Looking for something to satisfy your chocolate cravings? This easy peasy 2 ingredient chocolate peanut butter bark recipe ought to do the trick! You can keep it simple or you can get creative with additional ingredients… some recommendations include cacao nibs, crushed peanuts, hazelnuts and/or sea salt.
As per always recommend using Pic’s peanut butter – once you try it there’s really no going back!
Chocolate peanut butter bark
150 grams vegan dark chocolate
1/4 cup Pic’s peanut butter
3 tbsp crushed peanuts (optional)
2 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)
1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)
- Using a double boiler, gently melt chocolate.
- Pour melted chocolate onto greaseproof paper and spread evenly using the back of a spoon.
- Using a knife, create a swirl effect with the peanut butter and sprinkle with roughly chopped peanuts (optional).
- Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to set.
- Break into small pieces, serve and enjoy.
Want to know more about the health benefits of cacao powder?
Cacao is actually raw chocolate, made by drying Cacao Theobroma beans at low temperatures. The better known product, cocoa, has been through a number of processes, including roasting at high temperatures, before sugar is added to create the chocolate bar, which often contain less than 40% cocoa solids.
The ‘superfood’ status of raw cacao is due largely to its exceptional anti-oxidant rating, meaning it has high propensity to reduce free radicals, thereby protecting cell membranes, reducing inflammation and slowing aging, amongst other benefits.
Cacao also contains substances including anandamide and phenylethylamines, which may improve concentration and are reported to have mood lifting properties, which may be further augmented by the presence of the amino acid, Tryptophan, the precursor to mood stabilising neurotransmitter, serotonin. Other nutrients in cacao include magnesium, essential for cardio-vascular health and energy production; and calcium, required for healthy bones.