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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.

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? 

The Search is over! I’ve found Peanut-Butter Bliss!

Chocolate cake mix with a can of Diet Dr. Pepper?  Brownies made with black beans?  Seriously? 

If you’ve had either of those two concoctions then you know how yummy they are, regardless of the strange ingredient list.  Earlier this week while reading Eat, Run, Have Fun! the always wonderful Amalfi Girl posted another intriguing and wonderfully unique recipe that she originally found at The Wannabe Chef.  It is called Dessert Hummus and the photo Amalfi posted looked heavenly.  Go on over and just look at it;  forget the ingredient list for a second; tell me it doesn’t make your mouth water!

As soon as I saw the words ‘peanut’ and ‘butter’ I knew I’d be making whatever it was that very day.  You all know from this post that I’ve been long searching for a peanut butter substitute because it is sadly one of my trigger foods (which means that I could easily eat half a jar in one sitting if I made up my mind to!) I longed for something that tasted like peanut butter but without the shocking 180-200 calories per serving, which is just 2 tablespoons.  I have tried Better ‘N Peanut Butter, PB2, FitNutz; sadly, nothing really seemed to do the trick. 

Until now.

I am thrilled to report that I am in LOVE with this marvelous creation.  I tweaked it a bit to better suit my needs but I would never have even considered this concoction without Amalfi’s coaxing.  Below is my version of Dessert Hummus:

1 can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and peeled
1/4 cup of natural peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup of sugar free pancake syrup

Mix above ingredients together in a blender.  Two tablespoons per serving (makes 11 servings). Calories:  50

 

This is one of those recipes that you can modify to your heart’s content and make it your own.  As the above recipe stands, mine tastes pretty mild but as you can see, with only 50 calories per serving you can add more peanut butter or other nut butter until the taste is just right for you.  Next time I will use 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and two tablespoons of Nutella (and maybe add some mini-chocolate chips). And of course I suggest you go to Evan’s blog, grab the original recipe and begin reading that blog right away.  That man in a genius!

Don’t let the ingredients keep you from trying this recipe.  I’ve gotta tell you, I have found my peanut butter substitute.  This. is. IT!

My 3 month quest for a peanut butter substitute

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Next to chocolate, the third love of my life is peanut butter (my husband is grateful that he’s still first in that lineup); actually, nut butters in general bring me to my knees.  I love them all and could easily wreck a jar in short order.  It is for this reason alone that I began a quest a few months back to search for an alternative to peanut butter.   In my perfect utopia, I hoped to come across something that had three qualities:

  1. it had to taste similar to peanut butter
  2. it had to have the same texture as peanut butter
  3. it had to have a calorie count significantly lower than peanut butter. 

Believe it or not, I found three different products that attempted to fit those requirements.  The first was called Better N’ Peanut Butter.  I was so excited when I found this at my local Super Target. One hundred calories for 2 tablespoons.  As soon as I got home, I tossed my groceries onto the counter and fished out the jar.  It sure looked like peanut butter, and it had the consistency of it, too.  But the taste?  Blech!

Now, there are die hard Better N’ Peanut Butter lovers out there who will tell you this stuff is fantastic; I believe it is an acquired taste. It does have the texture of peanut butter and therefore gives the illusion that you’re eating peanut butter, but I don’t think it tastes anything remotely similar to peanut butter. I tried to like it. I wanted to like it. I choked down about 1/2 a jar over a 30 day period using breads, crackers and jam to help mask the taste and I just couldn’t get over that uniquely overly sweet ‘nothing-like-peanut-butter’ flavor. This product got a big fat thumbs down from me.

Not too long after that fiasco I found – now, get this: powdered peanut butter. It’s called PB2 and comes from Bell Plantation.  I could not locate this in any of my local stores but was able to purchase it online. The nutritional stats couldn’t be beat: 45 calories for 2 tablespoons?  With stats like that, how could I not try it?  What you do is measure out two level tablespoons and then mix it with water. You are in charge of  the consistency, depending on how much you add.  I had my husband sit down with me to try it.  He is an avid peanut butter lover and was pretty hesitant but he was a trooper.  However, after one small bite he looked like a 4 year old eating his first bite of brussel sprout.  I on the other hand actually found it a lot more pleasing than Better N’ Peanut Butter so that was a good sign.  I spread it onto a cracker and it tasted…OK.  Not great.  Just OK.

Fast forward another few weeks when I heard about FitNutz.  This is also in powdered form. I was hesitant about trying another powdered peanut butter because I assumed the taste would be too similar. Powdered is powdered, right? I mean, what more can be done? Still, I forged ahead and bought some online. The nutritional stats on this brand is also impressive: 50 calories for 2 tablespoons. The ingredients are: peanut powder, sugar, salt.  The directions are pretty much the same: measure, mix with water to your desired consistency, taste, make a yucky face, be disappointed.  Right?

Not so on this one.  It tasted the most similar to peanut butter of the three and  didn’t have a weird aftertaste; it tasted even better when I added just a bit of honey to the mixture. 

For those of you who gladly and luckily eat the real deal with no guilt, this post probably just wasted your time, but thanks for sticking it out this far.  However, for those of you who are on Weight Watchers or who just want more control over your calorie intake, this might be an alternative to consider. 

FitNutz in my opinion tasted the best out of the three that I tried. I personally found that by mixing it with other things the more it tasted like real peanut butter. For example, adding honey to it, mixing it into protein shakes, using it in recipes, Greek yogurt, oatmeal or whatever else you can think of. 

While I would still prefer nut butters over these any day of the week, I can’t help but admire the versatility of powdered peanut butter and I’m glad that there are options out there for those of us who have trouble with certain trigger foods. 

Has anyone has ever tried any of the above products? I’d love to hear your opinion.   For the rest of you, what do you do if you tend to love a food ‘too much?’  Do you search for a substitute or do you refrain from eating it all together?