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What's the deal with powdered peanut butter?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

[Yes, yes, I know. "Peanuts aren't paleo." "Just eat whole, unprocessed foods." "Try almond/cashew/macadamia nut butter." "I'm going to answer not the question you asked, but the one I want to answer." I just want some help grading this non-paleo option because, darn it, I want my peanut butter back, if only occasionally!]

Yesterday I was at the grocery store and considered buying a natural PB to try Payam's method (here http://paleohacks.com/questions/50745/peanuts-peanut-butter-peanut-oil#axzz26G55nzCX) as a way to make it a little "less bad." And I stumbled upon this -- http://www.bellplantation.com/products/4-pack-pb2-powdered-peanut-butter.html.

WTF. Sounds weird. But....could it be okay?

Given that the oil is removed, how much does this deal with the concerns that go along with peanuts? It would address the omega 3/6, right? What about the peanut agglutinin or aflatoxins? The jar says it "contains peanut proteins," and this is where the PNA is, isn't it? Any thoughts?

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on September 12, 2012
at 02:12 PM

No bitchiness intended.

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on September 12, 2012
at 01:51 PM

I was definitely curious about the flavor too. Thanks!

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on September 12, 2012
at 01:44 PM

Go to "I'm going to ask a non-Paleo question and be bitchy from the start" Hacks. It'll better suit you.

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on September 12, 2012
at 09:48 PM

I use PB2 occasionally when I have a mad chocolate and peanut butter craving. I've never eaten it plain (my husband said it tasted funny), but I mix it with Kerrygold butter, coconut oil, cocoa powder and a bit of honey then let it set up in the fridge. YUM! Best "chocolate bar" ever!

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on September 12, 2012
at 07:51 PM

The plain PB2 also has added sugar. Unless they have changed something in the last year or two. I buy plain peanut powder from a company called Emergency USA or something like that (Google). NOTHING added, especially not sugar, and it does have a nice peanut flavor. It comes in a #10 can.

I don't think there's any way this could be considered paleo, but I do think it's a better product than the overprocessed PB2. The PB2 easily gets rancid - I know because once I saw it had sugar I quit eating it and put it away...dug it out sometime later, and yep, it was rancid. No such problem with the peanut flour, and with such a big can, I would know it if it happened, because the can I have is >2 years old and has been sitting in an unheated room all summer. Just checked...fresh as a daisy.

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on September 12, 2012
at 05:30 PM

I don't know about its paleoishness either, but I do have a few Canadian friends who eat it (or something very similar to it) and love it. They say that it still melts in your mouth like real peanut butter. Paleo or not, I do have peanuts on occasion, usually in thai style dishes because they really round out the flavors.

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on September 12, 2012
at 01:44 PM

I have no good answer for you in terms of whether or not it addresses the peanut/paleo concerns, but I do, regardless, use it everyday. Apparently it's super weird if you use it like normal peanut butter, but I make the yummiest smoothies ever with it. I am pb2 obsessed! The chocolate one is really good too, but it has added sugar, so I shy away from it.

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on September 12, 2012
at 01:51 PM

I was definitely curious about the flavor too. Thanks!

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