Low-carb chocolate and peanut squares

Low-carb chocolate and peanut squares

Wow… Just wow. Chocolate and peanut butter are meant for each another. Here, they’re presented in perfect harmony with some toasted nuts on top for crunchiness!

Low-carb chocolate and peanut squares

Wow… Just wow. Chocolate and peanut butter are meant for each another. Here, they’re presented in perfect harmony with some toasted nuts on top for crunchiness!
USMetric
12 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 3½ oz. 100 g dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids
  • 4 tbsp 4 tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ cup 60 ml peanut butter
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp (3 g) licorice powder or ground cinnamon or ground cardamom (green)
  • ¼ cup 60 ml chopped salted peanuts, for decoration

Instructions

Instructions are for 12 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Melt chocolate and butter or coconut oil in the microwave oven or in a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler you can put a glass bowl on top of a pot of steaming water. Make sure that the water doesn't reach the bowl. The chocolate will melt from the heat of the steam. Set the melted chocolate aside to cool for a few minute before proceeding with the next step.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except the nuts and blend until incorporporated.
  3. Pour the batter into a small greased baking dish lined with parchment paper (no bigger than 4 x 6 inches).
  4. Top with finely chopped peanuts or other creative toppings. Place in the refrigerator to chill.
  5. When the batter is set, cut into small squares with a sharp knife. Remember, keep these and all treats small—no more than a 1 x 1 inch square. Store in the refrigerator of freezer.

Tip

Almond or hazelnut butter work, too. And try different toppings: toasted (and coarsely chopped) almonds or hazelnuts, roasted sesame seeds with unsweetened coconut flakes, or even tahini. Mmmmm…

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48 comments

  1. Mony Chhim
    Well... It was just a bunch of fat mixed with chocolate. Next time I'll just eat a piece of chocolate!
    Reply: #16
  2. June Donaldson
    It would be really great if those who gave the recipe a high rating left a positive comment. I'm looking for a low-carb cake recipe for a birthday.
  3. Robert
    Be careful with the peanut butter. Some brands add sugar. Also I recently found 85% chocolate bars at Trader Joe's.
  4. Allessio77
    The picture shows 2 layers....how so?
  5. dom
    I think that second layer look, is where it's sheared away while being cut. That is it's an illusion.
  6. Apicius
    Top layer is probably just melted chocolate with nuts. Bottom is the recipe.
  7. Rachel
    I made these this evening, and they were lovely. They remind me of peanut butter fudge. The butter and the peanut butter soften the chocolate, taking all of the snap out of it. The peanuts on top lend a pleasant crunch.

    @June Donaldson, it's delicious, but nothing at all like a cake.

    Regarding layers, there is just one layer. The peanuts are added to the top of the chocolate mixture, not as a separate peanut/chocolate layer. @dom is correct -- the second layer is just an illusion.

  8. linda
    Is the amount of coco solids on the package? I probably eaten dark choc one time! No nothing about pure dark choc. Can someone help please? God bless
  9. Janice
    Linda, the bar's package will say something like "70% cocoa." If not, assume it won't be dark enough for this recipe.
  10. pamela
    This recipe exceeded my expectations. Absolutely delicious!!
  11. Cindy
    Used 100% cacao and added pure stevia for sweetness, as well as cinnamon and a pinch of cardamon (and vanilla). Tasty!
    Reply: #28
  12. Paula
    I know now to add stevia if nothing sweet is part of the recipe. Mine was bitter without it.
  13. Cindy
    How many carbs are in one of the these? I need it to see where it can be fitted into my diet.

    Thanks!

    Reply: #14
  14. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Cindy!

    3 gram carb/serving ( it's a total of 12 servings/pieces).

    How many carbs are in one of the these? I need it to see where it can be fitted into my diet.
    Thanks!

