Substitute That!, we are going to be returning to the basics, ditching your "healthy" reduced fat peanut butter, and replacing it with nothing other than the real thing!
So, you're a peanut butter lover, but you just can't stomach the 15g of fat (3g saturated) and 200 calories per standard 2 tablespoon serving that is found in the real thing. Besides, you have been taught your whole life that fat, and particularly saturated fat, is evil, right (a topic for another day...)? So you do the "smart" thing and you pick up the innocent and healthy alternative, fresh factory made reduced fat peanut butter! Now you can slather up your apples with confidence, knowing that you are making the right choice for your body. But did you ever stop to take a look at the ingredients in your "healthy" reduced fat peanut butter?
Look out! Corn syrup? Pea protein? Copper sulfate? Ferric Orthophosphate? WTF is that? Beyond the cesspool of unnecessary ingredients, the reduced fat peanut butter still has 12g of fat (2g saturated), and 190 calories per 2 tablespoon serving. So for a paltry reduction of 3g fat per serving, you are gaining a cornucopia of chemicals and sugars. Yum. Is it worth it? I'd suggest that it's not, but everybody has to make that decision for themselves. In my opinion though, reduced fat peanut butter is a totally worthless waste of everybody's time and money.
So if you are going to be buying peanut butter, go ahead and opt for the real thing. If your supermarket offers the "grind it yourself" peanut butter making machine, that would be the optimal choice. And if you still just can't get over your fear of fats, Id suggest taking a look at PB2, a powdered peanut butter product. I personally can't get behind the taste of it, but my wife swears by it, and one look at the label says it all: