Hot Chocolate With Peanut Butter

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This healthy peanut butter hot chocolate recipe is creamy, chocolatey, and brimming with peanut butter flavor! It's vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free with a refined sugar-free option (but can also be made with regular milk or cream)! This easy homemade hot chocolate is ready in 10 minutes and is a perfect warm treat to enjoy after playing in the snow!

What is better than a hot mug filled with rich and creamy homemade hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream?

Answer: A warm mug filled with rich and creamy homemade hot chocolate.

Because seriously, why wouldn't you want to treat yourself to a sweet that tastes like a cup of warm liquid peanut butter? This peanut butter hot chocolate recipe is really delicious and made with 7 ingredients in under 10 minutes!

Plus, it's healthier than your average cup of hot chocolate! This peanut butter hot chocolate is vegan, dairy-free, and can also be easily made without refined sugar! However, you can also use regular dairy milk with surprising results!

How is peanut butter hot chocolate made?

This peanut butter hot chocolate recipe seriously couldn't be easier (check out the video to see what I mean)! But I want to give you some tips and tricks to make sure your recipe turns out perfect every time!

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  1. Cook over low heat. Cooking this peanut butter hot chocolate recipe in a saucepan over low heat is the best way to ensure that the chocolate melts evenly and the milk doesn't burn!
  2. Beat a lot! It's important to whip this peanut butter hot chocolate recipe fairly consistently to avoid lumps and prevent ingredients from sticking to the bottom of the pan!
  3. Do not add all the ingredients at once. Another way to ensure a smooth hot chocolate like peanut butter is to make sure that the first five ingredients are completely combined and smooth before adding the last two ingredients. Cocoa powder can be difficult to incorporate into a mixture that is not completely smooth!

Frequently asked questions about this peanut butter hot chocolate recipe

Here are some frequently asked questions about this peanut butter hot chocolate recipe!

How is this refined vegan sugar free peanut butter hot chocolate made?

To make this refined sugar-free dairy-free peanut butter hot cocoa, there are two simple substitutions you should make …

  1. Use sugar-free chocolate instead of sweet or semi-sweet chocolate.
  2. Replace granulated sugar with coconut sugar!

Also, keep in mind the peanut butter of your choice! Be sure to choose a variety that has no added sugars.

Can I use regular milk to make this peanut butter hot chocolate recipe?

Yes! You can use plain milk to make this peanut butter hot chocolate recipe! Just remember, the higher the fat content of the milk you choose, the richer and creamier the peanut butter hot chocolate will be.

I recommend using whole milk to make this peanut butter hot chocolate recipe if you're looking for the best dairy option.

How is this peanut butter hot chocolate stored?

If (and that's a big deal if you have leftovers after enjoying your fair share of this dairy-free peanut butter hot chocolate, you can store it in a glass jar with a lid on the fridge for up to 5 days!

Keep in mind: Due to the melted chocolate in this recipe, it will most likely solidify in the refrigerator. All you need to do is reheat it over a low heat on the stove to make it drinkable.

You can also dilute it with a little extra almond milk if necessary!

Serving suggestions for this peanut butter hot chocolate

I recommend serving this peanut butter hot chocolate with a tablespoon of dairy-free or regular milk homemade whipped cream aFind a drizzle of extra peanut butter (as shown below).

You can also add chocolate shavings, cups of peanut butter, etc. The sky is the limit!

Peanut butter hot chocolate: ingredients and substitutions

This peanut butter hot chocolate recipe is pretty versatile! There are a handful of ingredient substitutions that can be made to meet your dietary needs without compromising taste or texture!

  • Coconut milk. For the creamiest peanut butter hot chocolate, I recommend using full fat coconut milk. If you want to use coconut milk lite absolutely can, keep in mind that it will not be so thick and creamy.
  • Almond milk. Any non-dairy milk can be used in place of almond milk. This portion of the peanut butter hot chocolate recipe actually has a lower fat content, because it helps dilute it to a drinkable consistency and make up for peanut butter!
  • Semi / Bittersweet Chocolate. Use your favorite chocolate in this recipe. I prefer 60% dark chocolate, but there are no restrictions on the type of chocolate you can use… ranging from white to dairy to unsweetened chocolate. If you want a refined sugar-free version, use sugar-free chocolate!
  • Peanut butter. I recommend using creamy peanut butter that only has one ingredient: peanuts. In this way, you can be assured that this peanut butter hot chocolate recipe meets your dietary needs without any additional unwanted ingredients.
  • Sugar. In this video I used organic cane sugar to make this peanut butter hot chocolate, however, to make a refined sugar free version, you can use coconut sugar!
  • Sea salt. I only recommend adding a touch of sea salt if the peanut butter you use doesn't contain salt!

Hot Chocolate With Peanut Butter

This healthy homemade peanut butter hot chocolate recipe is creamy, chocolatey, and brimming with peanut butter flavor! It's vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free with a refined sugar-free option (but can also be made with regular milk or cream)! This easy homemade hot chocolate is ready in 10 minutes! Preparation time: 5 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Total time: 10 minutes Servings: 4 (1/2 cup) servings Calories: 323kcal

Ingredients

  • 13 oz (1 ½ cups) full fat coconut milk (or almond milk, whole milk, 2% milk, etc.).
  • ¼ cup almond milk (or whole milk, 2% milk, etc.)
  • 3 oz 6 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of optional sea salt

Instructions

  • Add the coconut milk, almond milk, chocolate, peanut butter, and sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  • Beat constantly until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.
  • Add cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt (if desired) and blend until completely combined and hot.
  • Cover and remove from heat and let cocoa (covered) sit for 5 minutes before serving if you want very thick hot cocoa, or serve immediately.

Notes

Ingredients and substitutions:

This peanut butter hot chocolate recipe is pretty versatile! There are a handful of ingredient substitutions that can be made to meet your dietary needs without compromising taste or texture!

  • Coconut milk. For the creamiest peanut butter hot chocolate, I recommend using full fat coconut milk. If you want to use coconut milk lite absolutely can, keep in mind that it will not be so thick and creamy.
  • Almond milk. Any non-dairy milk can be used in place of almond milk. This portion of the peanut butter hot chocolate recipe actually has a lower fat content, because it helps dilute it to a drinkable consistency and make up for peanut butter!
  • Semi / Bittersweet Chocolate. Use your favorite chocolate in this recipe. If you want a refined sugar-free version, use sugar-free chocolate!
  • Sugar. In this video I used organic cane sugar to make this peanut butter hot chocolate, however, to make a refined sugar free version, you can use coconut sugar!
  • Sea salt. I only recommend adding a touch of sea salt if the peanut butter you use doesn't contain salt!

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories :: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.5g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 21.2 g | Saturated Fat: 9.8g | Polyunsaturated fats: 2.7g | Monounsaturated fat: 6.3g | Sodium: 13.3mg | Potassium: 109.7mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 26.4g | Vitamin A: 30 IU | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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