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Let me just start by professing my love for Thai peanut sauce. I could drink this stuff. Put a bowl of nothing but Thai peanut sauce in front of me and I would happily lap it up.
My love for Thai peanut sauce knows no bounds.
Except, for the calories. There are just so many calories in peanut sauce.
I eat Thai peanut sauce all the time. Stir fry for dinner? Thai peanut sauce for that! Spring rolls for lunch? Thai peanut sauce for that! Asian salad? You better believe I am topping it with, you guessed it, Thai peanut sauce.
Last year, when I was gearing up for my wedding, I kicked my workouts into high gear and started watching every calorie. Yeah, I am a strong, independent woman, and my body doesn’t define me. Hear me roar. I also am big enough to admit, I can be just as shallow and vain as the next person and I wanted to look back on wedding photos and love them. Not be distracted by what I wished I looked like.
So, the wedding diet went into full swing.
But, my love of Thai peanut sauce didn’t diminish. Which meant, I needed to come up with a healthy low calorie Thai peanut sauce recipe.
And, here we have it your guys!
This is just the basic recipe, but it is completely customizable. Love garlic? Add some! Ginger your jam? Put some in! Like it spicy? Load it up with spice? Don’t like spice? Leave it out entirely. Want some green? Add scallions!
I eat this on everything, and now even that my wedding is over, I am still making this low calorie version because it is so full of flavor! I actually prefer it to the heavy, sticky traditional Thai peanut sauces.
While the flavor is spot on, I would like to mention, that the consistency is not what most Thai peanut sauces are like. Traditionally, they are very heavy and thick. This sauce is very light. A little goes a long way. And, has a more watery texture. You get the peanut flavor from powdered peanut butter which punches a lot of flavor power into a small amount.