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Old 05-19-2009, 11:02 AM   #1
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[B]Peanut Chocolate Fudge (photo inside)[/B]


PEANUT CHOCOLATE FUDGE
Easy fudge recipe – decadent-tasting with a lovely fudge-like texture! Cut small pieces as it is very rich. Two or three pieces at a time would be more than enough to satiate. Coconut oil will rev the metabolism and keep yeast in check, therefore, this fudge unlike regular fudge may actually help with weight loss. For those who are adverse to honey, keep this fudge for maintenance or for a special treat around Thanksgiving or Christmas time.

2 cups Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts (I get the big can of salted peanuts from Costco)
7 tbsp coconut oil
˝ cup powdered erythritol
˝ cup cocoa
2 oz unsweetened chocolate (melted)
2 tbsp honey

In food processor, grind peanuts until as fine as possible (it will still be a coarse meal most likely, depending on the power of your processor – mine is not too powerful). Add coconut oil; process. Add erythritol, cocoa and melted chocolate. Add the honey and notice something amazing happens to the texture! It thickens up nicely and the taste improves – the slight cooling effect of the erythritol is now barely noticeable. Spread in an 8 x 8-inch glass baking dish. Freeze. When more solid (happens after about 20 minutes to half an hour), cut into 80 pieces (8 x10).

Nutritional Analysis: 80 pieces. 1 piece
38.5 calories; 1.0 g protein; 3.4 g fat; 1.2 g carbs
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:06 AM   #2
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Oops, I'm such a dork! How the heck do you guys make the title bold?
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Sounds good!

The title is automatically bold until you click on the thread then it goes back to normal until there is a post to the thread. So, after I submit this post, the title should be bold for you until you click on the thread then it goes back to normal until there's another response.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:07 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'm testing this theory - lemme go check the title now.
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:09 PM   #5
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LOL Nope, doesn't work for me - however, your post did make it bold. Don't mind me, I'll figure it out one day. For instance, my Crisp Nutty Crackers (do a search for crackers) is still not in bold.
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LOL Nope, doesn't work for me - however, your post did make it bold. Don't mind me, I'll figure it out one day. For instance, my Crisp Nutty Crackers (do a search for crackers) is still not in bold.
I think it isn't bold because there were no further posts after you last read it.

BTW, thanks for sharing your recipes....
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I'm on a roll - I just lost my post!

Robin, your comment made me chuckle. I guess the fudge is a bit naughty for us low-carbers, but you know what? Sometimes those few insensitive non low-carbers sorely tempt us with their goodies, so let's make sure we have a few in our own arsenal with which to fight back. Watch them cringe at the fat content!!

TXLoser, thanks for that explanation. I think I finally get it. Took a while! You're welcome re the recipes. These are actually mostly net new recipes (i.e. not in my cookbooks). I'm just having some fun!
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That looks decadent!!

I wonder if the sugarfree honey will do the trick? May give it a go later this week.

Jen, I'm so glad you're part of LCF these days!
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Hi Char - thanks It's nice to see you here too. I must write you soon.

I have to be careful as it is kind of addictive to be in here. Anyone find that? When I see my name and mug all over the place, I find myself feeling embarrassed! That's usually when I know it is time to go and mind my own business for a while and study my Spanish or something.

I have this feeling, Char, that the maltitol honey might just work. Let me know. I'm very curious.
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If I had the peanuts I'd make it right now! Alas - no nuts. I don't THINK - maybe I'd better go shopping in my food cupboard and see, just in case!

Jen, I don't think ANYONE here is tired of seeing your "mug" so please keep posting!
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These look really good. I love nuts!
Its like coconut bark, but with a ton of peanuts! Oh yeah!

I am going to make this when I get in my choc craving mood.

I love having alternatives.

Thanks for posting.
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Hi Char - thanks It's nice to see you here too. I must write you soon.

I have to be careful as it is kind of addictive to be in here. Anyone find that? When I see my name and mug all over the place, I find myself feeling embarrassed! That's usually when I know it is time to go and mind my own business for a while and study my Spanish or something.

I have this feeling, Char, that the maltitol honey might just work. Let me know. I'm very curious.
Hi!! Yes...I SURE do know what you saying GF...I have not felt like writing you back yet either...I promise I will do that soon...I might make these this weekend with the maltitol also and I will let you know..

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Ruh roh - I found a big ol' can of peanuts! They're not dry-roasted though. Prolly ought to cut back on the oil. Will report back later, I have to finish repotting my little plants first.
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I have to be careful as it is kind of addictive to be in here. Anyone find that? When I see my name and mug all over the place, I find myself feeling embarrassed! That's usually when I know it is time to go and mind my own business for a while and study my Spanish or something.
Yeah, I confess to being addicted too and I'm betting this fudge recipe might become another addiction..... Goodness it looks incredible.

Oh, to your comment about being embarrassed and going to mind your own business......DON'T YOU DARE!! You're a wonderful asset to these boards and we're blessed to have you with us!!!!
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I'm on a roll - I just lost my post!

