Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

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In my quest for better health and losing some unwanted pounds, I have decided to cut sugar out of my diet for a while (and drastically cut down thereafter). I don’t remember having all that much of a sweet tooth as a child or teen but somehow about 3 or 4 years ago, I developed this unwelcome need for sugar.

Nowadays, the cravings attack at night, perhaps because I am tired, but even when I am in bed, drifting off to sleep, the sugar monster takes over my brain and tries, sometimes successfully, to convince me that I ‘must’ satisfy my cravings. The real issue is that the sugar monster has triumphed way too many times over the last couple of months, to a point that I feel a loss of control like a drug addict, and there have been, I am ashamed to say, occasions where one could find a half eaten packet of biscuits in my bedside cabinet.

Now, I have been particularly stressed lately, with exams, essay deadlines, research, bad news, too many long car journeys and you know, the day to day stresses of living that I’m sure I don’t need to define. I could put it down to that, but I am more inclined to ‘blame’ the addictive nature of sugar which I have only recently learnt about and am sure I have been under the spell of the sugar rush. This of course means that, as with any addiction, cravings and the ‘need’ increase in times of stress. Further support for this comes from the fact that I can trace the beginning of my sugary craving back to when I started baking.

I am no expert on this issue, and there are very conflicting views floating around the internet, ranging from the idea that all sweet tasting foods must be eliminated including fruits and vegetables and natural sweeteners such as stevia to, artificial sweeteners are a better option, to just cutting out sugar by way of sucrose is enough. For me, I am going with the latter, I am still using stevia and fruits and vegetables but cutting out all forms of sucrose sugar.

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I strongly believe that with any ‘diet’, for long term ‘success’, there must not be a feeling of deprivation. That goes for me anyway, who is one who, if on an Atkins diet, would eat a bakery full of bread after a week. But, allowing myself a little sugar every now and then isn’t going to work if what the scientists say is true, that I have some kind of addiction. You wouldn’t recommend a recovering alcoholic have ‘just one glass’ would you?

To combat this issue, I have found ways to satisfy my sweet tooth and give myself a comparably low calorie treat that is so satisfying and is working to end the cravings. One example of this is this peanut butter hot chocolate.

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I came across a recipe by A Girl Called Jack a couple of weeks ago, which I just had to make a vegan and sugar free version of! It is so simple, so delicious and you will never feel like you are not consuming an unhealthy amount of calories and sugar. This is not diet food. But virtuous enough for your diet.

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I’m looking forward to trying it with almond and hazelnut butter too.

Ingredients: Serves 1

  • 200ml grape sweetened or unsweetened almond milk
  • 20g/4 small squares of vegan dark chocolate from a bar
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened peanut butter (I used crunchy)

Method:

  1. In a small pan or a bowl in the microwave, gently melt together the peanut butter and chocolate then very gradually add the milk (preferably warmed) and mix until combined and steaming hot.
  2. Pour into your favourite mug (mine has a chip in) and enjoy.

Do not just add all the cold milk to the melted chocolate as this will cause the chocolate to solidify leaving you with floating little lumps of chocolate and not a smooth, rich, creamy hot chocolate.

Calorie Count :: New Recipe

Nutritional Benefits

No cholesterol
Low in sodium
High in riboflavin
High in vitamin B12
High in vitamin E
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83 Responses to Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  1. Chocolate and hazelnut butter… that would be an amazing combination!

  2. Oh, that sounds delicious! I will have to try that! We are complete hooked on the peanut butter. I like to put 3 spoons of butter, 2 spoons of melted coconut oil, 1,5 spoon of cocoa powder and stevia. Mix all voila, quick treat to satisfy any sweet tooth! 🙂

  3. Sounds yum! And love the heart spoon.

  4. I’ve been off sugar entirely for a year and te benefits are undeniable….. this looks like a particularly yummy treat for those rare occasions when I would like something just a a little decadent…. Thank you! 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Wow! Good for you for eliminating sugar entirely for a year! That’s really inspiring. I agree, after just over a week, I already feel so much more energetic and brighter.

      😀

  5. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    Looks great! I have been experimenting with peanut butter hot cocoa.

  6. Wow that sounds great. I’m trying to eliminate sugar too! Wishing you every success with your studies!

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes!
      Good luck with your plans to eliminate sugar too, I am amazed how much better I feel after a week. I really didn’t realise how much it was affecting how I felt.
      😀

  7. onehotveggie says:

    Never thought about peanut butter in hot chocolate, love this!!! We’ll have -20 with wind chill tomorrow, I think I’ll make this when I get home from work. Thanks!!

