A delicious, creamy chocolate peanut butter jar made with common pantry ingredients that will help you balance hormones, boost your energy and easy to make! And including recipe for peanut butter whipped cream!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Jar
This hormone balancing easy chocolate mousse is both sweet and salty with layers of heavenly peanut butter whipped cream and dark chocolate avocado mousse.
Also layers of nuts, quinoa, crystallized ginger, and more.
And it’s a hormone-balancing parfait. Isn’t that awesome? A delicious cup that is healthy and helps to balance hormones.
Did you know that chocolate helps to balance hormones? Yes, it does! And so do avocado, spinach, chia seeds, maca powder, and quinoa – all ingredients in this parfait.
How to Eat to Keep Hormones Balanced
Keeping your hormones balanced it important for everything from improved moods and energy to weight-loss, better skin and fertility, and even longer life.
It’s easy to throw them off these days. Trouble-makers include sugar, birth control, stress and lack of sleep. Even the absorption of BPA from the use of plastic.
But what you eat can greatly influence how balanced your hormones are. You can have some control by choosing certain foods. Read more detail about how eating these seven ingredients help balance hormones in my article here.
You can certainly eat those ingredients individually through out the day. However sometimes it’s convenient to have one simple recipe can cover that all at one time.
And that’s what this parfait does.
Tips to Make This Chocolate Peanut Butter Jar
This chocolate peanut butter jar is easy to make, easy to eat, and even makes an elegant breakfast, snack or dessert.
It’s rich in taste and flavor. I do recommend you taste-test the sweetness of the mousse, adding more maple syrup if need be.
I make a whipped cream folded with nut butter which is light and delicious. I used almond butter, but other nut butters work as well, they just aren’t as key to balancing hormones. And the whipped cream is made with coconut cream yet it doesn’t taste coconut-y because I used light coconut milk. Full-fat has more of a coconut flavor and, of course, is heavier. I love coconut but you don’t want every recipe tasting like coconut.
Finally, one additional special perk in this recipe is the addition of homemade crystallized ginger chips.
Ginger itself is a wonderful detoxer, so it’s good for you! Now, crystallized ginger chips are a bit sugary, so they aren’t that healthy, but sure are fun. And you can add them here, or leave it off. I have however shared the homemade crystallized ginger chip recipe below in case you want to use it for your holiday recipes.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Jar
Easy Chocolate Mousse
Peanut Butter Whipped Cream
- 2-3 knobs of ginger peeled and sliced
- 3/4 cups of water
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
Make Peanut Butter Cream
- Use a hand mixer to whip up the hard portion of the coconut milk can, and save the liquid portion for smoothies. Whip in other ingredients.
- Pour the blended mixture into 2-3 parfait jars
- And put jars in refrigerator while you make the chocolate avocado mousse.
Make Chocolate Avocado Mousse
- Break up chocolate bar, and melt in microwave at 45 seconds, and stir until all bits are melted. (Or melt in a pyrex measuring cup that sits in a boiling water bath)
- Put that and other mousse ingredients in a blender (I used a small blendtec jar), or in a mini food processor), and blend until creamy.
- Pour this layer onto the butter cream layer in the parfait cups.
- Dollop on some peanut butter, or sunflower butter if you are making it nut-free.
- Make the crystallized ginger (below), then top the parfaits with yogurt or more whipped cream.
How to make Crystallized Ginger:
- Cut chunks of fresh ginger into 1-2 inch long logs.Peel the ginger using the edge of a spoon. Slice the logs long-wise with a mandolin (be careful!) or a paring knife.
- Simmer the strips in simmering water for 30 minutes. Don't let the water run down.Drain the water, and pour on the sugar and toss the strips until they are well-coated.Lay the strips on a parchment overnight to dry at room temperature.
- Store in a dry, airtight container - I'm not sure how long they would last since they have sugar on them. But if you refrigerate them, they become soggy. So we only make enough to eat that day. Let me know if you know a way to store homemade crystallized ginger chips.Some say they dry them in an oven that has been preheated to 350F, turned off, and with door open. I haven't tried that; not sure if the sugar will "cook".
How to Serve Jars
- Sprinkle layered mousse with popped quinoa, cacao nibs, nuts, crystallized ginger and any other toppings you like.. Serve parfaits immediately.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in immunological nutritional studies and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.