Monday, August 8, 2011

PB2 Product Review and Healthy Peanut Sauce Chicken Recipe

I love myself some peanut butter. So when I came across mention of a product called PB2 in the blogosphere, I was immediately intrigued. PB2 is basically powdered peanut butter - or peanut butter without the oil. It consists of peanuts, salt and a little sugar and has about a quarter of the calories and a tenth of the fat as peanut butter. By itself it's not all that interesting, but the endless possibilities when baking with it, mixing it into smoothies, adding it to homemade ice cream or even savory dishes could help me flavor countless dishes with that peanut buttery goodness that I love so much. Unfortunately I had not been able to find PB2 in any of my grocery stores so I went right to to the source and bought it online, here. I also bought some of PB2 with cocoa powder because peanut butter and chocolate are the best friends ever and I figured I could find a dessert recipe to put that to good use.

After having used it in several different ways my initial review of PB2 is 4 out of 5 stars. It definitely won't replace me peanut butter with apple slices habit but as a flavorful ingredient to dishes, desserts and smoothies it is an AMAZING addition to my pantry and I would totally recommend it. To find out if they sell it near you check this site. Here are some of the ways I tried it out...

PB2 Oaty Banana Pancakes- I added some PB2 to my favorite healthy breakfast on Sunday, a healthy Banana oat pancake. The addition of the peanut flavor was divine and helped to add 5 grams of protein with only 45 calories... Not too shabby!
-1/3 cup rolled oats
-1 egg white
-1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk because I like a little vanilla)
-2 tbsp PB2
- 1 small banana (optional)

-Blend oats in cuisinart until it is almost flour-like then mix the "oat flour" in a bowl with all the other ingredients except for the banana. You could also toss the other ingredients in the cuisinart and just mix it up that way.
- Put a frying pan on medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Pour batter onto it and add banana slices to the top to make it a banana pancake.
- Cook on both sides like a pancake and serve with apple sauce, syrup, sautéed berries or nothing at all!

I made this next recipe for dinner on Sunday night and it was so good! I found the original recipe on the PB2 website and then modified it a bit. I can't wait to try more of their recipes because this was DELICIOUS!

PB2 Asian Style Chicken
1/2 chopped onion
1 handful chopped shittake mushrooms
1 skinless chicken breast and 3 skinless thighs (or 2 chicken breasts)
3/4 cup salsa
1/4 cup PB2
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1 minced garlic clove

-Season chicken with salt and pepper
-Put a big pan over medium high heat and spray with Pam.
-Brown chicken on both sides for a couple minutes and take out of the pan.
-Add the veggies and then all the other ingredients and turn the head down to medium-low.
-Mix up and add the chicken back in and mix everything together.
-Throw everything into your slow-cooker, cover and let cook for two hours on high OR keep it in the pan, cover and let simmer for about an hour - stirring every once in a while.
-Serve with rice or by itself and enjoy!

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