Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of my favourite hot drinks, although I generally only drink it in the winter time- when I feel that a little more indulgence is called for! To me it certainly tastes a lot more filling and indulgent than a tea or a normal coffee (lattes etc. not included!)

But now that we are rapidly approaching Christmas I wanted to try making my own hot chocolate. Preferably one that doesn’t require fancy ingredients and lots of measuring out every time you want to make a cup!

What I really love about the hot chocolate I made is that although there is some labour initially (and a food processor is required) after you have made your hot chocolate mix it is super simple to make a cup. There is also something very satisfying about having a jar of home-made hot chocolate mix in your cupboard.

This would make a great little present to give to someone you love- Fill up a pretty jar with it (kilner or the Bonne Maman jars look lovely!) and write the instructions on how to make a mug on a label and tie around the jar using some baker twine or ribbon.

It could even be used as part of a Christmas Hamper- I love the idea of giving it as a gift along with a set of pyjamas, a christmassy mug, marshmallows and a Christmas film (Christmas Eve in a box!)

I got my recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube, link to the video here. I had been wanting to try it for ages and Christmas seemed like the perfect time!

This makes a fair amount of hot chocolate- enough for at least a couple of jars!

Hot Chocolate Jar Mix

Ingredients

  • 200g Dark chocolate (broken into pieces and chilled in the fridge)
  • 100g Cocoa Powder
  • 100g Icing Sugar (I would recommend sifting it!)
  • 50g Cornflour
  • 50g Malted drink powder (Horlicks for example)
  • A pinch of salt.
  • Milk for when you want to make a mug of hot chocolate!

Hot Chocolate Mix

Using a food processor blend the dark chocolate to a fine powder.

Add the rest of the dry ingredients and pulse the ingredients together. Pulse it together 3-4 times until the mix is well mixed.

For one mug of hot chocolate measure out your milk into the mug and pour into a sauce pan. Use two heaped tablespoons of hot chocolate mixture per cup.

Put the hob on a medium heat and simmer and whisk the hot chocolate mixture for about five minutes.

Put your favourite garnishes on top- I would recommend marshmallows and cream!

Finally enjoy!

Hot Chocolate & Cream

Do you have any favourite drinks at Christmas?

Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake full

Last night a rare occurrence happened.  I had both peanut butter and bananas at home at the same time! Due to this I decided that I wanted to make a peanut butter banana milkshake- the logical conclusion.

After some research online I decided on a recipe from the kitchn to which I made a few small tweaks. I froze the bananas overnight, and then this morning I was prepared to make a treat for breakfast! It actually had the side effect of making me more willing to get out of bed.

It was super tasty! I liked the extra hit of caffeine that adding some espresso powder added, and due to the frozen bananas it was very thick and creamy. I would advice using a large straw or sipping this milkshake, as too small a straw will be quite difficult to drink through!

To make one large shake or two small shakes you will need;

  • 2 bananas, peeled and broken into bite sized chunks and frozen for at least 4 hours- or overnight ready for breakfast!
  • 2tbsp. Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup (About 240ml) semi skimmed milk
  • A drop of vanilla extract
  • 2-3 squares dark chocolate chopped
  • 1 tsp espresso powder

The recipe is super simple! Simply blend the frozen bananas, peanut butter, milk, vanilla and espresso in a blender until smooth. Add the chopped chocolate at the end and blend briefly until they are finely chopped and mixed into the milkshake.

I used the breville blend active, which worked but due to the thickness of the bananas when blended I had to keep shaking the container to make sure everything mixed evenly and blended so it took a little longer. If you have the choice of a regular stand blender I therefore recommend it!

Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

Finally enjoy!

Do you have any interesting breakfast recipes?