  15. Maddie York
    I made the 'alternative' ones with almond butter, and sprinkled chopped almonds on the top, and they were so pretty and delicious! I didn't really see the need for licorice or cinnamon - mine were still lovely and flavoursome without those additional flavourings. Will make these often, I think.
  16. Lisabradley
    Tried this tonight very bitter really not nice at all

    Well... It was just a bunch of fat mixed with chocolate. Next time I'll just eat a piece of chocolate!

  17. Lisabradley
    Made this tonight was bitter really not nice
  18. Kim Bayer
    What temperature do you bake these at??
    Reply: #19
  19. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Kim!

    These are not made in the oven.

    What temperature do you bake these at??

  20. MarStar
    These are AMAZING! And very easy to make. I licked the bowl and the spoon clean! :)
  21. Nikki
    for the folks that loved these, what percentage of chocolate did you use?
    A lot of people said it was bitter and I am thinking that they use too high of chocolate.
    I have tried different chocolates and anything over 70% is pretty bitter.
    Reply: #22
  22. Duncan
    We used 85%, mind you we don't eat any lower than that as the sugar levels ramp up pretty quickly. I loved them.

    for the folks that loved these, what percentage of chocolate did you use?
    A lot of people said it was bitter and I am thinking that they use too high of chocolate.
    I have tried different chocolates and anything over 70% is pretty bitter.