  8. Cteavin says:

    Peanut butter. That is a unique idea. I’ll have to try this. Thanks.

  9. This sounds amazing! Nice little treat for satisfying cravings. Hopefully it’ll keep me away from the cookie jar!

  10. Deena Kakaya says:

    Mmm, peanut butter with hot choc; it looks lovely and rich x

  11. looks delicious!!! You will find after you cut sugar out you don’t even really crave it anymore 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Already, I have noticed the cravings reducing after just a week! And I feel more energetic as I am no longer battling a sugar crash. I can’t wait for the cravings to totally subside 😀

  12. This recipe looks amazing!! I’ve been thinking about cutting cane sugar out of my diet too for a couple of months, as it makes me feel very sluggish. This recipe definitely looks like a good place to start because nuts are naturally sweet and I love anything with chocolate! Great post!

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you. I am so glad this has inspired you to try and fulfill your plans to cut out cane sugar. I really know what you mean about the sluggish sugar crash. In just a week, I honestly feel so much more energetic which I really didn’t think I’d say! 😀

  13. Good luck with your sugarfree resolution and your studies. I too have decided to be off sugar for this year… managing quite well so far but there’s many months more! 🙂 Chocolate + PB is the best combination and to have it as a drink would be even more amazing! 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Good luck to you too Priya! Are you cutting out all forms of sugar or still using things like fruits?

      Chocolate + PB in hot liuid form is total comfort!! 😀

  14. pridhi31 says:

    This looks really tempting! I stopped adding sugar to my drinks (hot and cold) months ago and it’s funny how I am so used to it by now… I don’t like that sweet milk taste at all! I think it is a good thing! :p … hazelnut flavor is my all-time favorite! 😉

    • Poppy says:

      It’s so true, we do just get used to changes in our diet and our tastes change! We just have to go through the initial cleanse to get there which is the hard part!

      I agree, chocolate and hazelnut is amazing! 😀

  15. Sorry this is something you’re struggling with Poppy. I hope it’s some comfort to know that you’re not alone. I quit all forms of sugar, including fruit for about 6 weeks and am just starting to bring in low-sugar fruits and some sweeteners again. It definitely helped but I find I need to limit sweet stuff to the weekends or else I’m tempted to go crazy on it. I found increasing fats really helped in terms of satiety- nuts/seeds, nut butters, avocado and coconut galore! Good luck 😀

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience Emma! It is good to know that it’s not just me. Your advice is really helpful, when I start to gradually include more healthier ‘sugars’ back in, I will limit it to the weekends as a treat as you do. Good luck to you too! 😀

  16. saucygander says:

    That looks so decadent! I’ve just learned making almond milk too. Love your heart shaped spoon!!

  17. This looks delicious! I have a sweet tooth and always did. As I got older my sweet tooth subsided a bit. I realized that when I was stressed, sweets would give me comfort. I’ve since found healthier alternatives. Thanks for sharing.

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Sharon, thank you for sharing your experience with sweet foods! I was the opposite, my sweet tooth increased as I got older! I definitely understand the sweet comfort in times of stress! I have already found that there are ways to get the same comfort in a healthier form in just a sort time!

      😀

  18. mummytohenry says:

    Oh my goodness that sounds amazing!!! X

  19. Katherine says:

    Yum, sounds delicious.

  20. I’m also going no sugar (I’ve been using unrefined sugars only for a couple of years, but…sugar is sugar) – limiting myself to stevia, dates, or fruit for sweetness, so I totally understand the cravings! I think I’m over the hump, however. You are absolutely right that total deprivation winds up making us mess up later, so you have to have some healthy indulgences now and then. This looks terrifically delicious! PS your site looks great! Very sophisticated.

    • Poppy says:

      Yes, me too but as you say, even the organic, natural, totally unrefined stuff has the sugar effects!

      So far, I’m feeling OK, I am so determined that I’m getting through the cravings better than I thought and they are definitely decreasing. Like you, I am using stevia, dates and fruit to sweeten and really don’t feel at all deprived at this point!

      Thank you for the compliments on the new look – only simple changes but I was sick of the sight of the old one! 😀

  21. Sounds wonderful! How fantastic!

  22. Amy @ Fit For Thirty says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  23. Sophie33 says:

    Good luck! Now, at home, I only eat coconut sugar because it is low-glycemic or dates! Sometimes, I use a bit of maple syrup though. I am not a big fan of agave or stevia!
    A must make hot drink,..yummm! Good luck with it all, Poppy! xx

  24. Ginger Bake says:

    Reblogged this on Ginger Bake.

