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Healthier Peanut Butter, Chocolate Squares

Healthier Peanut Butter, Chocolate Squares

Plant Based Recipes

Last Updated on September 11, 2020

This past week has come and gone slowly. I’ve taken a some much needed time to distance myself from technology. I didn’t completely disappear, but I definitely took a step back from facebook, twitter, and instagram

healthier peanut butter cups from www.goingzerowaste.com #peanutbuttercups #homemade #DIY #peanutbutter #zerowaste #palmoilfree #gogreen #sustainable

I really felt that I needed to be more present in my life. Zero waste and mindfulness are very connected. It’s about having a deep connection with everything in your life.

It’s about knowing who grew your food or who made your clothes, knowing who made your kitchen table or cutting board. It’s about being conscious. 

In my path to consciousness, I realized I needed to take a step back. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for a long time, and Wednesday hit me hard. I try so hard to be positive.

I truly believe change cannot be accomplished without positivity. If everyone always looked at the negative, nothing would get done. We must affix our eyes on the positive results that we want to see. 

Which brought the question to mind, what are the positive results you want to see in yourself?

I’ve been working so hard to see results in the zero waste movement, I’ve neglected myself. 

I’ve been really introspective. Who do you want to be? Am I treating people with kindness? Am I compassionate? Am I listening? Am I grateful? 

I took a brief hiatus to focus on self-care. Here’s a great article on it.

I spent the majority of my evenings last week snuggled in a blanket next to my dog. Dogs are the best therapy. They’re so loving. I wish we could see more of that in humans. 

I made a whole bunch of loose leaf tea, took a bath with DIY bath salts, and made homemade chocolate bars.

I feel more focused. I want to focus on the things I mentioned in this post and getting more involved in politics at the local level which I talked about in this post.

I feel like we could all use a little pick me up. So, I’m sharing my recipe for a healthier chocolate bar. A chocolate bar without white processed sugar – absolutely!

chocolate bar

makes four squares

ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup of Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 of Honey 
  • 1/4 Cup of Melted Peanut Butter

*Optional: 10-12 Chopped Pretzels

instructions

  1. Grate 1/2 cup of cocoa butter 
  2. Place it in a double boiler with the coconut oil 
  3. Stir until melted 
  4. Turn the heat off and stir in the cocoa powder and honey*
  5. Stir until glossy
  6. Pour 2-3 tablespoons into the bottom of a silicone mold; just until the bottom is covered. (this made 4 of the squares in my mold)  
  7. Place the chocolate in the freezer for 30 minutes until frozen
  8. Remove from the freezer and place a tablespoon of peanut butter on each square
  9. Spread it out in a thin layer, leaving a small border around the edges 
  10. Pour the remaining chocolate over the top of the peanut butter. It should just cover it. 
  11. Place chopped pretzels on top if desired. 
  12. Place the bars back in the freezer for another hour or until frozen solid.
  13. Enjoy! 
  • *Make sure the honey is thoroughly mixed. It will tend to sink towards the bottom.
  • **You can replace it with maple syrup to make it vegan

I try hard to avoid processed white sugar. And, with my current stress level, my face cannot take it. I’m going to try and be mindful this week and make sure I make time for self-care. Maybe do a face mask? 

What helps you when you’re stressed? Leave some ideas for me to try in the comment section this week! 

Sending so much love to everyone this week. 

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  1. Take long walks in beautiful scenery: woods, sea, lake, a flower show, whatever you like. I usually go alone to think through stuff. Sometimes I find myself entangled in my thoughts and need company to get outside again. Depening on where you are right now – I recommend long walks without any fitness or other side thoughts.

    Meet friends for dinner: make it, buy it, go out, it doesn’t matter. Friends are friends because they help and they make you feel good about yourself. Same goes for family, if that relationship is a good one. Visit, take some time out and away. Get the love you deserve. Take the dog 😉

    I hate to see you sad or stressed out. I am looking forward to every single post you write. It’s exactly because you are so positive and fun to read, not just because of the message itself. I am sure that takes energy but be assured: your readers get this energy and profit from it. I have been wondering, though, how you manage a full day time job, a household, relationship, the dog, writing, cooking, etc. I couldn’t do this the way you do. If it is too much, you may want to cut back a little on one or two things, e.g. writing or, which is what I would do, cleaning 😉
    What I am trying to say: I think you are wonderful and what you do is wonderful. Now do it just to please yourself, not any of us 🙂

    Love from across the ocean.

  2. I am with you. This is the first time I’ve commented on your blog, but I wanted to send you some love. I love your recipes, and bought your cookbook, and have been going through it one recipe at a time. It’s the only cookbook I’ve ever had where I want to make every recipe in it. So, that’s my task this year, seasonally of course. I love your masala chickpea curry and sweet potato sage raviolis.

    The only silver lining I see right now is that people are becoming clear that we all need to be more active on environmental (and other) issues. I have been zero waste (as close of course as I can be with my family) for a year now, and LOVE the secondary benefits it has given me. Perhaps we need a zero waste get-together of like minds to help all of our spirits? This spring in New York? (I’m in Colorado)
    Thank you for all you do! You are making a difference. Deb

  3. Sorry, Lauren! Confused you in my last comment with the Minimalist Baker! I love both of your blogs and other than the cookbook, and the recipes I mentioned, my comment is still good! You are a positive influence in my life. Thank you!

  4. I do a little exercise when I feel restless and stressed that helps alot and is also a form of mindfullness since you need to have total focus on your body.
    Start by "tighten" your toes and feet, hold for 10-15 seconds. Relax for 20-30 seconds. Then tighten the toes, feet and calves, relax. Then toes, feet, calves and thighs and so on until you reach all the way up to your neck. Make sure that you really relax between the parts where you tighten your muscles. Notice how your body feels and try to focus on your breathing.
    (I hope this makes sense, I´m Swedish;)).