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New trail food intro: Powdered peanut butter
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Daniel Collins
(Diablo-V) - M

Locale: Orlando FL
New trail food intro: Powdered peanut butter on 08/30/2013 07:33:42 MDT Print View

For those who may not have heard of this, there is something new in the realm of backpacking nutrition - Powdered Peanut Butter ! (Edit: see posts below, apparently not a new food item)I am not affiliated in any way with the manufacturers (Bell Plantation inc.) It is called PB2. It is PURE powdered peanut butter and it tastes great, no additives at all. (Edit: except salt and sugar, sigh ..) You mix 2 tbsp of the powder with water only and you have the peanut butter, and it is almost exactly the same consistency and taste of the real thing, but with a better fat/protein ratio.
Here are the specs: One 6.5 ounce jar contains 15 12 gram servings (12 gram dry weight).
Each serving contains 45 calories with 13 calories of that being fat calories.
Each serving contains 5 grams protein and 1.5 grams of fat.
I will be making my own meusli mix pre measured for breakfasts, and this will be part of the mix.
I found this at Walmart of all places......
I wish I had the money to invest in their factory (Bell Plantation, not Walmart)

(This is my second post )

Edited by Diablo-V on 08/30/2013 11:58:06 MDT.

John Hillyer
(TrNameLucky) - MLife
Very Cool on 08/30/2013 07:43:12 MDT Print View

Was this on the shelf next to the jars of peanut butter or does Wal-Mart stock it in another aisle?

Daniel Collins
(Diablo-V) - M

Locale: Orlando FL
Reply on 08/30/2013 08:40:24 MDT Print View

Found with the Skippy, yep, a golden gem waiting to be discovered by me.
One other thing - my jars expire 7/24/2014.
I always look ever since I drank foul rancid "powdered coconut milk" after ignoring the label.
A year shelf life is pretty good by me ...

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: New trail food intro: Powdered peanut butter on 08/30/2013 09:35:06 MDT Print View

There are a couple of threads on Powdered Peanut Butter.

The first one that comes up on a search is from 2008. It's been around for a while.

john hansford
(jhansford) - MLife
Powdered peanut butter on 08/30/2013 10:07:51 MDT Print View

45 kcals in a 12 gm serving works out at 107 kcals per oz. Regular peanut butter is 175 kcals per oz, so the powder is not really worth carrying apart from being easier to carry.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Powdered peanut butter on 08/30/2013 10:11:24 MDT Print View

I used it on my last trip, but more as a seasoning than as an ingredient or major nutrient. I think I will probably find more use for it at home, where I am not trying to keep the calories up (quite the opposite...).

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: New trail food intro: Powdered peanut butter on 08/30/2013 10:45:26 MDT Print View

It isn't new, but is showing up more in normal stores.

While it works greta in sauces and dried recipes - like oats, rice, etc, I have an issue with it. For one, it is missing the oil - which is good for us! Also, when they pull the oil, salt and sugar is added.

IMO, it is handy in some cases, but single serving packets of Justin's PB is still better.

Daniel Collins
(Diablo-V) - M

Locale: Orlando FL
re : salt and sugar on 08/30/2013 11:30:48 MDT Print View

There is salt and sugar added I see after reading the bottom of the label.

I would never have thought to search for "powdered peanut butter" to find the old posts.
Never have I seen it before. That means it didn't exist before :)
I guess then that it would not be calorie dense enough (for hiking) without the oil.
But it is pretty good at home ... since I m on a low fat diet.
I will still use this in my hot meusli mix for the trail, since it will not go rancid like some other items.

Edited by Diablo-V on 08/30/2013 11:57:13 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: re : salt and sugar on 08/30/2013 13:09:47 MDT Print View

It probably won't go rancid because it has no fat in it. You really can't air dehydrate or freeze dry any food that has much fat in it. That's why it is high in protein, but not so high in calories as compared to normal peanut butter. Many backpackers in North America carry normal peanut butter in one form or another because it is a good source of calories plus protein.

If this is used in hot meusli, then it might act more as a flavoring agent.


Daniel Collins
(Diablo-V) - M

Locale: Orlando FL
powdered pb on 08/30/2013 21:52:51 MDT Print View

I eat thermos cooked meusli at home (Bobs Redmill) with dried blueberries and added almond butter for flavoring.
I'm going to experiment to see if this can be done in a cozy since a thermos food jar is too heavy. Meusli+ Couscous+ blueberries+ coconut sugar+ peanut butter+ powdered milk.
Plain oatmeal doesn't do it for me and I have the metabolism of a hummingbird.
The fact that it is powdered enables me to pre-mix it, unlike regular PB.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: powdered pb on 08/30/2013 23:36:57 MDT Print View

You'll like the powdered PB in cereal - it is good that way.

