Powdered Peanut Butter
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In the last few years, powdered peanut butter has been popping up on grocery store shelves, providing an alternative to regular peanut butter. But what is powdered peanut butter, and why would you consider this substitute for the real thing?

Powdered peanut butter is made by pressing roasted peanuts to remove most of the oil they contain, then grinding them to powder. By removing so much of the oil, you’re left with something that has 85% less calories than regular peanut butter, but with most of the fiber and protein remaining.

Sounds good, but how do you use the stuff? You can reconstitute it with water, making a sub-par spread, but it’s probably better to add it to things like smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, and yogurt. It might have fewer calories, but for now, it’s no substitute for the real thing in making a good old PB & J.

If you’re curious about different brands, Consumer Reports has a review of three of the most popular powdered peanut butters.