You don't have to completely remove chocolate from your diet - not with skinny chocolate in the house. And this recipe for peanut bark is just like enjoying a candy bar.
Sweets for the Trim Healthy Mama
Skinny chocolate is a staple for many Trim Healthy Mamas. Instead of the usual sugar-free versions of chocolate available at the local store (most of which use fake sugars that aren't very good for you), skinny chocolate uses a coconut oil base and your own choice of added sweetener. There are some great, healthy sugar alternatives beyond the chemical stuff manufactured in a lab (these are affiliate links) - erythritol, xylitol, and stevia are some of my favorites.
Skinny Chocolate Peanut Bark
Skinny chocolate peanut bark is a very simple treat – perfect for those times you want to whip up a quick treat but don’t want plain chocolate. All you need? Peanut butter and peanuts… and skinny chocolate, of course!
Start by making the basic skinny chocolate – melted coconut oil, add sweetener until it’s dissolved, and cocoa powder (choose a really good one – it makes a huge difference!). Make sure the coconut oil is warm – that will help the sweetener dissolve and the peanut butter will combine much more easily.
Then add a big spoonful of peanut butter. I don’t really measure, but it’s probably about 1/4 cup. Then add a few handfuls of peanuts – as much or as little as you want. Stir them well until they are all coated with chocolate.
Cover a cookie sheet with a piece of waxed paper and pour the mixture out onto the waxed paper and refrigerate until the chocolate hardens. Once it’s hardened, break it into pieces and store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Skinny Chocolate Peanut Bark Recipe
Serves: 4-6 servings
- ½ cup refined coconut oil
- ¼ cup xylitol
- 2 scoops stevia extract
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup peanut butter, or to taste
- 1-2 handfuls of peanuts
- Measure the coconut oil into a 2-cup glass measuring cup and microwave until melted.
- Run the xylitol through a coffee grinder until it becomes a fine powder. Stir in the stevia extract.
- Add the xylitol and stevia to the melted coconut oil and whisk until combined.
- Add the cocoa powder, whisking to combine.
- Add the peanut butter, stirring until it's mixed in.
- Add a handful or two peanuts, stirring to coat all the nuts.
- Pour the mixture out onto a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened.
- Break into pieces and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
If you are trying to cut back on sugar and making healthy sweets instead, skinny chocolate is a nice treat. What healthy treats have you been making?