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Coffee Logic: Peanut Butter

April 18, 2009

Let’s be logical about this.

  • Premise 1: Peanut butter tastes good with chocolate.

  • Premise 2: Chocolate tastes good with coffee.
  • Conclusion: Peanut butter tastes good with coffee.

I put my logic to the test this morning. Here is the recipe: 1 mug of coffee, 1 pack of sweetener (no sugar, thanks, I’m on a diet), and 1 tablespoon of smooth peanut butter. Scoop peanut butter into mug, add cream and sweetener, then slowly stir in boiling hot coffee. Warning: using chunky peanut butter may result in injury.

PB Coffee 1

How did it taste? This may seem surprising, but it was actually very good. The PB gave the coffee a mild nutty flavour, and also made it a bit creamier, presumably due to the “butter” part.

I’m surprised this isn’t more common. There is hazelnut coffee (mmmmm) and almond coffee (mmmmm), so what’s so gross about peanut coffee? Nothing. Mmmmm! And butter? There’s already butter caramel coffee at Tim Horton’s. I’m just putting all this deliciousness together for the benefit of mankind. You’ll see; Starbucks will see this blog and copy my idea, and soon there will be peanut butter coffee wherever there are pretentious people willing to pay too much for it.

PB Coffee 2

One disclaimer, though. When you get to the bottom of the mug, there is a thick sludge of PB that didn’t want to dissolve. It feels like drinking warm snot. So, uh, there might be a few bugs to work out. But hey, the first 90% of the cup? Delicious! Try it!

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  1. April 18, 2009 6:15 pm

    This a new one! I put so much creamer in my coffee, there is not much room for anything else. I do enjoy the taste of Hazelnut coffee and chocolate in coffee. For 100 flavors in coffee, check out

  2. April 18, 2009 6:36 pm

    I have not heard of this one. I like Hazelnut and chocolate flavored coffee. I thought this recipe sounded interesting until the “snot” reference; I don’t know if I’d want to see the sludge at the bottome of the cup. If you’re interested in tasting lots of different flavors in coffee, check out

    • December 5, 2012 7:19 am

      Use a *bouquet garni* containing the peanut butter. You will get the flavor, without the sludgy residue. Just like a teabag. All you need is a piece of cheesecloth fabric and string.

  3. April 23, 2009 8:26 am

    Yeah, I’ve added peanut butter AND chocolate to my coffee in the past (delicious!), but I haven’t tried PB all by itself. I really loved the Reese’s coffee, so I’ll probably dig it.

    I love your new blog – I think it’s an awesome idea.

  4. April 24, 2009 4:06 am

    How did I wind up here? I don’t really even like coffee that much. But peanut butter, you are my weakness.

  5. Meera permalink
    June 19, 2009 6:00 pm

    I just tried this idea, and my dad walked in and jokingly suggested I add jelly. So I did, and it was actually really good. It’s like a sandwich in your coffee. Highly recommended.

  6. June 19, 2009 8:49 pm

    A genius suggestion! I hope you don’t mind if I steal it and post about it.

  7. June 22, 2009 9:57 pm

    You can’t argue with that logic. I’m going to have to give it a shot.
    Sweet blog by the way – very original.

  8. June 26, 2009 8:54 pm

    Thanks dude.

  9. Joan Davis permalink
    October 31, 2009 4:26 am

    I remember my grandmother putting peanut butter in her coffee…back in 1975. I was only about 10 years old then. She’d give me a sip every now and then, and I remember it tasting really good.

  10. January 29, 2010 8:46 pm

    one word: NUTELLA.

  11. January 29, 2010 8:48 pm

    Nutella’s definitely on the to-try list. I love hazelnut and I love chocolate, so it can’t fail.

  12. January 30, 2010 5:50 pm

    There’s no butter in peanut butter.

    • June 20, 2014 1:46 pm

      Also, peanuts are legumes, not even nuts. So no comparison to “tree nuts.”

  13. January 31, 2010 4:30 am

    I just found your blog from reading Neatorama and I adore it! I love coffee and seriously, you inspired me to try the peanut butter one. So I tried it and I was dumbfounded, it was great! I mean, I have a new fave in coffee mixes! I put a dollop of the peanut butter in with a tablesppon of sugar and boiling coffee and used a hand mixer to get it well blended and though it has a sort of burnt peanut smell it tasted wonderful; I will definately do it again. Thank you so much for brightenning my day with your witty and awesomely funny posts and I look forward to reading more of your discoveries!

