4 Ingredient Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Clusters
Candy-making is so much fun, especially during the holiday season. Make this 4 Ingredient Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Clusters recipe. You’ll be thanking us later. This recipe has roasted peanuts in it that are drowned in the best chocolate sauce and slow cook for two hours to become firm like a store-bought candy. This recipe is also fun foods for kids to indulge in occasionally because it’s a lot better than eating store-bought candy with many preservatives, artificial coloring and flavors. This recipe is also excellent to make for picnic, potluck or even cookie exchange at work.
There are so many variations for making this recipe even more fun. You can add all kinds of toasted and chopped nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc. to this recipe. You can also add pumpkin, sunflower, hemp or chia seeds to these clusters. Maybe even add raisins for natural sweetness and cut down on the semi-sweet chocolate and replace with dark chocolate instead. The natural sweetness from the raisins will balance the overall taste in these clusters if using dark chocolate and makes these clusters healthier. Dark chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants and improves cardiovascular health. It also contains a right amount of fiber and iron as well. When you break the dark chocolate, it has to make a 'snap' sound which ensures the freshness of the chocolate. Try using more dark chocolate in your diet in the place of regular milk chocolate to achieve the maximum health benefits. Dark chocolate also helps with PMS blues for women.
Peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is focused on maintaining heart health and known to reduce cardiovascular disease. Apart from the monounsaturated fat present in peanuts, they have other essential nutrients like vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. Peanuts also contain high levels of antioxidants that are comparable to fruits like strawberries and blackberries. By roasting peanuts, you can increase their overall content of antioxidants even more due to the chemical reactions that form during the roasting process. If you don’t like snacking on whole peanuts, you can use smooth peanut butter instead. Use a tablespoon of peanut butter in your morning smoothie or spread it on whole grain toast for a healthy breakfast that will get your morning started. For this recipe, you can use both salted and unsalted peanuts but make sure to use the roasted ones to add to the nutritional value. Try to purchase the peanut butter that is in pure form without any additives like corn syrup, salt, canola or palm oil. If your budget permits, try to invest in organic peanut butter, and you can buy a no-name brand at bulk stores at a lower price. It is a good idea to stock up organic peanut butter when you see a good sale on your local grocery stores. Alternately, if you have the patience, you can make peanut butter in your kitchen by blending roasted peanuts until the natural oil oozes and turns it into a smooth paste. You can store this peanut butter in your fridge and use it up to a week.
Thank you to DrDan at the 101 Cooking For Two food blog for sharing this delicious 4 Ingredient Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Clusters recipe with us. Do check out 101 Cooking For Two website for more easy dessert recipes and other savory recipes for healthy eating. This Peanut Chocolate clusters recipe is particularly tasty, and one-of-a-kind treats you can indulge every day in moderation because they're super healthy. Make some and enjoy with friends and family today!
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