It has its place :-)

William Segraves
(sbill9000) - F - M
Re: New trail food intro: Powdered peanut butter on 09/02/2013 10:17:12 MDT Print View

Hmmmm. I guess they might be useful as an ingredient for some dishes, but I think I'll stick with Mother Nature's Peanut Butter Nuggets. Readily available either with or without salt, they are approximately ovoid and about 2 cm x 1 cm, easily stored, and can be eaten without further preparation. :)


Bill S.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: New trail food intro: Powdered peanut butter on 09/02/2013 17:50:59 MDT Print View

Man, wish i could eat peanut butter in any form, but while i like it, my body doesn't. Peanut's nowadays are thought to contain high amounts of mycotoxins and more holistic oriented health folks think this is the reason for the growing prevalence of so called "allergies" to peanuts, rather than the peanuts themselves. I'm inclined to believe this based on some experience (below).

I didn't use to have a degree of noticeable sensitivity until i went to England and Scotland. Having heard of how expensive food was there, we decided to bring a lot of our own food. We brought a lot of vacuum packed peanut butter and almond butter sandwiches to try to save money. I vacuum packed them because i knew we would be doing a lot of traveling and our food wouldn't always be refrigerated.

Little did i know at the time of mold and mold spores in peanuts and their products...

I remember eating some of the last sandwiches on the 8th day or so, and pretty soon after boy did i have quite the reaction--broke out in some of the worst hives i've ever had and generally felt like crap on a stick. It was almost to the point of anaphylactic shock. Ever since, i've been significantly more sensitive to peanut products. However, not deathly severe like some.

Drugs are bhad and Molds are bhad.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: New trail food intro: Powdered peanut butter on 09/02/2013 22:12:41 MDT Print View


Yeah, my youngest had a heck of a reaction the first time he had PB. He was around 15 months old? Anyhow, he will be 19 months old this month. He ended up in the ER over that one. The scary thing is after that kind of reaction you don't know what it'll be like the next time. It could be OK, or it could be massive anaphylactic.

Due to that, our house is entirely PB and tree nut free now (he has been extensively tested after he had a second reaction to cashews a month later). Allergies are very much on the rise and there are reasons for that.

just Justin Whitson
Re: Re: New trail food intro: Powdered peanut butter on 09/03/2013 00:08:11 MDT Print View

True Dat Sarah. Re: P.B., i don't know how true it is or not, but i heard that one of the problems with peanuts now, is that conventionally produced kinds often go through irradiation.

Irradiation kills lots of pathogenic microbes, but for these particular molds it actually stimulates their growth.

Theoretically (if the above is true), truly organic Peanuts and products should be better in that regard, but by the time someone develops a severe intolerance, it might be too late because any presence of that mold or spores can cause a reaction.

I hope your son stays healthy and well.

Edited by ArcturusBear on 09/03/2013 00:33:12 MDT.

Delmar O'Donnell

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Back to PB on 09/04/2013 20:39:57 MDT Print View

So...getting back to the OP topic...

What does powdered PB taste like? Is it acceptable?

Daniel Collins
(Diablo-V) - M

Locale: Orlando FL
Excellent taste on 09/05/2013 08:36:49 MDT Print View

I really like the taste and I'm not easy to please.
I get more peanut flavor coming through and that I think is because of less oil content.

I'm picturing things I can do with the powder that can't be done with regular PB.
By adding less water it can be made into a thicker dough, which can then be a great middle filler for a fruit roll wrap (fruit leather).
Or make a power cookie dough with chocolate chips eaten as is.
I believe adding the proper ingredients to the dough might make a more calorie dense trail snack than some other common foods.
In any case it appears to be a good foundation for experimenting.

Desert Dweller

Locale: Wild Wild West
Powdered PB on 09/05/2013 22:11:13 MDT Print View

It's really good on dark chocolate bars......yum!

Daniel Collins
(Diablo-V) - M

Locale: Orlando FL
powdered pB logs on 09/07/2013 17:45:41 MDT Print View

Well I think I have most of the ingredients now for my experiment - home made
PB-almond-chocolate-butterscotch power bars (power logs ?)
50/50 peanut butter powder and almond flour mixed with honey to make a heavy dough, then mixed with semi-sweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. (raisins-optional)
Roll into logs, roll in shredded coconut to keep it from being sticky on the outside, then slice into trail sized bars, vacuum bag.

The only "iffy" part is seeing how long almond flour lasts before rancidity sets in.
I figure 6 to 12 weeks but I will find out. That's why it's called an experiment....

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
unf unf unf on 09/07/2013 20:27:31 MDT Print View

I'll take some o' them there bars...

Edited by spelt on 09/07/2013 20:28:39 MDT.