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Low Calorie and Yummy: PB2 Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich - 251 calories

PB2 (90 calories) and Banana (71 calories) Sandwich (90 calories) - yummy 251 calorie snack!

PB2 and Banana Sandwich

A friend of mine suggested that I try a new peanut butter: PB2. It's pretty interesting. Originally I thought this was going to be regular peanut butter. I don't know why I thought that since the word "powdered" is right there in the title! However, the company that makes this, Bell Plantations*, does make a creamy non powdered version and a powdered chocolate too.

But it was a recommended product from a friend so I didn't read too much about it. It was not that expensive so I decided to give it a go.

The powder is very light with a servings size of 12g/ 2T at 15 calories per serving. I ended up using about 4T of powder, yielding 3 T of peanut butter for the sandwich above.

light and airy

I didn't really measure the water. I just had about a quarter cup of water and added and stirred until I got the consistency that I liked. The second time around, I ended up using 3 T of water.

looks weird and there was an odd foaming action

ta da: creamy peanut butter, I like mine thick
Tasted the mix straight after mixing, there something a little off with the flavor. It was *too* peanuty. The roasted-ness was VERY strong. Almost to the point where I thought it was over roasted; I could faintly discern the beginning of a burnt taste - not too much to be off putting but enough so you notice.

In the sandwich, the peanut butter behaved as any other. It was thick, spread on just fine, paired well with the banana, and the over roasted flavor was not as apparent.

But the kicker and was that after I finished the sandwich, there was a lingering feeling of peanut butter on my palate that was extremely alluring. It made me crave more.

All in all, this product is very intriguing. I'm interested to use this powder to impart a peanut flavor but perhaps without the gloppy, heavy texture you have to contend with using regular peanut butter.

This was my pre workout bridge between lunch and work out time. It definitely stuck to my bones and sustained me through my work out even after a 30 minute wait for digestion. It was just as filling as any other peanut butter but with WAY less calories. The only downside that it has sugar listed as an ingredient, if you are looking to limit your added sugar intake.

Here are the calorie counts for the other peanut butters in my pantry for comparison:

So this sandwich would have been 446 calories with Jif and 461 calories with my Kirkland Natural Peanut Butter versus the 251 calorie snack with PB2. That's pretty staggering.

This is a product definitely worth exploring; I'm thinking peanut butter rice crispy treats.... If anyone has any suggestions let me know in the comments.

Overall rating: 6 out of 10 (would try again)

*Note:I purchased this product own my own. Bell Plantations did not supply or request a review of this product from me.


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