Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 25, 2011



Last Valentine’s Day, I made Eric and I some killer Vegan Hot Chocolate. In fact, it was so good, I decided to call it Tall, Dark, and Handsome Hawt Chocolate


It is creamy. It is rich. It is the perfect hot drink at the peak of Winter when you are snowed in and bundled up on the couch watching a movie.


Eric has not stopped talking about this Hot Chocolate all year, so I knew that I would have to roll it out again this Winter. This time, I made a Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa because it just sounded like the right thing to do. Despite the fact that Eric is actually repulsed by peanut butter on its own, he actually loves the combination of chocolate and peanut butter together.

I don’t ask, I just bake.



Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa

Adapted from Tall, Dark, and Handsome Hawt Cocoa.

Yield: 2-4 servings (3.5-4 cups)


  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (14-15oz)
  • 1.5 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tbsp all natural peanut butter
  • Pinch or two of kosher salt, to taste
  • 6 tablespoons of maple syrup (or agave), or to taste
  • marshmallows (I use Dandies– vegan), Turbinado sugar, and cacao nibs/chocolate chips, to garnish


Directions: Sift the cocoa powder. This step is key so it is not clumpy! Throw all ingredients into a pot and whisk like crazy. Bring to a low boil and then simmer on low for several minutes while whisking to remove any remaining clumps. Pour into 2 mugs rimmed with agave and Turbinado sugar and top with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and/or cacao nibs. Enjoy with a spoon! Makes 2-4 servings (3.5-4 cups).



It is very important that you sift the cocoa powder before beginning. I tried to skip this step and it was horribly clumpy. No one wants to bite into a clump of bitter cocoa powder! I ended up pouring it into my blender to get the clumps out, but I learned my lesson.




Whisk all ingredients together in a pot and bring to a low boil before reducing to low heat. Simmer for a few minutes.


Easy as that.

Pour into mugs!


I rimmed the mugs in agave and then turbinado sugar. It worked out great!


I also added a bow at the bottom of each glass mug.


On top: Dandie’s vegan Marshmallows and Cacao nibs. You can also add chocolate chips on top too.


Mmm. I love Dandie’s marshmallows. They get all soft and melty in the hot cocoa.


This cocoa is smooth as silk, creamy, rich, and chocolaty, with just a hint of peanut butter. Perfection.


But of course I could not leave it at that.

I decided to pour the hot cocoa into an ice cube tray to make delicious ice cubes of fudgy goodness.


I made them into Rocky Road ice cubes by adding marshmallows, chocolate chips, and cacao nibs.


Freeze them for a few hours and then use a dull butter knife on each side to pop them out. The result is a delicious Rocky Road fudgisicle cube that you can enjoy alone, make into popsicles, add to a glass of Almond Milk, or throw a couple into a SMOOTHIE! The possibilities are endless.


I’m off for a meeting this morning. I am being interviewed by my undergraduate University- University of Guelph for OSG and Glo Bakery. It should be really fun to reminisce about old times! Any U of G students or alumni out there?


Enjoy your day!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Ohhhmaigawd, jackpot! I love chocolate and pb (pb cups, yum!), and this would be scrumdiddlyumptious!


Lu @ Done Dieting January 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I feel naughty just looking at those pictures. Delicious and decadent is how I like to describe anything that looks that good. I would talk about it non-stop, too. Good luck with the interview.


Farrah January 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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Erin January 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I just wanted to say, and I mean nothing “bad” by this, just some constructive criticism, that this website seems to be turning into more of a cooking blog than anything else. I liked the old posts where you explored more personal issues, how to overcome inner turmoil, offered advice, were silly, even just talked about redecorating. Getting a recipe every day is getting a little boring… perhaps some more variety in your posts? Just think about it :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Thanks for your feedback (even if it stings).


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm

anytime you can add PB to chocolate I’m all for it! You could rim the glass with graham cracker crumbs and call it a liquid s’more!


Richelle January 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

That hot chocolate sounds amazing. You take the best pictures and I love how you add all those little touches like the bow!


lauren January 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

this looks divine and romantic!


Kimberly January 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Yum! this hawt chocolate looks a-mazing!! looking forward to more valentines day eats and treats! :)


Kristin @ FoodFash January 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I have to admit, I got really excited when I thought this was a sea salted hot chocolate recipe, but a turbinado rim sounds tasty as well!


Elizabeth January 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

holy yum! This looks amazing! making it on thursday’s snowday with the boy!
thank you!


Andrea January 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Oh my goodness that looks AMAZING. Seriously- a dream in a glass. I am a University of Guelph student, go Gryphons! What’s the interview for? Hope it went well!


Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSh January 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

THat looks delicious! I am drooling…


Hannah January 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Angela… I don’t know how, but you need to somehow start selling this in Australia. I promise to buy in bulk ;) Peanut butter hot chocolate, be still my beating heart!


Kat @ Cupcake Kat January 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Both hot chocolates sound so good! Normal hot chocolate already sounded pretty yummy to me. How do you come up with these ideas?


Megan January 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm

U of G alum here! Love that you’re being interviewed – is it for the Portico?
I never had Prof Desmarais (re: your comment above!), but wrote my thesis with Dr. Buchholz in Applied Nutrition – she is incredible! Whoo Guelph :)


Carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream January 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

OMG that looks amazing! I’m not sure rocky road ice cubes would last very long in my freezer :P


Alison (Fueling for Fitness) January 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

That hot chocolate looks amazing! Mmmm I can almost taste it now!

