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About Peanut Butter Powder: Why Is It So Popular and How Can I Use It?

What you need to know about this ingredient and our favorite recipes for it.

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Our food editors are always on the lookout for new ingredients to experiment with in the test kitchen, and the latest one to pique their interest? Peanut butter powder. Health nuts like this dehydrated version of peanut butter because it has less than an eighth of the fat of the regular kind and plenty of protein. On-the-go types appreciate the gloop-free format. As for our food editors, they love that it’s deliciously versatile—in milkshakes, frosting, and dips. Our test kitchen recommends the PB2 brand for its pronounced peanut flavor and smooth texture, and Betty Lou's for a great vegan alternative.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake

Regular peanut butter would make this nostalgic treat too rich; the vanilla ice cream already has that department covered. Enter peanut butter powder—the flavor pairs just as well with the grape jelly running down the sides of the glass. The pièce de résistance? The buttered toast used to garnish the milkshake.

 

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Peanut Butter Frosting

Powdered peanut butter delivers deep flavor in this divine frosting made with milk, powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and of course a liberal amount of butter. Along with a handful of chopped peanuts, the fluffy buttercream is just the thing for decorating a batch of vanilla cupcakes.

 

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Peanut Sauce

A must for chicken satay! With this lighter version that swaps out peanut butter for its powdered counterpart, you can dunk your skewers with abandon. Mix the powder with sesame oil, lime juice, and fish sauce, add just enough water to get a silky consistency, and swirl in some sambal oelek for heat.

 

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