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What to Eat: A Better Peanut Butter

Try PB2 for the taste and protein of peanut butter without all the calories

Americans love their peanut butter. But PB has a problem: a modest serving (2 level tablespoons) has 190 calories. “Reduced Fat” peanut butters are no better. Companies like Jif and Skippy replace some of the fat with carbs, so the calories don’t budge.

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That’s why calorie counters will love PB2 (“peanut butter’s second generation”) It’s a powdered peanut butter made by slow roasting and then pressing the peanuts to remove 85 percent of the oil. Just mix 2 tablespoons of PB2 with 1 tablespoon of water and stir.

The result: only 45 calories per serving (which shrinks to 1½ tablespoons), with as much protein (5 grams) and carbs (5 grams) as 1 tablespoons of regular peanut butter.

If a powdered peanut butter seems unnatural, take a look at PB2’s ingredients: roasted peanuts, sugar, and salt. The 1 gram of sugar is nothing to worry about, and PB2 is free from the added oils that you get even in the “natural” lines of peanut butters like Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan.

Beyond PB&J, PB2 can lighten up your Pad Thai or peanut dipping sauce or salad dressing. And it’s great for travelers and backpackers. Taste? As rich and nutty as regular peanut butter.

Also worth a try: PB2 with Premium Chocolate. The added cocoa powder displaces some peanuts, so the protein drops to 4 grams, but a 1½-tablespoon serving still has just 45 calories.

PB2 is sold at some Whole Foods and natural food stores. If you can’t find it, try amazon.com or bellplantation.com. You may never go back to PB1.

To learn more about the product or find a retailer near you, call Bell Plantation: (229) 387-7238

 

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83 Comments

  1. William
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    I use pb2 all the time and love it! Bill

    • Amanda
      Posted September 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      Hi Bill, where are you purchasing this product? I’m a peanut butter addict and would love to try it!

  2. Joan
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    PB2 is great!

    • A.
      Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      I have been using PB2 for the past two years and love it. Would not dream of going back to the other stuff!

    • Katie
      Posted September 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      You just reco statute it when ready to eat, is that it?

  3. Darcie
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Another great one is “Just Great Stuff”. I can find both in the Organic sections of my local grocery stores.

  4. Harvey
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    What about PB without anything added: simply crushed peanuts, available at Whole Foods and Fairway? Maybe more oils (good ones) and calories but without added sugar and salt.

  5. Sara
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    My husband has a peanut butter sandwich (on whole wheat bread) almost every day. We look for brands (sometimes organic, sometimes not) that have the lowest sodium and no added sugar, just peanuts and salt. Why is is necessary to put sugar in PB2? (Answer: Americans have a sugar obsession, and the sugar lobby is very powerful…) We may try this once, but I bet we’ll go back to our regular brands (usually Teddy All-Natural).

  6. Sharon
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    I love using this to make peanut sauce or to flavor plain soy milk or to flavor plain Greek yogurt. It’s great!

  7. Liza
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I like PB2, too, but it is a shame about the sugar content. I prefer natural, unsweetened (albeit salted) peanut butter and if they offered an unsweetened version, I would snap it up!!

  8. Kate
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    How much salt per serving? Is there a no-salt version?

  9. Stephanie
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Here we go with processing. I will stick with the organic, ground peanuts, nothing added! I’d bet I end up eating less anyway.

  10. Bonnie
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Will try it! I have made my own w/Vita Mix–still not Peter Pan PB–PB sounds worth the effort!

  11. Susan
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    So glad to hear about this product! I love PB but avoid it because of the calories.

  12. Caroline
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Salt is added–what is the sodium level of PB2?

  13. Laura
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    While I wouldn’t say it’s as rich and nutty as regular peanut butter, it is a good substitute. I tried it in a smoothie with a frozen banana, almond milk, cocoa, and honey, and it was delicious.

  14. Alisa
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I’m going to PB2 a try. I like the portability factor as well!

  15. First
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try it

    Pam

  16. Gary
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    When the PB2 makers make some without the added sugar I would love to try it. I believe it will taste as good so why use the sugar? In the mean time I’ll stick to my organic peanuts only peanut butter.

  17. Vivian
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    love PB2 , use it in my hot cereal ! yum

  18. N.
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Peanuts that are not organic carry a residue of pesticides. This is of concern, particularly in regard to children. Is there an organic option available, without breaking the bank?

  19. Lois
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I tried another brand of powdered peanut butter, and did NOT like it – eventually threw it out. The taste was not authentic, and the texture was never smooth, no matter what I tried mixing it with.

    I had high hopes, as I LOVE peanut butter and eat no meat proteins other then fish. Does anyone know if this one has a better taste than others on the market?

    Lois

  20. Mara
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Processed. Sugar added. I have purchased it and actually thought it was a pretty good product, but it’s still processed and didn’t work well in recipes which is one of the primary things I use peanut butter for.

  21. Wendy
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Is MIT organic? What about rancidity?

  22. Rebecca
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I use it in my morning smoothie , its great!

  23. Jennifer
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    I will still stick to grinding my own nuts, reaping the natural benefits of the oils (nature intended nut butters to have) and skip the processed, refined, powders any day. America, lets try eating in MODERATION – and increasing our physical activity instead of relying on products like these to cut calories.

  24. James
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I have had it. It really helps those peanut butter cravings.

  25. Carol
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Is it non GMO?

  26. Barbara
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I make a “skinny shake” with it: 1/3 to 1/2 frozen banana; 3/4 cup almond milk (or regular works also); 2 Tbs PB2 (reg or chocolate). Blend in blender or I use a Cuisinart Stir Stick. Yummy, filling and not much over 100 calories and lots of protein. Good mid afternoon snack. Got the recipe from our trainer.

  27. Mark
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Yes, PB2 is a different approach to PB, but if you plan your meals right, the natural PBs better provide the PB addict with the great creamy taste of PB. The manufacturers of the regular ol’ PB s take out the peanut oil and replace it with tropical oils… very bad highly saturated oils. The natural PB leaves in the peanut oil, a very healthy oil, and has no tropical oils. A few times a week I eat natural PB with an apple or mixed into fat free yogurt. So PB2 is OK and healthy, but it is to natural PB as instant coffee is to real coffee. Life is too short for OK food. Plan your meals and fit natural PB into a well-planned diet.

  28. John
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I’ll be on the look out…..maybe almonds will be on the scene next, AB2?

  29. Carol
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I’ll have to try it! I usually buy the natural peanut butter with NO added salt or sugar…….so, I wish they had not added the salt and sugar to the PB2. I imagine they have to appeal to the mass populations taste, though.

  30. Joy
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I have a question. Is the process a mechanical one, making PB2 as natural as flour and nonfat milk, or is it a chemical one, making it as unnatural as decaf coffee?

    I’ve been using PB2 to replace part of the peanut butter in my Pad Thai sauce. We need a bit of fat to thicken the sauce, but it lightens it some. I also enjoyed it in home made chocolate / peanut butter frozen yogurt.

  31. Josie
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    This stuff makes great shakes – we love both varieties.

  32. Andrea
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I just bought this at Whole Foods on Sunday and think it is great!

  33. Linda
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    How much salt is in a serving? I usually buy a “no salt added” brand of peanut butter, so I am reluctant to trade fat for too much salt.

  34. Mimi
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I bought and tried this several months ago. My first impression was “I’m not sure I like this”. However, after a couple of tries I got used to the powdered form and learned how to make/mix just the right consistency.
    Now, I use it every time to replace the full fat peanut butter.
    Thanks for the ideas about how to use it in receipts. I never thought about that!

  35. Barbara
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Is it crunchy? If not, … ?

  36. David
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    I’ve never seen it in any store. Where do I look?

  37. Lesley
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Why does it need sugar at all – yuck! That puts me off right there!Why does EVERYTHING have to have sugar it it? I like my pb plain, just salt.

    • Richard
      Posted September 22, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      I totally agree. Why is sugar added to so many things?