Also, that’s amazing about the interview! Is it for the alumni magazine? :) I miss UofG – I had the cutest apartment on Kent street and I always said that I wished I could transport that apartment to Toronto. I keep meaning to go back to visit… memories of angel’s and trappers are flooding back as we speak….. :D


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm



Alison (Fueling for Fitness) January 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm

And we can’t forget palace and the underground!


Lilli February 2, 2011 at 10:34 am

…and of course Frank’s – for when one is on the prowl for some varsity rugby players ;)

I have the exact same aisle photo from my UoG grad (I think the same dude in the background too!)… and on another note, this recipe looks beyond amazing!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Your recipes always make me swoon! I can’t even put into words how amazing that hot chocolate looks!!


Izzy January 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm

WOOT! U of Guelph! In my third year of my undergrad – thinking of getting my grad at U of T!
Ohh hot cocoa is theeee best wintery bev. I drank it all summer (dont call me crazy – why not?!), but that ice idea is brillll!



[email protected] January 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm

OMG that looks AMAZING chocolate and peanut butter is the best combo ever, and I love the sugared rim.


stacey-healthylife January 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Wow both options look awesome, yum.


Krystina (Basil & Wine) January 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm

You, my dear, are a genius.


Pearl (Crunch and Chew) January 26, 2011 at 12:04 am

Kind of reminds me of the Revive Glo Bar :)


Jackie @ Seejacrun January 26, 2011 at 12:23 am

That hot chocolate looks so good, wish I found this before I made instant :( Love the rocky road ice cubes!!


Ashley January 26, 2011 at 1:48 am

Yum!! This looks delicious! My boyfriend and I love changing up our hot drinks from time to time, and hot cocoa is always a great choice– even though we’ve had such spring-like weather here in Nevada! Perhaps the ice cubes would be an even better choice for us:)


Sarah January 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I’m currently wiping the drool off my laptop now…


Dee January 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Gosh Angela, you take such pretty pictures! It’s seriously stunning!


Ellie January 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

At some point you spelled marshmallow as “marshmellow” in the post- which made me smile and think thats how it should be spelled all the time!
What could make you more mellow than a marshmellow? Especially in some delish hot cocoa. It is snowing like the dickens here in Boston, so I’ll have to make that soon!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

haha whoops I always do that!


Michelle January 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

This stuff is a-mazing. Thank you!!


Amy @ purewellnessamy January 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

well, this was a lovely treat after 3 hours of shoveling! I was forced to use light coconut milk since trader joe’s didn’t have regular, but I can imagine how decadent it would be with the full fat version–YUM! my son loves it, too :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 31, 2011 at 9:23 am

Glad you enjoyed it! It is perfect when coming in from the cold :)


Carine January 31, 2011 at 7:21 am

I’m so glad I found your site! I’ve tried this peanut butter hot cocoa and it was SO GOOD. Will make it everyday….I do mean EVERYDAY.


callie February 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

Love this post – so festive! When I saw the ice cube tray though, I immediately thought I’d share a link to the most amazing ice cube trays. I was freezing quite a bit of stuff in my trays as well, but kept finding the popping out to be rather tricky.. Then one day, my mom picked me up these Orka Ice Cube Trays, and life has never been the same :) Instead of being 100% silicone (which I don’t like either) they just have little silicone bottoms, so you can easily pop out the frozen food stuff… I love them!! Any who, thought I’d just pass it on!


Gaura February 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Oh GOD I WANT THIS!!! =D Im sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo trying this tonight,thanks for the recipe!!!! :)


Sarah December 16, 2012 at 12:14 am

I realize you posted this long ago, Angela, but I only recently discovered your blog and have been eyeing your recipes for the last couple of weeks. Given the season this was my first try at one of your creations, and I was floored. Delicious, decadent, and satisfying! My husband loved it as well. I can’t wait to try more recipes. With gratitude to you for sharing your talents!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Hey Sarah, Im so happy you both enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know. :)


hong mei January 6, 2013 at 6:38 am

Made this tonight for my two daughters. It has been snowing non-stop the past week and this was just perfect.


Suze December 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm

First of all, I”m a HUGE FAN of your blog, and have directed others to it.

Second, I congratulate you on your allergy section! With all the GMOs, a ton of allergies are now cropping up! (And the President signed a bill – it must have been bundled with a bunch of other vital bills b/c I can’t imagine he’d do so otherwise – that if someone is sickened or injured by any of Monsanto’s crops from their seeds, we cannot sue them!)

Third, um, peanuts are in the same “family” as soy – legumes. I first reacted to peanut butter…after eating it all my life…but my allergist said that I’m allergic to soy. As in, I go to the hospital.

From time-to-time, I’ll ask you for a substitute – and, of course, almond butter is a delish substitute for peanut butter in this recipe. However, I gotta watch the marshmallows, too. And I was wondering if you know any good chocolate/cocoa products that don’t have that “manufactured on the same machinery as” warning, please? Mnythx and cheers! Suze


Happee Gal October 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Oh my gosh!
I just made this hot cocoa for my running group for our after- run treat and it was amazing. I cannot get over the richness and thickness of it. I sugared the rims of our glasses too and it was just heavenly. Thank you so very much for your amazing recipes and your amazing book which I just bought, yey :).


Beth October 17, 2015 at 6:20 am

I just made these for a Bonfire hosted by my yoga studio. They went over so well, I didn’t even get the chance to try the ice cube idea. Delicious!


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