Saturday, April 20, 2019

Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy (Fat Bombs)

Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy
I always keep “fat bombs” in my refrigerator for quick snacking or dessert. These candies are one of my favorites! They taste just like the store-bought peanut butter cups, but these are sugar free and contain coconut oil that’s like rocket fuel for the brain and will give you an energy boost similar to caffeine, but without the caffeine! Be sure to use unflavored refined coconut oil that is solid at room temperature or when cooled (you can use “virgin” or unrefined, but the taste of coconut may interfere with the peanut butter flavor). I use a candy mold to form my candies, but you can use mini silicone cupcake liners instead. Once the peanut butter filling is frozen and solid, just pop them out of the molds and then dip in melted chocolate for the best low carb candy ever!

Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy
Makes about 14 candies

Peanut Butter Filling:
3 tablespoons of refined coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup creamy, no sugar added peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 drops of monkfruit extract or stevia to taste (I used LaKanto Monkfruit Extract drops)

Chocolate Coating:
3 ounces sugar free chocolate chips (I used Lily’s)
1 teaspoon coconut oil

In a glass measuring cup, combine the peanut butter filling ingredients, microwave for about 15 seconds to melt the peanut butter and whisk until smooth. Divide the mixture equally between your candy mold or mini muffin cups. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour until frozen solid. Once the candies are frozen, pop them out of their molds, place them on a parchment-lined pan or plate and return to the freezer while you prepare the chocolate coating.

To make the chocolate coating, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl and microwave at 15 second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth. (You may also put the chocolate chips and oil into a double boiler and place over gently simmering water until melted.) Take one frozen peanut butter candy and, using a fork, dip into the melted chocolate, coating all sides. Do this quickly so the peanut butter filling doesn’t melt! Tap on the side of the bowl to release the excess chocolate. Return the candy to the parchment-lined pan. Repeat with the remaining candies. Return the pan to the freezer for about 10 minutes. If desired, you can do a second dipping or drizzle lines of melted chocolate over the candies for a nice decoration. Return to the freezer for a few minutes until chocolate has solidified. Store candies in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information per candy: 63 calories, 2.2 g carbohydrates (0.9 g dietary fiber, 0.2 g sugars, 0.4 g sugar alcohols), 6 g total fat (2.9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 7 mg sodium, 1.1 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 1.3 grams

Photo and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2019
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.