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)
  • 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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102 comments

  1. Susan
    Love this idea. I want to eat too many of them to abide by the 4g of carbs per serving!
  2. Susan
    They are not baked. You just refrigerate and they solidify.
  3. Cate
    These are nice. Just made up a batch. Very rich. They just want to melt in your fingers. Doesn't need any sweetener when you use a 70% coaco chocolate. 3.5 months LCHF and my tastebuds are happily adjusting.
  4. Lynda
    Well, my daughters and I were hoping we would love these, but we didn't! They were not good and we were very disappointed. I would rather not eat chocolate!
    Reply: #80
  5. Deb
    I don’t get this chocolate thing. What are people using? Chocolate bars that are 70% or higher. Any chocolate I find has added sugar
    Reply: #56
  6. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Yes, any dark chocolate that's 70% or higher will work. The sugar in chocolate that dark is minimal.
    Reply: #57
  7. Deb
    Thank you very much!
  8. Andi
    Used Lily’s Chocolate Chips and they were divine!!!
  9. Sam
    These were a perfect post dinner snack! I didn’t include peanut butter or crushed nuts as I am allergic but I instead sprinkled coconut flakes on some, finely ground coffee on others and sea salt on the last few! They were so luxurious! One thing to note is that they melt quickly once out of the freezer due to the coconut oil.
  10. Amanda
    This is excellent! I used 78% Lindt chocolate. So smooth and nice, really lovely to be able to have a very small treat. Absolutely no need for sweetener.
    Reply: #88
  11. Hannah
    I love this! And since i’m a sweet tooth i didn’t expect even without sugar it taste absolutely delicious. Plus my husband and my friend tried it as well. Brilliant recipe. Hope you could share more to continue my low carb journey i just want to thank dietdoctor.com for the help and support with us
  12. ashley
    doesn't peanut butter have sugar?
    Reply: #63
  13. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    doesn't peanut butter have sugar?

    There will be natural sugars (same as any fruit or vegetable or legume) but you can choose a brand with no added sugars.

  14. Morgan
    Theses are so good! Does anyone know the sugar content in a serving??
    Reply: #65
  15. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Theses are so good! Does anyone know the sugar content in a serving??

    There are 4g net carbs per serving.

  16. Kellie
    What type and size of pan do you use? I can't find a 4x4 or 4x6
  17. Andrew
    Thanks for a delicious recipe. I'm glad shops have started supplying 100% chocolate as the sugar content starts to spiral out of control as the percentage comes down.

    I use a simplified formula that works for me: 2 parts chocolate, 1 part butter, 1 part nut butter, flavourings to taste.

    Handy tip: pour into ice cube trays and stick straight in the freezer. Instant portion control.

  18. Margie
    If using ice trays, did they stick to it being tha they use parchment in a pan? Also was this bitter or acceptable??
  19. Debra Myers
    Peanut butter like Jiffy is loaded with sugar, it's important to read labels. There are many peanut butters now that have nothing but peanuts and salt (if you have a Trader Joe's nearby, they have great nut butters).
  20. Manon Amiot
    Can we use the lilly's sugar free chocolat chips? It would reduce the carbs no?
    Reply: #71
  21. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Can we use the lilly's sugar free chocolat chips? It would reduce the carbs no?

    We have not experimented with the Lily's chips but they should work well.

  22. Susie
    Just made these, with 85% chocolate, added a teaspoon of erythritol... absolutely delicious! Going to be hard not to eat the lot!
    Reply: #73
  23. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Just made these, with 85% chocolate, added a teaspoon of erythritol... absolutely delicious! Going to be hard not to eat the lot!

    So glad that you enjoyed them!

  24. Eileen
    I want to bake, not much of a baker but never the less, what is the best kind of sugar substitute to use? I used a sugar but it was so crunchy when you chewed, could "taste" the granules.
    Reply: #75
  25. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I want to bake, not much of a baker but never the less, what is the best kind of sugar substitute to use? I used a sugar but it was so crunchy when you chewed, could "taste" the granules.

    There are a few brands that offer "powdered" versions of their sweeteners like Sukrin and Lakanto.

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  27. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi there is something I don't understand.
    the nutrition part shows for 100g:
    "Net carbs: 12 % (4 g)"
    but when I want to buy dark chocolate with 70% dark (on ocado) I find at least for 100 g :
    Fat 50 g
    of which Saturates 30 g
    Carbohydrate 24 g
    is that normal ?
    (I'm not english so sorry if is not very clear)
    thanks

    It's likely due to serving size. We have this 3.5oz chocolate make 12 servings, so much less than 100g.

  28. Teresa
    What size is a serving?
    Reply: #79
  29. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    What size is a serving?

    That depends on the serving dish you used. The recipe makes 12 servings as written.

