Let’s start with a simple fact: it’s impossible for a food to contain peanut butter and not be freaking amazing. Seriously, try to think of one single food that contains peanut butter that isn’t delicious. We don’t think you can. Now, imagine if your favorite peanut butter foods didn’t contain just regular old peanut butter but they contained a supercharged peanut butter protein? Now, we’re really talking.
In recent years, we’ve seen peanut butter change before our eyes. Traditional peanut butter is being kicked aside – especially by people who are serious about their health and fitness. Traditional peanut butter is being replaced by new and improved nut butters. These nut butters contain a significantly higher protein content than is found in regular old peanut butter. Likewise, do it yourselfers are really coming up with creative peanut butter protein formulas.
Introducing Peanut Butter Protein
I’ll admit, I didn’t know that peanut butter protein was a thing until I randomly stumbled across it in GNC one day. And when I saw it, I was like WHAT THE EFF, YES! I picked it up and it has since changed my life.
As athletes, we’re constantly keeping track of what goes in our bodies in order to maximize the results of our workouts. So, it makes sense that anyone who wants to build muscle and loves peanut butter would opt for peanut butter protein, right? Of course.
Since the day that I purchased that store-bought peanut butter protein, I’ve been obsessed with making my own. Making peanut butter is extremely simple. You only things you need are a blender, raw or roasted peanuts and sea salt. To supercharge them with protein, you just need some kind of protein powder!
Start by roasting your peanuts, if they aren’t already. Then blend the peanuts until they liquify. You may need to stop and stir the peanut butter during this process – which generally takes 6 to 8 minutes. Add sea salt and protein as the peanut butter begins to take on a creamy texture. Continue to blend until you reach your desired level of creamy-ness.
Deciding What Protein Powder to Use
Obviously, different protein powders will alter the taste of your homemade peanut butter protein. So, this is where you can have fun and experiment to find the flavor that you like.
So far, I’ve found two protein powders that I absolutely love: chocolate protein powder and hemp protein powder. Both of these protein powders are no-brainers.
Let’s face it, Reese’s discovered something when they mixed peanut butter and chocolate. It’s a match made in heaven. You cannot go wrong mixes these two together.
Hemp protein powder has a nutty flavor to begin with – like all plant-based proteins. So, mixing it with peanut butter doesn’t alter the taste as much. Hemp protein helps the peanut butter maintain its natural flavor which could be desirable if you’re a traditionalist.
Comparing Hemp Protein Peanut Butter to Traditional Peanut Butter
I went to the local grocery store and took a look at some of the proteins on the shelf. Surprisingly, traditional peanut butter contained more protein than I was expecting. All of the peanut butter I looked at contained between six and eight grams of protein per serving.
Next, I looked at my homemade peanut butter protein to compare the two. The store-bought peanut butters come in a standard size of two cups per bottle. So, I had to adjust the recipe I used to create the same amount.
With adjustments, the recipe calls for five cups of roasted peanuts, four tablespoons of hemp protein powder and sea salt which is flavored to taste. Five cups of roasted peanuts equate to roughly 180 grams of protein. Four tablespoons of hemp protein powder adds another 14 grams of protein. This brings the total grams of protein to 194 grams.
Assuming that we use the same serving size – which the store-bought protein recommends 14 servings per bottle. The homemade peanut butter protein contains 13.86 grams of protein per serving. That’s almost twice as much as the seven grams per serving that the store-bought protein powder contains!
Ready to Make Your Own Peanut Butter Protein?
Here at BioGains, we’re all about adding protein powder to our favorite foods in order to create amazing high-protein alternatives. But I must say that there might not be a more high-protein food than peanut butter protein. Especially, when you consider all if it’s uses.
If you’re like us and love to create high-protein recipes, then there’s no better place to start. Once you make peanut butter protein, you can use it to create any recipe that calls for peanut butter. And the possibilities are endless.
We use it in protein bars, protein cookies, protein balls and protein smoothies. If you give it a shot, be sure to hit the contact page and share your recipe with us!