  38. Carrie
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    1 tablespoon in my chocolate protein shake is DELISH!!

  39. Arlene
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Now if only they could remove the salt.

  40. Jaen
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    No thanks. I’ll stick with plain old peanut butter — made of peanuts — with no salt, no sugar, no oils, no anything added. As for how much I eat? I’d be hard pressed to eat 2 tablespoons in one sitting. I’ll take moderate intake of real food any day, over consuming processed food. Which is what PB2 sounds like to me.

  41. Paul
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I thought the oil in peanut butter, being heavily weighted toward polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, is actually good for you. Am I wrong?

  42. David
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to trying this. When can I expect B2 (powdered bacon)?

  43. Jaen
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    The math in this article doesn’t add up. It states that one serving of PB2 has 45 calories per serving (of 1.5 T when mixed with water) — yet still has 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of carbohydrate. But 5 grams of protein has 45 calories (9 cal/gm), as does 5 grams of carbohydrates (9 cal/gm). That’s a total of 90 calories per serving. And there is residual oil left — about 15% of the original amount (if 85% is removed, as stated in the article). How many calories per serving does it contribute? Also, if you consume an equivalent amount of real butter peanut — 1.5 T — as PB2 (the 2 T of PB2 mixed into 1 T water, resulting in 1.5 T serving size), the calories in a serving of real peanut butter shrinks to about 142 calories per serving. Plus, how much sodium is there per serving of PB2? Why is this article silent on this point? Is this really Nutrition Action speaking?? Or is this a paid-for-plug for PB2?

    • Susan
      Posted September 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      a gram of protein has 4 cal.; a gram of carbohydrate has 4 cal; a gram of sugar has 4 cal; a gram of fat has 9 cal.

  44. Jaen
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    ps: 1 gram of sugar adds 9 calories, resulting in 99 calories per 1.5 T serving of PB2. How can the article state that this added sugar “is nothing to worry about?” Note that the added sugar could actually be as high as 1.5 gm (or more?) by legally allowed “rounding” in the nutritional label.

  45. Sarah
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Is this kosher?

  46. Margaret
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I wonder why they have to put the sugar in? It would be more appealing if they didn’t. Th peanut butter is use just has peanuts and salt and it is delicious. If it didn’t have the sugar it would sound more appealing.

  47. Joan
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    stir either the plain PB2 or better yet, the Chocolate PB@ into low fat and/or low sugar ice cream for a special higher protein dessert – yum! high satiety value due to the extra protein. reasonable alternative dessert for diabetics.

  48. Sharron
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I found PB2 when it was offered in a protein drink at the YMCA where I work out. I started ordering it through Bell Plantation. Good company and a decent price. Now I have introduced it to my coffee shop. Love the stuff and the protein it offers without all the calories.

  49. Roy
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    How about just eating natural peanut butter. Just peanuts ground up, with a little salt to enhance the flavor. No sugar at all. Tastes so much better than with sugar added.

  50. Barbara
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Wow. This sounds great! I love peanut butter, but have stayed away from it because of the calories. I can’t wait to find a retailer so I can try this PB2 for myself! Thanks for the great news!

  51. Christine
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Nutrition Action, you have finally disappointed me after all these years. No doubt, when PB2 came on the market, it made peanut butter suddenly more portable, requiring no refrigeration. There is nothing unhealthy about peanut butter in the raw. I agree, food manufacturers have muddied the waters when it comes to making a good decision on what to put on you toast in the morning. Peanut Butter is 80% unsaturated fat which can help lower LDL. You will find only about 2 gm of saturated fat in a serving of PB. Further, studies show that eating peanut butter in moderation does NOT promote weight gain.

    Tell me again, why you approve of removing the fat from peanut butter?

    • Cindy
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

      The key word here is MODERATION. Perhaps some of us PB lovers have a problem with that! As a weight watcher, the points value of PB2 is a lot less than regular PB…and delicious in my protein shakes!

