This Chocolate and Peanut Butter Swirl Bark is my creation for The Recipe Redux theme for the month of February which is “your favorite chocolate match”.
“Favorite Chocolate Matches: Does your chocolate need a friend? This month’s posting will be after Valentine’s Day, so you may have a bit of extra chocolate around. What’s your favorite chocolate match? Be it traditional peanut butter or something more exotic like cayenne + chocolate. Show us your favorite healthy chocolate combo recipe.”
Hands down, my favorite chocolate match has to be with peanut butter like these Healthy Peanut Butter Cups which I posted back in 2013 (over two years ago) and in the last couple of years have taken over like wildfire on Pinterest (not my recipe, but the peanut butter cup recipe in general).
I, of course, didn’t create or invent the Peanut Butter cups idea or recipe, Reese’s did, but I think it’s funny how they are a standard recipe on almost everyone’s blog now.
It has to take first prize for food trends on Pinterest lol!
Anyway, I used that same basic recipe and instead of making “cups” with them, I made a chocolate bark.
In the peanut butter cup recipe, I used coconut oil in the chocolate and peanut butter mixture and in the chocolate bark recipe, I used raw cacao butter.
Just like the peanut butter cups, these can be mixed up in a matter of minutes and all you have to do next is wait for them harden in the freezer to enjoy them.
Here are some ingredients for a similar recipe from Hershey’s Kitchen using only 4 ingredients.
Now you may be thinking “it’s not that bad…it only has 4 ingredients”.
But let’s look at the ingredients in those 4 ingredients:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Ingredients:
Ingredients: 2 packages of Hershey’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar, 1 2/3 cup of Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips, 1 tablespoon of shortening, 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Hershey’s Semi-Sweet Baking Bar:
Ingredients: Chocolate Semisweet (Chocolate Semisweet, Contains Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Flavors Artificial, Emulsifiers, Vanillin
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips:
Ingredients: Peanuts Partially Defatted, Sugar, Vegetables Oil Partially Hydrogenated (Palm Kernel Oil, Soybeans Oil), Mineral Reduced Whey (Milk), Dextrose, Contains 2% or less of the Following: (Salt, Soy Lecithin, Flavors Artificial Vanillin)
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening:
Ingredients: Soybeans Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Cottonseed Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Mono and Diglycerides
It’s basically a creation made of highly processed ingredients, GMO’s (soy lecithin, soybean oil), GMO dairy (whey, milk fat), refined sugar and salt, artificial flavors and several unhealthy oils.
The peanuts/peanut butter, if not organic, can contain up to 8 different pesticides.
So as we can see, just because a product or recipe only has a few ingredients, doesn’t mean they are good for you.
This healthier version has only 4 clean, real food ingredients that nourish the body instead of causing it harm.
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter)
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*
- super high in anti-oxidants
- promotes cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, copper, zinc, and iron
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:*
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Butter:*
- contains healthy omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fats
- good source of magnesium
- contains 4 x antioxidants than green tea
- good source of sulfur
- can help promote cardiovascular health
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.