Easy 5 Minute Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

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You only need 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make a decadent cup of Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate. You may want to make a double batch, though! It’s that good!

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate in a mug

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures plummet, there’s one thing we all crave: a warm, comforting drink to wrap our hands around. And if you’re like me and have a serious love affair with peanut butter, you’re in for a treat!

I’ll show you how to make a delightful, creamy, and indulgent Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate – and the best part? You only need four simple ingredients to make this liquid gold. Yep, just milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and a touch of sugar are all you need to whip up a cup of pure heaven.

So, whether you’re looking to satisfy a late-night craving, create a cozy evening by the fire, or impress your friends with your hot chocolate prowess, this recipe is about to become your go-to winter warmer. Grab your favorite mug, your comfiest blanket, and let’s dive into the world of creamy, dreamy, peanut buttery hot chocolate. Your taste buds are in for a peanut-buttery, chocolaty hug! ☕🥜🍫✨

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate in a white mug

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE – This classic combination can be found in candy and all kinds of desserts. It is equally as awesome in hot chocolate!
  • QUICK – From start to finish it only takes about 5 minutes to whip up a cup of this hot chocolate…even less if you make it in the microwave.
  • SIMPLE INGREDIENTS – This recipe uses common ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  • milk
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • peanut butter
  • sugar

How to Make Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Place all ingredients into a small saucepan.
Stir often with a whisk over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. Do not allow to boil.
Hot chocolate is done when the mixture reaches a simmer and the peanut butter has completely melted.
Remove from heat, pour into mugs and garnish as desired.

Hot Chocolate Toppings

Toppings for Hot Chocolate

Creating a Hot Chocolate Bar is one of the most fun ways to serve hot chocolate. Toppings for hot chocolate are like the finishing touches on a delicious masterpiece. They not only add flavor and texture but also make your hot chocolate visually appealing. Here are some toppings that would pair nicely with Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate:

  1. Whipped Cream: A classic choice, a dollop of whipped cream adds a delightful creaminess and a touch of sweetness to your hot chocolate. It’s like a little cloud of happiness on top.
  2. Chocolate Shavings or Sprinkles: Grate some chocolate or sprinkle chocolate shavings over your hot chocolate for an extra dose of chocolatey goodness. Dark, milk, or white chocolate – take your pick!
  3. Marshmallows: Mini marshmallows, dehydrated marshmallows, or large, fluffy ones – they’re a hot chocolate essential. They melt slightly and create a delightful contrast in texture and sweetness.
  4. Caramel or Chocolate Sauce: Drizzle some warm caramel sauce over your hot chocolate for a sweet and slightly buttery twist. The combination of chocolate and caramel is a match made in heaven.
  5. Crushed Cookies: Crushed cookies like Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, Nutter Butter cookies, or graham crackers can add a lovely crunch and a burst of flavor. It’s like dunking cookies right into your hot chocolate.
  6. Crushed Candy Bars: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a great topping for your hot chocolate, but you could also use just about any candy bar you like.
  7. Nuts: Chopped nuts, such as toasted almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans, can provide a satisfying crunch and a nutty richness that pairs well with the creamy cocoa.
  8. Cinnamon or Nutmeg: A sprinkle of ground cinnamon or nutmeg not only enhances the flavor but also infuses your hot chocolate with a warm, cozy aroma.
  9. Peppermint Candy: Crushed peppermint candies or candy canes bring a refreshing and minty twist, especially perfect during the holiday season.
  10. A Dusting of Cocoa Powder: For an elegant touch, dust a little cocoa powder over your hot chocolate. It’s simple, yet it adds a touch of sophistication.
  11. Sea Salt: A pinch of flaky sea salt can enhance the flavor of the chocolate and balance the sweetness in your hot chocolate. The combination of sweet and salty is a true winner.
  12. Chili Powder: If you like a little kick in your hot chocolate, a pinch of chili powder can add a spicy and warm dimension to your drink.
  13. Vanilla Extract or Whipped Cream with Vanilla: A drop of vanilla extract in the hot chocolate or a hint of vanilla in the whipped cream can give your drink a fragrant and comforting aroma.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate in a mug surrounded by marshmallows

Tips & Tricks

  • Make it vegan: use your favorite dairy free milk options to create a vegan or lactose free version.
  • Make it in the microwave: Here’s how to make Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate in the microwave.
    Combine all ingredients in a large microwaveable mug. Microwave 30 seconds, stir. Microwave an additional 1 minute, stir. Add the toppings of your choice and enjoy!
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate in a mug
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Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate in a mug

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Melisha Kreppein
You only need 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make a decadent cup of Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate. You may want to make a double batch, though! It’s that good!
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ½ tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter creamy
  • 2 tbsp sugar adjust to preferred sweetness

Instructions
 

Stovetop Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a small saucepan.
  • Stir often with a whisk over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. Do not allow to boil.
  • Hot chocolate is done when the mixture reaches a simmer and the peanut butter has completely melted.
  • Remove from heat, pour into mugs and garnish as desired.

Microwave Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a large microwaveable mug.
  • Microwave 30 seconds, stir.
  • Microwave an additional 1 minute, stir.
  • Add the toppings of your choice and enjoy!

Notes

Topping suggestions:
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate shavings or sprinkles
  • marshmallows
  • caramel or chocolate sauce
  • crushed cookies
  • crushed candy bars
  • nuts
  • cinnamon or nutmeg
  • peppermint candy
  • dusting of cocoa powder
  • sea salt
  • chili powder
  • vanilla extract or whipped cream with vanilla

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 29.4gProtein: 12.7gFat: 13.6gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 24.6gCalcium: 295mgIron: 2mg
Keyword christmas, fall, peanut butter
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