Wild Jungle Chocolate!

Chocolate and peanuts- is there any better combination? Ok, chocolate and cherries…chocolate and hazelnut…chocolate and mint- those are good too 😉 But seriously, it’s such a deliciously classic pairing. Unfortunately traditional peanuts contain aflatoxins, a toxic fungus that causes the common peanut allergy. Wild jungle peanuts, on the other hand, are completely free of aflatoxins, non-hybridized, and exceptionally high in protein (higher than most other nuts).  Thank goodness! These Amazonian beauties are also high in oleic acid (essential for beautiful skin and heart health), high in calcium and iron, and lower in sugar and oil than traditional peanuts. If you’re like many of us on this path towards optimal health, you’ve already given up conventional peanuts…but have no fear- you can now enjoy peanuts again! And what better way to do so than by pairing them with chocolate 🙂

Wild Jungle Choco Bites

These Wild Jungle Choco Bites are insanely rich and delicious and can easily be made into cookies, bars or balls. Dark, fudgey chocolate embraces subtle peanut undertones to produce a true crowd pleaser that any chocolate peanut fan will love. Try them out and see for yourself!

1 c cacao nibs

3/4 c white mulberries

1/2 c golden cherries (or substitute with hunza raisins)

1/4 c lucuma powder

1/2 c cacao powder

several pinches salt

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

1 1/2 c wild jungle peanuts (reserve 1/2 c for the end)

2 T lucuma vanilla creme

1/4 c extra virgin coconut oil

1 T raw honey or sweetener of choice

1 dropper full English Toffee liquid stevia (or additional honey)

First, grind cacao nibs well in a food processor (this will take a minute- grind to a very fine crumb). Next, add the mulberries, cherries, lucuma, cacao powder, salt and vanilla and process well again. Remove this mixture to a bowl and add 1 c peanuts, lucuma vanilla creme, and coconut oil back to the food processor. Process well until smooth. Add the cacao mixture back to the food processor with the honey and stevia and process again to combine. Taste for sweetness and salt and adjust flavor if necessary. Finally, add 1/2 c wild jungle peanuts and process briefly again to get chuncky bits of peanut (feel free to omit this step if you prefer a smoother texture or a more subtle peanut taste). Remove batter to a large bowl and shape into cookies, bars or balls. Roll balls in lucuma powder or additional chopped peanuts. Chill in the fridge and enjoy!

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