Peanut Chocolate

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Peanut Butter Chocolate — It’s one of the best flavors you can get. If you’re a fan, then this is the post for you. I’ll be writing about everything peanut butter chocolate and how to make your own peanut butter candies at home. So if Peanut Butter Chocolate is your favorite combination, then you have come to the right place.

3 INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS

Eat your feelings with these Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. It’s a 3 ingredient dessert that fulfills all those late night cravings.

Eat your feelings with these Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. It’s a 3 ingredient dessert that fulfills all those late night cravings. 

A stack of Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars layered with peanut butter and chocolatey goodness

I love easy desserts. This one is an “eat your feelings” dessert at its finest. It’s super easy to make and it’s one of the most popular flavor combinations in the world: chocolate and peanut butter. You can’t go wrong with this. It’s like eating a giant Reese’s candy bar and it’s amazing.

I’d like to say these last a few days sitting on the counter, but let’s face it, they don’t. They get consumed well before they ever have a chance to go bad.

TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS

This picture and recipe has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. Crazy, huh? While most of the people that make it have no problems and enjoy this decadent dessert, here a few troubleshooting tips:

PEANUT BUTTER

Depending on the brand of peanut butter you use it may require more powdered sugar than listed. Add enough powdered sugar to get a thick consistency that will hold a shape. Natural peanut butters work in this recipe as well as chunky peanut butters.

CHOCOLATE

For this recipe you can use either milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Cheap chocolate produces terrible results so be sure to choose good quality chocolate chips. Some of those store brands of chocolate chips are actually chocolate flavored chips which makes a big difference. I personally use Ghirardelli or Guittard Milk Chocolate.

CUTTING

What you see in the picture didn’t require any special cutting method. If they are refrigerated for a long time and get too cold, they will be very difficult to cut. Once the chocolate has hardened, these bars can be stored at room temperature which means they should cut easily.

STICKING

This is either your pan or your chocolate. I have used a glass pan as well as a metal nonstick pan with no problems. I do not line it or spray it with anything. Some pans, especially ones with scratches, cause sticking problems, as well as cheap chocolate. If you are worried, line the bottom of your pan with wax or parchment paper.

Eat your feelings with these Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. It’s a 3 ingredient dessert that fulfills all those late night cravings.

Cook Time15 MINUTES

Total Time15 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups chocolate chips about 2 bags
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Melt 1 bag chocolate chips in the microwave (15 seconds, stir, repeat until melted smooth).
  • Spread chocolate in bottom of a non-stick 9×9 pan. Let harden.
  • Use a hand mixer to mix together 1 1/2 cups peanut butter with 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Spread over hardened chocolate.
  • Melt 1 more bag of chocolate chips.
  • Spread on top of peanut butter layer. Let harden.

chocolate peanut clusters

Enjoy these three ingredient Chocolate Peanut Clusters! Made with dark chocolate, peanut butter and roasted peanuts, they’re the perfect chocolate treat for entertaining or the holidays. 

A plate of homemade chocolate peanut clusters

You only need 3 ingredients to make these delicious Chocolate Peanut Clusters!

I know it’s not Christmas, and I even missed Christmas in July, but I think Chocolate Peanut Clusters can be eaten ALL  year round. These Chocolate Peanut Clusters SO easy to make – you’re going to LOVE them.

This recipe only requires a bowl and a spoon. No electric mixer and no weird ingredients 🙅‍♀️

Chocolate peanut clusters on a white plate

So what makes these Peanut Clusters so good?! Well my recipe has a little peanut butter twist – for added flavour.

All you have to do is melt a little dark chocolate with a few tablespoons of smooth peanut butter, stir through some roasted peanuts and voila, perfect Peanut Clusters.

When I make these Peanut Clusters, I love to sprinkle over a little sea salt for that sweet and salty action. Or  you could even use roasted salted peanuts.

You could also make these with any other nuts if you prefer. Roasted almonds would be lovely or cashews! I think any roasted nut goes beautifully with chocolate, especially rich dark chocolate. But you could also use milk chocolate if you prefer.

Just be warned that these are very very hard to resist. In fact, I might just go sneak another one. So what are you waiting for?!

how to make chocolate peanut clusters

  • Start with good quality ingredients. Some nice unsalted peanuts, good quality dark (or milk) chocolate and some smooth peanut butter.
  • I recommend using store bought peanut butter – the processed kind like Bega, Jif or Skippy.
  • All you need to do and is melt the chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave, stirring until smooth, before adding the peanuts. Stir until all the peanuts are covered.
  • Line a baking tray or serving platter with baking or parchment paper. Spoon out teaspoons of the chocolate mix, sprinkle over a little sea salt, and pop in the fridge to set.

