If you love peanut butter, but don’t feel like you can stick to just one serving, try freezing it! Frozen peanut butter can satisfy your craving and help you control your portions!
I’m weak for peanut butter.
I admit it. I can’t be trusted around a jar of peanut butter. If you give me a spoon, it would be pretty easy for me to eat 5000 calories in a few minutes flat. And that’s the problem with peanut butter!
How many calories are in a serving of peanut butter?
Most commercial jars of peanut butter are the same. 2 tablespoons is considered a serving, and is a whopping 180 calories!
The problem with 2 tablespoons, is
- It’s not that much. On a spoon, you could technically eat it in one large bite.
- It’s impossible to eyeball it! Every time I think I have a single serving, 2 tablespoon scoop, I’m wrong. It’s actually more!
This graphic below shows what 2 tablespoons of peanut butter looks like on a spoon, compared to what I’d normally scoop from a jar of peanut butter! It’s crazy how just a smidge more, can pack so many calories!
Which brings me to…
Why frozen peanut butter will be your new favorite treat!
Listening to a podcast with a bikini competitor, she mentioned that she would get little snack size bags and fill them with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Then, she’d put them in the freezer for some portion controlled snacking!
When I heard it, I knew this would work for me! So, I started making my own frozen peanut butter. Here’s 5 reasons why it’s my new favorite treat:
- A serving of frozen peanut butter is pre-measured so you won’t overeat. Portion control is everything when you are trying to create a calorie deficit. If you can pre-portion your food before eating, you will be more successful.
- Frozen peanut butter lasts twice as long! Commercial peanut butter lasts about 3-4 months on the shelf (or 1 month if I see it’s there. ha!) But keeping peanut butter cold can extend it another 3-4 months.
- You can top frozen peanut butter with chocolate! I tried some zero calorie chocolate syrup. It actually froze well, but it tasted terrible! Then, I tried some chocolate chips, and OMG!! SOOOO YUMMY!!
- Frozen peanut butter turns silky smooth like fudge, not frozen like a rock With some frozen treats like yogurt, you take it out of the freezer, and it’s solid as a rock. And while I only have unnatural, sugar added peanut butter, it set up like smooth fudge. I can not say what happens with natural peanut butter, but if you try it, let me know!
- And finally, the fifth reason frozen peanut butter will be your new favorite treat, you don’t have to share it. I mean, come on. It’s a tiny tablespoon of peanut butter. Who is going to want to split that in half. No one that cares about you. This treat is all your own!
Now, down to the nitty gritty…
How to make single serving frozen peanut butter squares.
When you use the commercial, sugar included peanut butter, the peanut butter will set up so you can cut it with a butter knife, but it will never get frozen solid. I think this makes it even better.
So, all I did was spoon peanut butter onto parchment paper into a square or a blog, and froze it. Once “frozen”, I drizzled a touch of melted chocolate chips just to make it a treat. Not too much. Just enough to enjoy the chocolate and peanut butter combination.
Frozen Peanut Butter Squares
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (commercial peanut butter, with sugar)
- 1 teaspoon melted chocolate optional
- 1 dash course salt optional
- To keep this treat to 100ish calories, I used 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.
- Spoon one tablespoon of peanut butter on parchment paper. Square off the edges to make it square.
- Option 2, spread 4 tablespoons into a pile on parchment paper, and square off the edges. You'll cut this into 4 squares after it's frozen.
- Freeze for 2-24 hours, or until you can touch the peanut butter and it feels firm like fudge.
- Melt chocolate and drizzle on top of your peanut butter bar.
- Eat in the privacy of your closet and enjoy every last bit of it.
So, that’s it! Let me know what questions you have, and don’t forget to pin this for later!! (follow me on pinterest for low calorie, portion controlled recipes!)
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