September 24, 2013

Healthy Peanut Crunch Chocolates... sugar free, paleo AND vegan!


Lovers of peanut butter will delight in the crunchy peanut butter centre of these coconutty chocolates. To make these delicious and creamy chocolate treats, you only need a a few ingredients and a silicone ice cube tray or chocolate mould (these are flexible and make it easier to pop out the set chocolates).

If you prefer, you can substitute the peanut butter with a preferred nut butter with the same result. Yummy additions to these chocolates could include goji berries, shredded coconut, chia seeds, cinnamon or orange zest.
Healthy Peanut Crunch Chocolates

Makes 1 tray of chocolates (6 - 8 serves)

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 2 scoops of chocolate or vanilla flavored protein powder (any type with no added sugar - however to be vegan this must be rice or pea protein)
  • 1 scoop (use protein scooper) of coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon of organic crunchy peanut butter with no added sugar or salt + 1 tablespoon for filling
  • 2 tablespoons of 100% cacao powder 
  • 1 teaspoons of maca powder* optional
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons of powdered stevia, depending on sweetness preferences 
Method:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until combined and smooth. The mix should be thick and creamy, but at a pourable consistency, much like pancake batter. If the mixture seems to thick, add a teaspoon of coconut oil at a time until the desired consistency is reached. If it is too runny, add a little more protein powder or coconut flour.
  2. Spray your silicone tray with coconut oil or macadamia nut oil. Using a tablespoon, fill each mould half way. 
  3. Using a teaspoon, put a small amount of peanut butter into each mould. Using the remaining chocolate mix, top each mould until full, covering the peanut butter centre. 
  4. Freeze for a few hours, until set. Pop out on the moulds and transfer into a container to keep in the freezer. These chocolates will melt quickly at room temperature. Take them out shortly before eating! 
* Maca powder is made from a root that grows in the Andes mountains of Peru. It is associated with improved vitality, energy, libido and anti-ageing benefits. 






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