  52. Olha
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Try buying natural PB, let sit unstirred, then pour off some or all of the oil that rises to the top after a day or so.
    I wouldn’t place the PB in the refrigerator until you stir it after the settling: the PB gets very hard once the oil has left it and the PB is cold (unless it was stirred at room temperature.
    I wouldn’t get rid of all the peanut oil, simply because it is a fat that has a lot of health benefits!

  53. Heidi
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Why the sugar? We eat peanut butter, or peanut butter with salt, no other additives. I like the idea of reduced fat, but I don’t want my peanut butter flavored like Skippy and the others you mention.

  54. Canary
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Where can I find it. I want to take it with me to Africa.

  55. Katie
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! I have never heard of this! For a quick snack I like a teaspoonful of peanut butter, self ground , from local health food store; for some reason that satisfies my hunger! I diffidently will inquire about this powder seeing the calorie difference!

  56. Evelyn
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    What stores carry PB

  57. Evelyn
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    What stores carry PB2?

  58. Louise
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    How about SALT content?

  59. Lena
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Yes, but pressing out natural oils means losing heart healthy mono- and poly- unsaturated fats essentially leaving no nutritional value to the food item with the exception of 5g of protein. I think it’s important to consider dietary quality with this product. A better alternative is to use the unsalted peanut grinder at Whole Foods or a local health foods store. This has no additives and is as natural as possible. A 2 T serving is just enough to satisfy a PB craving and tastes so good with sliced fruit or on whole grain toast.

  60. Jane
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I love PB2 and have gone through many jars of it. Recently I discovered that by adding about a teaspoon of freshly ground almond butter it tastes even better without adding too much fat. Yum. It’s also good mixed with ice cream or blended into a blender drink.

  61. Wendy
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Wow….I just found out my 20 something year old son has been eating this for months. I tasted the PB2 with chocolate and it is delicious and satisfying. I am hooked!

  62. Vicki
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    wow, this looks great, I think I will try it

  63. Grace
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I have been using PB2 for two years. I love my PB2 and banana sandwiches. I have not tried to cook or bake with it, although you can download some good looking recipes from Bell Plantations’ website.

  64. Walentin
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Is it a powder that you have to mix with water and where does one buy it?

  65. Helen
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    The only thing I worry about is the added sugar. But, as you said, 1 gram is not much to worry about if you only eat one serving.

  66. Anita
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Unless it’s been improved over the past couple of years, I think it’s terrible!

  67. Arnold
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Shame on whoever concocted this gustatory outrage !

    Certainly we could devise some form of punishment to the
    developers….a response similar to waterboarding….only using PB2 in place of water….maybe that would stop PB2.

    NOTHING on Earth can replace ordinary organic peanut butter
    spread made only of organically grown and ground Valencia peanuts….no salt or anything else to adulterate the pure form of the most important food element in my diet for the past 87+ years.

  68. Michael
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I use it in smoothies and yogurt. Great product!

  69. Puja
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    There’s plenty of PB that are simply just roared peanuts. I haven’t tried pb2 but will give it a try.

  70. June
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t tried it yet. I hesitate because it has salt added and I can buy Adams P.B. salt free. Haven’s seen PB2 yet.

  71. Renee
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    They carry it at Walmart !

  72. Jean
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Why is sugar addition “nothing to worry about” ?

  73. Maggie
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I’m addicted to PB but really can’t afford the calories. I’m going to try PB2!
    Maggie

  74. Michael
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    For all those who missed salesmanship 101, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. We have a long track record of manipulating food, repackaging it, marketing it and then somehow thinking we are getting a bargain or some healthier version. REAL whole food good; manipulated “new and improved”, not so good.

    I smell a rat here and will continue to eat freshly ground roasted peanuts when I want peanut butter.

  75. Tomeka
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    I use a little every day in my breakfast smoothies. Got it from the Walmart Neighborhood Grocery.

  76. Joy
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Another good one is the natural peanut butter from Smuckers – just peanuts and water. They have creamy, crunchy, organic and reduced fat types. No other additives and no sugar or salt.

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