered sugar and salt for a sweet take, or combine with crushed red pepper, salt, and lime rind for more of a savory Thai take.

• Make a 50/50 combo of peanut butter powder and whole-wheat flour, and season with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin—use this to bread chicken cutlets. Or try this delicious makeover of Sweet and Sour Chicken.

• Incorporate into frosting for cakes or cupcakes. Here I whipped up 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter powder, 1 tablespoon softened butter, 1 tablespoon 1% milk, and 3 ounces softened Neufchatel cheese. (This makes enough to lightly top 12 cupcakes—per serving, this PB frosting has 73 calories, 2.8g total fat, and 1.2g sat fat.)

Powdered Peanut Butter: What It Is and How to Use It

The Basics What's the difference between powdered peanut butter and the traditional peanut spread most of us grew up with? It's simple: Powdered PB is made from defatted peanuts, which are exactly what they sound like -- peanuts with all the excess fat squeezed out of 'em. The end result is a dry powder rather than an oily spread. It still tastes like peanuts, because it's still made from peanuts. Brilliant!

Unlike regular PB, powdered peanut butter used to be a little tricky to track down. But these days, you can find it on supermarket shelves next to the ordinary nut butters! Look for powdered peanut butter made by PBfit, Peanut Butter & Co., Just Great Stuff, and PB2. When in doubt, order online. Here's a great deal on Amazon.

The Stats Ready for this? An entire 2-tablespoon serving of powdered peanut butter has about 50 calories, 2g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 34mg sodium, 4g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, and 6g protein (SmartPoints® value 1*).

The same amount of standard peanut butter, on the other hand, has around 195 calories, 16g total fat, (3g sat fat), 140mg sodium, 7g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugars, and 7g protein (SmartPoints® value 6*).

The serving sizes aren't exactly equal -- once you mix a serving of the powder with water, you'll have 1 - 1 1/2 tbsp. of actual peanut butter. But still. The powdered stuff has at least 50 percent fewer calories and 80 percent less fat than traditional PB. That's amazing!

The Possibilities You can use powdered peanut butter absolutely anywhere you'd use the regular kind just start by mixing it with water until you get a PB-like consistency. Try it out in any Hungry Girl recipe that calls for standard reduced-fat peanut butter -- the recipe stats will be lower!

But what makes powdered PB come out on top here is that it's much more versatile than regular peanut butter. You can use the powder in all sorts of unexpected places. Add a tablespoon or two to pancake mix, blend some into smoothies and shakes, add it to your growing oatmeal, or bake it into your favorite treats… anywhere you'd like a bit of PB flavor! The powder blends in seamlessly (unlike gloppy PB), and a little goes a long way.

7 Powdered Peanut Butter Recipes We're Drooling Over

Thanks to modern day science, you can now enjoy the glorious taste of peanut butter without consuming a zillion calories. Yup, two tablespoons of powdered peanut butter contains approximately 45 calories compared to traditional PB&rsquos 190. As a result, PB in powdered form has become a must-have snack for healthy eaters everywhere. Need proof? According to parent company Bell Plantation, sales of the popular brand PB2 have doubled since it was first introduced six years ago.

The best part: It's super versatile. While it may seem weird to mix your powdered PB with water and smear it on toast, here are a few more appetizing ways to enjoy its nutty deliciousness:

Need a quickie no-cook breakfast? Ashvini Mashru, R.D. and author of Small Steps to Slim, recommends busting out your powdered PB. Toss a couple tablespoons of it with oats, Greek yogurt, and your favorite nut milk in a bowl, and leave it covered in the fridge overnight. The next morning, add your favorite toppings (we love banana and granola) and you&rsquore ready to go.

If you&rsquore craving a sweet breakfast with a little more substance, you&rsquoll go *nuts* for these fluffy hotcakes.&ldquoSubstitute up to 1/3 of the flour in your standard pancake or waffle batter [with powdered peanut butter] for a more protein-packed start to your day,&rdquo says Mashru.

Breaking news: PB2 will soon be releasing a new maple-flavored spread, according to the company. Add it to your flapjacks for all the delicious sweetness of syrup, minus the stickiness.

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Skip the cheese and ranch powders, suggests Mashru, and try sprinkling some powdered peanut butter on your kernels, instead. (Just when you thought your Skinnypop couldn&rsquot get any more addictive.) Try it with a powdered cocoa PB if you&rsquore craving something salty and sweet.

