I know what you’re thinking: this sounds weird. But I promise, it doesn’t taste weird. Unless by weird, you mean rich, creamy, chocolatey, and delicious. One thing it doesn’t taste like: squash. Hey, I didn’t lead you astray with my last crazy chocolate + veggie recipe, did I?
Even my nine-year-old neighbor (who just so happens to be the daughter of a chef and a chocolatier) will tell you this is the yummiest hot chocolate ever. Little did she know the main ingredient was a vegetable!
I was so excited when I got this butternut squash in my Eatwell Farm CSA box. Some things I thought about making: butternut squash lasagna with sage, butternut squash soup, butternut squash gnocchi… but then “stormageddon” hit, and all I wanted was some pudding-y hot chocolate.
I remembered this surprisingly delicious Mayan butternut squash hot chocolate my boyfriend’s dad made for us last winter, popped the squash in the oven, and cuddled up on the couch with my pups. When the squash was done roasting, I scooped it out, pureed with some almond milk, and threw it in a pot with chocolate chips, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. And voila – rainy day perfection.
Mayan Butternut Squash Hot Chocolate
- 1 small butternut squash
- 1 1/2 c almond milk (I used Califia Farms unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any dairy or non-dairy milk will work!)
- 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips (I used Guittard extra semisweet chocolate chips)
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut squash in half lengthwise with a large chef’s knife and place halves in a roasting pan, cut sides down. Add 1 inch of water to the roasting pan. Bake 45 minutes, or until squash is tender.
- Remove the seeds and save for roasting or discard. Scoop out the flesh and puree in a blender with 1/2 c almond milk.
- In a large heavy saucepan, stir together remaining 1 c almond milk, chocolate chips, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon over medium low heat until chocolate chips are melted. Add butternut squash puree and whisk until thoroughly incorporated and smooth.
- Serve and enjoy! I’d recommend small portions, as this hot chocolate is quite rich – although you definitely don’t have to feel guilty about going back for seconds or thirds since the main ingredient is a vegetable!