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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Banana Hot Chocolate

Don’t monkey around: Purée a ripe banana and add it to hot chocolate.

One banana is enough for two eight-ounce cups (it stretches further if you want just a little banana flavor). Here’s the simple recipe,

We’re not saying this is a health drink, but it combines potassium and antioxidants and it sure is a mood elevator. For more variety, see our 25 ways to glamorize your hot chocolate. You can find our favorite products in the Cocoas and Hot Chocolates Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine—we’ve reviewed more than 75!
 
RECIPE: BANANA HOT CHOCOLATE

Ingredients For 2 Cups

  • Ripe or over-ripe banana, puréed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Prepared hot chocolate (any kind is O.K.)
  • Optional garnish: whipped cream or marshmallow cream, crumbled graham crackers, banana chips
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    Preparation

    1. ADD 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and a grind of fresh nutmeg to the banana purée; then divide the mixture evenly between two mugs.

    2. POUR the hot chocolate (reheat as needed) over the purée and stir well. Garnish as desired and serve.

     

    Hot Chocolate

    Hot chocolate + banana = Banana Hot Chocolate (photo Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE).

     

    Banana purée is just one way to glamorize hot chocolate. See our 25 Tips and enjoy a different variation almost every day of the month.
     
    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COCOA & HOT CHOCOLATE

    There is a difference between cocoa and hot chocolate.

  • Cocoa is made from cocoa powder, hot chocolate is made from shaved chocolate bars.
  • Both are mixed with hot milk or water, but since cocoa powder is defatted (most of the cocoa butter is pressed out), hot chocolate is a richer beverage. It can easily have double the cocoa butter of cocoa powder.
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