Winter Warmer: Hot Peanut Butter Chocolate Bliss

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Flood-worthy rains, gusty winds, and temperatures hovering just above freezing … nothing makes you want to hibernate indoors more than chilled to the bone weather. I think I’ll actually be grateful when the temperature cools, the air dries out, and the rains turn to snow. Oddly enough, it is much easier to keep warm in conditions like that. But for now, I will simply have to enjoy the fall, and this Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate is certainly helping …

Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven, no? So who says they are only for eating … what about drinking? I grabbed a fresh package of Chocolate Hemp Bliss and a jar of natural peanut butter, and a new favorite was born… Pure peanut butter hot chocolate bliss.

We’re big fans of the chocolate hemp milk from Manitoba Harvest! Tony, my husband, loves chocolate milk, and was actually quite keen on it. It is slightly less sweet than your average chocolate milk or chocolate milk alternative. The hemp part adds a slight nuance to the flavor that we both enjoyed. Of course, you can use the chocolate “milk” of your choosing. Alternatively, use a plain or vanilla “milk” and add about 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder per cup of “milk.”

Of course, you can use the chocolate milk alternative of your choosing, or even use a plain or vanilla milk alternative and add about 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder per cup of milk alternative. That would be 2 tablespoons for the 2-mug recipe below.

This peanut butter hot chocolate comes together easily, is naturally sweetened, and makes for a decadent cozy sip.

Special Diet Notes: Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

For peanut-free: If peanuts are a problem in your household, you can make this hot beverage peanut-free by using sunflower butter in equivalent amounts, or for a slightly different flavor, use almond butter.

 

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
 
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Serves: 2 mugs
Ingredients
  • 2 pitted dates, chopped or torn
  • Boiling or hot water
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 cups chocolate Hemp Bliss (or chocolate milk alternative)
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • Optional Toppings: marshmallows, coconut whipped cream, a swirl of coconut cream, dark chocolate shavings
Instructions
  1. Set the dates in a dish and pour the hot/boiling water over top to cover. Let those sit and soften for a couple minutes.
  2. Remove the dates from the water (can use a strainer or simply sift them out) and place them in your blender along with about ½ cup of the milk alternative and the peanut butter. Blend for a minute or so, pureeing as much of those dates as possible.
  3. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a small pot. Eat the remaining date bits left in the strainer. Add the rest of the chocolate hemp milk, the vanilla extract, and the cocoa powder to the pot, and place it over medium-low heat. Whisk and heat until it reaches your desired serving temperature. Pour into two mugs and enjoy as is (pictured) or if desired, top with marshmallows, coconut cream, or whipped “cream.”
Short on Time? For me, this was just right. In fact, I could have left the dates out and been happy, but they added that final hint of sweetness and brought the flavors together in my book. Of course, if you want to simplify the process, you can always omit the dates, skipping that whole soaking and blending process. Simply place all ingredients in a pot and whisk while heating to break up any PB clumps. Sweeten to taste with your favorite sweetener. I think honey, agave, stevia, coconut / palm sugar, or plain old white sugar would meld well with these flavors. You can also heat this in the microwave, but I’m a big proponent of stovetop hot cocoa.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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