This is a special double post today- I have a free super quick mitten pattern for you that would make a perfect holiday gift, AND I have a recipe for the best peanut butter hot chocolate you’ve ever tried! First, the Hot Chocolate Mittens:
I initially had chosen a different yarn and design concept, but sometimes the yarn has other ideas! If you follow me on Instagram, you no doubt saw the first skein of yarn I was hoping to work with, but I think it will be much prettier in a different pattern one day. Instead this Berroco Noble skein in ‘Dahlia’ turned out to be the perfect yarn for these mittens. And at the super bulky gauge taking only most of a single skein, these were a lightening-fast knit that is perfect not only for yourself, but for any last minute holiday gifting. And did I mention the cozy factor? Because truly, they are the coziest mittens I own.
And now for the recipe!
If you haven’t tried Peanut Butter & Co gourmet peanut butters before, you are in for a really special treat. With eleven different flavours and blends it is a big step up from the typical jar of boring old peanut butter. What is so great about using a peanut butter like this one from Peanut Butter & Co is that it’s already a bit sweet, so you don’t need to add much sugar to the hot chocolate recipe. Plus, it’s still delicious on toast, all by itself.
When it came time to top my peanut butter hot chocolate, I opted for big marshmallows and some chocolate chips. I know marshmallows and whipped cream are the typical topping for hot chocolate, but if you truly love chocolate, I really recommend the chocolate chips – they stir in beautifully and add a little extra hit of chocolaty goodness. A note on the chocolate- obviously, much like the peanut butter, the better quality your chocolate the more delicious your hot chocolate will be, but I just used those same chocolate chips and it was super delicious. Isn’t it great when a recipe comes together with the things you already have in your kitchen?
While it would be difficult to convince anyone that this is a really healthy recipe, I would like to point out that between the milk and the peanut butter, it is really high in protein. And protein is so important to your health! So while not exactly health food, you can indulge knowing you are doing your body a bit of good.
Prep time: 2 minutes. Cooking Time: 15 minutes. Yield: 2 large mugfuls of hot chocolate.
Directions: Melt the chocolate into a saucepan of milk on medium-low heat. Stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Stir in the peanut butter really well; then pour into cups and enjoy! Top with marshmallows, whipped cream (or chocolate chips!) as desired.
- use vanilla flavoured soy milk instead of regular milk; omit additional vanilla
- use 1/3 cup cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate. Not as smooth, but still good!
- use 1/4 cup of agave nectar if you are avoiding refined sugar
When you try the recipe, drop me a line and let me know what you think! Peanut Butter & Co. has a lot of different flavours of peanut butter, like Mighty Maple and Pumpkin Spice – they would be great substitutions in this recipe, too.
*This is a sponsored post from Peanut Butter & Co.® All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I developed the recipe and mitten pattern for this post.