A healthy hot cocoa mix with a touch of peanut butter that tastes just like you are indulging in a peanut butter cup!
I declare Friday’s we consume all things chocolate.
Sorta like on Wednesday’s we wear pink.
Except less Mean Girls. And more kumbaya.
If there is one beverage that puts me on the fast track back to my ten year old self, hot cocoa takes the crown. Back to the days of Swiss Miss packets, cans full of Reddi Whip that we would shoot back like shots and handfuls of mini marshmallows. Those were the days.
Beyond hot cocoa letting me relive my glory days, it reminds me of many holidays and weekends spent at my Nana’s house. The mornings I would spend with her are irreplaceable. She would fix me a breakfast of whole wheat toast, as it was the best in the land. With a smear of butter and I was in heaven. And along the side was a warm cup of cocoa. Overflowing with melty, gooey marshmallows that I would sip up first, then request more. As I drank my cocoa and my Nana, her coffee, we would chit chat. Nothing scholarly, just non sense as we have the same, dry humor. Something we often giggle about as we don’t have to say much and we know what each other is thinking. Mostly a thought that is better left unsaid.
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we have a family tradition that we partake in at the community my parents and Nana live at. For as long as I can remember, much like my mornings spent at my Nana’s house, we have been gathering in front of the clubhouse for a race around the lake called the Gobble Wobble. If you would have asked me about it during college, it was more of wobble than a gobble but luckily those days are long, long gone. The intent is to burn off the millions of calories you are about to indulge in. If you ask me, I should go around the lake a few times to hit my quota! No shame.
After each Gobble Wobble, we gather at my Nana’s house for coffee, hot cocoa and my Aunt’s famous cinnamon rolls. We start our calorie splurging early. But her cinnamon rolls are worth every one.
This year, rather than the packets of Swiss Miss with the marshmallow gems, I will be brining my Skinny Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa mix so I can have one more bite of dessert! A mix that takes mere minutes to throw together, is customizable and free of any unpronounceable ingredients. Simply mix unsweetened cocoa powder, dry non fat milk, a touch of cornstarch and salt, couple spoonfuls of sugar and peanut flour. If you do not have peanut flour, or simply want regular cocoa mix, leave out it out and it is still delicious as ever. Or add a spoonful or two of peanut butter to your cup of warm milk, add the mix and stir stir stir!
I don’t know about you, but peanut butter hot cocoa mix will be keeping me warm all winter long!
Craving more chocolate?
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