You know Nutella – the amazingly delicious chocolate hazelnut butter?! Well this glorious stuff is the peanut butter version of Nutella!!!!! I mean just let that sink in for a moment!! Dark Chocolate + Peanut butter = heaven in a jar!
So, last year for Valentine’s Day I made Homemade Nutella and then some No Bake Nutella cheese cake using that homemade Nutella! Guys, homemade Nutella is THE BEST and it gave me this idea for 2 Ingredient Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. I can’t decide which one I like better. The Homemade Nutella is mellow, sweet, and has that unique hazelnut flavor that plays so nicely with chocolate. BUT the 2 Ingredient Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter is robust, extra creamy, and nostalgic of all the chocolate peanut butter foods! Do I have to pick which one I like better? They are both good in their own ways, and we should love them both equally!!!
With Valentine’s day only four days away you need this recipe for 2 Ingredient Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter in your life. In my last post about Chickpea Snickerdoodle Blondies I discussed my approach to Valentine’s Day. How it should be less about the fantasy Valentine’s Day, red heart boxes filled with chocolates, and teddy bears and more about spreading love in a small way. If you are looking for a valentine to gift to your friends, coworkers, neighbors, mom, or that special someone this 2 Ingredient Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter is just the thing. You could make one batch and divide it between cute little mason jars. If you want to get all fancy you could tie a ribbon around the mason jar and even attach a card with a cute little note. It’s the little things that make a difference, my friends. We’re kicking this valentine giving thing up a notch and making it more sophisticated, a little more grown up and a little more special. Go US!
The other reason you need to have the recipe for this 2 Ingredient Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter in your life is because it’s super EASY to make! I will warn you that you need a good sturdy food processor to make this recipe. I cannot recommend this 7 cup Cuisinart food processor enough! It’s one of my most used kitchen appliances and it makes the creamiest nut butters in no time! Anyways to make this dark chocolate peanut butter all you do is throw some roasted, unsalted peanuts into your food processor, turn that baby on and let it go to town. If you have never made nut butter before, depending on your food processor it will take 10 to 15 minutes for the nuts to break down into butter. There are stages that the nuts go through: 1) the peanuts will break down into a crumb-like texture. 2) a sort of chunky paste forms. 3) then the nut butter sort of comes together into a ball 4) it turns into a rough peanut butter – you could easily stop here if you prefer a rustic nut butters that has a lot of texture but I personally like to keep going for a few minutes longer. 5) Finally you have arrived! The consistency is mostly smooth and runny. It’s pretty much liquid gold!!!!! You could totally call it a day and you’d have some tasty 1 ingredient homemade peanut butter on your hands! BUT this is Valentine’s Day so we are going to take it to the next level!
Melt your dark chocolate in the microwave while the peanuts are grinding away. Then blend in that chocolate and just like that you have 2 Ingredient Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter!!! I mean how cool is life?! Confession time: I do add in just a few extra ingredients. The first one is a pinch of salt, which almost doesn’t count as an ingredient because pantry staple. The next two ingredients are totally optional: cinnamon, I add cinnamon to any dessert I can. I think it goes well with chocolate plus it helps to stabilize blood sugar. And the last one is honey, only a teaspoon or two, depending on how sweet the chocolate is or how I’m feeling that day. Either way you could easily get away with making this recipe using only the peanuts and melted chocolate! BOOM done!
What’s great about 2 Ingredient Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter is that it is versatile. You can spread it on toast, dip fruit into it (bananas would be the best), spread it on any kind of neutral flavored cookie (shortbread, graham cracker, sugar cookies etc.), OR even chocolate cookies – because more chocolate is always better! So far the way I have enjoyed it is straight from the jar, right off the spoon – easy, delicious, no fuss! You could also use 2 Ingredient Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter to bake with – brownies could be a genius idea! If you make some invite me over.
I hope you have a Valentine’s Day that’s filled with love, smiles, and a little chocolate!
P.S. here are more Valentine’s Day desserts for you to drool over: Homemade Nutella, No Bake Nutella Cheesecake, Crunchy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola, Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Mug Cake (GF), and (from Monday’s post) Chickpea Snickerdoodle Blondies (V + GF). If you are looking a special dinner to make on Valentine’s Day these are some of our favorites: Butter Chicken, Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan, and Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Sauce with Creamy Polenta. Enjoy!
- 3 cups (16 ounces) roasted, unsalted peanuts
- 6 to 8 ounces dark chocolate bar (I used 66% cacao) - use dairy free for vegans
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Optional: 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Optional: 1 to 2 teaspoons honey - can sub maple syrup for vegans (depending on how sweet your chocolate is)
- To a food processor add your peanuts. Process the peanuts for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it reaches your desired consistency. Do not add any oil or water to the peanuts, even if they seem to be dry and not moving. The food processor will eventually break down all the oils already in the peanuts. (refer to picture above).
- While the nuts are processing melt your dark chocolate. Break up the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate for 30 second increments, stirring in between each increment. Once the chocolate is melted add it into the peanut butter and process to combine.
- Add the salt. taste and add cinnamon and/or honey (or maple syrup) if desired.
- Pour the peanut butter into mason jars or other container while it's still warm. Allow the nut butter to cool completely in the container before putting the lid on, otherwise condensation will form. Store at room temperature for up to 1 month (maybe longer). It will solidify as it cools down but is still spreadable. To make it easier to spread submerge part of the jar in warm water for a few minutes.
- Spread onto toast, cookies, dip with fruit, or eat plain with a spoon.