Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache-Dipped Almonds



Once of my New Year's resolutions this year was to do two Whole30's. February happens to be the first of those months. Since you can't have any sugar, I've been trying to wean myself off before it starts to prevent a horrible first week of cravings and sugar crashes. So I made chocolate peanut butter ganache-dipped almonds! Can't think of any problems with that...

Ever since becoming pregnant with my daughter, I haven't craved nuts by the handful like I used to and the craving has never really returned since she was born. Now, I prefer to have them with either a few dried cranberries or a little chocolate. They seem to go down a little easier...

These little nuts are already almost gone. My hubby's standard question when he opens the fridge has become, "Can I eat these?" I either say, "Yup. I already took my pictures." or "Paws off. I didn't shoot them yet." I don't think anybody warned him that when I started this blog, some food in his own home would become off-limits. Poor guy.

Sometimes food hardly makes it off my backdrop before somebody (*cough, cough) digs in. And I can guarantee that if you like chocolate, peanut butter, and almonds, you'll be eating these straight out of the freezer. And we can be friends!


 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache-Dipped Almonds
Adapted from this recipe 

5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons peanut butter, not chunky or natural
Pinch of sea salt (small)
1 1/2 cups whole raw almonds

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small pot over low heat and stirring constantly, heat chocolate, cream, and peanut butter until melted and glossy. It may appear slightly grainy due to the peanut butter. Stir in a small pinch of sea salt and remove from heat.

Pinching an almond by one end with your fingers, dip the other end into the chocolate and swirl it around to thicken the chocolate coat. Place in a single layer on lined baking sheet.

Place pan in freezer for about 10 minutes until chocolate hardens.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The chocolate softens quite a bit if left at room temperature.




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I'm linking up this recipe at Design, Dining & Diapers, Lemons for Lulu, The Humble Brag, Taste and Tell Blog, Back for Seconds, & Buns In My Oven

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12 comments :

  1. Hi,
    YUM!!

    We just found your blog. You have a great blog with yummy recipes.

    We are hosting our 2nd link party tomorrow and would like to invite you to link up with us.

    Thanks!
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye

    http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks ladies! Off to check out the link party...

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  2. You had me at chocolat peanut butter. :) These sound and look fantastic. Little sweet bites that will killm ychocolate and peanut butter cravings. So simply to throw together too. A must make. I'd love to keep these at my desk as work to get me through the day!

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    1. It sure is an unbeatable combo, isn't it? It would be seriously dangerous for me to have these within arms reach. It was bad enough in the other room! If you could do it, I'd be impressed :)

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  3. What a genius recipe! I'm so all over this. And I'm sorry, what now? No sugar? ;)

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    1. Haha! Yup! I've done it before and it's hard (no question), but not impossible. Should be interesting...

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  4. As always, Loretta, looks amazing - and so pretty too! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. No problem Jocie! And thanks for checking them out.

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  5. Oh my goodness, yes!! Ganache is my favorite food. Seriously. And chocolate and peanut butter is an unbeatable combo. These are amazing and so are you! I am featuring these tomorrow at the Back for Seconds Social! Thanks for being faithful, I love seeing what you bring each week :)

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    1. It is hard to beat ganache, isn't it? Pour it on anything for an instant upgrade! Thanks for featuring them!

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  6. WOW, Loretta!! These look SO GOOD!! Pinned ;) Thank you for the recipe!!

    So glad you stopped by to visit my blog tonight! It was wonderful to hear from you! :)
    Have a fantastic weekend!!

    Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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    1. You're sweet Brenda. Having chocolate in your blog name? I'm all over that!

      Thanks for coming by!

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