  30. nancy
    I agree! These were awful! Have you ever stolen the choc. bar out of the fridge when you were little? Bit into it knowing you were getting this free, huge, yummy chocolate bar! Then, BAM! Its nasty, bitter baking chocolate. Well, that's what these taste like. they don't look at all like the photo. Look more like fudge than a brownie! Gargage can food..that's were mine went. Waste of time and $. Yes! I followed the directions correctly!
  31. Kat
    Would using organic raw cacao nibs be okay? The package didn't state 70% cocoa, but since it's pure cocoa....
    Inari Organic Raw Cacao Nibs?
  32. nancy
    i liked them.
    my only comment is that in the picture it looks like there is icing on a bit of cake base. when i made them it looks just like fudge or a hard piece of icing. they are a nice little sweet treat...nancy
  33. Alex Babic
    I used 100% cocoa chocolate and added erythritol so didnt follow recipie entirely.
    Goodness me, they are delicious .
  34. Heather
    Made these last week and they were divine - utterly divine! I used a combination of Proper Nutty's Slightly Salted Peanut Butter (my favourite PB - ingredients are peanuts and a little sea salt - and nothing else) plus Tesco's own Classic 74% chocolate.
  35. Judi
    Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Bar 85% cacao is the best one I've found. The package contains two 50-gram chocolate bars, and the serving size is 40 g, or 2/3 of a bar 13g total carb/8g net. I find that 1/5 of that serving size is just enough chocolate treat when I really want a chocolate fix. That brings it down to about 1.5 net carbs per reduced serving.

    This recipe would use both chocolate bars, which would be 20 net carbs for the entire recipe from the chocolate, and about 1.5/serving contributed from the chocolate.

    I wonder if I added heavy cream to get a milkier chocolate if the recipe would still work... My 11 year old doesn't like dark chocolate. I will report back with any success or failures :-)

  36. Alkie
    Wasn't sure how they were going to turn out..but OH MY GOSH! I followed the recipe with the exception of using hazelnut instead of peanuts. These were tasty! Especially when you are deprived of other chocolates, chips and cookies! Thank you for the recipe!
  37. Sharon Thorpe
    Well mine looked absolutely nothing like the picture completely flat no consistency at all where did I go wrong 🤔
  38. alexa
    Lindt has sugar
  39. Elena Salloum
    Hello i was wondering what is the difference of low carb desserts and keto desserts? For example if a low carb titled dessert says that it contains 2g carbs per serving will that be ok to be consumed by a person who is on a keto diet rather that on a low carb diet?
    Reply: #90
  40. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hello i was wondering what is the difference of low carb desserts and keto desserts? For example if a low carb titled dessert says that it contains 2g carbs per serving will that be ok to be consumed by a person who is on a keto diet rather that on a low carb diet?

    Yes, that's generally fine. For a recipe to get a green keto circle, it has to have the right balance of protein and fat, not just be very low carb.

  41. Margaret Szelmeczka
    Looking at the recipe, are these able to be made, formed into balls
    and rolled in chopped nuts?
    Reply: #92
  42. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Looking at the recipe, are these able to be made, formed into balls
    and rolled in chopped nuts?

    That would be tricky with this recipe as the batter is very liquid before being chilled.

  43. Rita
    Where does one find a 4x6 inch to put this in, impossible!
    Reply: #94
  44. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Where does one find a 4x6 inch to put this in, impossible!

    There are several options on Amazon. Here is a link to one.
    https://www.amazon.com/Lawei-Piece-Non-Stick-Mini-Loaf/dp/B07PZB63BD/...

  45. Jules
    Ice cube trays from Lidl’s or Aldi holds 60mls of fluid : how may carbs would that be .
  46. Sarah
    The image on this recipe looks like its a different consistency half way through- is there just melted chocolate on top? The bottom part looks more brownie and then the top looks solid but the recipe seems to just combine everything so i don't understand why it looks split? Am i missing something?
    Reply: #97
  47. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    The image on this recipe looks like its a different consistency half way through- is there just melted chocolate on top? The bottom part looks more brownie and then the top looks solid but the recipe seems to just combine everything so i don't understand why it looks split? Am i missing something?

    That's just due to the bars cutting differently through the peanuts and the chocolate.

  48. Caro
    Hello,
    will cacao butter work, too instead of the ghee or coconut oil? Don´t do well with both.
    Thank you.
    Reply: #99
  49. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hello,
    will cacao butter work, too instead of the ghee or coconut oil? Don´t do well with both.
    Thank you.

    We have not tested this recipe with cacao butter but it sounds like a promising substitution option.

  50. Laura
    #74 Eileen
    If you used Erythritol granules as a sweetener, it doesn't dissolve in cold liquids or fillings that aren't cooked. You may think that dissolving Erythritol in hot liquids and cooling it before using will take care of that problem, but crystals form once the liquid cools. So, you need to convert your Erythritol into a "confectioners" sweetener: Put Erythritol into a food processor; process on high until finely ground. (The grinding time depends upon how much Erythritol you placed in the food processor bowl.)

    You can also buy the confectioners version of Erythritol, Swerve or Sukrin, but it will cost you more than making your own. Example: Erythritol regular (Hale 3 lb.) $14.99; Erythritol confectioners (Anthony's 2 lb.) $12.49; Swerve regular or confectioners (48 oz.) $24.99; Sukrin confectioners (42.3 oz.) $42.99.

  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
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