  14. February 3, 2010 4:27 pm

    Jasper: Certainly there is fatty butter-like stuff. Whatever.

    Courtney: Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it; you technique sounds much better than mine. Your comment certainly brightened my day as well.

  15. February 8, 2010 8:07 pm

    You sir are barely scratching the surface of the spiral into a realm you cannot comprehend. I can categorically say that the best drink I’ve ever tasted was a Peanut Butter Mocha at the Davenport Lounge Coffee House at American University (Washington, DC). Apparently there’s a syrup. Until that time, I tried powdered peanut butter (PB2 as it’s called) and similar to what you have attempted here.

    However, what you suggest with your quick formula reminds me of my greatest concoction to date: OATFFEE. I implore you to follow the link if you dare.

  16. February 9, 2010 8:02 pm

    Oh my, I dared! Perhaps it’s time to start Hmm.

    Although, given that there is (delicious) oatmeal beer out there, oatmeal in coffee could be pretty not bad. Our logic is infallible, after all.

    Also: I must find this mythical peanut butter syrup. Or travel to Washington.

    Thank you sir.

  17. February 11, 2010 7:17 pm

    Got here from Rosscott, Inc. Glad he posted a link to your site, because is officially my new favorite site on the entire Internet! Congratulations.

  18. February 19, 2010 6:10 pm

    Thank you! You are my new favourite commenter on the entire internet.

  19. Ciara permalink
    July 30, 2010 4:45 pm

    I’ve actually been putting peanut butter in my coffee for a long time. I thought I was weird, so I googled “peanut butter coffee” and this blog showed up. I’m glad other people have discovered this too!

  20. September 2, 2010 2:54 pm

    We made it this morning prior to taking a glance to this blog. Being silly I wanted to see if anyone else has tried it. It was delicious, but we put coffee, sugar, peanut butter in a food processor. It blended it all together and put this expensive foam on top. There wasn’t any snot on the bottom of our cups. Maybe attempt this technique? We are going to try to see if anyone would be willing to try it at our restaurant.

  21. Karii permalink
    September 11, 2010 3:40 pm

    you should have blended it (:

  22. Anonymous permalink
    November 15, 2010 10:57 pm

    Let me act like a teenager and say: “OMG, I totally drink coffee with peanut butter all the time!!”

    Everyone thought I was weird for this, so I Googled it. Of course, this was first on my search results!

  23. January 29, 2011 1:06 pm

    I am glad I’m not the only one with this idea. Is there any way to add pb to the coffee itself before it is brewed? Damn. Forgot to buy peanut butter. Why don’t you try it and post?! Put the peanut butter (aaaaand jelly?) in the filter first, then add the coffee. I also considered adding sesame/peanut oil, or the oil at the top of natural peanut butter, which just seems to be peanut oil and butter, I don’t know.
    So excited to find this website!

  24. February 2, 2011 10:18 am

    I randomly decided to try putting peanut butter in my coffee today, but googled it first just to reassure myself that I’m not totally insane. That’s when I found this post!

    I only have crunchy peanut butter at home, so what I did was add it to the milk first.

    I warmed the milk and PB mixture over the stove and stirred continuously till the butter part was fully dissolved.

    Then I added the espresso to the milk and PB, and used a strainer to pour the whole thing into a cup so that I wouldn’t have to drink peanut pieces and globs of butter.

    I love it! It’s delicious.

  25. Hazen Purey permalink
    June 3, 2011 3:38 pm


    Bored at work and thought what the heck, why not add some peanut butter to my coffee. Only have crunchy so will have t0 be careful when the chunks of peanut are pouring in my mouth. Too funny that I decided to search it on the web after the fact.


  26. July 26, 2011 8:24 pm

    I was considering putting the new Biscoff spread in my coffee, but couldn’t find that, so I googled “peanut butter coffee” and this came up. Now I will have to try both!

  27. Anonymous permalink
    August 3, 2011 8:33 pm

    Stumbled upon your recipe looking for a way to replicate a Skinny Peanut Butter Coffee & Chocolate served in a little coffee bar in La Parguera, PR. It was FANTASTIC! They used Ghirardelli chocolate, by the way. The Ghirardelli website does not have the recipe.

  28. Anonymous permalink
    August 3, 2011 8:37 pm

    Try it iced/blended to avoid the sludge of PB in the bottmo, it works! Use skim milk vs. creamer, even better!

