Peanut Butter substitutes, why do you taunt me, so?
I’m getting better. I REALLY am. I have not shared this with you because I don’t want to jinx myself, but I have been able to keep REAL peanut butter in this house for a normal length of time. And, I have been able to eat one serving at a time without feeling tempted to go back for more.
Still. That calorie-count is dreadful to me. Whenever I eat a serving, my days of Weight Watchers come back to me and I get visions of all the other things I could be eating for the same amount of calories. I’m sure you’ve seen magazine photos, with headlines that read:
You could eat THIS: (showing a donut and a latte)
Or, you could eat all of THIS: (showing mounds of carrot sticks, a big salad with diced chicken, black coffee and pudding cup.)
Partly out of habit, and partly because of the remarkable progress that’s been made in the last 10 years on low calorie foods, I keep searching for an alternative to peanut butter. Something that tastes like it, but doesn’t have all the calories within it.
I’ve done a post on this before. I’ve bought Better N’ Peanut Butter, Fitnutz, and PB2. I’ve conducted side-by-side comparisons. Nothing, though – nothing disappointed me more than my most recent purchase:
Now, I take full responsibility for this. What should have tipped me off was the nutrition label on the back:
Just in case you can’t read it: Zero calories per 1/4 cup serving. ZERO! The number one ingredient is purified water, followed by vegetable fiber. No wonder it had sort of a…gelatinous texture to it. And, dare I say – a kind of ‘tangy’ aftertaste? Maybe that part was just me. I was pretty messed up by my second spoonful, I can’t really say for sure.
I hate to badmouth any company. Really. There are some people who have no choice but to eat alternatives to the foods they love, but I have never found anything from Walden Farms that I found remotely satisfying. Have you? I’d love to know if you find something enjoyable from this brand.
Luckily, my shopping excursion for the day wasn’t totally lost. I did have a MAJOR peanut butter find that knocked my socks off:
This cereal is absolutely delicious. I wouldn’t dare ruin it with milk, either. Pouring myself a serving, which is 3/4 of a cupful and munching on a single O at a time is incredibly satisfying. Tastes just like peanut butter. Right now I’m imagining a pie crust made solely from this cereal. I read somewhere that you can substitute a little milk for butter (so the crust will hold together) and no one would be the wiser. Gotta try that sometime. Anyway, back to reality – here’s the stats:
So, my alternative-to-peanut-butter quest was not a complete Fail. Who would have thought that Cheerios could save the day?
Have you found any new products recently that have knocked your socks off?