cooking: chocolaty peanut butter bites

I’ve heard it said that necessity is the mother of invention, and really, that’s where these little bites of heaven were derived from… a pure and overwhelming need for something sweet. I searched our fridge for low carb ingredients, and came up with the right combo to make these little beauties:

chocolate peanut butter bites - don't they look wonderful?

Here’s how I made them:

1. Start with chilled peanut butter. I use Trader Joe’s organic peanut butter (just peanuts!). Make sure it’s chilled or it will be too goopy to do what we want to do.

start with peanut butter (chilled!)

2. Crush some peanuts in whatever method you like best. I used my pampered chef slap chopper here. Again, Trader Joe’s brand peanuts – 50% salt, only because they don’t sell unsalted. :-p

crush some peanuts

3. Drop a scoop of peanut butter in to your crushed peanuts. About 1/2 teaspoon works well.

drop a scoop of chilled peanut butter in to crushed nuts

4. Roll the peanut butter around in the peanuts until they’re coated and you can form a little ball out of them. Place these on wax paper and put in the freezer to chill for ~ 10 minutes (while you get the chocolate ready).

roll, roll, roll that scoop of peanut butter until it's fully coated with peanuts

5. For the chocolate part – put some very low carb chocolate (godiva 72% dark) in a small bowl. Then add a bit of oil (whatever kind you like best, grapeseed oil works well because of it’s light, buttery flavor). The amount of oil will vary depending on how much chocolate you are making, but I’d say probably 1 Tbsp oil per chocolate bar. Adjust accordingly.

6. Heat the bowl in the microwave on high for 45 seconds. Stir a bit, put it back in for another 45 seconds. Repeat this process until your chocolate is melted.

7. Pull the peanut butter bites from the freezer, use a fork to drop them (one by one) in to the bowl of chocolate and roll them around until covered. Then, scoop them out and place back on the wax paper. Chill in fridge or freezer to allow chocolate to harden.

8. Eat and enjoy!!

coated with chocolate... yummmmm. a low carb treat!

 

#recipes, #lowcarb, #dessert

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