Haley: “I want to tell you what I bought online during class tonight, but I don’t want you to look at me like I’m crazy.”
Ben: “Okay, I promise. What is it?”
Haley: “Peanut Flour”
Haley: “It’s basically peanut butter without the salt or oil, which makes it lower fat and no sodium. You have to mix it with water to use it as a spread.”
Ben: “That’s AWESOME!”
Haley: “Oh, phew. Ok, good. ’Cause I bought four of them.”
Before you start lecturing me about my spending habits, let me explain:
- No one pays attention during class, anyway
- I keep hearing from the blog-world that Trader Joe’s has the best Peanut Flour
- I heart Trader Joe’s, but we don’t have one in Hawai`i [I found out through speaking with one of their managers that - although they have a serious obsession with Hawaiian print - they will never open a store in Hawai`i because they can't do it without having to raise their prices significantly (due to cost of shipping), which is against their mission]
- Amazon only sells them in packs of four
I figured that, since they’re packed airtight, I can keep an extra one around and then give the other two to family/friends who are as addicted to peanut butter as I am.
So, let’s go over the basics:
- Peanut flour is lower in calories, fat, and sodium than peanut butter. Ben and I use Kirkland brand’s Organic Peanut Butter, which doesn’t add sugar to the mix (yes, many peanut butter brands add sugar), and we love it. I mean, I can eat it by the Tablespoon-full. And that’s the problem. A single tablespoon of peanut butter boasts 100 calories and 7.5 grams of fat! Peanut flour, on the other hand, allows me to have 1/4 c flour for 110 calories and 4 grams of fat. Mix that with a few tablespoons of water and a dash of salt, and you’ve got 3 to 4 tablespoons of peanut butter for much fewer calories and fat – plus, you can control the sodium yourself. Check it (take note of the serving size):
[Left: Baker Josef's (Trader Joe's) Peanut Flour] / [Right: Kirkland Organic Peanut Butter]
- What’s it taste like? Peanut flour itself doesn’t taste like much, aside from powdery peanuts, to me [actually, if you've ever had kinako, Japanese soybean powder, that's almost exactly what it tastes like]. When mixed with water, the peanut flour tastes exactly as you’d expect it to – like low-fat PB. Adding a pinch of salt makes it taste more like peanut butter, but there’s no way to make it taste as rich. Our consensus: it’s a great lower-fat substitute, but it’s going to take some getting used to. Eventually we’d like to just have peanut flour in our home so that it becomes the new standard.
- Peanut flour comes in a 1 lb airtight package, which actually yields more flour than you’d expect. I transfered mine into a glass container for easy access and storage. To mix, just put it in a bowl with some water and use a fork/whisk to create the texture you like (Ben likes his more creamy than I do). The package suggests using peanut flour to thicken soups and add flavor to favorite recipes [think protein shakes and muffins!].
I’ve been putting peanut flour in my steel cut oats in the morning (which gives it such great flavor, plus a little extra boost of protein), and I can’t wait to try it in the Dream Bar! This past weekend, after my first Vibram run, I came home to try out another peanut flour recipe: Peanut Buttah Banana French Toast!
I essentially made ABC French Toast, but used Challah in place of regular bread [a friend made us this loaf, but if you're looking for a recipe you can use this one], and added 1/4 c peanut flour and 3 extra Tbsp of almond milk [I recommend mixing the peanut flour with almond milk before mixing everything together. I put the powder straight into the mix and it was clumpy].
It was amazing. But truth be told, though, I wasn’t in the mood for french toast, so the [very happy!] hubby enjoyed his new favorite carb breakfast while I chowed down on a steel cut oats rendition of the recipe:
In the mix: 1/4 c oats, 1/2 c water, 1/4 c almond milk, 2 Tbsp peanut flour, and 1 tsp chia seeds. Topped with a grilled banana and served in my favorite bowl, which was handmade by my mother-in-law!