From cream cheese to evaporated milk, there’s no end to the weird stuff people will put in their coffee when they’re looking to create something new and delicious. But what about peanut butter? Can you put it in your coffee, and more importantly, is it any good? Keep reading to discover how you can add a salty-and-sweet kick to your daily coffee routine!
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Why Add Peanut Butter To Coffee?
We get it; adding peanut butter to your coffee might sound strange, but it’s actually a delicious combination! There are a few reasons why coffee with peanut butter should be a thing everyone should try. First, the fat in the peanut butter helps to balance out the bitterness of the coffee. Second, the peanut butter’s sweetness compliments the coffee’s natural sweetness.
Plus, peanut butter contains an added kick of protein to help you stay full longer; there’s a reason why it’s such a popular ingredient in smoothies and protein drinks!
Melting Peanut Butter for Your Coffee
- Use the microwave: Run the microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds at a time, and then stop to stir and prevent it from burning. As the peanut butter gets thinner, heat it in smaller intervals, like 5 or 10 seconds, until it’s at the consistency you want.
- Use a double boiler: This is the best way to melt peanut butter without burning it. Simply fill a pot with water and place a bowl on top. Put the peanut butter in the bowl and heat the water until the peanut butter is melted.
- Or, rather than trying to melt peanut butter straight out of the jar, which can take longer, try melting peanut butter chips instead (the kind you get for baking, like chocolate chips). They melt much easier and have a better consistency for adding to your coffee. Either melting method works fine!
Whatever method you use, once your peanut butter is melted so that it has a thick syrup-like consistency, stir it into your hot coffee and enjoy!
Note: You don’t actually have to melt the peanut butter before you add it to your coffee; if the coffee is hot enough and you stir it well, the peanut butter should melt okay on its own. But the consistency is better when you melt it beforehand.
How To Sweeten Peanut Butter Coffee
There are several ways to sweeten your coffee when you combine it with peanut butter. While regular granulated sugar is always an option, we say that if you’re getting creative with your coffee, why not get creative with your sweeteners?
Rather than plain white sugar, try brown sugar or coconut sugar— both of these options pair beautifully with the saltiness of the peanut butter. Honey is an excellent option, too. And for a chocolatey kick, why not combine your peanut butter with a little bit of Nutella, or add some cocoa powder? Chocolate peanut butter syrup is also a fantastic choice!
Vegan Peanut Butter Coffee Options
It’s true; you can still get in on this trend even if you follow a vegan diet and lifestyle. All you have to do is make a few small changes.
For one, make sure you’re buying vegan peanut butter. The good news is that nearly all peanut butter brands are vegan, but you should still look to see if they contain sweeteners like honey. Some brands may also use the bone char system to process the sugar in their peanut butter, which uses animal bones and is therefore not vegan.
When it comes to additives, you should be in the clear as long as you choose vegan sweeteners like maple or agave syrup. And, if you add coffee creamer or milk to your coffee, go with creamers with an oat or almond milk base.
Coffee Drinks You Can Make with Peanut Butter
Check out some of our favorite delicious coffee recipes. You will love the taste peanut butter brings to regular coffee and might even give up those coffee house lattes you crave.
How to make a PEANUT BUTTER LATTE
- Combine 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1/2 tablespoon of your liquid sweetener of choice like honey or maple syrup in a mug or glass.
- Using a whisk or frother, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk into the mug and combine all three ingredients until smooth (steam the milk first if you’re making this drink hot).
- Add in your double shot of espresso, and enjoy!
- You can also make a cold version of this drink over ice for a refreshing warm-weather treat!
How to make a peanut butter mocha
- Heat 3/4 cup milk in a frother or a saucepan.
- Combine one tablespoon of peanut butter and the hot milk with two teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 tablespoon of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon to create a chocolate peanut butter syrup.
- Pull a double shot of hot coffee and add your peanut butter mixture.
How to make a peanut butter cappuccino
- Pull two shots of espresso (with or without an espresso machine).
- Steam the milk on a stovetop or with a steam wand.
- Combine one tablespoon of peanut butter with the milk and add it with the coffee into a glass or mug.
- If you want, serve it with a topping of whipped cream and a peanut butter drizzle!
- For an iced version, freeze your espresso in ice cube trays for a few hours before combining them with the rest of the ingredients in a blender.
What kind of peanut butter should you use?
As far as texture goes, creamy peanut butter is always a great option. If you’re concerned about the health aspect of your peanut butter coffee, stick to natural peanut butter rather than the Jif and Skippy varieties. Or, try a powdered variety of peanut butter since it’s lower in calories and would be easier to dissolve into your coffee.
Is peanut butter in coffee healthy?
Peanut butter is high in calories and fat, which means it should be enjoyed in moderation. You can always choose lower calorie options like powdered peanut butter or avoid additional sweeteners to keep the sugar and calorie count down. But peanut butter is also a good source of healthy fats and protein, so enjoy!
So there you have it – hot peanut butter coffee can actually be quite delicious and a great way to shake up a coffee drinker’s morning coffee routine! Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new; you may be surprised by how much you like it!
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