Robin, your comment made me chuckle. I guess the fudge is a bit naughty for us low-carbers, but you know what? Sometimes those few insensitive non low-carbers sorely tempt us with their goodies, so let's make sure we have a few in our own arsenal with which to fight back. Watch them cringe at the fat content!!

TXLoser, thanks for that explanation. I think I finally get it. Took a while! You're welcome re the recipes. These are actually mostly net new recipes (i.e. not in my cookbooks). I'm just having some fun!
My mouth is literally watering looking at the picture. I don't have all the erythritol to make it
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Oh my Jennifer, that looks positively dangerous! PB and chocolate and HONEY sounds like a lovely combo. And your photos, WOW!
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Easy method for melting the baker's chocolate

Place squares (2 = 2 oz) in cereal bowl. Pour boiling water over them. Test squares with a pointy knife and when they are totally soft, pour off the water. Done! It's the easiest way ever to melt chocolate. I know it is counter-intuitive but try it and become a believer too!
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Just wanted to quickly reply to everyone who kindly commented, before I turn in for the night.

Yay, Char, hope you try the fudge! You might be right about the oil.

Robin, I have not experimented with other sweeteners here, so I cannot guarantee anything if you decide to substitute for some of the erythritol. Splenda packets would be my choice or xylitol (powdered in a coffee grinder).

Lauren, I thought you might like that combo. It is good with the honey actually.

Smiley Sue - oh wow, you are such a skinny melinky now! I almost cannot believe your success! Congratulations! Thank you for your kind words. The blessing goes both ways. back to you. Seriously, though, I might need to go to some sort of forum AA or something, if I don't watch it!

Christina, nice to see you too!

Ourluvsfromabove - it is yummy! Sure helps with those chocolate cravings.

NurseMonkee - thanks, keep the recipe on hand for those times when chocolate cravings hit. I think you will like it.
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OK, I made it. My overall reaction - YUM!!

I made a couple tweaks. I used regular, not dry-roasted, nuts - so cut the oil back to 5 tablespoons. I used xylitol, not erythritol, because my erythritol is granular and I was too lazy to pulverize it, and had the xylitol on hand. I used Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder because it's what I had.

I tasted before pouring into the pan and it wasn't sweet enough (probably due to the extra-dark cocoa!) so added a Splenda Quickpack (equivalent to 1 cup sugar).

What I'd do next time - I will try it with butter instead of CO. I will add 1 to 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract. And I will add some nuts, probably either whole peanuts or a some walnut pieces - just because that's the way I like fudge.

I lined my 8" square dish with plastic wrap, and I just refrigerated the final product, didn't bother with the freezer stage, and it set up fine. I could lift the whole thing out with the plastic wrap to cut it easily.

Jen, even though I didn't follow your recipe exactly - this is a great basic recipe! I'm TRYING to have portion control. It's not easy though!

I'll definitely make it again!
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That's great Char - so glad it worked out! I don't mind you using this as a basic recipe for your final best fudge recipe. I know you are exactly like me in that respect - you tweak away constantly at all kinds of recipes, depending on what ingredients you have on hand and depending on your intuitive cooking skills. What happened to the Xylitol (as you mentioned, you did not pulverize it) - did it actually dissolve or did it remain a bit gritty? The combo of erythritol and the regular honey is what made mine sweet enough for my taste and it did something amazing to the texture. Did you end up using the maltitol honey at all?
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Yeah, Jen, I forgot to mention that I DID us the maltitol honey, and it worked fine!

The xylitol I have is very very fine granules - not QUITE powdered, but almost - so I used it "as is" - as it came out of the processor, the texture was indeed a bit grainy, but that disappeared after refrigeration and setup.

I really like it! That was very inventive, Jennifer - I'm thinking you could add some mint extract for a choco/mint fudge if you wanted.... Or make a plain PB batch too, and spread over top of the chocolate in the pan, for a 2-layer fudge! Lots of possibilities here!
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I'm thinking you could add some mint extract for a choco/mint fudge if you wanted....
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I LOVE chocolate mint
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I LOVE chocolate mint
Me too, Diane!

I have a fudge recipe which is cooked, kinda like Grandma's old "boil it on the stove then beat the bejeebers out of it" recipe. I made it with erythritol, which has a cooling effect (much like menthol in the mouth) - it was really good! It reminded me of mint fudge even though there wasn't any mint flavoring in it, just because it caused that cooling thing in your mouth when you ate it. Even DH liked it and he's not a big fan of fudge.
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I like your ideas, Char. Feel free to share your fudge recipes here. The more the merrier! I'd love a plain Peanut Butter Fudge. That would be my next experiment, I think - no chocolate.
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You're killing me with the chocolate peanut combinationmy all time favorite. Gotta try this soon
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Charski, when you boil erythritol to make candies, so you aim for the same temperatures as with sugar? In other words, is the soft ball stage the same temperature for both sugar and erythritol?
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