peanut punch recipe - A popular non alcoholic Island style beverage made vegan style from shelled peanuts, nutmeg, condensed milk and coconut milk.
You cannot visit the islands without sampling some Caribbean peanut punch, in fact it should be forbidden.
In the same breath, you don't have to buy a ticket to visit these wonderful islands because I can show you how to whip this up within minutes - so good it's it will remind you of your mother's Jamaican peanut punch
What is Caribbean peanut punch?
Caribbean peanut punch is a refreshing and creamy beverage made from peanuts, condensed milk, water, milk, vanilla and nutmeg.
Peanut punch is a popular beverage amongst many Caribbean islands especially Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana.
The drink is regarded as a 'man's drink' due to the high energy levels it yields from the high protein and fat content.
As to whether there is any truth in the theory of giving a specific gender more stamina is debatable.
I also use peanuts in my Jamaican Peanut Porridge too.
The health benefits of Caribbean peanut punch
The high energy levels from the peanuts and coconut milk would benefit anyone who requires an extra energy boost i.e. fitness enthusiast or perhaps used as something to wake the body up.
The complex carbohydrates that are present in peanut punch are slow released. This means you won't experience an immediate crash and burn.
Also, protein is noted for being quite filling (keep in mind protein is more of a building block than energy source) and digested at a much slower rate - definitely a bonus in humble opinion.
Why homemade peanut punch is healthier then the store bought kind
Let's talk more about the drink at hand, well I'm sure you've already guessed that I've modified the recipe to make it additive free, low glycemic and dairy free.
While the store bought version tastes great, sadly it's loaded with harsh chemicals and often laden with preservative to extend the products shelf life.
Often these additives are refined sugars that cause an instant crash and burn, and E numbers which cause allergies and also worsening health conditions such as diabetes.
Can diabetics drink peanut punch?
Since the recipe calls for my coconut condensed milk which is made with coconut sugar (low GI) diabetics should drink in moderation.
Despite the use of coconut sugar in the recipe I would advise diabetics to proceed with caution.
Scale back from ½ cup of condensed milk to a few tablespoons and drink in moderation.
Keep track of your sugar intake for the day so additional sugar levels are within your recommended amount.
Homemade peanut punch is sooooo much better because you have complete control over what ingredients are added and its fresh and not to mention vegan friendly thanks to my vegan condensed milk
Each Caribbean island has their own formula, for instance, Trinidadians like to add glucose power, granola and bitters.
Jamaicans on the other hand may add oats or a splash of alcohol.
These are options that you can incorporate to your recipe, but the foundation for the punch remains the same regardless of the island; Milk (coconut milk in this case), peanuts/peanut butter, vanilla, water and some spice.
Can I use peanut butter instead of shelled peanuts?
Yes, you can use peanut butter and simply skip the first few steps of roasting the peanuts.
I personally like using skinless roasted peanuts. Again the skin of the peanut can be kept on if you try this method.
If you are pushed for time then 2 heaped tablespoons of peanut butter should be suffice.
Notes and tips
- Store any leftover punch in the refrigerator
- Consume within a few days of preparing
- Almonds can be used in case of a peanut allergy
- other plant based milk such as almond milk can be used instead of coconut milk.
Other Caribbean drinks to try
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Caribbean peanut punch
- 1 cup of shelled peanuts skinless is optional
- 11/4 cup of coconut milk see post for recipe
- ½ cup of dairy free condensed milk see post for recipe
- ½ cup of water
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla powder or extract
- ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
- Preheat the oven at 350 degrees or gas mark 4.
- Pour the peanuts on a lined baking tray and roast for roughly 5-7 minutes (you should be able to smell the aroma).
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Place the peanuts, water and coconut milk in a blender and blend into the peanuts are ground.
- Pour into a cheesecloth and strain the peanut liquid, squeeze out the excess and discard the pulp.
- Stir in the condensed milk, vanilla and nutmeg.
- Serve accordingly.
Ever since trying peanut punch in Trinidad earlier this year, I've been looking for a good healthier version recipe. Yours fit the bill 🙂 I must confess though that I found it quite tedious rubbing the skin off the peanuts and probably will go back to just using some peanut butter instead when I make the recipe again (LOL) but thanks again for this wonderful introduction to a vegan style peanut punch.
Wishing you a pleasant weekend.
Hi Ceil. Nice to here that the recipe meets your approval. You're most than welcome to use peanut butter as opposed to using the traditional raw whole peanuts. Whatever your preference is, the end result is the same anyway!
Hope that I will have an opportunity to visit the Caribbean and sample some peanut punch. The beverage looks great. Thanks Charla for sharing this wonderful beverage.
Thank you. It's a pleasant tasting drink, very refreshing might I add.
Amazing! I love everything that is dairy free and gluten free. Thanks for bringing us the recipe of Caribean peanut punch dairy free.
Hi there, glad you like my website and most importantly my dairy free Caribbean peanut punch.
I just tried this yummy recipe from your blog and it has come out really yummy!! 🙂
This is my first caribbean peanut punch and I am quite happy with the outcome...
Thanks for sharing this easy recipe 🙂
Awesome! I'm so glad you liked it. I hope you try another recipe from me.
I see that it calls for coconut milk, then again for 1/2 cup of milk- is that supposed to be a 1/2 cup of water? Also, have you ever tried this with peanut butter? If so- how much? Thanks!
Hi Stacey, my apologies. The recipe should say water, I will amend to reflect this. No I haven't tried using peanut butter however 1/2 cuo of peanut butter should suffice instead of using actual peanuts.
That picture alone looks delish!!
Some of the ingredients say "see post for recipe". Which post would that be?
Sorry for not being too specific, I left some hyperlinks within the body of the actual post and was referring to those for reference.
I love coconut and I love peanuts so I am looking forward to trying this. I have a lot of contacts in the catering trade and I will pass on your details so that they can look for themselves.
I hope you enjoy it and thanks for the referral, much appreciated ;).
I'm loving your site and recipes Charla! This one looks amazing, I imagine it would taste similar to a peanut butter milkshake. You mention that we should use 1/2 cup of milk, is that any non-dairy type of milk like soy, almond or rice milk, or should we add 1/2 cup extra coconut milk?
Thanks Jolie, you will need to use coconut milk.
I would love to try this out. Coconut milk is very healthy because of the healthy oils that are within nuts. Nuts is also a very good protein source. Love this recipe especially with a little plash of vodka LOL 🙂
I hope you give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you.
Charla, I always wanted to make this peanut punch drink. Will have to try it out.
I know you like your Caribbean cuisine so I know you will definitely appreciate this one.