It is finally October!! I have been waiting for this for a few weeks now. As soon as the temperatures started to cool, I was in the mood for pumpkin. But I didn’t want to share it with you until October hit. In my head September is reserved for apples. So not only am I giving you pumpkin today, but it is also #ChocolateParty time!
This is a fun group to be a part of. The first Monday of the month we share a chocolate recipe that incorporates a themed ingredient, this month pumpkin, last month apples. Want to join? Check out all the info here!
So to kick off the pumpkin season I made hot chocolate. I will admit I was a little skeptical about this recipe. I love chocolate and pumpkin together, but in a drink I wasn’t sure how it would be. Well….it was amazing! I seriously could not get enough of it! The pumpkin is definitely present, but it is in the background. The cinnamon with the chocolate is just so soothing, and perfect for a hot drink.
I made this when my 7 year old (the other pumpkin fan in the family), was at school. I did save him a glass for when he got home. I didn’t tell him what it was, just hot chocolate. He took one sip, got a big smile on his face, and said “Pumpkin Hot Chocolate!” He loved it, and drank all of it. Which for him is impressive, I usually make him just a small glass, and he doesn’t finish it. So this is a must make this fall!
- 2 cups milk (I used skim)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate , chopped
- 2 Tbls brown sugar
- Whipped cream or marshmallows for garnish
Heat milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in the pumpkin, seasonings, and sugar, whisk until smooth. Add chocolate, and heat until it is melted 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently. Once all the chocolate is melted, pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove any lumps. Garnish with whipped cream or marshmallows to serve.