Thursday, October 25, 2012

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate- Post 19

Yes, you read the title right peanut butter hot chocolate. I was recently introduced to this heavenly treat at a local chocolate shop called Escazu. They make their own chocolate bars, truffles, and have a hot chocolate menu. It is pretty much heaven that chocolate shop. Most of their bars are vegan and many of their truffles are as well. If that is not enough, they offer soy or rice milk for their hot chocolate menu. That divine menu includes delights like chili hot chocolate and peanut butter hot chocolate. 

After having their chocolate bars, I decided that it was time to visit the shop in person. I went one evening with my family and when I saw the hot chocolate menu, I had to have the peanut butter hot chocolate. My mother got the chili hot chocolate and that was heaven in a mug, but I preferred the peanut butter hot chocolate. With each sip, I tasted the rich chocolate and peanuts. The drink was frothy, warm, and filling. 

The shop is in downtown Raleigh and I live in Durham and it is too far to drive there on a regular basis. I had a task ahead of recreating this if I wanted this treat regularly. I noticed that when they were making it, they steamed the soy milk. I do not want to pull out the espresso machine to froth the milk each time, so I decided to try an experiment. Enter the Vitamix!

The Vitamix stays on our counter all of the time because we drink smoothies every morning. After several times experimenting, I came up with a recipe that tastes very close to the original. The only difference is that I have not used a chocolate bar from Escazu. Do not worry, I plan on trying that soon! If you do not have a Vitamix or a high powered blender that has the ability to warm liquids, warm the milk on the stove and froth it with a hand beater or an espresso machine. You can, of course, also have this treat un-frothed.  


Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup of almond, soy, rice or coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp mimic creme 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 3 1/2 tbsp natural peanut butter (my tablespoons were not rounded, so feel free to go over this amount)
Place all of the ingredients into the Vitamix, or high powered blender, and blend for 4 minutes or until steam comes out of the top of the lid. Check for desired heat level and blend more or pour into a mug and enjoy! 

10 comments:

Caitlin said...

this sounds great! peanut butter and chocolate are my all time favorite combination and i am definitely going to make this soon. but, unfortunately, it won't be frothy..and i have no idea what mimic creme is! :/ am i totally out of the loop? haha..

VeggieAmanda said...

Caitlin- It will still be delicious without the mimic creme. You could also use a soy creamer or just skip it all together. I also think it will still be good if it isn't frothy. :-)

Kittee Bee Berns said...

yes yes! i approve of all pb and chocolate combinations.

urban vegan said...

I think I would like this a lot. Strangely, I like PB + chocolate more than I like either solo.

GiGi said...

Oh boy oh boy. I would totally go overboard on the PB.

Vegan Triangle said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE EscazĂș and all their vegan offerings! :)

affectioknit said...

That sounds amazing...I'm definitely going to make that!

~Have a lovely day!

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Mandee said...

Wow, this I have to try! I would never have thought to add pb to hot choc and I love that you used mimic creme, too!

Ingrid said...

You're killing me with these treats! Peanut Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate - aaah! I want it all!