A look at how to make a cup of coffee with peanut butter, with 6 recipes for you to try.
What do you take in your coffee? Milk, cream, sugar? Maybe soymilk or almond milk or another non-dairy creamer?
Coconut oil is another increasingly popular addition, and, especially for those on the keto diet, even butter. But did you ever think of adding peanut butter to your favorite cup of coffee?
Think about it. There are already several nutty coffee options available, such as hazelnut-flavored coffee, toasted almond, or macadamia nut coffee. A favorite of mine at the moment is Second Cup’s Butter Pecan coffee blend.
Starbucks has on their menu a Blonde Hazelnut Latte, which is a lovely smooth light-roasted coffee drink, made with espresso and milk, flavored with hazelnut syrup, and poured over ice. So, adding peanut butter to your coffee is not so unusual. The slightly salty taste of peanut butter can be a tasty addition to any cup of coffee.
Some people prefer to add hazelnut or chocolate syrup to their coffee, but some liquid flavors or syrups may not be all that good for you. Natural peanut butter, on the other hand, has some potential health benefits.
Why Add Peanut Butter To Coffee?
The combination of caffeine and peanut butter can give you an energy boost and help you stay feeling full for longer.
The high levels of monounsaturated fats (the ‘good’ fats) in peanut butter can help you maintain a healthy weight. Of course, a little exercise before or after your coffee doesn’t hurt either!
Peanut butter may help your glycemic response due to its low glycemic index. Blood sugar that is unstable has been linked to conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Peanut butter is a source of protein and fiber, but it shouldn’t raise your blood sugar too much.
Types Of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter comes in various forms: smooth, chunky, creamy, natural, and powdered. Natural peanut butter, preferably organic, is best.
If you do go with a powdered variety, PB & Me is a nice, unsweetened organic powdered peanut butter. The oil is removed, leaving a light powder packed with protein and low in calories.
Powdered peanut butter is also keto-friendly and vegan-friendly.
Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always try making your own powdered peanut butter.
Beware of any peanut allergies. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can use coconut oil, soybean oil or tahini instead of peanut butter.
Many people opt for an alternative to whole milk these days. For a non-dairy option, you can use almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk or lactose-free milk.
How To Sweeten Peanut Butter Coffee
If you like your coffee sweet, you can add Nutella or a similar spread, which also gives the drink a creamy texture. For a sweet-salty contrast, add a little honey.
Brown sugar or coconut sugar can be added according to taste. Some people like to add a little cocoa powder or cinnamon as a sweetener or finishing touch.
Vegan Peanut Butter Coffee
For a vegan option, if you are going to use ready-made peanut butter in the recipe, choose a vegan brand. In addition to coconut milk, you can also use almond milk or oat milk. A vegan-friendly sugar alternative is maple syrup or agave syrup.
To make your own vegan natural peanut butter, use 2 cups of roasted salted peanuts, 1 tablespoon of vegan peanut oil, and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Process the peanuts in a food processor, then add the peanut oil and maple syrup until you it's nice and smooth.
Peanut Butter Coffee Varieties
The simplest way to add peanut butter to coffee is to prepare your coffee, as usual, then add one or two tablespoons of peanut butter. The amount of peanut butter will vary depending on your taste. If your coffee of choice is a Cappuccino, a Latte, or a Mocha, you can easily make a peanut butter version that will rival anything in your local coffee shop!
1. Peanut Butter Cappuccino
To make a Peanut Butter Cappuccino:
- Use 1 tablespoon peanut butter, ½ cup of milk, and 2 servings of espresso.
- Heat the milk.
- Mix the milk with the peanut butter.
- Add it to the coffee.
2. Peanut Butter Iced Cappuccino
For an iced version of the above, pour the coffee into an ice cube tray. Freeze for about 3 hours. Put the cubes in the blender and add the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.
3. Peanut Butter Latte
If you prefer a peanut butter latte, try this recipe:
- Use 2 cups of espresso, 300 ml whole milk, almond milk or coconut milk, 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Make 2 shots of espresso.
- Mix the milk, honey, cinnamon, and peanut butter.
- When it thickens, pour it over the coffee.
4. Peanut Butter Iced Latte
For a cold version of this lovely latte:
- Brewing the coffee.
- Pour the coffee into ice cube trays.
- Freeze for 3 hours.
- Put the cubes into a glass and add the heated milk mixture.
5. Peanut Butter Mocha
Another nice option is Peanut Butter Mocha. For this drink:
- Use 1 tablespoon peanut butter (or powder), 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 cups espresso, 3/4 cup almond milk, and a pinch of cinnamon.
- Heat the cocoa powder and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Heat the milk in a frother.
- Combine the peanut butter and other ingredients.
- Add the peanut butter mixture to your hot coffee.
6. Peanut Butter Iced Mocha
To create a delicious iced mocha:
- Pour the coffee into ice cube trays.
- Freeze for about 3 hours.
- Put the ice cubes into a glass, then pour the heated milk mixture on top.
Ways To Make Coffee With Peanut Butter: The Final Word
There are lots of ways to prepare coffee with peanut butter. For any peanut butter coffee, you can choose decaf instead of regular coffee. And you can always add a few chocolate chips or perhaps a splash of Baileys of Frangelico if you so desire.
Whether you prefer a cappuccino, a latte, or a mocha coffee, hot or cold, try some peanut butter in your coffee for a delicious and satisfying alternative to your favorite beverage.
You never know – this nutty, creamy coffee just might become your new favorite beverage!