Holy. Spoonfuls. Of. Deliciousness. Raise your hand if you love peanut butter but won’t allow yourself to keep it in the house because it’s high in fat and calories. First of all, let me tell you that the fat in peanut butter is mostly heart healthy, so it’s actually a healthy food to eat. Whenever I say that to people, their face always lights up like a kid on Christmas morning. That’s when I have to follow it up with – “BUT, all that healthy fat is still high in calories, so don’t eat too much”. Anyone who’s looked can tell you that a 2 tablespoon serving of peanut butter has 190 calories (ouch), and anyone who’s ever measured, can tell you that 2 tablespoons is way less than anyone who likes peanut butter actually eats.
I don’t even know how I stumbled on this, but I found nearly Fat Free Peanut Butter – with only 1 gram of fat. It’s powdered, and you mix it with water. Or jelly. Or a smoothie. Or into the dressing for Thai Chicken Salad. You get the picture. While you won’t get the exact mouthfeel because it’s lacking fat, you do get all the flavor of peanut butter with no artificial additives. Two tablespoons of this stuff has only 45 calories, and – it comes in chocolate too! I can think of a million ways to use it, and I’m going to start experimenting, so I’ll keep you posted. For starters, here’s a guilt free sweet treat:
Guilt Free Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana "Ice Cream"
- 1 cup fat free chocolate milk
- 1 banana sliced
- 1/2 cup chocolate or regular PB2 powder or more to taste
- optional: chopped bits of dark chocolate slivered almonds, lightly toasted
- Put milk, banana and PB2 powder in a blender and blend until banana is smooth.
- Pour into a container with a lid, cover, and freeze for 1-2 hours, or until mixture starts to thicken.
- Stir to break up any ice crystals, and if desired add chocolate bits, nuts, or other mix-ins.
- Return mixture to the freezer, and freeze until desired thickness.
- This is best served slightly, but not completely frozen, so let it thaw a bit if well frozen.