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Valentine’s Day: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

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Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like, well, chocolate and peanut butter. To help celebrate Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites. They are super simple to prepare. You probably have the ingredients in your pantry and can whip these up tonight! 

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For my Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites, bittersweet chocolate, heart healthy whole grain rolled oats, all-natural peanut butter, and just a touch of butter are combined to make a semi-healthy, decadent, and delicious treat.

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These treats are full-flavored and rich enough, that one (or two) are satisfying. What better way to show your special Valentine that you love them? Thanks for reading. If you give these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites a try, let me know what you think!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Bon Appétit Y’all
Virginia

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Makes about 2 dozen

3 1/2 cups whole grain rolled oats
1 cup all-natural peanut butter, stirred
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch kosher salt

Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking sheet, parchment, or wax paper. Set aside. In a medium saucepan combine the oats, peanut butter, chocolate, butter, and salt over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is melted and the ingredients are well-combined. Using a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Set aside to firm up and set. They can be stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 1 week.

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Virginia Willis

Georgia-born French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has made chocolate chip cookies with Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson, foraged for berries in the Alaskan wilderness, harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, and beguiled celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Bill Clinton, and Julie Chrisley with her cooking -- but it all started in her grandmother’s country kitchen. Virginia is a chef instructor for the digital streaming platform Food Network Kitchen and author of Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South, Lighten Up, Y’all, Bon Appétit, Y’all, Basic to Brilliant, Y’all, Okra, and Grits. Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome received a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award of Excellence. She is the former TV kitchen director for Martha Stewart Living, Bobby Flay, and Nathalie Dupree; has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants; and traveled the world producing food stories – from making cheese in California to escargot farming in France. She has appeared on Food Network's Chopped, CBS This Morning, Fox Family and Friends, Martha Stewart Living, and as a judge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. She’s been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Eater, and Food52 and has contributed to Eating Well, Garden & Gun, and Bon Appétit, and more. The Chicago Tribune praised her as one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know." Her legion of fans loves her down-to-earth attitude and approachable spirit. Learn more about Virginia and follow her traveling exploits at www.virginiawillis.com.

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