Hungry Girl: Why You Should Make Your Own Peanut Butter (It’s Easy!)

02/01/2016 at 11:39 AM ET

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

Before you start conjuring up images of painstakingly pureeing nuts in an overpriced food processor, relax: This isn’t that article. I’m here to tell you about a product I’ve been nuts (no pun intended) about for years, and it’s finally going mainstream: powdered peanut butter!

Here’s the scoop (or spread, rather): Powdered peanut butter is essentially defatted peanuts, meaning that most of the oil (and fat) has literally been removed. The DIY part is simple: Just add a bit of water, stir it until smooth, and voila – peanut spread! Powdered peanut butter is also amazing in recipes. Try it in smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, and more. (Get recipes here!)

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Still need convincing? Let me break it down by the numbers –a 2 tbsp. serving of the powdered stuff has about 50 calories and 2g fat. The same amount of regular peanut butter has about 195 calories and 16g fat. (Once you add water to the powder, you end up with 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp. of nut butter; still a major calorie bargain.)

You might be thinking, isn’t regular peanut butter full of healthy fat? It sure is. So are eggs, fish, avocado, olive oil, and dozens of other foods you’re probably already eating. Bottom line? Powdered peanut butter is a serious calorie saver; and most people need to reduce calories more than they need to add fat to their diets.

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Wondering where to find it? Jif just came out with a line of peanut powder that can be found in many supermarkets, right next to the regular nut butters. And look for PB2 and Just Great Stuff in natural-food stores, well-stocked supermarkets, or online.

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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Sarah on

“Painstakingly” does not apply to making peanut butter out of real peanuts. Pricey or not, my Vitamix was worth every penny. Unsalted roasted peanuts, pink sea salt and organic honey or maple syrup, plus about five minutes’ blending time is all that goes into my homemade PB.

Vamanos on

This is stupid. The monounsaturated fats in peanuts is the valuable part. Those type of fat boost your metabolism. Powdered foods add starch and chemicals.

Farrah on

I love peanut butter, this is a great way to know what you really eat. I’ve lost 33 lbs with the Loaded Gun Diet with a few simple tricks, like high cal in the morning (even sweets) and wine in the evening

seriouslywhatiswrongwithhim on

No. Just no. To all of this. WHOLE foods, not more processed garbage, is what people should be eating. Removing essential fats from something that is good for you anyway is just plain stupid. Have fun drinking your Diet Coke and destroying your ability to properly produce insulin!

idontgetit on

Or use ACTUAL peanuts with ACTUAL health benefits. /smh

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