Indulgent peanut butter and chocolate lava pots

Happy New Year! January is probably the worst time of the year to talk about chocolate desserts, right? At the moment most of us are thinking of dieting, healthy eating and exercising. The last thing on our minds is probably a chocolate dessert, but I believe that everything can be done in moderation! These are perfect to be shared anyway, so you’ll feel a bit less unhealthy.

The best thing about these peanut butter and chocolate lava pots is that they are very easy to prepare, using ingredients that we’ll most likely all have a home.

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Peanut butter and chocolate make a great combination and amazingly these pots are not too rich or sickly, unlike some other chocolate desserts. They can be eaten on their own and if you want to feel a bit healthier you can add some raspberries or strawberries on the side.

Ingredients

100g dark brown sugar

100g dark chocolate

115g butter

70g self raising flour

20g cocoa powder

50ml strong coffee

2 eggs

peanut butter

Method

  1.  Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan. Butter 6 small ramekins and dust some cocoa powder over them to ensure the pots release easily.
  2.  Put the butter, chocolate, sugar and coffee in a pan. Stir constantly on low heat until the mixture is melted. Leave to cool for 10 / 15 minutes.
  3.  Add the eggs and beat in. Stir through the flour and the cocoa powder.
  4. Divide three quarters of the chocolate mixture between all the ramekins. Add one tablespoon of peanut butter- or more if you want it stronger-to each, then top up with the remaining mixture.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the tops are risen and cracked but a knife inserted comes out covered in batter. Make sure you don’t over cook them or the centre will not be runny.
  6. Leave a couple of minutes to cool down and while they are still a bit warm, run a knife round the edges to loosen and tip out into a small plate.
  7. Sprinkle with cocoa powder to serve.

 

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I hope you enjoy making these indulgent peanut butter and chocolate lava pots. You can thank me later!

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