Coconut-Caramel Hot Chocolate

If you’re like me, once the fall season hits, you’re ready for sweaters, scarves, boots, and oh yeah…hot chocolate.

The problem with a lot of hot chocolate is that it’s not often commiserate with reducing your waist-line.

And while I’m certainly not suggesting in any way that this is a diet/low-calorie beverage, I didn’t feel quite as guilty drinking this warm mug of chocolate as I have others in the past.

Its rich and creamy texture comes from melted chocolate chips, caramel, and a little bit of peanut butter thrown in for good measure.

But that’s all balanced out by substituting coconut milk for the regular milk.  I’ve never been a milk drinker, but coconut milk is my new favorite thing to use on my cereal or in smoothies.

And this fall and winter…in hot chocolate.

 

Coconut-Caramel Hot Chocolate
 
makes 6 servings. For an adult version, add in a bit of coconut rum after remove cocoa from heat.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup hot caramel ice cream topping
  • whipped cream and toasted coconut, optional
Method
  1. Place milk, melted chocolate, peanut butter and caramel in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and coconut, if desired.
Notes
lightly adapted from Taste of Home Best Holiday Recipes

Also, I wanted to give mad props to Ashton and Dorothy for putting together Online BlogCon 2012 (and to Sweet BellaRoos for designing an awesome site)! This first-ever online blog conference was truly a one-of-a-kind experience, and while I was excited about it from the get-go, I never dreamed how much fun I would have or how much I would learn (and um, I’m not just saying this because I won the grand prize–a mini iPad, woot!).

For those of us who find it difficult to travel to live blog conferences due to finances, work, family, etc., Online BlogCon was the perfect solution.  I was able to come home from work, slide into my trusty fuzzy slippers, and pull up guest posts from awesome bloggers like Jessica from How Sweet It Is, Christi from Love From The Oven, Shelly from Cookies & Cups, Camille from Six Sisters’ Stuff, Nikki from Chef in Training, Lexie from voiceBoks, Jamielyn from I Heart Nap Time, Kristyn from Lil’ Luna, and Stephanie from Somewhat Simple.

I’ve been blogging for just over a year, and I still consider myself a “newbie”–especially when it comes to a lot of the technical stuff, like site design, photography, and working with brands/sponsors.

Each post offered during the three-day conference offered all sorts of valuable information–for the beginning blogger to the experienced blogger alike.  Even better?  The Facebook group!

After each post went live, the conference attendees gathered on the Facebook page to discuss the information, ask questions, and provide feedback.  No kidding, each time I checked my Facebook feed, I had 20 new posts–these gals were so amazing!  Not only was Online BlogCon a great learning experience, it allowed me the opportunity to “meet” other fabu bloggers from all over the world.

So thanks, Dorothy and Ashton–and I’m ready for next year’s conference!

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

 

16 Comments

  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    ashley, this drink reminds me of a girl scout samoas cookie with a little pike of peanut butter. I love all of the flavors together – the coconut complimenting the chocolate, the caramel and peanut butter – everything I love and want to drink to warm me right up! BlogCon was fabulous, you are right. Looking forward to next year. 🙂
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  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    Mmmm, I love this hot chocolate, and I love the idea of coconut rum added to it!! Reminds me of the old college days going to a football game with hot chocolate and butterscotch shnapps….
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  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Oh, how I am loving this drink. I just tried coconut milk and it is my new favorite too:-) I can’t wait to try this yummy looking drink out on a chilly day! BlogCon was so much fun…I loved getting to know everyone a little bit better!!!
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  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Oh I want this hot chocolate. Maybe tonight. With peppermint schnapps… 🙂 Is coconut milk fat-free? I wanted to switch to almond milk, but it has fat, but less calories. It’s so confusing. 🙂

    And thanks for the words about BlogCon! Thank YOU for being a huge promoter for us. 🙂
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    • Ashley

      Ooooh, Dorothy, I love peppermint schnapps! No, unfortunately, coconut milk is not fat-free. I usually get the vanilla flavored coconut milk, and my jug says 5 grams per 1 cup. Since I don’t use it that often (on my cereal, mainly), I figure it’s worth the splurge to get some extra calcium in me. 🙂

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  5. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

    I love hot chocolate. Not just like love, but the real thing… love, love! Like an old pensioner (I’m 31), I used to make and drink it every.single.night.without.fail. But forget that hot chocolate, I’m having this coconut caramel hot choccy.

    It looks so thick and creamy and not to mention chocolatey with the chocolate chips, totally digging the addition of the PB. No hot chocolate is complete without the whipped cream. But topping with hot caramel syrup and toasted coconut… Love. I love you for this. 🙂
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  6. Marti

    This looks mouthwatering!! I wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup! You can see it here…http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/30-delicious-hot-chocolate-recipes. 🙂

    Marti
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  7. Kim

    Yum!! Actually, coconut milk is a GREAT alternative to traditional milk, it has lots of GOOD fats in it that can actually boost weight loss but more importantly promote healthy brain and gut function. So don’t feel bad about the fat content! 😉 Also, can I omit the PB? (I might try almond butter but my boys have nut allergies so I’ll have to save that idea for some other time lol!) Cannot wait to try this, I’ve been looking for a yummy hot cocoa recipe!

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  8. Aqiyl Aniys

    This looks absolutely delicious. I like that you have used coconut milk, i love it.

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