As you may know, I work with the National Peanut Board on a regular basis as their registered dietitian nutritionist. I adore peanuts and peanut butter and was a huge fan long before I worked with them. Working with the team at NPB and getting to know many peanut farmers has only made me a bigger fan! They didn’t pay me for this post and this whole website represents my personal professional views, but part of the perks of working with “peanut people” includes lots of peanutty goodies! (don’t be jealy) I was gifted with some Jif Peanut Powder and am sharing this recipe with you because I really do love and use the product (and…though I got this batch of product for free, I have also purchased this product with my own hard earned dollars). There are some other great powdered peanut butter products on the market, like Peanut Butter and Co., Tru-Nut and PB2 – try them all!
Have you tried peanut powder? I super love this product because it is nutrient-dense, tastes great and is reduced calories compared to peanut butter. We eat lots of peanut butter, but sometimes I want the taste of peanut butter without the additional calories. This product is perfect for those kinds of moments – and it’s great for smoothies! I actually hate the taste of most protein powders, since I think they have nasty after-tastes (bitter off notes) or are overly sweet. Plus, I eat plenty of protein to meet my needs by eating real food instead of supplements. Peanut powder is also something I can share with my toddler because it’s not too high in protein or other nutrients (even vitamins and minerals have upper limits for safety) and it doesn’t contain any weird or unnecessary ingredients – it’s just peanuts or may contain a little spices, flax or chia, and a tiny bit of sugar. Here’s a recipe that I made this week and was a big hit around here! Let me know if you give it a try and what you think.
Peanut Powder Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
- 1/2 banana, frozen or not
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 2 heaping Tbs peanut powder (I used Jif)
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- handful of greens
- 3/4 cup milk
Everything in the blender and give it a good whirl until smooth and delicious. Add ice cubes if you want it colder and frosty. If you top it with a tiny bit of whipped cream a la Chick-fil-a milkshake, I won’t judge you.