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  24. Mari
    These are delicious and satisfied my cravings. Although with the peanut butter added use caution and be careful not to eat too many.
  25. John
    Made them with 85% dark chocolate. Nothing special as they are. Just buttery chocolate. Will try using more PB (I have a no sugar one) and Stevia. If course, you could always just spoon some PB onto pieces of dark chocolate. That's what I used to do. Trying these to get something a bit sweeter.
  26. Jane
    I used 80% choccie and loads of Cardamon ( because I love it) . Turned out really well . I spread mine thin and eat shards. For the people who say it's too bitter. I used to think 'blergh' with high cocoa content chocolate too. I would suggest giving your palette time to adjust to no sugar, and then things start to taste sweeter.
  27. Carolyn
    I'm in the UK and managed to get some 90% chocolate (Lindt Excellence) whilst it's on offer. Knowing it would be bitter I added some Stevia to taste. Didn't have plain peanuts in so left them out. As i didn't have a tin i used one of the mouldable ice cube trays to pour the mixture in. Works a treat. They taste nice but one is probably enough. For me, a chocolate lover, to say that is a massive thing. Been following keto a couple of weeks and lost 6lbs (2.7kg). It's early days and was reticient to begin with but finding the recipes really handy along with a few books acquired online. Hubby has been doing keto since last October and he's lost 2 stone 12 (18.14kg). We're both embracing the changes and glad to be doing it together.
  28. June
    Cindy, from one of DietDrs pages re Stevia not good: https://www.dietdoctor.com/?s=artificial+sweeteners
    re Stevia they say: "By the way, Stevia is marketed as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners. That’s marketing talk. There is nothing natural about a processed super-sweet white powder like Stevia."
  29. rosemary freitas
    I make my own sugar free chocolate by using an artificial sweetener, cocoa butter and unsweetened baking chocolate.
  30. Joe
    I saw the picture and thought at first they were brownies, but they are really just 1" x 1" pieces of candy. Having said that, I really enjoyed these! I treat them like a delicacy and have just 1 piece, maybe 2 after dinner just to satisfy my sweet tooth. I took the cinnamon route and used Laura Scudders Old-fashioned Natural Smooth peanut butter. I used chopped walnuts for the topping. It says 4g of carbs per serving but I couldn't really figure out what they consider a serving size so I just assumed that each little piece is 4g. Very easy to make this recipe, will do again at some point.
  31. Yvonne
    They look nothing like the recipe, almost thought they had left something out. As others have said ended up just like chocolate with a few additives.
  32. Ben
    The recipe is incomplete and not written well. It doesnt even say what to do with the peanut butter. Its also shows two solid layers in the picture without explaining how.
    Reply: #42
  33. Rachel
    These were amazing! I toasted almonds and coconut flakes for the topping instead and they were delicious. Will definitely be making them again.
  34. Keith
    Looks delicious. It would be awesome if you left the entire Nutrition Facts with the recipes. I am curious how many grams of fat, protein and carbs are included. As a newbie to KETO I am tracking all of my food intake and macro's as I learn how much of what to eat, etc.
  35. Peter
    I double the recipe and try and use 80% to 85% cocoa in the chocolate. Get as low a carb PB as I can find at the market. I always put in a few drops of Stevia and I flavor the chocolate with fine ground coffee (1 Tsp) like espresso. I will cut the pan into 9 squares and I assign 8 carbs per piece. I do not eat more then 2 pieces a week for a treat especially if I want to miss a meal. And I share this with my daughter. The bar in the pic that looks like layers is just the knife cut and the angle of the photo. These are exactly like little pieces of fudge! Yummy!
  36. Cheryl
    I just made this. It looks like there are two layers because that's how they look when they thicken and set up. I think it's because more of the peanut butter settles on the bottom half. They do look like two different layers when done setting. I used 99% baking chocolate and added 5 tsp monk fruit/erythritol blend I found at grocery store. No weird after taste. I quite like them. Pretty melty. Will need to keep in fridge.
  37. Maaike
    I used 72% dark chocolate. My peanut butter might have sugar in it as well because it wasn't bitter. Just tastes like dark chocolate mixed with peanut butter, it's delicious! It does however stay soft, so I can't really cut it into squares or pieces. Just going to keep it in the baking tin in the fridge.
  38. Philip
    I made a batch of these and absolutely love them. I'm a fan of salted chocolate so these were perfect. I used 70% dark chocolate and it tastes great.
  39. Julie Witte
    What temp are these baked at please? Recipe appears incomplete, given that the slab should be allowed to cool before sprinkling peanuts... anyone??
    Reply: #41
  40. Joseph Barrettt
    Hello everyone! Have a question about this low carb chocolate peanut squares recipe. 3 1/2 oz. of dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids is what the recipe calls for. I found it at a local store,but I'm confused.This product has 10 grams of carbs and 8 grams of sugar!? Did I not buy the right product? Someone please help me!!
  41. hanna
    They aren't baked, the mixture is just very hot and becomes solid as it cools.
  42. Hanna
    The peanut butter is involved in this step: "Mix in all other ingredients". I don't think it's poorly written, but just extremely simple. Hope that helps.
  43. SUE
    is the chocolate pieces supposed to be unsweetened chocolate?
  44. Sara
    If you aren't going to list the total carbohydrates then I can't follow you or make any of your recipes
    Replies: #46, #47
  45. LMF
    I made these with 99% unsweetened Scharffen Berger dark chocolate, almond butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, coconut extract and coconut oil. I didn't feel that it was overly bitter even with that pure of a cocoa, but I am accustomed to dark chocolate and don't find it bitter in an off putting way. I also think the quality of chocolate helps with the bitterness. I think I'll try butterscotch extract next time with sea salt sprinkled on top.
  46. Helen
    All of the recipes have a pink line that says "Nutrition". Hit the + sign.
  47. SheilaSmith
    Nutrition depends on the ingredients that you use, there are many options for the ingredients.

    If you aren't going to list the total carbohydrates then I can't follow you or make any of your recipes

  48. Michelle
    These were amazing! I used the Healtheries Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Baking bits, butter, Fix & Fog smooth peanut butter, vanilla extract, cardamom powder with chopped peanuts on top - both my husband and I love it but the problem is trying to stop at one small piece! The cardamom adds a lovely warmth. :-) Hmmm... just realised that the Healtheries Baking Bits are only 55% cocoa solids - that would be why mine weren't as bitter as others as reporting... oops!
  49. Angela
    I made these and added an extra layer of peanuts to the bottom. It was great!

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