Peanut Butter Cacao Coffee

DSCN9697 (2).JPGLet me start by explaining that I am not a daily coffee drinker, so for me, coffee is a special treat kind of drink.  Which means flavorful, creamy and sweet.  Except that I try to avoid dairy and actual sugar.

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Most alternative milks just don’t cut it when I pour them into coffee.  But nut butter – if blended – becomes so creamy and smooth.  It cuts the acidity of the coffee and adds great flavor.  Here, peanut butter combines beautifully with coffee and cacao.

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Dates delicately sweeten the blend.  They add just enough natural sugar without becoming cloying or overpowering. A perfect balance.  Use 1 date if you like your coffee dark, and two if you like it sweeter, like me!

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A dusting of cacao powder is the finishing touch.

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Peanut Butter Cacao Coffee

1 c. hot, brewed coffee

1 t. natural, unsweetened, creamy peanut butter

1-2 dates, depending on sweetness preference

1/2 t. cacao powder

Place the hot coffee, peanut butter and dates into a high speed blender.  ( Such as a ninja, bullet or vita-mix*) Blend on high for 10 seconds until smooth and creamy.  Pour into a coffee cup and dust the cacao powder over the top.

* Note: If you don’t have a high speed blender, don’t worry.  Just soak your dates in the coffee for 10 – 15 min before blending.  Unless you like your coffee chunky!

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