Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I bought PB2... Now what?!

Yes, I really do order this much at once!
On my last entry, Anne (not sure who you are, but thanks for reading!) left me a note suggesting that I write about my uses for PB2. I have no idea why I didn't think to do this before, because it is definitely a frequently asked question! Ever since I discovered PB2 (I believe in 2007), I've been hooked on it. I talk about it all the time and use it frequently. Let me also say that I am in no way affiliated with Bell Plantation, nor did they even send me any for free to review or pay me in any way. I just ordered some after reading about it on a message board, loved it, and now I always rave about it.  I order it from Bell Plantation directly, but I've heard of some people finding it in stores. I've never seen it in a store before though.

However, when it finally arrives on your doorstep, it can be intimidating. What the hell do you do with it?! Here are some of my favorite uses.
Feel free to leave a note with your own uses for PB2, because I'm always looking for more ideas.

  • Mash a banana and stir in 2 Tbsp. of PB2 for a pudding-like snack.
  • Combine 2 Tbsp. of PB2 + 2 tsp. honey + enough water to make a paste-like consistency, and then spread it on crackers, graham crackers, fruit, English muffin, etc. Or add oats and roll into "dough" balls.
  • Combine 2 Tbsp. of PB2 + 1 Tbsp. Lite Hershey's Syrup + enough water to make the consistency you like. Use it as an ice cream topping. I like to top a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich with this concoction and microwave for about 10 seconds for a really gooey chocolate-peanut-buttery dessert.
  • For a decadent oatmeal, cook your oats the way you normally would, then add 2 Tbsp. PB2 + 1 Tbsp. of brownie mix (just the powder... I like the No Pudge! Brownie mix). You could use 1 Tbsp. of chocolate chips instead of the brownie mix.
  • Stir together 1 chocolate pudding cup + 2 Tbsp. of PB2 for a chocolate-pb pudding. To make it more voluminous and mousse-like, add 1/4 cup of fat free Cool Whip.
  • Cook a serving of oats and add a mashed banana and 2 Tbsp. of PB2.
  • Combine 2 Tbsp. of No Pudge! Brownie mix + 1 Tbsp. PB2 + 1 Tbsp. applesauce + enough water to make a brownie batter consistency. Microwave for about 20-30 seconds, enough to make a gooey brownie.
  • Combine 2 Tbsp. PB2 + 1/3 cup Cool Whip until smooth. Slice a chocolate Vitatop muffin in half and spread the PB2 mixture on one half. Then top with the other half for an "ice cream" sandwich. Or just pile the fluffy stuff on top and skip the sandwiching.
  • Peel a banana and put it in the freezer. When it's completely frozen, put it in a small food processor with 1 Tbsp. PB2 and process until it's completely smooth--it'll be like banana/pb soft serve ice cream.
  • Make a single serve no-bake cookie! Combine 1 Tbsp. PB2 + 1 Tbsp. No Pudge! Brownie mix + scant 1 Tbsp. milk + 2 Tbsp. quick-cooking oats. Form into a cookie shape and put on wax paper. Refrigerate. (Or just eat the goopy mess right away!)
  • Add PB2 to smoothies and protein shakes. I like a chocolate protein shake with a frozen banana and PB2.
  • Add it to any baked goods--brownies, cookies, etc. You might have to add some liquid to balance it out. I'm a terrible baker, so I can't help with that! ;)
  • Add just a touch of PB2 to hot chocolate (maybe 1 tsp). Don't add too much because the texture gets weird.
  • Reconstitute the PB2 with jam, and use it as a spread for bread, crackers, pretzels, etc.
  • You could try this recipe for an Inside-Out Peanut Butter Cupcake by Carrie at Moves 'N Munchies. I made it once, but it was REALLY salty and I couldn't eat it. PB2 is already salted, so I wouldn't add any salt to the recipe at all.
PB2 + Hershey's lite syrup spread on an Oat Frittata

PB2 + honey spread on an Oat Frittata

PB2, flaxseed, and walnuts in my oatmeal. Obviously you stir it in before eating!

Single Serve No-Bake Cookie (see recipe above)
 
Some tips to consider when using PB2:
  • Don't be afraid to experiment!! Use your imagination.
  • Think of all the liquids you have in your kitchen, and try reconstituting the PB2 with any of those. 
  • If you're not crazy about the texture of PB2, try mixing it with regular peanut butter for a while until you get used to it.
  • Keep in mind that the PB2 has salt in it, so you might want to take it easy on the salt of other ingredients.

