With up to 85 percent less fat and 50 percent fewer calories than regular peanut butter, powdered peanut butter has become the hot new item among health-conscious cooks. Two tablespoons of PB2 powder contains just 1.5 grams of fat — yes, really!
How can something so magically delicious be so low in fat? Oil is removed from pressed and roasted peanuts, leaving behind a fine powder. It’s incredibly easy to add to baked goods or post-workout smoothies, meaning you can lighten up homemade dishes without sacrificing flavor. To help get you started, we’ve found 11 healthy powdered peanut butter and PB2 recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers. Peanut butter addicts will love these sweet-and-salty breakfasts, Thai-inspired dinners, healthy peanut butter cups and more.
11 Healthy PB2 Recipes for Peanut Butter Lovers
Who doesn’t want to eat cookies for breakfast? A batch of these fiber-filled bites takes just one bowl and 15 minutes to assemble. Bananas, oats, flax and chia seeds make up the bulk of the cookies, and a powdered peanut butter and almond milk drizzle adds an extra nutty finish. Photo and recipe: Megan / With Salt and Wit
At around 100 calories, 6g of fat and 8g of sugar per cup, peanut butter cups aren’t exactly the healthiest choice when it comes to sweet treats. Get your chocolate-peanut butter fix without the guilt with these healthier candies. Each cup is just 17 calories and 2.5g of fat. Bonus: These DIY chocolates are completely sugar free! Photo and recipe: Katie Farrell / Dashing Dish
Oatmeal is one of the healthiest breakfast options out there — one study demonstrated that it could help you eat up to 50 percent less at lunch. (Read more here!) In this recipe, chocolate-flavored powdered PB delivers a one-two punch of flavor without kicking up the calorie count. The recipe suggests topping with fresh strawberries, but we encourage you to think outside the bowl — chopped nuts, other berries, apples or toasted coconut could also take your breakfast to the next level. Photo and recipe: Katie / The Casual Craftlete
Spiralized carrots — the orange cousin to our favorite noodle substitute, zoodles — are the perfect vehicle for a low-fat Thai-inspired peanut sauce. Powdered peanut butter brings the signature nutty Thai flavor with less than half the fat of traditional peanut sauces. Add stir-fried chicken or additional vegetables to make this dish a complete meal. Photo and recipe: Julie / Julies Jazz
Love energy bites but want a lower calorie snack? Turn to these gluten-free and vegan balls, which are easy to throw in a bag for on-the-go fuel that’s lower in fat than most energy bites. Enjoy ‘em “naked” or roll in mini chocolate chips or shredded coconut for a slightly sweeter treat. Photo and recipe: Kelly / Eat Yourself Skinny
If Reese’s and banana bread had a baby, it’d look something like these scrumptious muffins. Bananas keep the muffins moist as they bake, while oats offer fiber to keep you full until your next meal. Melted chocolate chips and a few tablespoons of powdered peanut butter add decadent flavor that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Photo and recipe: Mary Frances / The Sweet-Tooth Life
Using pre-cut coleslaw mix and pre-cooked chicken and quinoa are easy ways to cut down on prep time for this healthy and refreshing salad. With 40 grams of lean protein and fewer than 400 calories per serving, this dish is both light and satisfying. Add a bit of Sriracha to the powdered peanut butter dressing to make it spicier or some lime juice for a bit of tang. Photo and recipe: Sara Wells / Our Best Bites
A brownie with less than 150 calories and only five grams of fat? We’ll take two, please! Instead of flour, these treats rely on powdered peanut butter and cocoa powder. An extra egg white and baking soda help give these desserts that signature baked good texture. Stir in toasted nuts for a bit of crunch. Photo and recipe: Gina Homolka / SkinnyTaste
Oat and rice flours make for a somewhat dense and slightly springy texture, giving these pancakes a cookie-like bite. Powdered peanut butter is ideal here because it adds the punchy peanut flavor we all crave without ruining the meal’s nutritional profile. This recipe serves two, and each serving contains 260 calories and 8.7g of protein. Get an extra dose of protein by swapping in a scoop of protein powder for some of the flour mixture. Photo and recipe: Erika / The Pancake Princess
Sneak in some greens with this PB-riffic smoothie. Powdered peanut butter effectively masks the flavor of the spinach while also keeping the calorie and fat content reasonable. Banana, vanilla protein powder and nonfat Greek yogurt round out the rest of the ingredients, making this smoothie a healthy breakfast or snack option. Photo and recipe: Shawnda / The Brewer and The Baker
Whether you call them Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow, we can all agree that the classic sweet snack made up of Chex cereal is surely a guilty pleasure. Luckily, we’ve found a lighter way to enjoy the same rich flavors. Enjoy this homemade granola atop some plain Greek yogurt or with a splash of almond milk for a healthy dessert or breakfast. Photo and recipe: Mary Frances / The Sweet-Tooth Life
Originally published December 2015. Updated April 2017.