  25. Oh wow, you are so good Poppy!!! I would have never thought of adding peanut butter to my hot chocolate! I hope you’ll find a good balance concerning the sugar intake. I have also eliminated refined sugars from my pantry, but I still use maple syrup or coconut palm sugar. This sounds like a great idea to get around sugars and still get a satisfying treat! 😉

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Sylvia! I think after a few weeks I will start using maple syrup and other healthier sweeteners but for now I need to ‘kick the habit’! The good news is that by not eliminating fruit sweeteners I can still use dates and date syrup to sweeten as well as stevia so I don’t feel restricted really!

      I’m excited to make it with hazelnut butter – choc hazelnut is my favourite chocolate flavour combo!! 😀

  26. These are called peanut butter cups in my local cafe, I drink them ALL THE TIME! Definitely will try your healthier version 🙂
    I lasted three weeks on a sugars free diet, until I could take no more. Good luck!

    • Poppy says:

      Oh my gosh if my local cafe sold these I would struggle to resist every day! Thanks for the luck, even three weeks would have given your body a good break 😀

  27. Karen says:

    That sounds great. I drink a lot of tea but with this cold weather, you need something more indulgent!

  28. This sounds delish Poppy! I’ll have to try it when I don’t have to get up early the next morning. I used to make date-sweetened hot chocolate as my go-to healthy dessert, but the caffeine keeps me up at night. Recently I’ve been on a sunflower seed butter no-coffee latte kick. I just whirl a tablespoon of sunflower seed butter, 1 or 2 medjool dates, almond milk and a splash of vanilla extract in my Vitamix until the date(s) are liquefied. Then I heat it up on the stove to get it nice and hot. It’s delicious! And if you use a low cal almond milk and just 1 date it’s under 200 calories!!!

    Anywho, I hope life gets a little calmer for you soon chica! Celeste 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Celeste, your sunflower seed butter no-coffee latte sounds amazing, I bet it is deliciously creamy and nutty! I will definitely be trying that, thank you!

      I hear you about the caffeine although I don’t really get affected by chocolate or even coke, only coffee really affects me.

      Thanks for the good wishes! Hope you are well and have a great weekend and week ahead. 😀

  29. Just read Celeste’s post and thought again about how much I would love a Vitamix but since I do not have one, I have heated pitted Medjool dates in a saucepan with a bit of water and mashed them until they broke down before using them in any blended drinks etc. I also eliminated refined sugars from my diet over a year ago and I completely agree with you Poppy, substituting addictive white sugar with other healthier alternatives is satisfying and rewarding. I make all my own desserts at home now, from “nice creams” to cakes etc and I have been able to stay away from commercialized, and other desserts that are full of white sugar without feeling deprived. When I need a granulated sugar, I use coconut sugar but I do not use that often and stick with fruits, maple syrup and honey (not technically vegan but I am ok with that). A good friend of mine has a blog site dedicated to sugar-free recipes – I have a link at the top of my blog to her site (sweet sugar free life … I hope I’m getting that right – now that I have a link to her, I don’t keep it straight in my head, lol, but like I said, it is on my site). Happy sugar-free cooking – stay strong!!

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! It is so great to hear the ‘success’ of others who have cut out sugar. I will definitely check out the link to your friends site and look forward to some sugar free inspiration 😀

  30. thehappytummy says:

    Good luck on your journey! 🙂

  31. Sounds delicious. ‘ Flavourphotos’ is right too:) I made a cacao hazelnut butter hot chocolate the other day and was instantly in a happy place. Keep well Poppy! 🙂

  32. Nathalie says:

    Looks like my cup of tea…er…chocolate! Great idea with the peanut butter and so simple! I adore pb but can’t say I had it in hot chocolate! Btw thanks for liking my post on pumpkin dip! Hope to see you again soon on my blog!

  33. gal says:

    That sounds sooo good, great idea for these cold days

  34. Oh gosh, who wouldn’t love this?! thanks.

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  36. Hey Poppy!
    I thoughy of exactly the same thing after reading Jack’s post! 🙂 I made mine with almond butter 🙂

  37. Sounds wonderful! I just had my wisdom teeth pulled so I have to have liquids and soft things. This might spice up my choices, thanks for sharing!

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