Caribbean Peanut Punch

6.7.15 | Recipe by Renz
A creamy punch blend of peanut butter and milk, peanut punch is a Caribbean favorite. It's a blended mix of milk and peanut butter that is the most delicious replenisher.

  
This picture is 3 glasses of peanut punch with a banana and some oats on the side



Every time I think about making this delicious peanut punch, I have visions of my Dad sitting at the dinner table with his glass full of punch. Sipping and swirling. He loved this popular high protein drink. He was the one who taught me how to make peanut punch.

He was a real punch man. We've also done pumpkin punch, and Guinness. Which then pushed me to make some dasheen punch

When you get some of this drink you would understand why he was in heaven while slurping this down. It is a frothy, creamy drink with a bunch of peanut butter.

For us, it was the ultimate drink after playing in the hot sun all day. Peanut punch is good for you too and it is a great supplement for the body.

What is peanut punch?


Another popular all Caribbean drink. This is another one that can be Jamaican peanut punch, or Trini peanut punch or *insert your favorite island* punch.

Caribbean people love to blend up things to drink. It is especially a popular drink in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.

These blended drinks, especially when there's milk included, are dubbed "punches".

Peanut punch is creamy as it is delicious. It is a popular energy drink that is a blended mix of peanut, kinds of milk, granular sugar, and warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

Note it is only considered an energy drink because of its high levels of fat and protein. Personally, after I have a good drink of this, I just want to go take a nap.

It's not unusual  to find street vendors selling or a "punch man" wheeling along on the side of the road with a cart.

What are the benefits of peanut butter?


With this being the main ingredient, it's important for us to know that it's not only a popular beverage because of how it tastes but also because there are some major health benefits gained from indulging.

1. Peanut butter is loaded with potassium and is a great way to counteract the excessive intake of sodium. Potassium balances out negative effects our body may be having with sodium
2. It is rich in fiber. Great to help with the digestive system.
3. It contributes to better heart health.
4. It aids in weight loss. Yess. Being high in healthy fats, means you are less likely to look for snacks.

Peanut butter also has piceatannol which helps the body prevent immature fat cells from growing into mature ones.

Yes for peanut butter!!

  
This image is three glasses of chilled peanut punch


Peanut punch ingredients


This is a "no work" drink. It's a very basic recipe that just requires a blender.

But has numerous possibilities. There are so many options you can add to the basic base mix.

  • Milk - You can also use any milk you prefer. I used whole milk for that creamier mix, but you can also use skim or 2% or even coconut milk. Oat milk and almond milk would also be great additions to peanut punch. Just understand that they might alter the taste a little bit.
  • Sweetener of choice - this can be condensed milk or granulated sugar of any kind
  • Peanut butter - crunchy or smooth peanut butter it does not matter. You can use natural peanut butter if you choose. Personally, I prefer crunchy as I like to have a few chunks of peanuts when I'm drinking. You can also use roasted peanuts (See notes for instructions)
  • Ice
  • Grated nutmeg - I love using fresh nutmeg and then grating what I need. Don't have that, the powder is fine.
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla essence or Mixed essence
  • Dash of bitters
Equipment
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Blender

  
This is an image of the ingredients and equipment to make peanut punch


How to make this Caribbean peanut punch


This is a simple pour, blend, and serve recipe that you will love.

Literally, just put everything in the blender and mix.

Taste for sweetness, peanut butter level, and creaminess of your choice.

You can also choose to add ice to the blender.

I best prefer to server this in tall glasses over some ice cubes.

If you used crunchy peanut butter, you will get some nice bits of peanut as you drink. Delicious!

Additions for punch


The base of this punch has been just milk, peanut, and sweetener. But there are so many other things you can use to up the ante on it.

Bananas - I love adding half a banana to this recipe. I like the additional creaminess it adds to the punch. Also added health benefits

Oats - Another great addition is adding raw oats. This makes the punch thicker and very much can turn into a meal.

Seamoss - a tablespoon of sea moss is also another great addition

Stout beer/Guinness - cause you know we must add some alcohol.

  
A close up of a glass of peanut punch with a drizzle of chocolate


Substitutions


Peanuts - you can use raw peanuts or roasted peanuts instead of peanut butter. So instead of the tablespoons of peanut butter use 1 cup of raw peanuts. You can blend it with the milk in the blender, then strain it through prior to adding the other ingredients.

Or try different types of butters, like sunflower or soy butter.

Sweeteners - I know different people use different sugars or their replacement. Please use what you are comfortable using. There is no right or wrong.

Storage


Once made this can be kept in the fridge for up to about five days. It contains a lot of milk and can spoil easily.


And if you want more yumminess, check out some of my other island staple blender drinks:












Comments

  1. The MOST delicious recipe! Good Lord I feel like I hit gold. I put my collagen powder and can have this and one balanced meal a day, not once feeling hungry. Love yuh like cooked food, Renz! Thanks for being a blessing. Will totally try your other recipes.

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    1. Thank you!! Only this week I said I should try to add some seamoss gel. The collagen is a good idea too.

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