Once winter comes I'm all about hot drinks to keep warm, this healthier hot chocolate is my go to. I'ts creamy and delicious, you'd never guess it wasn't the real stuff! Honestly! I was a serious reeses fan, and I know a few who are, so this ones for you! It's heavenly.
So this idea came about because I wanted to add cashew butter or almond butter to my hot chocolate to give a more real chocolate feel, you know the buttery creaminess that coats your mouth that milk chocolate gives. But I then said why not add peanut butter to give it even more flavour, and it worked!
I used smooth peanut butter but if crunchy is all you have it'll work too, you'll just end up with a few bits in the bottom of your glass. And the hand blender might even blend these up so don't worry too much!
I like to use raw cacao powder in this and cacao butter, ever use it? It's the secret to getting your hot chocolate to have that creamy butter like texture you get from a regular hot chocolate, yep I'm an experienced hot chocolate drinker! you know the way when you take a mouthful it coats your mouth and its just creamy and delicious, yep that's what we're looking for! Just because it's healthier and dairy free doesn't mean it doesn't have to taste good!
You'll see from previous posts I'm pretty fond of vanilla powder, along with it's health benefits I just prefer it to other vanilla products. While vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste are great to use for baking, they're high in sugar and since I don't drink I find the alcohol from the vanilla extract very strong! Vanilla powder is now my go to!
Once everything is melted together I used a hand blender to make sure it was all smooth, this is what gives it its creamy finish too, and makes it lovely and frothy, the best part! you can of course skip this step and go straight to drinking it. If you are using the hand blender for this you can use the jug that comes with hand blenders to stop it overflowing and going everywhere or you can use a bigger saucepan from the start!
It is so satisfying drinking hot chocolate from a straw, lets be honest though paper straws look the part but aren't practical at all, they tend to go a bit soggy if in liquid for any length of time! It's all about the look though right!
Peanut butter hot chocolate
300ml almond milk
¼ tsp vanilla powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
4 cacao butter buttons
3 tbsp cacao powder
Add all ingredients to small saucepan over a low/medium heat. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer gently for 2-3 minutes until everything is melted.
Transfer to a hand blender jug and blend until smooth and frothy. Serve in glasses with straws.