I’ve been working on creating some dairy free (as in not even any butter!) recipes for one of my older sisters who is not able to handle ANY dairy at this point in her life. She also is unable to handle any sweeteners except honey, coconut sugar, & pure stevia.
Nothing makes me happier than to have a challenge like that and come up with a recipe that brings joy to the person who has to deal with those challenges. I was able to take my regular recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake and transform it into a delicious dairy free dessert for her 18th wedding anniversary dinner. Even my brother in law said it was delicious, except for the coffee flavor. 🙂 You definitely don’t need to add the espresso/coffee, but I find it brings out SUCH a depth of flavor that I don’t like to leave it out
Now, as general rule coconut sugar & honey are not recommended sweeteners on THM, except for children and those who don’t feel the need (or don’t happen to have a sweet tooth the size of Texas like me!) to consume desserts, except on the rare occasion, like my sister.
That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy a piece when I made it. How could you resist a piece of beauty like this!
I haven’t tested it, but you may substitute an equivalent on plan sweetener for the coconut sugar, following the same directions as with the coconut sugar.
Preheat oven to 325°. Line a round 6 inch pan with parchment paper, grease pan and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. Place in a 13×9 pan and set aside. Bring a kettle of water to a boil.
Using a hand mixer on high speed, beat eggs, coconut sugar, vanilla, and salt until foamy, increased in volume, and lightened in color, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt unsweetened chocolate, butter flavored coconut oil, and espresso (if using) until smooth and very warm, stirring once or twice.
Using a large rubber spatula, fold ⅓ of egg mixture into melted chocolate mixture until only a few streaks of egg are visible. Fold in ½ of remaining foam, then last of remaining foam until mixture is completely mixed with no streaks of egg foam remaining.
Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top with rubber spatula.
Set 13 x 9 pan on oven rack and pour enough boiling water into pan to come about ½ way up side of pan. Bake until cake has risen just slightly, edges are just beginning to set, and instant read thermometer inserted in center of cake register 140°, about 18-20 minutes.
Remove cake from water and set on wire rack to cool to room temperature. (Run thin knife between edge of cake and cake pan to loosen.)
Remove from pan and place on desired serving tray. Glaze and garnish as desired.
Place unsweetened chocolate in a small bowl.
Combine remaining glaze ingredients in a small pan and bring to a boil. Boil until coconut sugar is dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.
Pour coconut milk mixture over chopped chocolate and whisk until smooth.
Pour over cooled cake and garnish with fresh fruit, mint leaves and grated chocolate as desired.
You will have leftover glaze, as I wasn’t about to use 1/2 a can of coconut cream! 🙂 You may use it as glaze for another baked good, stir it into coffee for a mocha or just eat it!Recipe may be doubled to make a 9 inch cake. However, the glaze recipe will not need to be.If using a springform pan, tightly wrap in foil to create a waterproof wrap for the pan.If doubling recipe, place the 9 inch pan in a large roasting pan. To make cake look super professional, place baked cake on cake pad of same size, set on cooling rack placed on sheet pan or over news/parchment paper and then glaze. Once glaze is set, place on desired serving dish, garnish and serve.
This also happens to be another recipe that came about after a discussion with a coworker, which seems to be where 75% of my ideas for recipes come from!
Now, I know there are THM approved, single fuel recipes for Puppy Chow made with pork rinds or nuts and/or coconut flakes, but when I was brainstorming this recipe I was wanting something lighter, as nuts sometimes are a bit heavy for me…..Rice Cakes were the answer!
I know this is an XO, and since I’m still in weight loss mode I try to limit my XO’s. I do make an exception for this since I only make it a few times a year. It is seriously dangerous to have around. I have to scoop out a serving size or else I could eat the whole batch. (I’m not joking. I seriously have to put my self control to work when I make this!)
So, go ahead and make at your own risk! I know you won’t be disappointed!
My sister, Abby would be happy to have a constant supply of this around. She one of those who can eat 90% XO’s and not gain an OUNCE. A bit lot of envy/jealousy there on my part! (Don’t worry, I’ve worked through it!) Love you sis!!
What, you may ask does PB Max stand for? I asked the same question when I was young and the answer is got was “Peanut Butter [to the] Max!”
So yes, if you love peanut butter and chocolate, I’m 110% sure you will love these bars.
This recipe comes by way of a friend bringing them to a church potluck. They became an instant family favorite, so when THM became my lifestyle just over 2 years ago I KNEW this was one recipe that I HAD to Trimmify.
Whenever I ask the question “what should I make?”, my dads instant response 99% of the time is “ you know what sounds good to me …some of those peanut butter chocolate bars.” He likes them so much it’s what he got for a birthday dessert in lieu of birthday cake or cheesecake last year.
1¼cupsstevia sweetened chocolate chips (THM or Lily’s)
choppedroasted & salted peanuts
choppedsugar free peanut butter cups
shaved or gratedchocolate
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper. (If you don’t have parchment paper, just grease pan well with butter.)
Whisk all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
Add butter and mix with either a wooden spoon or mixer until dough is formed and no dry ingredients remain in bottom of bowl.
Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan, using a tamper or bottom of a dry measuring cup to pack it down.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just starting to brown. The crust may feel soft, but it will firm up once it’s cooled.
Set crust aside to cool.
Mix all filling ingredients in medium bowl until completely combined.
Spread filling mixture evenly over cooled crust.
Melt chocolate and butter together over low heat, stirring until smooth. A double boiler or microwave works well for this step too.
Spread evenly over peanut butter filing.
Garnish (if desired)
If using chopped peanuts or peanut cups sprinkle over chocolate while its still warm so they’ll set in place.If using chocolate shavings, wait until the topping is nearly set.
Refrigerate until set. Cut into 24 pieces and serve. If using parchment paper, you can lift the bars out of the pan to cut. Keep leftovers refrigerated.
Any other on plan sweetener works well in this recipe. Find a sweetener conversion chart here.You may use creamy or crunchy peanut butter, depending on desired texture.If you don’t have stevia sweetened chocolate chips, using 7 oz of 85% or darker chocolate in place of them is acceptable. Just chop the bar up into rough pieces.Coconut oil may be used in place of butter in the topping.My favorite tool for spreading is a small offset spatula like this one.Molasses is an on plan food to be used in small amounts. 3/4 teaspoon is fine for this recipe since it’s spread throughout an entire batch.