It’s hot chocolate season!!
It’s chilly outside, the car windows are frosted over each morning, and it’s the perfect weather for a blanket, hoodie, fire place, and big steaming mug of hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate means two things to me:
- Winter…aka Christmas…aka snow…(love snow).
- Comfort. I mean, come on. Is there anything more comforting than cup of hot cocoa?
And the addition of peanut butter…ohhhhh my goodness…pure heaven.
Hey…HEY…if you are one of those people who has only ever made hot chocolate with the little powder packet…I’m talkin’ to you.
There is no reason to do that when you have this delicious, SUPER SIMPLE, recipe. And it tastes a billion times better. A billion times better. If you are going to indulge in a cup of hot chocolate, you might as well make it from scratch and spend two extra minutes.
As a bonus, this recipe uses cocoa powder, less sugar, and 2% milk to lighten things up a bit. But with the addition of a few special ingredients, you will never be able to tell the difference from your favorite rich, decadent version!
What are the special ingredients, you may ask?
- Peanut butter…duh. Recipe title. The peanut butter really does make a huge difference here. Not only does it add another layer of amaaaaaazing flavor, it also makes our cocoa a little richer and thicker…making it taste super, suuuper decadent and yummy.
- Coffee! I don’t know if you have heard of this trick before, but when you add just a touch of coffee to chocolate, it brings out the chocolate flavor and makes everything taste fuller and more developed. It really does make a difference, people…promise. It’s like adding salt to food – it just enhances the flavors of everything else a little more.
The other thing I love about this recipe? Single serving! If you are in the mood for a mug of hot chocolate, this is the perfectly portioned recipe for you to pop into your kitchen for 5 minutes and whip up a cup.
Since my husband has been deployed, single serving recipes have been super nice. Otherwise I have SO. MUCH. FOOD. in my fridge. Seth eats a lot, so the fridge was always relatively food free. Now the door is basically about to pop off because of all the extra food. I am still cooking about the same amount as I was when he was home because I have to for the blog, but no one is here to eat massive amounts of it each day.
Lots of cooking + no Seth = FOOD OVERLOAD.
So the “single serving” element of this recipe is awesome for me! But, if you have a big family or a bunch of friends over, it’s also super simple to double…or triple…or quadruple…you get the point ☕️.
I hope you are having a cozy winter so far! If you aren’t, whip up a batch of this goodness; it will cozy you right up ?.
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1½ tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon brewed coffee
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Small pinch of salt
- In a small pot, add your cocoa powder, sugar, and water
- Heat over medium heat, whisking until the mixture is simmering and thoroughly combined
- Add your milk, peanut butter, salt, coffee, and vanilla
- Whisk until everything is completely combined (it might need to heat up a bit before the peanut butter totally mixes in)
- You may want to run a spoon or rubber spatula along the inner edge of the pan in case any of the cocoa/sugar mixture is stuck in there where your whisk can't reach
- Heat until hot and almost simmering, but don't let the milk simmer too hard or boil! It will scorch and mess up the flavor
- Optional toppings: whipped cream or marshmallows
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