Friday, November 18, 2011

Real Mint Hot Chocolate and a partial Elvis

Today I woke up craving mint hot chocolate. Lacking such extract, I, being an avid tea drinker, remembered I kept dried mint leaves in my pantry. So I decided to experiment. It turned out to be very simple to make such beverage. To accompany my morning cup I decided to make a partial Elvis. What is The Elvis? Well, it is Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich: peanut butter and banana (with bacon). Omitting the bacon, mine became a partial Elvis. I'm still thinking if I would dare to add veggie bacon to the sandwich...I am curious so I might ;-)

Real Mint Hot Chocolate

2 tablespoons dried mint leaves
1/4 cup water
1 cup milk of your choice
2-3 teaspoons of stevia ( Truvia) or sweetener of your choice
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 pinch of sea salt

In a small saucepan or aluminum cup, bring the mint leaves and water to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the milk and heat it up watching it so it doesn't spill. Once it starts boiling, remove from the heat and let it steep for 5-7 minutes.

Remove the leaves and pour the milk into a blender, add the sweetener, cocoa powder and salt. Blend well and enjoy!!

Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

1 whole wheat thin bagel, toasted
1 tablespoon peanut butter ( preferably natural)
1 small banana

Cut the banana lengthwise and cut each half in half making quarters. Spread the peanut butter on both halves of the bagel and top with the banana pieces ( I could only fit 3 ), top with the other bagel half and press strongly to "amalgamate" the filling. Cut the sandwich in half and enjoy!!!


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