Food Fight: Peanut Butter Cups vs. Chocolate-Covered Peanuts

It’s the holiday of treats, and you know you’ll be seeing a slew of chocolate all over the place. So, when faced with the choice between two of these chocolate favorites, which should you choose?Peanut Butter Cups

You can find these beloved chocolates in a single or two-pack. When packaged as two, each peanut butter cup tends to be larger, at 0.8 ounces, while the single-serving pack is smaller, at 0.6 ounces.

One 0.8-ounce peanut butter cup has about 116 calories, 7 grams of fat (2.5 grams of it saturated), 2.5 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 11 grams of sugars. If you choose the smaller (0.6-ounce) size, it’s about 88 calories, 5 grams of fat (2 grams of it saturated), 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 8 grams of sugars. Because these babies are made with peanut butter, there’s a touch more protein than in other chocolate bars, along with some niacin.

However, peanut butter cups are made with milk chocolate and contain additives and preservatives. They also contain lots of sugar — it’s even listed twice under two different names for sugar (dextrose and sugar).

Chocolate-Covered Peanuts

When it comes to chocolate-covered peanuts, there are more choices available, including peanuts covered with milk chocolate or dark chocolate, and with or without a candy shell. Dark chocolate is the healthier choice, because it contains numerous antioxidants, including theobromine, which helps reduce inflammation and may help lower blood pressure.

On the other hand, milk chocolate contains less cocoa solids as compared with dark chocolate and tends to have sugar, cream and milk solids added to it, which diminishes its nutritional value. Not to mention all the sugar, preservatives and additives found in the candy coating.

One serving of chocolate-covered peanuts (1.4 ounces) contains 230 calories, 15 grams of fat (6 grams of it saturated), 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 11 grams of sugars.

In this candy, the peanuts are in whole form and aren’t processed. This means you get the nutritional benefits of peanuts in every piece, including more fiber. However, it’s tough to stop at just one piece. Oftentimes, you can overconsume portions of this favorite candy and finish an entire bag without noticing.

Healthy Eats Winner: Thanks to portion control, the winner of this food fight is peanut butter cups. It’s much easier to overdo the chocolate-covered peanuts, which could result in eating hundreds of extra calories.

Food Fight: Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter

Get revved up for the next Healthy Eats battle! Peanut butter and almond butter are popular choices for kids and adults, but which should you choose?

peanut butter

Get revved up for the next Healthy Eats battle: almond butter versus peanut butter. These nuts butters are popular with folks young and old but which should you be putting in your shopping cart?

Almond Butter

Two tablespoons of almond butter has around 202 calories, 18 grams of mostly unsaturated fat, and 4 grams of protein. It’s an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese. It also provides fiber, calcium, iron, a few B-vitamins, potassium, and zinc.

The flavor of almond butter is comparable to peanut butter only nuttier and slightly richer. It’s a tasty alternative for those with peanut-only allergies.

A recent ABC News article also reported that two-time American Olympic medalist and beach volleyball player Kerry Walsh eats almond butter and honey sandwiches, especially before she competes.

There are a few cons when it comes to this nut butter. Some food manufacturers may add sugar, salt or hydrogenated oils in order to increase its shelf life. Read the ingredient list and choose the variety with the fewest ingredients and no additives.

A second con: almond butter isn’t as easy to find as peanut butter. You may need to go to a specialty food stores or ask your grocery store manager to order it. It’s also more expensive than peanut butter – organic varieties can run around 8 to 10 dollars per 15-ounce jar!

Peanut Butter

Two tablespoons of peanut butter has about 188 calories, 16 grams of mostly unsaturated fat, and 8 grams of protein. It’s an excellent source of niacin and manganese and a good source of vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorus.

You can easily find many varieties of chunky and smooth peanut butter on store shelves. Some are better than others. Reduced-fat peanut butter often has more sugar than their full-fat counterparts. Other peanut butters have added sugar, salt, or trans fats in order to add flavor or increase shelf life. Look for varieties that are as simple as possible — made from peanuts and a touch of salt.

Peanut butter is also much less expensive than almond butter running around 4 dollars per 15-ounce jar. Oftentimes, you can also find it on sale or buy in even cheaper in bulk.

Healthy Eats Winner:

Peanut butter wins this face-off! Although both almond and peanut butter are comparable in calories and good-for-you nutrients, almond butter is just tougher to find and costs a pretty penny. Unless you have a personal need to purchase almond butter (like a peanut-only allergy)—there’s no need to shell out the extra cash. Just be sure to read the ingredient list in order to choose the healthiest nut butter.

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