Fried chicken is pretty dank, but adding peanut butter to the equation can be a real game changer.&ldquoMake a 50/50 combo of peanut butter powder and whole-wheat flour, and season with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin,&rdquo says Mashru. &ldquoUse this to bread chicken cutlets.&rdquo

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Smoothies are one of the best ways to use powdered PB, because the slightly grittier texture will barely be noticeable. &ldquoThe texture is not as smooth and creamy [as traditional PB],&rdquo Mashru says. &ldquo[However,] it incorporates smoothly and easily into smoothies, batters, and more.&rdquo

Powdered PB will taste great in any smoothie you&rsquod ordinarily make with nut butter, but a classic PB, banana, and almond milk is consistently a hit. Add a handful of kale or spinach to get your greens in, too.

Sweet chocolate treats don&rsquot usually weigh in at only 130 calories a piece, but these mouth-watering brownies from SkinnyTaste are the exception. Plus, they&rsquore gluten-free!

The usual suspects are all accounted for in this recipe&mdasheggs, cocoa powder, baking soda, kosher salt, raw honey, vanilla, and chocolate chips. The twist: You&rsquoll replace flour with PB2, instead. Pop it in the oven at 325 F and you&rsquore in business.

This recipe, courtesy of Hungry For Protein, satisfies your sugar cravings while giving you a hefty boost of protein. For the filling, you&rsquoll need to mix strained tofu, PB2, protein powder, skim milk, and stevia in a blender. Then, simply pour the mixture into the crust and freeze for four hours. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top and revel in PB-choco heaven.

Can you substitute peanut butter for powdered peanut butter?

Typically, the ratio is two tablespoons of powdered peanut butter to one tablespoon of water, which yields one tablespoon of nut butter. For a larger serving, just double it to four tablespoons of the powder and two tablespoons of water and you'll still be under 100 calories for two tablespoons of nut butter.

  • Almond Butter. Almond butter is an ideal source of omega-3 fatty acids and the quantity is more when compared to peanut butter.
  • Sunflower Seed Butter. Sunflower seed butter is the closest to peanut butter in terms of texture and flavor.
  • Tahini.
  • Hazelnut Butter.
  • Pecan Butter.
  • Soy Butter.
  • Walnut Butter.
  • Pumpkin Seed Butter.

Hereof, is powdered peanut butter bad for you?

With most of the fat gone&mdashpowdered peanut butter has about 85 percent less than regular&mdashyou're left with protein and fiber. The fat in regular peanut butter is mostly the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind, so the only nutritional advantage of powdered peanut butter is its much lower calorie count.

5 Things You Should Be Adding Powdered Peanut Butter To

I can’t trust anybody who claims they “dislike” peanut butter (aside from those unfortunate souls who are allergic). Peanut butter is more than just a spread, its a food staple — the nectar of the gods. If it were up to me, I would add a base to the food pyramid solely dedicated to the creamy liquid gold.

So, being the peanut butter aficionado that I am, I was very skeptical when I found out about this new healthier alternative: powdered peanut butter.

What is powdered peanut butter in the first place? It’s exactly what it sounds like, though it should really be called “powdered peanuts.” Roasted peanuts are pressed until about 85% of the fat is removed, resulting in a powdery peanut substance.

From a nutritional standpoint, powdered peanut butter offers similar protein and carbohydrate content as regular peanut butter does (per two tablespoon serving), however it contains much less fat, and in turn, far less calories.

Directions from PB2, the leading brand in powdered peanut butter, instruct to mix a tablespoon of water with two tablespoons of their product to obtain a delicious, low-fat substitute of the best invention since the wheel: peanut butter.

I’ve followed these guidelines with the lowest of expectations and unsurprisingly, I wasn’t pleased at all — nothing can ever come close to the distinct taste of creamy, fatty, and, well, buttery peanut butter.

Despite its failed attempt at replacing the real thing, powdered peanut butter does have its place in the pantry. Its true value is not in peanut butter at all — it’s in the ability to convert nearly any ordinary food into a peanut-butter-flavored masterpiece, like turning water into wine.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use powdered peanut butter.

Cooking and Baking

The most obvious application, yet by far the most versatile, is using PB2 as an ingredient — the possibilities are literally endless. Simply add PB2 to any recipe, upgrading ordinary food from bland to peanuty goodness in every bite. Potential foods include, but are not limited to: pancakes, brownies, cookies, waffles, muffins, breads, cakes and even sauces.

#SpoonTip: If a recipe already calls for peanut butter, replace with PB2 for a lower-fat version — I find that the powdered peanut butter can provide a stronger, more evenly distributed peanut butter taste to recipes as opposed to traditional peanut butter.


