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Sunday, September 27, 2009

FUDGEY PEANUT BUTTER COCONUT SQUARES (GF)



FUDGEY PEANUT BUTTER COCONUT SQUARES
These sweet fudge-like squares are very rich but quite low in carbs. They may be frozen or refrigerated. I prefer them frozen, but if using chocolate chips, they would be better refrigerated, as the chips would freeze too hard and one would not taste them so well.  This  recipe was well-tested and enjoyed on lowcarbfriends.com  It's a flexible recipe and you can play with it.  Here you can go over to the thread on lowcarbfriends.com and see what folks said about it and how they played with the recipe:  OVER HERE

1/2 cup granulated erythritol
1/4 cup whipping cream or evaporated milk
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1 cup sugar, OR to taste (250 mL)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (sugar free, salted is fine)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened, medium dessicated coconut
1 cup vanilla whey protein powder (available at places like GNC)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup sugar free chocolate chips, OR 70% Lindt Bar, chopped (optional)

In double boiler or in heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine erythritol, cream, sweetener and butter. Over medium heat, stir mixture until very hot and erythritol has dissolved. Stir in peanut butter until incorporated. Then add coconut, vanilla whey protein powder and chopped nuts of choice. Stir well and turn out into an 8 x 8-inch square glass dish.  Allow to cool before pressing some chocolate chips over the top, if using (otherwise the chocolate will melt).  Freeze and later when set, refrigerate, if desired.

Nutritional Analysis: 25 squares, 1 square:
131.5 calories; 4.0 g protein; 11.7 g fat; 1.7 g carbs

5 comments:

gharkness said...

This was over-the-top good! I made my own chocolate chips from 100% cacao and some artificial sweeteners. Very rich, filling, satisfying, and it has a serious protein hit! What more could you ask? This was a feature on my Xmas Eve table!

Jennifer said...

Thank you, Gharkness - so happy you liked it and what an honor for it to have made your special dinner table tonight.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you. :-)

Jennifer said...

Your chocolate chips sound really nice. Hope you'll share the recipe - if not here - on LCF's. Thanks!

Nancy said...

Jennifer,

I can't wait to try these.

Questions, can I use FitNutz sf peanut butter mix in place of peanut butter? If so, how much, or do I need the bulk of regular pb?
And secondly, can I sub coconut oil for the butter? Trying to get coconut oil into my eating and sweets unfortunately are part of my eating.

Jennifer said...

Hi Nancy, sugar free peanut butter is alright, but I'm not familiar with the product you mention. Coconut oil that has a nice flavor should be okay. This is a really nice treat. You can freeze it hard, but nuking it briefly makes it edible right away. It is addictive so do be careful as the calories add up.