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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

When the temperatures drop, the request for hot beverages go up and there is no better way to warm up the family than with homemade hot cocoa. Since it’s the holidays, let’s bring out a candy cane or two because today I’m going to show you how to make peppermint hot chocolate with today’s classic and easy recipe.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate: The perfect Holiday treat, homemade, delicious and warm with the peppermint flavors you love.

 

This recipe is a pepperminty twist on my classic homemade hot cocoa recipe that will allow for you to stay right at home on these cold winter days. Why layer up the clothes, throw on jackets and load up the car for this tasty treat when you can make it right at home?

What I love about this recipe, is that I can make it traditional with whole milk, dairy-free for my youngest, and as a latte for me. By adding a small candy cane as a stirrer, you have a delicious cup with the holiday flavors we all love.

This is the perfect drink to enjoy while building gingerbread houses and decorating cookies. And, it is so good you will want to make extra to take with you in a [thermos] while riding around looking at all the holiday lights.

What’s your go-to holiday drink?

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Adapted from our popular Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

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  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 cups milk (Dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, (or more/less to taste)
  • optional toppings: whipped cream, crushed peppermints, marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, add vanilla and peppermint extract and stir well. Serve immediately.

 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate: The perfect Holiday treat, homemade, delicious and warm with the peppermint flavors you love.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate: The perfect Holiday treat, homemade, delicious and warm with the peppermint flavors you love.
1 A healthy breakfast shake that tastes like dessert! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake is one your kids will ask for every day.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake

A healthy breakfast shake that tastes like dessert! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake is one your kids will ask for every day.

A healthy breakfast shake that tastes like dessert! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake is one your kids will ask for every day.

A healthy breakfast shake that tastes like dessert! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake is one your kids will ask for every day.

I’m a huge fan of breakfasts that taste like dessert. Who isn’t?! Anything from decadent oatmeal to scones to chocolate pancakes is a great treat in the morning to get our day started on a good note. I know that when I serve up something sweet (but still nutritious), the whole family will love it.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake is a new addition to our sweet breakfast line-up, but it’s already a favorite! I’m a huge fan of smoothies since they’re quick to make and easy to take with us on-the-go. You could double or triple this recipe to feed the whole family one morning!

The combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and banana is heavenly here, and oatmeal adds extra nutrition. Your kids will never know they’re slurping down something that’s actually good for them!

A healthy breakfast shake that tastes like dessert! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake is one your kids will ask for every day.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake

A healthy breakfast shake that tastes like dessert! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake is one your kids will ask for every day.

A healthy breakfast shake that tastes like dessert! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Shake is one your kids will ask for every day.

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  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter*
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Chocolate chips, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid if needed.

Notes

*If you’re allergic to peanuts, use your favorite nut or seed butter.

 

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl

Yes, your breakfast can taste like dessert! This Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl from 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes is creamy, sweet, and a healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth. 

Yes, your breakfast can taste like dessert! This Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl is creamy, sweet, and a healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth.

I’m so excited to share this smoothie bowl recipe with you for a couple reasons! First, you know how much I love chocolate, especially paired with peanut butter. Is there a combination more delicious? I think not! My kids can never say no – and neither can I. ;)

Second, this recipe is from my friend Alison Lewis’ book 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes. Yes, 200 recipes! Smoothies are a great way to pack in lots of fruits and veggies in your family’s diet, and smoothie bowls make them even more fun. They’re super creamy, and you can top them with all your favorite toppings. A great interactive meal for kids!

The big difference between a normal smoothie and a smoothie bowl is the texture. You want your smoothie bowl to be super thick – almost like soft-serve ice cream! Between the thick texture and the chocolate-peanut buttery deliciousness, this peanut butter cup smoothie bowl will have you thinking you’re enjoy dessert for breakfast.

200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes has every smoothie recipe you can think of, from kid-friendly recipes, green creations, dessert bowls, and even coffee and tea bowls for those of us that need our caffeine. Some of the recipes include Upside Down Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl, Green Coconut Smoothie Bowl, and Peach Paradise Smoothie Bowl. Can you say YUM?!

Yes, your breakfast can taste like dessert! This Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl is creamy, sweet, and a healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth. Yes, your breakfast can taste like dessert! This Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl is creamy, sweet, and a healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth. Yes, your breakfast can taste like dessert! This Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl is creamy, sweet, and a healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth.

Smoothie bowls couldn’t be simpler to make. All you have to do is throw your ingredients in a blender, blend, and pour into bowl. You could even prep some DIY smoothie freezer packs ahead of time! Of course, I’d argue that the best part of a smoothie bowl is the toppings. The possibilities are endless! For this peanut butter cup smoothie bowl, we love banana, chocolate chips, chia seeds, and a touch of extra cocoa powder. I can never say no to more chocolate!

All of the recipes in 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes are great for breakfast or snacking, and I know your kids will love them. Be sure to get your copy on Amazon!

Yes, your breakfast can taste like dessert! This Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl is creamy, sweet, and a healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth.

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl

Yes, your breakfast can taste like dessert! This Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl is creamy, sweet, and a healthier way to indulge your sweet tooth. From 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes by Alison Lewis.

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  • Yield: 1-2
  • Category: Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into pieces (if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Suggested Toppings: Unsweetened cocoa powder, sliced banana, mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In blender, combine almond milk, cocoa powder, banana, peanut butter and ice. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl or bowls and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.

 

32 Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids’ after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

It’s like clockwork: around 3 or 4 o’clock every day, my kids start rummaging through the pantry and fridge looking for a snack. And even if I’ve eaten a filling lunch, I usually start to crave a sweet snack in the afternoon, too. I don’t like to eat something heavy to ruin my dinner, though. Enter these Brownie Energy Bites from The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet!

Take a look at how easy these are to make.

My kids absolutely love these. I love that they only take a few minutes to make, and I can make a big batch at the beginning of the week so we have snacks ready! It really is all about planning. If you don’t have something healthier to grab, you’ll be more likely to grab the bag of chips or something at the drive-thru. Of course, we like to treat ourselves every now and then, but on a day to day basis, I like to have healthier options ready for little fingers to grab.

These are super simple to make, requiring just a handful of nutritious ingredients. They’re refined sugar-free and grain-free – if you’re allergic to nuts, you can try replacing the cashews with sunflower seeds. While these are perfect for snack time, you can even pack a couple of these in your kids’ lunch boxes as a sweet treat.

Everyone will love these delicious brownie energy bites, because who doesn’t love chocolate? :)

 

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

5 from 3 reviews

This recipe is from my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 18 bites
  • Category: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (145 g) raisins, packed
  • 1 cup (120 g) cashews
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place raisins in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Let soak for 5 minutes to soften then drain.
  2. Add raisins and all remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until mixture turns into the consistency of sand. Remove blade from the unit.
  3. Using your hands, scoop out dough and form into balls on the palms of your hands.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for one week.

 

delicious triple chocolate chip cookies!

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

TRIPLE chocolate chip cookies? wow. This recipe is so so good!

delicious triple chocolate chip cookies!These cookies are basic, delicious, come-out-perfect every time, and a staple in our house.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 12 minutes Yield: 2 dozen

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  • Cuisine: Baking

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate (2 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped milk chocolate (2 ounces)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, mash together the butter and sugars with a fork until well combined. Add the oil and egg, and beat until creamy. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix well. Stir in the dark chocolate and milk chocolate, and mix well.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool.

 

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