Don’t you LOVE it when those two words end up in the same sentence!?! Healthy and Chocolate! Okay, first of all maybe I should disclose that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist and maybe I’m not qualified to declare whether or not this is “health food”. BUT considering how much food I have consumed in my lifetime….I’m going to say that I’m a bit of a food expert. And there is a vegetable in my hot chocolate, people! Therefore I’m putting it on the healthy list! Oh yeah, this is really happening! Honestly, I don’t know why it tastes so good but it just does! Test it out for me; sneak it into your child’s or your partner’s or your boss’s mug and see what happens.
- 1/3 cup Butternut Squash Puree*
- 1 cup low fat milk (I always have 1% milk)
- 1/4 cup Semisweet Chocolate, chopped (you can even use chocolate chips)
- Fresh Grated Nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
If you are lucky enough to have a double boiler in your home, it will be perfect for this recipe. I’m using my Grandmother’s double boiler and I think everything just tastes better when it’s made in something that has some history.
If you don’t have a double boiler, use a pan with a bowl placed on top. Boil water in the bottom pan and combine the milk and chocolate in the top pan (or bowl). Once the chocolate starts to melt stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg.
Alright, if you don’t have whole nutmeg you can use the ground nutmeg. But I highly recommend whole nutmeg and grating it yourself. It really does make a difference and it only takes about 12 seconds to grate. Once the chocolate is completely melted slowly stir in the butternut squash.
Why, yes, those are chocolate-dipped marshmallows I’ve served along side. I don’t know what came over me…..the double boiler was out and already dirty and it just seemed appropriate to melt some chocolate and take a giant marshmallow for a swim!
*Alright, so I must admit that I am in the baby-food-making stage of life and I literally have a freezer stocked of butternut squash puree. If you don’t happen to have this awesome veggie living in your freezer, simply roast it and puree in a blender or food processor. Follow the steps from the blog post Butternut Squash Baby. OR if you don’t feeling like breaking out the roasting pan, you can buy butternut squash puree in the freezer section at the grocery store. Thaw it and use some of the puree for this hot chocolate recipe and use the rest for a soup. Yummm, now that sounds like a nice wintertime meal!