Peanut butter is something I have to limit or I go nuts with it. It’s a good thing to have in your diet but not in excess. So when someone mentioned PB2 to me recently I had to check it out. You are basically getting powdered peanuts without all the oil that makes peanut butter high in fat and calories. 2 Tablespoons of PB2 yeilds 45 calories, 5g carbs and 5g protein. So while it’s not the same as traditional peanut butter, this works great as a substitute. I used it in one of my new favorite snacks, Cucumber Noodles with Peanut Butter Sauce but this would also be amazing with grilled chicken (on skewers even – kids love that!). This is a erally light snack that still provides some decent protein (10g from the PB2).
For the Peanut Sauce:
- 4 tbsp PB2 peanut butter powder
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp tamari (or light soy sauce)
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp honey (or agave syrup)
- 1 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tspn grated ginger
- 1/3 cup warm water
For the Cucumber Noodles:
- 2 large seedless cucumbers
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
- 1/3 cup chopped peanuts(optional)
In a large bowl, combine PB2 peanut butter powder, rice vinegar, tamari, sesame oil, agave, and lime juice. Whisk, and then add in garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Whisk in the warm water until sauce is smooth.
Using the julienne blade on a mandolin or your handy Julienne Peeler… Carefully run a cucumber down the blade to form noodles. I like to keep some of the skin on to keep the dish looking colorful.
Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod