Healthy Peanut Butter Treats

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Healthy Peanut Butter Treats

If Vegemite didn’t have such a catchy jingle, then I’m sure Peanut Butter would’ve won the prize for most popular Aussie spread. It has been around forever and more recently has had a resurgence in popularity. It has a great nutritional profile as demonstrated by the more boutique brands which contain only Australian peanuts, salt and nothing more.

Peanuts, however, are not a nut and are instead a legume. They grow underground, in a fashion not dissimilar to a potato for that matter. Talk about confusing! Because of their legume status, they are off limits for staunch Paleos, and are banned from just about every day-care and primary school in the country due to allergy risk. Talk about tough love, however, maybe it’s this tough love banning that has transformed the humble Peanut Butter from an awkwardly common poor-man’s spread to something of a near delicacy for occasions only outside of the school yard. Whatever the reason, to celebrate PB’s longevity in a market fraught with competition, I’ve made a couple easy healthy peanut butter recipes, which I know you will enjoy and come to love. 

Salted Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients

  • 200g coconut oil 
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp sea salt flakes

Method

  1. In a small saucepan, gentle warm the coconut oil, until soft.
  2. Remove from the heat, then add the peanut butter, rice malt syrup and maple syrup, stirring briskly with a fork until perfectly smooth. 
  3. Stir in 1 tsp of the sea salt flakes.
  4. Pour the mixture into a square cake tin, lined with non-stick paper. 
  5. Finally sprinkle the remaining 1 tsp of sea salt flakes on top and transfer to the freezer to set.
  6. Once set firm, slice into 16 portions. Only remove immediately prior to serving. 

 

Peanut Butter Caramels

Ingredients

  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 10g dark chocolate

Method

  1. Gently open and remove the date seeds, moulding them carefully into a bowl-like vessels (to hold the PB).
  2. Spoon 1 tsp of peanut butter into each date.
  3. Using a fine grater, grate the dark chocolate on top of the PB filled dates.
  4. To set, transfer to the freezer for a couple of hours. Keep frozen and only remove immediately prior to serving. Once set, you will find them irresistibly chewy, just like a healthy version of a peanut butter caramel!
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