Peanutta POW: A new powdered peanut butter review

Yes – another peanut butter substitute review!  I know, I know.  I just can’t help myself.

You all know that peanut butter has been one of those foods that used to beckon me in the middle of the night.  We’d have ourselves a rendezvous, then another…and another until the jar was gone and I was up 2 or 3 pounds on the scale.  Peanut butter has a way of hooking me like that – one bite turns into twenty. 

After lots of Internet research, you read as I found an alternative for my love of the stuff, in the form of powdered peanut butter (if you missed either of my posts about my quest for a peanut butter substitute you can read them here and here.)  I didn’t use powdered peanut butter regularly, but on those days when I craved the real thing, it was a fairly satisfying alternative. 

Fast forward to a month or so ago.  I ventured into one of my favorite local cafés after yoga class for something hot to drink.  As I was checking out I noticed in front of the register a full line of powdered peanut butter by Davis Chocolate called Peanutta POW.  When I picked it up to look at the nutrition stats I was happy to see that they were comparable to the packages of FitNutz and PB2 I still had in my cupboard, but I was downright thrilled when I read at the bottom of the package that POW was made right here in my hometown! Without hesitation I added a package to my order thinking, please, please taste comparable so I don’t have to pay shipping charges anymore! 

 

For my taste test I could have chosen to add a tablespoon to my oatmeal, or mix it in with my yogurt but I had to try this new brand the way that really counted: right from the spoon.  I measured out a serving (2 tablespoons) and added just enough water till the consistency was creamy.  I kid you not, it was the closest thing to eating the real deal I’ve tasted so far – surpassing both PB2 and FitNutz.  Score!

Now that more people are hearing about and using powdered peanut butter, there are a ton of recipes that you can use it for – both to cook and bake with.  But my favorite way to eat it is still by the spoonful. 

My favorite way to eat! 

This morning I had a taste for peanut butter on bread so I went to the frig and took out one of my bread staples: Healthy Life English Muffins (only 80 calories per muffin).  I mixed up a serving of Peanutta POW (2 tablespoons) with water and then added a bit of cinnamon. 

I must apologize; I FULLY intended on snapping a pic of my english muffin all toasted and peanut-buttered up, but I was multi-tasking (something I still have trouble doing since surgery) and ate most of it before remembering.  Luckily, you already know this isn’t a foodie blog and I know will forgive me Winking smileJust imagine a very filling treat, all for under 140 calories. 

 

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Here is my now nearly empty package of Peanutta POW…..

 

My nearly empty bag of Peanutta POW

 

…along with the nutritional stats taken right off the back:

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As you can see, the nutrition values and overall stats are pretty similar to the other brands that are out there.  What I couldn’t figure out though, was why some brands taste better than others.  I mean, pressing the oil out of a peanut isn’t rocket science, right?  However, if you scan the web for other bloggers’ taste-test comparisons you’ll find that everyone says they DO taste different – some better than others. I contacted the manufacturer/owner and he told me that the difference in taste comes down to the type of peanut that is used.  News to me, as I didn’t know there were different types of peanuts.  Okay, so I may not know my peanuts but I DO know a lot about the powdered peanut butter competition out there because you’ve watched me practically try them ALL.  This one however, gets my vote for the best flavor and closest-to-real-peanut butter taste. 

If you’ve limited your use of peanut butter due to the calorie content and can’t get past the slightly different flavor, my advice is to do what I do: add a dash of cinnamon and a drop or two of honey to the mixture.  The added calories are negligible, and my husband – my newly appointed ‘official FGWT taste-tester’, said that he could barely tell the difference between the Peanutta POW and the regular peanut butter that he eats.   Now, I’m just hoping that Davis Chocolate has something in the works for a chocolate version of Peanutta POW.  Did you hear that, Davis Chocolate?  You’ve got your first customer already in line!  (hint-hint)

 

 

Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Me here at Fat Girl Wearing Thin.  I did not receive any compensation from Davis Chocolate for this review nor did I receive Peanutta POW as a gift in exchange for a review.  I paid for this product myself and my thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.

12 thoughts on “Peanutta POW: A new powdered peanut butter review

  1. NewMe

    Interesting, but what concerned me was that–if I’m not mistaken–they didn’t actually list the ingredients, besides saying that the peanuts are pressed. I’d be curious to try it, as long as it doesn’t contain a bunch of ingredients that I can’t pronounce and have nothing to do with peanuts!

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    1. Ellen Post author

      No worries there. According to the nutrition stats, the only ingredients are: roasted pressed peanuts. The package I bought was unsweetened as well, so no sugar added – which is fine, because I prefer to sweeten to my own taste, as I think many people do.