Do you ever have trouble falling asleep because you’re so anxious to wake up the next morning just to eat breakfast? This is how I feel when I know there’s peanut butter oatmeal in my fridge, calling my name.

Throw some oats in your liquid of choice (milk, nut milk, water), add about three tablespoons of PB2 per cup of oats and let the mixture soak overnight in the fridge.

Wake up, smell the coffee, and enjoy your oatmeal while it’s cold and refreshing (my personal favorite) or heat it up in the microwave for a warm, hearty bowl.


Yogurt, greek yogurt and cottage cheese are all acceptable forms of dairy that can be amped up with PB2. The powder mixes in flawlessly and creates a custard-like treat that doubles a healthy snack for anytime of the day.

#SpoonTip: Add sweetener or sugar to satisfy that sweet tooth for dessert and that craving for peanut butter. It makes a great late-night snack before bed.


Who doesn’t love shakes? They’re easy to make and are perfect for a quick breakfast, delectable dessert, simple snack, or a nutritious post-workout meal. Now imagine that chocolate, vanilla, banana or strawberry shake with peanut butter flavor. Need I say more?


This one is a little unique, and you’re probably thinking, “why not just use real peanut butter?” I’d tell you why, but its much easier if you experience it for yourself — take your typical cream cheese, mash in some PB2, smear it over your baked good of choice and indulge in your new favorite peanut-flavored spread.

Here, I’ve only scratched the surface of the possible ways to put powdered peanut butter to use. What can you come up with?

7 Peanut Butter Powder Recipes You Need in Your Life

Peanut butter might arguably be one of the most beloved foods.

In fact, one of my first memories of my aunt and uncle is eating a peanut butter sandwich with grape jelly on white bread&mdashthe jelly just barely seeping through its sponge-like consistency. (My mom never bought white bread, so this was a rare treat.) Admittedly now I prefer a heartier and seedy bread, but I can remember eating that sandwich on their patio like it was yesterday.

That said, from a calories and fat standpoint, good old fashioned peanut butter can add up pretty darn quickly. Just two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter (a typical serving) contains 204 calories and 16 grams of fat.

And, yes, the fat within peanuts is mostly the monounsaturated and healthy kind, but let&rsquos be honest, sitting with open jar in hand and shoveling in peanut butter is a surefire way for those calories to sneak up on you.

By comparison "de-fatted" peanuts, or peanut butter powder (as its more typically known), contains around 70 calories and two grams of fat, and still offers a full array of essential and non-essential amino acids, plus roughly the same amount of protein.

&ldquoPowdered peanut butter gives you a burst of protein and peanut-y flavor with fewer calories and fat, so when you want an extra protein kick, along with the same quality peanut butter flavor, add some powdered peanut butter&rdquo says DJ Blatner, R.D.N., C.S.S.D., author of The Superfood Swap.

Worried about the quality of peanut protein?

&ldquoFor me, peanut butter powder is a delicious and easy way for me to up my protein intake, help my muscles repair after a hard workout or tennis match, and still give me the flexibility to add calories through other foods vs. just peanut butter itself," says Brierley Horton, M.S., R.D., co-host of the Happy Eating Podcast.

My go to brand is Naked PB, which is nothing but powdered peanut butter, but the follow seven recipes work with just about any peanut powder.

How to Use Powdered Peanut Butter

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Powdered peanut butter is created by pressing peanuts together to form a powder. This process removes a lot of the oils and fats and it can be used as a healthier alternative to traditional peanut butter. [1] X Research source When reconstituted, powdered peanut butter resembles classic peanut butter and the powder itself can serve as a versatile ingredient. You can add the powder to foods like granola or yogurt to enhance their taste or you can use it as a partial replacement for flour in baked goods. By following the correct techniques, powdered peanut butter can be a useful ingredient in your kitchen.

How to Use Butter Powder

It’s best to treat powdered butter as just another dry ingredient in baking mixes, rather than trying to whip it separately into butter and then add it to your cooking.

When I was a kid, my parents would buy these bottles of add water, shake and pour pancake mix for camping. She was always nervous about letting us kids make it, even though it seems like the perfect kid thing to make because they were so expensive to buy. She was afraid we’d drop it, and there’d be money wasted and no breakfast.

