Dr Zak’s Powdered Peanut Butter – All the taste of peanut butter with 80% less fat.

I’ve become a bit of protein-head over the last few months, since falling in love with lifting (check out my article on Huffington Post). I’d heard lots about PB2 which is the American version of powdered peanut butter, so was eager to try this version for myself. Homemade protein bars, here I come!

The ethos behind Dr Zak’s Powdered Peanut Butter…

Dr Zak’s Powdered Peanut Butter follows hot on the heels of their range of high protein foods including bread, bagels, pasta and egg whites. Although they already have traditional nut butters mixed with unusual flavours – Salted Caramel, White Chocolate and Coconut, Apple and Cinnamon, Cherry Bakewell and Fresh Raspberry – they developed this alternative for those conscious of calories and macros. 

“Dr Zak’s have created a high protein defatted peanut butter powder. Simply add water in equal parts to the powder to create a rich and creamy peanut spread but with 80% less fat than a traditional peanut butter.

Perfect for those restricting their calories while training but who do not want to miss out on one of life’s little luxuries.”

I absolutely love nut butters and have been known to whip up a jar of cashew butter at home in my Froothie Blender, so was interested to see how this would taste in comparison.

The best bits about Dr Zak’s Powdered Peanut Butter…

* peanut flour (91.5%) * sugar (7.5%) * salt *
The ingredients list is short and sweet and doesn’t include any stabilisers, sweeteners or palm oil. The nut butter is ‘defatted’ using a cold press process, which is why it has 80% less fat than conventional peanut butter. There’s 45g of protein per 100g, or 5g protein/1.3g fat per 12g serving.

Following the instructions, I mixed equal parts powder and water although I found it needed a little more water for it to come together. It created a nut butter as promised, although it wasn’t as thick as your usual jar. I made up some protein bars and it blended fairly well, although it was definitely not as sticky as a regular nut butter. The bars came together, although they were a bit drier in texture than usual.

I made up another batch and it spread well on toast, and this is probably where the thinner consistency helped. For me, the taste was ok. It definitely gave you a nutty hit, but I found it a bit artificial tasting compared to eating full fat nut butter that contains nuts as the only ingredient. It was also ok in the protein bars too, despite the crumblier texture.

If I could tweak anything…

I don’t think there is a tweak for me as I value taste over calories. Having compared the two, it seems that the fat in nuts is what gives nut butter its delicious flavour. If I was looking for a low-calorie protein hit, this wouldn’t be my personal go to.

However, I think that people who enjoy the taste of more commercial peanut butter may really like this. I don’t think the difference in taste would be as noticeable, and this could be considered by many to be the healthier option.

Lottie’s verdict on Dr Zak’s Powdered Peanut Butter…

I’m all for brands who want us to enjoy their goodies without guilt, and I could see this being a big hit with guys and girls watching their macros, while craving the taste of their favourite foods. I think it does what it says on the tin – it offers you low-fat peanut butter to spread on toast, use in smoothies and add to protein bars. Why not be vegan-curious and try Dr Zak’s Powdered Peanut Butter for yourself?

You can find your nearest stockist on the Dr Zak’s where to buy page, and can follow their updates on TwitterFacebookand Instagram.

The small print. This product was kindly gifted by Dr Zak’s for me to try and review, so this is my honest opinion of it. I wasn’t paid to post this and let’s face it, if it was an advert, I would have loved it 100%. 😀