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31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams {Giveaway}

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If you have been reading Sweet Potato Bites for a while now, you know that I love peanut butter, especially the Dark Chocolate Dreams flavor from Peanut Butter and Co.  So when I received the 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams Cookbook along with a 28oz jar from the Peanut Butter and Co. team, to say I was excited is an understatement.  I immediately opened the book and decided to make some Dark Chocolate Dreams Truffles.

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31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams CookbookI’ve been meaning to make chocolate truffles for some time now, and what better way than with some delicious dark chocolate peanut butter?  The recipe in the 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams cookbook is ridiculously easy, and this is the perfect treat to make for a crowd.  I made these for Super Bowl Sunday, and they were gobbled up in minutes.

31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams TrufflesThe only modification I did to the recipe is swap the butter for coconut oil, and they still came out delicious!  The best part about making truffles is that you can coat them however you want: sprinkles, cocoa powder, coconut, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Dark Chocolate Dreams Truffles (from the 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams cookbook)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk

Toppings of your choice: crushed peanuts, semi-sweet chocolate, coconut, unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a large mixing bowl combine all your ingredients and mix until you create a peanut butter dough.

Roll your dough into small balls and place on the parchment paper.  Place your baking tray in the fridge and let the balls firm up for an hour.

31 days of dark chocolate dreams plateTo create a chocolate coating, melt your semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler.  Roll your chilled truffles in the chocolate and add your chopped nuts or coconut.  If you don’t want to do a chocolate shell you can just roll your truffles in some cocoa powder.  I personally chose to do cocoa truffles and coconut truffles.

31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams bowlThe truffles will keep up to 1 week (if they last in your house that long!)

So how would you like to win your own copy of 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams AND a 28 oz jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter?  Now’s your chance!

31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams GiveawaySimply leave a comment below sharing your favorite peanut butter recipe!  You can earn extra entries by following @socaliallie on twitter and instagram, liking Sweet Potato Bites on Facebook and tweeting about the giveaway!

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Salted Coconut Almond Chocolate Bark

Every year during the holidays I always whip up a batch of homemade peppermint bark and bring it to our family Christmas Eve dinner.  While I still intend on making another batch of peppermint bark, I wanted to try something different.  Enter Salted Coconut Almond Chocolate Bark.

Salted Coconut Almond Chocolate Bark CloseInspiration first struck when I was browsing the aisles at Trader Joe’s and stumbled upon their roasted coconut chips.  I knew I wanted to do something with the coconut chips but I wasn’t sure what yet.

When I got home I found a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and some roasted almonds and salted coconut almond chocolate bark was born.  One of my all-time favorite chocolate bars is Theo’s Salted Almond, so I knew I wanted to recreate something similar.  The sea salt and chocolate combo is a game changer for sure.  Just trust me.

This is the perfect holiday treat to make for friends, co-workers, or even just for yourself.  It’s that good.

Salted Coconut Almond Chocolate BarkSalted Coconut Almond Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 bag Trader Joe’s toasted coconut

1/2 cup almonds

Sea salt for sprinkling

Directions:

Melt your chocolate chips either over the stove in a saucepan or in the microwave.

Melted Chocolate ChipsGently pour your melted chocolate mixture into a large bowl and add your coconut and almonds,   Mix until well blended.

Salted Coconut Almond Chocolate BarkPour your mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread evenly.  The mixture should fill most of the parchment paper.

Lightly sprinkle your bark with sea salt and place in the fridge to harden.  It should harden within 1-2 hours.

Salted Chocolate Bark CloseupBreak your bark into small pieces and enjoy!  This stores well in the freezer and makes a great mid-week treat.

Flourless Chocolate Birthday Cake

The Englishman and I have a tradition where we make a cake for the other person on their birthday.  If you recall, I made him a chocolate coffee cake, and last year he made me a delicious pumpkin spice cake.  This year I wanted something a little different, so he made a Flourless Chocolate Birthday Cake.

Flourless Chocolate Birthday CakeSince I’m now officially in my last year of my twenties (how on earth did that happen?), I wanted a cake that was fun and simple, which reflects how I want to live my 29th year.  I have lots of exciting things coming up this year and I want my last year in my twenties to be about living in the moment and having fun and spending time with those I love.

So here’s to a year that’s about celebrating the simple things in life, and eating lots of flourless chocolate birthday cake.

Flourless Chocolate Birthday Cake (adapted from this recipe)

Flourless Chocolate Birthday Cake pinIngredients:

8 ounces semisweet chocolate or chocolate chips

1 cup coconut oil

6 eggs

1 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375F.  Grease a 9-inch cake pan or springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Place your chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan and melt over low heat (this can also be done in the microwave).  Once your chocolate and coconut oil has melted, remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Add your eggs one at a time and whisk well.  Gently pour your cocoa powder into the bowl and continue to stir until well blended.

Pour your batter into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.  The cake will have a thin crust on the top and be firm in the center.

flourless chocolate birthday cake closeu pCool for 10-15 minutes, then gently place your cake on a plate.  If you want to serve the cake chilled, place cake in the fridge for an hour before serving.

This cake is very decadent and rich on its own, but if you want to add a little something extra, I recommend serving it with ice cream, whipped cream, or even some fresh berries on top.  Or just top with a lot of birthday candles.

 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

After our fantastic Peanut Butter Throwdown I ended up coming home with quite a number of jars myself.  And when life hands you jars of peanut butter, you make Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites.

dark chocolate peanut butter bites

Dark Chocolate Dreams is by far my favorite flavor from Peanut Butter and Co.  I think it is because it reminds me of Nutella, and Nutella reminds me of studying abroad in Italy where I would enjoy it on toast, croissants, and just straight up out of the jar.  While Dark Chocolate Dreams tastes delicious straight from the jar, I figured I should make some sort of recipe with it as well.

dark chocolate peanut butter bites pb and coI had seen a few recipes floating around the internet for peanut butter bites so I decided to create my own dark chocolate peanut butter bites filled with lots of good things such as oats, chia, and coconut.  This peanut butter is so flavorful on its own that the bites didn’t need any extra sweetener, and they taste even better frozen.

dark chocolate peanut butter bites ingredientsThis is the perfect recipe if you want something sweet but not too sweet and also want some chocolate.  I think they are the perfect after dinner dessert or afternoon snack if you are just looking for something small.

If chocolate isn’t your thing, these would also work with regular peanut butter, or perhaps Peanut Butter and Co’s Mighty Maple Flavor.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

dark chocolate peanut butter bites close upIngredients:

1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter (or PB of your choice)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 cup old-fashioned oats (I used Trader Joe’s gluten-free brand)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

In a food processor add your peanut butter (you might want to soften it a bit in the microwave first), chia seeds, oats, vanilla and coconut and blend well.

dark chocolate dreams peanut butter bites food processorRoll your mixture into small balls and place on parchment paper.

dark chocolate peanut butter bites frozenIf you want frozen dark chocolate peanut butter bites place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  Otherwise, chill in the fridge and enjoy!