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Peanut Butter vs. Peanut Butter Powder

Peanut butter has always been a functional food staple in the fitness world. Use a scoop of peanut butter to fill your belly and as a supplement source of protein and fats in a deliciously creamy spread? Where’s the downside? With the rise of non-peanut nut butters like almond butter and cashew butter, you may be wondering: is peanut butter still the king of nut butters? Well, yes. Peanuts and peanut butter are still the most popular in Canada and the United States.

The rise of other nut butters, most notably almond butter, came with an effort to turn to a “healthier” nut butter – but is it worth giving up your beloved peanut butter? It turns out that on paper, almond butter is healthier than peanut butter in heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Though the difference is small enough that if you love your peanut butter, it might not be worth making the switch—especially when there’s an even better alternative. 

Functional Foods: Peanut Butter Powder

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Bell Plantation Supplement Superstore

Peanut butter powders are a low-fat, low-calorie option for peanut butter lovers concerned about the fat and caloric content in traditional peanut butter. Natural oils are pressed from roasted peanuts, and then the nuts are ground into a fine powder to create peanut butter powder. The powder is then rehydrated with water to create a paste similar in taste and texture to classic peanut butter.

Compared to natural peanut butter, peanut butter powders contain:

Two Tablespoons

Jiff Natural Peanut Butter

PB2 Peanut Butter Powder





16 grams

1.5 grams


7 grams

6 grams


Peanut butter toast

As you can see, where calories and fat count in a diet, peanut butter powder is an excellent functional food and supplement source of protein. However, we need to note that two tablespoons of peanut butter powder mixed with the recommended one tablespoon of water create just one tablespoon of paste. Still, this functional food supplement source offers 90 calories, three grams of fat, and 12 grams of protein, making its macro ratio even more superior as a supplement source of protein. 

But How does Peanut Butter Powder Taste?

Jar of peanut butter on a table.

Peanut butter powder tastes good. It’s slightly sweet, slightly salty, super peanut-ty, and minorly gritty in texture. However, there is no denying that it tastes different from a scoop of natural peanut butter in a side-by-side taste test.

It’s a difference that, when mixed in a protein shake or smoothie, you’re not likely to notice. Smear it on a rice cake or cracker, and it might take a small adjustment.

Functional Food Recipe

Smoothies are an excellent supplement source for achieving your macro and micronutrient goals. Try this quick recipe:

Jar of peanut better and spoon full of peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 2-4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 5 cups milk or milk alternative
  • 1 scoop of your preferred protein powder

Combine all ingredients in the blender and pulse until smooth. For a thicker smoothie, freeze the banana beforehand. This recipe yields one smoothie.

You will not likely notice the difference in taste between peanut butter powders and natural peanut butter in your smoothie recipes. The peanut butter powder marvel makes an excellent functional food substitution for peanut butter lovers looking to decrease their dietary fats and watch their calorie intake.

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