Winter has arrived this week, just in time for the kids to go back to school. This means, in theory, that I should be out in the freezing cold twice a day. This is all in theory, of course. I often ‘cheat’ by standing in the house and waving out the door. But the kids have been out in the cold and really need something to warm them up. Since peanut butter and chocolate are absolutely a match made in heaven (and peanut butter is a school no-no), I feel we have every right to load up on it here at home. What better way to warm up, then, than with a cup of homemade peanut butter hot chocolate?
Don’t stop at adding peanut butter just to the hot chocolate, however. Add a dollop of peanut butter to your whipped cream to bring the whole thing together. This will also sneak a little extra protein in your kids to help stave off the pre-suppertime craziness that may or may not happen in most houses.
You’ll notice that this recipe is made with honey (and less of it) instead of white sugar, like you’d usually find in a homemade hot chocolate recipe. I am in no way vilifying processed sugar – just about everything has it’s place. However, when and where it makes sense, I prefer the taste of natural sweeteners.
P.S. Like my new mug? I am madly in love with them. My friends over at ECS Coffee are carrying a variety of Le Creuset items and I have to say – I may have found my newest kitchen obsession.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp + 3 tsp honey
- 2 cups milk
- 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
Beat together whipping cream, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, and 1 tsp honey until stiff peaks form; set aside
Over medium heat, gently whisk together the rest of the ingredients until warm, being careful not to scald the milk
Serve immediately, topped with peanut butter whipped cream