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  2. Vickie

    It looks as if the only ingredient is peanuts because it does have the ingredients section clearly listed.

    PB2 has peanuts, sugar, salt listed.

    I would be extremely happy if I liked this product.

    And they were very speedy in getting a link to your review on their web site. Do you feel like a starcommercial

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    1. Ellen Post author

      This is a very new, just getting established company. I think, if I remember correctly – they’ve only been open about a year, but don’t quote me on that. My memory…ugh.
      I think it all comes down to personal taste, Vickie. I know some people who think that soynut butter is the best stuff on the earth – or that peanut spread by Walden Farms – and I personally can’t stomach either of those. I think if you’re on a serious search for a good alternative and have tried the other brands, keep looking because they do all have their own unique flavor and you just might find one that works for you.

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  3. LauraJayne

    I haven’t liked the other powdered PBs, so I’m totally curious about this one! I eat the real stuff, but can only buy it in servicing size packaged or I’ll eat it like ice cream.

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  4. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    Ooh, how exciting! I’m using peanut flour now, but I’d try this in a heartbeat if it was in my local grocery store. No sugar! (I like to add a drizzle of honey when I want a sweet treat.

    Thanks for the review and the info on the product! I’m off to check out their website.

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  5. dawn

    Well I have tried my fair share of different peanut butter substitutes as you have trying to find that perfect fit. Funny thing is before losing weight I never ate peanut butter but for some reason after losing weight it became my go to food for my sweet tooth (with banana). I’ve tried the PB2 and found it ok, like the chocolate better than the plain but hate having to mix it fresh wish you could mix larger quantities and then just keep it in the fridge or something. I’ve tried another powdered kind called “betty lou’s” on a blogger’s recommendation that it was better than PB2 and I must say neither my daughter or I thought so. Then I tried just plain peanut flour since it’s cheaper. It was ok if mixed with a bit of honey but otherwise didn’t really care for it. Then yep I too fell for the “zero calorie” walden’s knowing better. I commend you for actually eating 2 tablespoons of that stuff lol. Both my daughter and I tried it and both agreed it had the texture of margarine lol we couldn’t get over that it even seemed cold like margarine would be even though we hadn’t put it in the fridge lol double, triple yuck on that one. I would love to try your newest powdered PB though so might have to look that up when my PB2 is gone. So many things out there on the market it’s just hard finding what actually tastes good. Thanks for the reviews though always nice to hear what others think.

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  6. Norma

    I’d try this…maybe. I am not a fan of PB2; like you and many of us in the Peanut Butter-Addicted community, I was hoping for it to be the methadone I needed, but it was/is disappointing. The chocolate PB too is slightly better, but I can’t really eat either of them *as* peanut butter; i.e., just mixed w/water into a spread. They taste….dusty. And stale. I *do* like mixing them into oatmeal, smoothies, etc., but, honestly, I usually just end up using a scoop of chocolate-pb flavored whey protein powder in those. About once a year, I notice myself become very PB-dependent, and I do a self-imposed 30-day PB detox! Or a Paleo Whole 30. Just to prove that I don’t *need* it. Then when I go back to eating it, my portions/use are much smaller/lower…for a while. :) If I were stranded on a desert island and could only have one food, peanut butter would be it…Teddie natural smooth peanut butter…it really is the perfect food. :)

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  7. Vickie

    I have totally weaned myself off jar peanut butter. At the time you posted this I ordered POW. I went thru a container of it. I mix 2T powder with 1T water and spread on a raw apple. For the first 4-6 weeks, the first bite was a bit of a shock. I was expecting Jif. Then the POW just started tasting like peanuts, my taste buds adjusted. I discovered I still had 2 jars of PB2 in my pantry. And it didn’t taste any different than the POW by this point. So I have been using up my PB2.

    Jif was one of the very few processed foods I was still eating at the point you wrote this post. And it was a bit of a compulsion because I associated Jif and bananas. As it turned out bananas were high on my food sensitivity testing. So was sugar.

    So all of this was karma.

    I am doing very well with apple and PB2. Both of those are on my YES food (sensitivity) list.

    Those 2 jars of PB2 had been in my pantry for YEARS. I never would have retried this if it had not been for your post. And the first time I tried this type of product, my taste buds were just not clean enough. I think I was still eating too much processed to be able to adjust at that point in time.

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    1. Ellen Post author

      I’ve seen many blogs try the several out there side by side, and some prefer brands that I simply could not THINK of eating. Taste buds are surely different, and just because one doesn’t work, he/she shouldn’t assume that others won’t either. Yours is a good example of this. Adjusting to the flavor is a good reminder, too. Thanks, Vickie :)

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