Thursday, June 13, 2013

MyOatmeal.com Review: PB Lean

As promised in my healthy oatmeal review, of my custom blend I have a review of MyOatmeal.com's dehydrated peanut butter, PB Lean. I'm sure many of you are familiar with dehydrated Peanut Butter, and some of you might even use PB 2 peanut butter, but this was my first time ever using anything of the sort. PB Lean has 85% less calories from fat than regular peanut butter (courtesy of Anthony at MyOatmeal.com). The picture of PB Lean on MyOatmeal.com's website looks like the picture below, so when the description said you receive 1.5 lbs of PB Lean when you purchase it, I greatly underestimated how much peanut butter I would be getting:

Picture of product from website

This is actually what I received:

The bag is huge

I did a little price comparison, because I thought that PB 2 was fairly expensive when I saw it out in the store, and MyOatmeal.com's PB Lean is a much better price for the amount you get (in my opinion). PB 2 sells for about $4 or $5 (on average, based on my research on the Internet) for a 6.5 oz jar (That's not even half a pound of peanut butter). A 1.5 lb (24 oz) bag of PB Lean sells for about $14 dollars. You're saving a couple bucks by buying in "bulk" from MyOatmeal.com. You'll get about 57 servings (per the website) of PB Lean from this size bag. 

This is what the inside of your bag looks like when you open it up:

Filled almost to the brim, I was afraid I'd spill it all over (in a good way)! 

I followed the directions and added 2 tbsps of dehydrated powder to a little bowl and then added 1 1/4 tbsps of water to the powder and stirred it up. 



It did not take long for the peanut butter powder to turn into peanut butter, and I found the consistency to be very similar to peanut butter that you'd buy in a jar. I taste-tested the peanut butter before I added it to my Greek yogurt because I was nervous of it being horrible tasting since I've never tried dehydrated peanut butter before. It was not horrible tasting at all! It definitely is not as sweet or salty as peanut butter that is not dehydrated, but those companies add extra salt and sugar to their products. I definitely enjoyed the taste of it. If possible, it tasted more natural to me than regular peanut butter.

The first morning, I mixed it into my morning yogurt parfait and enjoyed! 


I put 1 tbsp of PB Lean mixed with 1/2 tbsp of coconut milk onto my banana before my weights class, and it spread SO easily, just like regular peanut butter!


I also tried it in a smoothie. This way definitely helped with the cleaning process of my blender, as in there was no peanut butter stuck to the side like there usually is, but I added the powder directly to the ingredients and it didn't quite achieve the peanut butter taste I was going for! I also think that might be because I only added one tablespoon of powder, so I will have to try this again.



I also baked with them! This was my first time winging a baking recipe, so here is what I came up with!

PB Banana Oatmeal Drop Cookies

2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
6 tbsp PB Lean
1/4 cup Vanilla Coconut Milk
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 ripe bananas, mashed
Chocolate chips (optional)

Mash banana and add to the oats. Add baking soda, PB Lean, and coconut milk. Mix everything together. Once everything is mixed, add in chocolate chips and mix together. Use an ice cream scoop (or spoon) to scoop out batter and drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350*. Enjoy! 

I didn't add any sugar, but the bananas add just a hint of sweetness. The cookies will be dense, and unattractive, but taste pretty good! This recipe made 16 cookies. 


If you're like me, you worry about weird ingredients being in these "low-calorie" options. I'm happy to say that there are no weird ingredients and no names that I could not pronounce. There are only 3 ingredients on the label, and all are easy to pronounce or you can figure out where they come from. You will see "Maltodextrin" on the label, but Anthony has informed me that maltodextrin is the powder on the system that all flavors are sprayed on and is not used to sweeten their products.

I'm still planning on experimenting with the PB Lean, but I have to say that I am impressed with my first experience with dehydrated peanut butter. I also am incredibly impressed with MyOatmeal.com and I will be ordering from them again after all of my oatmeal is gone!


Have you ever tried dehydrated peanut butter?


Disclaimer: While I received these products by using a coupon code I received from MyOatmeal.com, I was not compensated for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.