When Lea Hurley developed food intolerances to almost everything that is used to spice food, she knew she would have to get creative to satisfy her sweet tooth. In researching an array of nut butter at local grocery stores, Hurley quickly realized most contained ingredients she couldn’t have or didn’t want to have, like artificial sweeteners.
“I went home and discovered that I could make my own peanut butter and add things to it to make it taste like dessert, but healthy,” Hurley says. “I began using it as a way to curb my sweet tooth. After meals, I’d have a spoonful to keep me from hitting the candy that would surely make me feel sick afterward…it started making tasteless rice cakes edible. Bland oatmeal became something I looked forward to every day because the different nut butters made it like a new experience each time. Before I knew it, I was putting it on everything. I even put it on some plain baked chicken, which livened it right up. Don’t knock it till you try it!”
She said her husband, Mark, and her kids loved it. Her friends and family even asked her to make it each week. Hurley says Mark asked her for three years to take it to a bodybuilding show, but she kept saying no, being afraid people wouldn’t like it. Mark took matters into his own hands, and the idea took off from there.
Hurley went from making her unique nut butters in a commercial kitchen to opening her first storefront a few months ago. She found the perfect spot at Hamilton Town Center and opened American Dream Coffee House. While coffee is king at some coffee shops, Hurley’s nut butters are the star of the show.
“We offer our gourmet nut butters, indulgent fresh baked cookies, high protein dairy free/gluten free cookies and, of course, coffee,” Lea says. “Our coffee drinks are created based on our nut butter flavors that you won’t find anywhere else.”
The Noblesville resident says American Dream Coffee House is unique because its nut butters are lower in fat and carbs and higher in protein than other nut butters. She’s heard countless stories of how their products have helped others in their health journeys.
“That’s what keeps us going…knowing we’re making a difference,” Lea says. “We also donate 10% of our proceeds to support veterans, first responders and nurses. Each month we pick a different charity to donate to from a cause near our hearts.”
Lea says she tried to create a trendy upscale version of the show. She wants it to be a space where people can come to hang out, work and bring their children in for a treat and lemonade while they grab a latte and–most notably–some nut butter.
American Dream Coffee House is located at 13230 Harrell Parkway, Suite 100 in Noblesville. For more information or private party inquiries, visit americandreamcoffeehouse.com.
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