I’m experimenting with making my own just add water pancake mix using butter powder, milk powder, egg powder and buttermilk powder to replace the wet ingredients. Here’s my starter recipe, that I’ll be tweaking in the coming months as we camp and use it regularly. To use this mix, use 1 cup of mix to 1/2 cup water:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Milk Powder
  • 1/3 cup Malted Milk Powder
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Whole Egg Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

The can of powdered butter comes with a few recipes printed on the back, but I’ve got to say I’m not inspired. There’s a recipe for apple crumb cake that uses dried egg powder and dehydrated apple slices, but instead of butter powder in the cake, it adds shortening. The butter powder is only used to make a crumb topping. If you’re going to put a recipe on the butter powder can, the least you can do is put butter powder in the cake!

A picture of the back panel of the butter powder can with an apple crumb cake recipe.

The other recipe is for a simple honey butter, using honey powder and butter powder. It’s nice that it’s a just add water dry mix, and I’m sure the honey powder goes a long way to disguise the strange milky flavor in the powdered butter, but I’d still rather just bake with it.

Amazon reviews have a lot of helpful advice. One reviewer suggests making a number of different spreads, all starting with a butter powder base:

“It is best reconstituted with light vegetable oil, then chilled, to make a firm spread, like butter. Mix with water and a little vinegar, then chill, to make a sour cream substitute. Adding vinegar, water and spices produces a passable mayonnaise. The powder can be mixed straight into dough, noodles or mashed potatoes. For a treat, use it straight in tea or coffee it’s tasty and comforting. It doesn’t do well sprinkled straight on popcorn. I would mix some of the oil/butter mix straight into the hot popcorn…No, it’s not butter. But it’s tasty and useful.”

PB2 is simply a brand of powdered peanut butter, and arguably the one that brought powdered peanut butter into the mainstream. Originally sold as a protein source in health food stores, it’s now available due to popular demand. Recipes like this make it entirely worthy of the buzz.

Overnight Oats (ONO) are exactly what they sound like. Oats, that soften and “cook” overnight, simply in the fridge. They absorb the liquids and flavors and are ready for you to enjoy the next morning. It’s life hacks like this that help us get out the door without just grabbing the loaf of bread and shoving it in our face as we drive into work. Or


Rachael Finch's guilt-free peanut butter cookies

* 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

* 1/4 cup peanut butter (plus one extra tablespoon)

* 2 1/2 tbsp rice malt syrup (or honey)

* 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 175°C fan forced.

2. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well till a dough is formed.

3. Form heaped dessert spoons of dough into balls to make 10 cookies, place on a baking tray and gentle flatten with the back of a fork.

4. Bake in the oven for around 10 -12 minutes or until golden brown.

5. Allow cookies to set before removing from tray.

The video, which has racked up more than 1,780 'likes' since it was uploaded online last month, quickly drew delighted responses.

'These look so delicious!' one viewer wrote.

Another added: 'Yum. Can't go past a good cookie.'

It's not the first time Rachael has wowed fans with a nutritious home-cooked dish.

Earlier this year, she shared her favourite recipe for roasted tomato soup that she swears by during the colder winter months.

While every day varies on Rachael's plate, she said she tries to eat according to the seasons, with soups and root vegetables in winter and salads and smoothie bowls in summer.

To make her favourite soup, Rachael said you'll need tomatoes, garlic, thyme, extra Virgin olive oil, vegetable stock, shallots, tomato paste, cannelloni beans and Parmesan and crusty bread, to serve.

Earlier this year, Rachael shared her favourite recipe for roasted tomato soup (pictured) that she swears by during the colder winter months

Rachael also likes to put one teaspoon of her own Kissed Earth Magic 8 Vitality and Immunity powder in the mix, for 'extra immune health' as the temperature drops.

The recipe, which takes under an hour to make, requires a food processor or stick blender as well as access to an oven.

Thousands who saw Rachael's winter warming meal were impressed and said they will be trying to make it this weekend.

'Yum, this looks delicious - thanks for sharing,' one person replied.

'This is one of my favourite recipes you've ever posted,' said another.

How to make Rachael Finch's favourite winter soup

Rachael shared the simple recipe (pictured) on her Instagram page

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 sprig thyme, reserving a little to serve

1 tsp Kissed Earth Magic 8 powder (for extra immune health)

2 tsp extra Virgin olive oil

500g cannelloni beans (1.5 tins)

50g Parmesan, shaved, for serving (optional)

2 slices bread of choice, for serving

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Place tomatoes and garlic on baking tray, scatter over thyme and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until very soft, set aside.

3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute shallots for a few minutes, until softened. Add tomato paste and sauté for another two minutes.

4. Add tomatoes, stock, Magic 8, and 3/4 of white beans and simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Blend soup with a stick blender or food processor. Place soup back into pot, stir through remaining beans and heat through.

6. Top bowls of soup with Parmesan and reserved thyme leaves and serve with bread.