Peanuts and peanut butter aren’t widely used in Trinidad, and when they are, they are most likely a West African influence versus an American one as many think. Peanuts are native to Africa where they are called groundnuts and are widely used.
Almost all recipes I’ve seen for Peanut Punch call for smooth peanut butter, but I imagine that at some point freshly ground peanuts were the original ingredient. To strike a balance I call for natural peanut butter in this recipe.
I’ve tried Peanut Punch using cashew butter and almond butter as a substitution for those with a peanut allergy and found the result to be just as delicious. Nut butters of various kinds are readily available in health food stores and organic supermarkets.
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