Here we are back again with another pumpkin recipe to celebrate fall! I got the inspiration for this recipe when I was at the market the other day. I was wandering through a pumpkin stand, looking at all the tiny little pumpkins and I could smell hot cocoa being made at a shop nearby.
I started thinking to myself: "If Starbucks can make a pumpkin spice latte why can't I make a pumpkin spice hot chocolate?" I still had some pumpkin puree left over from making my Pumpkin Fettucine Alfredo so I decided to try it out and you know what? It was really good!
2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips ( either milk chocolate or semi-sweet)
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Nutmeg
Pinch of Sugar (only if you use semi-sweet chips)
Step 1: Pour your milk into a saucepan and slowly heat on medium-low. Stir frequently and be careful not to burn the bottom
Step 2: Next, add your chocolate chips, stirring slowly until they are all melted in. Add your pumpkin puree, cocoa and any sugar you may want. Whisk your mixture until it is smooth.
Step 3: Add in cinnamon and fresh nutmeg. At this point, you may want to taste your mixture and adjust the spices or sweetness to your taste.
Step 4: Turn up the heat on your cocoa to medium and let it heat up stirring often to make sure it doesn't burn. When your cocoa starts to simmer you can pour it into mugs.
Step 5: Top your hot chocolate off with either steamed milk, whipped cream or just drink it straight.
This creamy, spicy beverage is the perfect drink for a cold fall morning or to take with you to a pumpkin patch! This hot chocolate is a super simple and delicious treat for kids and adults alike as it does not contain any coffee. What I love about this recipe is that you can adjust the sweetness by either adding or leaving out sugar depending on what you prefer. Personally, I love dark chocolate so I did not need to add in any extra!
I am going apple picking later this month and I will definitely be packing a thermos of this hot chocolate to take with me! So yummy!