Ghanaian Peanut Drink (with an American Twist)

Have you guys ever heard of the famous peanut milk?  It’s called Signs and Wonders and sold at KK Cafe in the Lower Haight in San Franciso.  According to their website, “Signs & Wonders Peanut Milk Is GREAT For Your Skin, Immune System, Energy and Stamina & More!”

The San Francisco chronicle even ran a story with the title, “Local elixir peanut milk promotes health and may even make miracles.”  The drink apparently increased sexual stamina, cured everything from baldness to eczema, and even helped people who used crutches walk without them.  Not bad for the humble and common peanut.

I’d stumbled on all of this when I had just purchased my Vita-mix and was researching non-dairy milks.  Since I live several thousand miles from San Francisco I made up a batch of peanut milk and, well, was totally underwhelmed.

But when I saw a peanut drink in a West African cookbook I came back to the idea of peanuts in liquid form.  Isn’t is surprising that in a peanut-butter loving nation like ours doesn’t have a popular peanut or peanut butter drink?

The original Ghanaian drink was originally to help undernourished children gain weight.  Obviously, that’s not really something most of us need to be concerned about these days.  In fact, for most of us this should probably be a special occasion treat.

I can’t promise you guys any miracle cures.  But if you serve this to your kids/nieces/nephews/etc. I might be able to promise you coolest adult on the block status…


Peanut Drink


* 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
* 1 cup water
* 1 cup milk
* pinch salt, if necessary (some peanut butters are already very salty)
* 3 Tablespoons sugar, or to taste
* whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and crushed peanuts, for garnish (optional)


Mix the peanut butter, water and milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Season with salt, if desired, and sugar. If you'd like it a little thinner, add more milk or water to achieve desired consistency.

Serve warm or cold. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and chopped peanuts, if desired.

Note: I thought it was best heavy on the chocolate syrup. I made some from scratch, using this recipe.

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5 Responses to “Ghanaian Peanut Drink (with an American Twist)”

  1. #
    livininthekitchen — March 19, 2011 at 2:53 am

    No way! This is seriously too cool. I'm pretty much a peanut butter addict, and to find out there's a peanut butter drink is unbelieveable! Now I have to make this!
    Love it!


  2. #
    The Teenage Taste — March 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    *serious nut butter addict over here!*
    Clearly, I have to try this! Thanks for the recipe!


  3. #
    Anonymous — March 21, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I make mine with half a banana,cinnamon, peanut butter, raw ooatmeal, honey, and some protien powder and of course some milk breakfast in an instant kids love it.


  4. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    heaven in a glass:-)


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    abigail-nicole — April 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    made it this morning! I skipped the sugar and added a pinch of cinnamon and a tablespoon of honey. Will definitely be making again!


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