I’m a peanut butter lover. No doubt about it.
My favorite sandwich is a PB&J – grilled. My favorite cookie is a straight up old fashioned Peanut Butter Criss-Cross. My favorite meal last month was a Thai-inspired Salmon over Thai Noodles with spring veggies and pesto with, you guessed it, peanut sauce.
You’ve heard of smooth and crunchy peanut butter. But have you heard of powdered peanut butter?
It’s fairly new to the market, and the general premise is that all of the oil is pressed out of the peanuts and then ground resulting in a powdery substance that tastes, well, just like peanut butter. The only thing missing is spreadability.
My new friends over at Tru-Nut sent us a few samples of their powdered peanut butter line to try out – Regular, Chocolate and Cinnamon flavors. I hear they also have a Maple flavor that I very much look forward to trying sometime soon.
As for the product itself, it’s a whisp of a powder, sort of similar to a confectioner’s sugar consistency or ground cinnamon. While I feel like weighing seems like a better alternative to measuring spoons for its texture, in my brief experience I found it to be an incredibly forgiving and easy-baking product full of versatility for the experienced cook and kitchen rookie alike.
Tru-Nut Powdered Peanut Butter, in particular, is made with high oleic, organic, non-GMO, certified US grown peanuts. Owner Reid Edgar told me that their peanuts come from Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The best part about powdered peanut butter? It has at least 85% less fat and calories than traditional peanut butter and 5 grams of protein per serving with a serving size of two tablespoons!
My first couple of product tests were simple, leaving me with the conclusion that anyone can enjoy this product.
Saturday Morning Peanut Butter Waffles
First off, we adapted our famous (on our street) Saturday Morning Waffles by substituting HALF of the wheat flour with Tru-Nut Powdered Peanut Butter. In our recipe, the waffles were consistently fluffy, perhaps slightly more than usual even, with a nutty undertone that engaged the taste buds without being overwhelmingly peanut-y. We tested with both plain and cinnamon Tru-Nut flavors of powdered peanut butter, and both were equally tasty. Without syrup or any other toppings, I found the waffles made with the cinnamon flavor to make an satisfying mid-afternoon snack as well.
Party Food: Peanut Butter Crispy Treats
Next up, I made Peanut Butter Crispy Treats for a Girls Night Out CAbi fashion party I held at my home last week. Thirty plus of my girlfriends all agreed that the Peanut Butter Crispies were a tasty and fun treat made a little more grown-up by the addition of the Tru-Nut Powdered Peanut Butter. Not only was the flavor more complex, but the sweet treats were slightly less sweet that the straight up kid version making them the perfect finish after other savory snacks and light enough to not weigh down our clothes shopping! I tested these with both regular and chocolate Tru-Nut Powdered Peanut Butter with equal results. It simply depends on your mood: do you need a chocolate fix or a full-flavored punch of peanut butter?
There appear to be endless uses for the product, and I’m looking forward to discovering more and more of them – as well as creating a few of my own. The biggest benefit to me is the ability to add protein to carb-heavy dishes like pasta sauces and breads while at the same time gaining the taste of my beloved peanut butter.
My first couple of tests with the product were simple. I am confident anyone can enjoy the product. I’ll keep you posted on my future efforts with this Southern-grown and Georgia-packaged product.
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