Cooking with Ceci: Choco and peanut butter toast

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This mixture of sweet and salty beats any store- bought chocolate mix. (Photo by Ceci Martinez)

This mixture of sweet and salty beats any store- bought chocolate mix. (Photo by Ceci Martinez)

Commentary by Ceci Martinez

Teens, no need to drive to fast food joints! A real choco and peanut butter toast is a heavenly reward snack for those late night soccer practices or for a college student’s midnight treat. This yummy and healthy recipe is a breeze to prepare!

Note: Feeling the blues? There is evidence that chocolate makes us happier. Research scientists have isolated the chemical in chocolate that makes us feel good, tryptophan is what the brain uses to make the neurotransmitter serotonin. High levels of serotonin can produce feelings of elation.

Serves: 8

Prep and cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

8 slices thin white bread

6 tablespoons Trader’s Joe organic peanut butter (buy PB with no added oils, sugars and salt)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened

1/2 tablespoon sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Spread 4 slices of bread evenly with peanut butter and the remaining 4 slices evenly with melted chocolate. Sandwich the slices together. Butter the outside of bread and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Arrange sandwiches on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for few minutes. Cut each sandwich into triangles. Serve warm with a cold glass of milk.


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