  29. Anonymous permalink
    August 25, 2011 2:50 am

    I can’t drink black coffee very well and I don’t want to go to the store atm to get creamer. So i googled the one thing remotely fathomable I have to put in coffee ( like uhm I say no to soy sauce ) peanut butter. I mixed it in chunky peanutbutter straight from the carafe the best I could. and it ended up being a disaster in a cup. hardly drinkable. didnt taste aweful, but certainly not appetizing.

  30. Anonymous permalink
    February 24, 2012 3:10 pm

    I found this blog on Google just now thinking about whether anyone else has tried putting Peanut Oil in their coffee as well. Turns out, if you have freezer-smelling, dried coffee beans that have been sitting in the icebox for three weeks, it really tastes fresh again. Glad to find someone else try interesting coffee mixes. And now reading that peanut butter in coffee (with great deductive reasoning ;) ) is a good idea, I must now try it! Great post.

  31. April 24, 2012 4:43 am

    I actually just did this and then googled ‘peanut butter coffee’ to see if anyone else has done it.
    I’m not original. But I’m also not insane, my idea has been legitimized. :D
    It’s freakin’ delicious.

  32. coffeeMAN permalink
    May 21, 2012 3:40 pm

    All the pb sits at the bottom of the cup and tastes kind of gross at the end..

  33. DianaJ permalink
    May 28, 2012 8:51 pm

    I was on the verge of doing this so I had to Google it. I LOVE my toast n PB with coffee.. the combo is so tasty! If no bread a spoonful will do..& I thought pb coffe would be wicked! Imma try this!!!!

  34. KEE permalink
    May 31, 2012 4:49 am

    I too invented Peanut Butter Coffee. Then I went to the internet and found out I’m not the first. I put a spoon full of peanut butter in my mocha and just kept stirring it until it completely dissolved. There was nothing left at the bottom just a great tasting drink.

  35. Anonymous permalink
    October 9, 2012 2:18 pm

    Lately my coffee has been pretty flat and boring in the morning but adding peanut butter was the perfect kick! Thank you!! :)

  36. Anonymous permalink
    October 9, 2012 6:56 pm

    I googled peanut butter and coffee because I’ve long found that a slice of peanut butter toast while drinking my morning coffee, made the coffee taste deliciously more coffee-ish! I have no idea why, just always assumed this was one of those complimentary food pairings. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who found them complimentary.

  37. Mary permalink
    January 29, 2013 7:11 am

    I read about bulletproof coffee yesterday using grass fed salt free butter in your coffee, of which I had none. But I do have coconut oil, so I tried that this am. Just stirred in a teaspoon of it into my mug, and still added cream and sweetner like always. Very tasty. Provides lip balm too!

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  39. February 22, 2013 8:14 am

    I ran out of creamer and decided to add peanut butter to try it…my officemate told me it was gross, so I google it, and lo and behold, here I am! Unfortunately, my peanut butter was all natural chunky, so it wasn’t all that great. I think I’ll just stick to the creamer next time :( Although I do suspect Nutella will probably be good.

  40. Steve Provancher permalink
    February 26, 2013 4:02 pm

    I like to put Chocolate Protien Powder in that morning cup of coffee.

  41. April 30, 2013 7:48 am

    What’s strange is that I used the same logic to come to this conclusion, A+B = good, B+C = good, therefore A+C = good. I also had the same thoughts as you – it has a kind of hazelnut flavor. We do need a way to remove the sludge at the bottom though, I was thinking either blend the coffee or use peanut flour.

  42. 2thpic permalink
    June 13, 2013 3:29 pm

    i combine……………
    coffee, all natural peanut butter, oats, protein powder and wheat germ to make a high protein packed get you going mix. The consistency is like reg oatmeal but with a kick start to your workout.

  43. 2thpic permalink
    June 13, 2013 3:32 pm

    i also mix straight dry espresso directly into my pb when i make a pb sandwich.

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  45. September 19, 2013 6:22 pm

    Biggby Coffee chains have had peanut butter syrup before to make peanut butter coffee in the past, and some franchises will do a Reese’s coffee.

  46. November 25, 2013 2:01 pm

    I am trying to find peanut butter coffee to buy online and here I am. Guess the obvious answer should have been “put it in” but hey, it is the technology age, why not google how to buy it?!

  47. Anonymous permalink
    January 26, 2014 2:00 pm

    You have to try PB2, its powdered to it dissolved right away. =D

    • Anonymous permalink
      February 15, 2014 9:00 am

      This is what I do! I also use the chocolate PB2, yummmm!

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