CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER POPSICLES


The time-honored pairing of chocolate and peanut butter is a classic dessert flavor. Making your own tasty treats is the only way to make this combination healthy for you. Removing the dairy from this recipe means you are less likely to gain weight from it. (But it still tastes really creamy!) You will have a hard time convincing the non-diabetics in your household to not eat these.

Allergens and substitutions: To avoid peanut butter substitute sunflower or almond butter.

 

HEALING BENEFITS

Cacao is the dried fatty seed of the cacao plant, from which chocolate products are made. These highly bitter seeds can be made into cacao powder or cacao nibs. Dark chocolate and cacao offer the highest amount of antioxidants. Studies have proven the power of cacao to increase your body’s immunity and decrease blood pressure. Always seek cacao chocolate or cacao powder, since the similar cocoa powder is heavily processed which removes most of the healing properties. Read the label, you want to find the unsweetened variety, sometimes labeled baking chocolate.

 

Coconut milk is made from the inner “meat” of the tropical coconut. It is actually a fruit, not a nut like the name implies. The “conventional nutrition” wisdom that claims that coconut milk is unhealthy because it has fat is false. In fact, the coconut has healing properties because of its healthy fat content. Coconut milk and coconut oil are both high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which can lower the risk of heart disease. Studies show that Alzheimer’s patients benefit from the MCT fats. And Alzheimer’s has a strong link to diabetes with some doctors even calling it “Type 3” diabetes.

 

Stevia is native to South America but is being cultivated around the world.  It is a natural plant that happens to be quite sweet.  Stevia has no calories, when used in a pure extract form, does not cause dental problems, like sugar, and has been shown to reduce post postprandial blood sugar spikes.  A study done by a panel of medical doctors at the University of Florida found that those participants in the stevia group consumed much less food than compared to those in the sugar group.  They also found that the stevia group had much lower postprandial blood sugar levels than the sugar group did.  Amazon and some grocery stores have the pure liquid stevia extract.  Avoid Stevia In The Raw® at all costs – it has dextrose in it.  Dextrose is a sugar (easy to spot since it ends in -ose) derived from corn, one of the top six inflammatory foods.

 

PUTTING IT ALTOGETHER

If you have a blender, this will be the hardest working part to this delicious snack. Simply measure out the ingredients, blend and pour into your popsicle molds. Maybe the hardest part of this recipe is the waiting. It will take 6 or more hours before you can enjoy these guilt-free treats.

It’s good practice to pull out all the ingredients you need before cooking to simplify your efforts. The French call this practice mise en place which translates to “putting in place”. It is practiced in restaurants and taught to chefs in culinary school.

Coarsely chop the unsweetened cacao or chocolate up into smaller pieces. This makes it easier to measure and easier to blend without having to melt it.

Place all the ingredients, except the peanut butter, into your blender. Turn your blender on a medium speed setting and work up to higher speeds if the ingredients are not combining. Once combined, pour the mixture half-way up the popsicle molds. Evenly spoon out some thin slices of peanut butter into the molds. Continue to fill the molds with the remaining chocolate mixture. Place the tops on them and place in the freezer for 6 or more hours. These hold up well for weeks. Rinse the frozen treats under warm water to slip out of the molds.

Substitution: Goat yogurt or goat milk can be used in place of the coconut milk. Whenever we have some extra goat milk on-hand and want to use it before it spoils, freezing it as a treat is a great use. Frozen goat milk or yogurt will keep for several months before going bad. In the refrigerator, goat products usually only last a week.

Substitution: Almond or sunflower butter can be used in place of the peanut butter. For treats, I prefer the taste of peanut butter over the healthier choices.

Substitution: If you can find real local honey, that can be used in place of the stevia. Unfortunately, most mass-produced, store-bought honey is not real honey at all. Or it has been so heavily processed that the good healing parts are long gone. Search for real locally made honey on LocalHarvest.org.

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The time-honored pairing of chocolate and peanut butter is a classic dessert flavor. Making your own tasty treats is the only way to make this combination healthy for your. Removing the dairy from this recipe means you are less likely to gain weight from it. (But it still tastes really creamy!) You will have a hard time convincing the non-diabetics in your household to not eat these.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 oz
Ingredients
  • Cacao, chopped, ⅓ cup
  • Liquid Stevia, to taste OR Local Honey, 1 tbsp OR Banana, 1X
  • Vanilla Extract, 1 tsp
  • Coconut Milk, entire can, 1.75 cups
  • Peanut Butter, ¼ cup
Instructions
  1. Chop the cacao or chocolate into small pieces and measure out ⅓ cup.
  2. Place the cacao, vanilla extract, coconut milk and stevia or honey or banana in a blender. I usually start with 3-4 droppers of stevia.
  3. Blend ingredients until combined.
  4. Pour into popsicle molds (6X).
  5. Freeze for at least 6 hours.

 

Photo by  Rob Bertholf and John Revo Puno.

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