August 17, 2011

PB2 Recipes and Ideas

This is a copy and paste from my Runs for Cookies blog.

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.

7 comments:

  1. I ordered some PB2 this week because I am curious about all the raving. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  2. I'm going to order it, too. My husband is addicted to peanut butter so maybe this will help him wean off the peanuts.

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  3. They sell this at my local grocery store (Hyvee) I've never bought it.. but now I might! =)

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  4. Waiting for mine to arrive! I think a toasted waffle with some coconut butter and a sprinkle of PB2 would be good!

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  5. Just found your website (from where else but Pinterest!) and am thrilled you have come up with so many ways to use PB2 ~ I have been using this product for a few years myself and just love it. If it's ok with you can I post your "ideas" to my WW group FB page? I will give you complete credit. BTW, your weight loss journey if phenomenal.....and your post surgery blog was so brave of you to post. Glad everything turned out so well for you.

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    1. Of course it's okay. Glad to help! :)

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  6. THANKS FOR ALL THE IDEAS !! I just love PB and will try the no-bake cookie first.

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