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 80% 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)
  • 1½ oz. 40 g salted peanuts, finely chopped or hazelnuts

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 incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into a small greased baking dish lined with parchment paper (no bigger than 4x6 inches).
  4. Top with finely chopped peanuts. 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 1x1 inch square. Store in the refrigerator or 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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122 comments

  1. Laura
    #54
    I thought these were awful. I'd rather eat a piece of dark chocolate; it's easier and cheaper. But I also find, when I eat sweets that are less than edible, I want to make the real thing. I'm better off not making the recipe at all and having a bite of Hershey's dark chocolate w/no sugar instead. I can eat a mini-chocolate bar and still lose weight, but gain weight when I eat Keto sweets or breads. Go figure.
  2. DDMem112018
    Weird. Doesn't look like the picture, which looks like a cake. The recipe was a bit vague and I wasn't sure I was doing it right. Went to smooth it out, this wasn't happening. Ended up putting the peanut butter into moulds with the choc on top. The butter remains mushy and soft. Is this supposed to harden as well? Fiddly and disappointing.
  3. DDMem112018
    Mine definitely was not runny. Was I to pour the chocolate into the peanut butter mix? The recipe dosen't actually say what to do with the chocolate.
  4. zowie.lenard
    Didn’t have the size pan suggested. Used 12 silicone cupcake moulds and poured 20g give or take into each mould and put in fridge. Once set take out of mould and put into a container. Really easy.
  5. Ca
    Why isn´t there any chocolate recipe on this site that isn´t completely dark chocolate? Although doing keto there are still people who just don´t like this dark stuff. Post some cocoa butter recipes at least.
    Reply: #113
  6. mrspeczs
    How many of these can I have per day? if per day at all. thanks! new to keto
    Reply: #107
  7. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    How many of these can I have per day? if per day at all. thanks! new to keto

    The number you can eat per day, or per week, and see the progress you want will vary by individual.

  8. Eliz
    I made these chocolate squares and really like them (although they don't look like the photo which seems to show the upper half as dense chocolate and the bottom as a mix of the nut butter and dark chocolate). I used almond butter instead of peanut butter. Chose to use butter not coconut oil as recipe noted you could use one or the other. Added a little cayenne and used some cinnamon but very little of it. Next time more cayenne and sliced almonds for the top instead of peanuts.
    Would like to try these with darker chocolate and add Monk Fruit Sweetener with Erythritol for a lower carb count.
  9. Sarah Hart
    When it says blend, does that mean use a blender, or just mix everything together properly?
    Reply: #111
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  11. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    When it says blend, does that mean use a blender, or just mix everything together properly?

    Either should be fine, as long as all the ingredients are blended together thoroughly.

  12. Terry
    Love, love this recipe! Talk about a GREAT Christmas present! I've made these twice now and they melt in your mouth and the nuts add that extra yumminess. I used half peanut butter and half mixed nut butter both times, just to get a differentiation of nutrition from the different nuts. While putting the nuts on top looks pretty, the second time I mixed a lot of them down into the batter after putting it in the pan. Still left some on top for aesthetics. I actually prefer it with the nuts mixed in. Both ways are great though! The first time I made it with half butter, half coconut oil. Second time all butter. Both were great. This is a keeper. Doubling the recipe, it lasts a long time in the refrigerator. At the ready for a little treat. Thanks!
  13. Merrykate
    Because lighter chocolate has far more sugar than is wise to eat on a keto diet.
  14. Kim
    Really easy and delicious. Used the peanuts on top next time ill try shredded coconut!
    Reply: #115
  15. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Really easy and delicious. Used the peanuts on top next time ill try shredded coconut!

    Good idea!

  16. cath.bernard
    I love these 😺How long do these last if kept in the fridge and can they be frozen
    Reply: #117
  17. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I love these 😺How long do these last if kept in the fridge and can they be frozen

    They should keep up to a week in the fridge and yes they can be frozen.

  18. desiree.j.juarez
    I could only find 100% cocoa at the store and these tasted HORRIBLE. Super bitter. We couldn’t eat them.
    Reply: #119
  19. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I could only find 100% cocoa at the store and these tasted HORRIBLE. Super bitter. We couldn’t eat them.

    So sorry you didn't enjoy them!

  20. Jeanne
    This is hands down my favorite keto treat! I do half cinnamon and half cardamom and sprinkle a bit of Hawaiian sea salt on top.
    Reply: #121
  21. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    This is hands down my favorite keto treat! I do half cinnamon and half cardamom and sprinkle a bit of Hawaiian sea salt on top.

    Awesome!! Thanks for the tip!

  22. Adacosta
    Can I make this with pure coco powder?
    Reply: #123
  23. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Can I make this with pure coco powder?

    The recipe has not been tested with cocoa powder.

  24. Tiffany
    I loved it it !!!!!was very tasty very simple I will be making this again🥰🥰
    Reply: #125
  25. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I loved it it !!!!!was very tasty very simple I will be making this again🥰🥰

    Wonderful!! Thank you for sharing your feedback!

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