Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares
3/4 cup of ground almond meal
2 Tbl of cocoa powder (use the unsweetened version)
1.5 Tbl of Swerve or ZSweet (order these sugar substitutes online)
1 Tbl of water
Pinch of grated sea salt
1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (I try to find the unsweetened, emulsified kind. Smuckers makes a great natural version
2 Tbl of melted coconut oil (or they also make a coconut oil now that is already melted and shelf stabilized. Look for it by the other oils
3.5 oz of high quality chocolate that’s 70 percent cacao or higher, minced
3 Tbl of melted coconut oil
White chocolate bits (for garnish)
Line a standard bread pan with parchment paper.
In a bowl mix your bottom layer ingredients. Stir them up really good so the dough gets moist. Press the dough into the bottom of the loaf pan and place it in the freezer to set. Maybe 10 minutes.
Make your middle filling. You can even use the same bowl. Stir the peanut butter and the coconut oil. I put a pinch of grated sea salt in here too. Just a pinch. The commercial peanut butter cups are quite salty so this sort of mimics the same effect. Take the pan out of the freezer after it has set, and gently spread the middle layer on top. Return to the freezer again. This time I let it set more like 30 minutes or it’s hard to put on the top layer.
You need your chocolate minced really fine. Take your time and get it all chopped up really well because you want it to melt quickly. Gently heat the coconut oil. Add the chocolate and stir until smooth and creamy. Take the pan out of the freezer again and drizzle on the top. Spread it gently if necessary.
This time I put the pan in the refrigerator and come back an hour or two later. Pull the paper up with both hands and remove your creation from the pan and put it on a cutting board.
I now cut the dessert into one-inch (or maybe a little bit smaller) cubes. Garnish with white chocolate if you're feeling fancy.
Store them lightly covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator. You should get at least 15 to 20 cubes from one pan. Plenty for your peanut butter cravings. So rich and creamy. Try to eat just one.
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