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!
Wow both options look awesome, yum.
You, my dear, are a genius.
Kind of reminds me of the Revive Glo Bar :)
That hot chocolate looks so good, wish I found this before I made instant :( Love the rocky road ice cubes!!
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:)
I’m currently wiping the drool off my laptop now…
Gosh Angela, you take such pretty pictures! It’s seriously stunning!
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!
haha whoops I always do that!
This stuff is a-mazing. Thank you!!
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 :)
Glad you enjoyed it! It is perfect when coming in from the cold :)
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.
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!
Oh GOD I WANT THIS!!! =D Im sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo trying this tonight,thanks for the recipe!!!! :)
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!
Hey Sarah, Im so happy you both enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know. :)
Made this tonight for my two daughters. It has been snowing non-stop the past week and this was just perfect.
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
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 :).
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!