Topping: Butter Pecan PB2

There are some things that you just accept you will never have again as a vegan. However, innovative companies and restaurants are increasingly proving me wrong. In the past year or two, I have had some incredible mozzarella sticks, chicken and waffles, fried fish fillets, cheesy grits, croissants, cupcakes, snickerdoodle cookies, pepperoni pizza pockets, scrambled eggs, mac and cheese, milkshakes, caramels, and tiramisu–all vegan.

Butter Pecan PB2

Thus, there’s no reason vegans can’t enjoy butter pecan as well! I decided this would make a better PB2 topping than an actual porridge recipe, and instead of using butter extract, I opted for Earth Balance. But then I decided a little drop of butter extract is a nice touch, too. After trying it all three ways, I decided the version using both produced the best result.

Don’t be afraid of 1/2 tsp of a little fat and calories. Flavor and enjoyment is important, too. 🙂

Butter Pecan PB2 #Vegan

Additionally, you’ll likely want to add a bit of maple syrup. Before I added the sweetener, I thought it was good. It tasted like butter. With chunks of pecans. It was fine.

But then I sweetened it up just a tad–it truly took just half a teaspoon–and it became a delectable butter pecan. Oh, and full disclosure: I don’t really remember what butter pecan tastes like. 😂 So try this out and tell me what you think!

I put this on top of a simple banana oatmeal, but this one is surprisingly adaptable!

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Topping: Butter Pecan PB2

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 2 tbsp plain PB2*
  • 4-6 tsp water*
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 DROP (like 1/16 tsp) butter extract
  • 1/2 tsp Earth Balance (vegan butter)
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp pecan pieces (roasted recommended, but raw will work)

How to make it:

  1. In a small bowl, add water a little at a time to the PB2. Don't add the water all at once; that way you'll be able to choose the consistency you want. I find stirring with a FORK the most effective method.
  2. Stir in vanilla and butter extracts and Earth Balance first, and then the maple syrup. Sweeten to taste, but I found 1/2 tsp perfect.
  3. Stir in the pecan pieces.
  4. Add to the top of your oatmeal of choice and enjoy!

Just an FYI:

*I sometimes use 3 tbsp of PB2 because 2 tbsp doesn't feel like a lot. If you do this, increase the water to 2-3 tbsp as well.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

7 Responses to Topping: Butter Pecan PB2

  1. Sounds great! I am continually amazed at all the vegan versions of traditionally non-vegan products coming out on the market, and I’m sure we will see a lot more of this in the future. With the discovery of aquafaba, we can now add lemon meringue pie to the list!

  2. Oh nice! I haven’t thought about butter pecan in a while, and is never something I choose, but when I try it I am always surprised about how good it is. I’m curious about this recipe, though especially since it makes me remember how much I like butter pecan lol

  3. Karen says:

    It’s kind of funny, I don’t think I’d ever had butter pecan ice cream before I went vegan but my local ice cream parlor has one rotating flavor of soy ice cream and sometimes that flavor is butter pecan. The first time I went there and realized that was my only choice I was disappointed because it wasn’t chocolate but then I tried it and it’s actually really good, some of the best soy ice cream I’ve had.

  4. Cassie says:

    As someone who is lactose intolerant, I LOVE sweet and salty. And the fact that this is VEGAN totally deserves my thumbs up! I do think that coconut oil in sub for butter is ideal instead of margarine, BUT did you know there is a butter flavored coconut oil out there that tastes salty?? You HAVE to search for it. I had it at a convention with popcorn and literally couldn’t tell the difference!

  5. Christine says:

    I tried this recipe this morning. It had a mild flavor, but did taste like butter pecan. Then again, I used 3 T PB2. If I had used 2, the flavor would probably would have been stronger. I still prefer having a larger serving, though. After all, what’s the point of a low-cal peanut butter if you can’t have a larger serving? 😉

  6. Christine says:

    Oh, I should add that I used 5 tsp water when I made this with 3T PB2. The consistency was perfect for me, but I wanted it to be on the thicker side.

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