    18 comments:

    1. I fell in live with PB2, because of your blogs. I found it at our whole foods co-op! Thanks katie!

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    2. I really want to try it and have been tossing the idea around for awhile, there is a place about an hour away that sells it, it might be worth it for me to buy 1 jar that way.

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    3. I see this stuff on a lot of different blogs - I want to try it! The oat frittatas look so yummy!

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    4. Katie, I finally bought some PB2 on your recommendation! Can't wait to try some of these dieas with it!

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    5. I just started reading your blog because of the Sparkpeople post on FB and now I'm obsessed with it! I think I have caught up and read every post now. I also started this weight-loss journey in August '09 (the 17th to be exact) and I saw so many similarities in our struggles. I'm just so glad you've seemed to get a grasp on things a decade sooner than I did! I'm now down 73 pounds, and I'm a HUGE peanut butter fan! I even went to Peanut Butter & Company's sandwich shop in Manhattan- LOVE their Dark Chocolate Dreams! I also am addicted to Nutella, so when I saw all of your posts/entries with PB 2 I had to give it a try! I ordered a combo of the plain and chocolate varieties. I hope I'm not disappointed! I'll definitely save at least 100 calories a day with the switch!

      Linda Romero Kuil

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    6. @Anonymous
      Linda,
      It may take some time getting used to the texture of PB2, but the flavor is amazing! I love Nutella, too! However, I can no longer bring it into my house. The last few times I bought it, I ate the whole jar in one sitting. True story. :(

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    7. Oh Katie.

      I am gonna be making the oats and brownies. I was sitting around thinking about how to use it and I was wondering if I might be able to fashion some sort of health nut bar or something involving rice crispies. I have been looking for crunch.

      Anyway - HOW can a girl who runs for cookies NOT be a baker? I do not believe you are not a baker. Nope. Don't!

      Oat frittata. Got me laughing. Bet it is good tho.

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    8. Just used pb2 with a mashed banana! So delicious. Love reading your blog. I'm very proud of you, Katie!

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    9. Have you tried the PB2 with chocolate??? Oh my! It's so delicious! I did your banana idea - with a mashed banana and 2 Tbsp of the PB2 chocolate! Oh so good!

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    10. So happy to have found this blog! (yay Pinterest!) I am on a high protein diet and I will make an instant low sugar oatmeal pack, with half scoop of chocolate protein powder (I use Unjury) and put in my pb2. It's like a warm gooey no- bake cookie. I may divide it into portions on some wax paper and make it like a real no bake cookie. As someone else mentioned, I do the chocolate peanut butter bannana smoothie, too. I freeze the banana it turns out like a milk shake. Love pb2!

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    11. I found you through SparkPeople and LOVE your blog. I just wanted to let you know that I found PB2 at Hillers supermarkets. They have many locations in the suburbs of Detroit.

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    12. Just found your blog when I Googled info about PB2 LOL! Glad I did enjoying it very much. BTW I have found the best price for PB2 is on vitacost.com you can purchase by the jar and it is way less than I have seen elsewhere. :) Thanks for the new ideas for PB2

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    13. Can you make the cookie without brownie mix? Any suggestions?

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      1. Hmm, I've never tried it. Brownie mix is mostly cocoa powder, sugar, and flour, so you maybe try adding those instead?

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    14. Just have to say I found pb2 this weekend! My fiance (a peanut butter addict) was skeptical but then when I saw it a second time at another not specialty store for 1/2 the price we decided to go for it. Now I find it funny to see it all over your blog and have friends tell me they use it camping. I never knew! We got the PB & Chocolate version and so far only had it on pancakes but boy is it good for low pts! Cant wait to try the no bakes!

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    15. Thank you for all of the great uses for PB2! You've inspired me to buy some myself and try it! I know you have some rules against pinning some of your pages- I was wondering if this is a page I could pin or not? I don't want to lose all of these great ideas :).

      Thank you!

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      1. Of course! It's just my surgery/stomach photos that I don't want to see on Pinterest ;)

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      2. Okay awesome, thank you so much! :)

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