Nutritionist Lucy Hyland

Chocolate peanut squares

May 21, 2023
Posted by Lucy


The first thing I do when I look at a dessert recipe is think: how can I take as much sugar out of this and still keep the flavour. I also always try to make a wheat or gluten free version of it.

I loved these chocolate peanut squares when my sister gave me a taste. However, when I got hold of the recipe and changed all the quantities. I find that when people cook from a recipe, they feel that they have to follow the ingredient step by step.

It can be good to do this the first time, after that, 1/3 or 1/2 the sugar in it and see does it really make that much of a different? It never does for me. I changed the flour to whole wheat spelt (or rice flour when I was baking gluten free) and it worked out just fine.

Enjoy my chocolate peanut squares....

Chocolate Peanut Squares

Chocolate Peanut Squares


  • 100g butter
  • 200g dark chocolate (70% plus)
  • 200g of whole wheat spelt flour (or rice flour for gluten free)
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 300g/10½oz 100% crunchy peanut butter (read the label!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 160 oc FAN
  2. Line a 20cm/8in square tin with baking parchment.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat.
  4. Mix together flour, melted butter, sugar really well. Then add in the peanut butter and vanilla extract. I use a fork here to mix the peanut really well with the rest of the mixture. Place in the tin, gently compressing the mixture so its nice a flat.
  5. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. When you take it out it will be soft and look uncooked. Don’t worry; it will solidify as it cools.
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. Snap the chocolate into squares and throw into a small bowl. Melt over simmering water until all the chocolate pieces are dissolved. Pour evenly on the cooled peanut mixture.
  8. Place in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours or until the chocolate has fully solidified.
  9. Slice into bite size pieces. Ready to eat now…
  10. Wheat free, gluten free is using rice flour




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