Peanut Butter And Chocolate Rusks

The other morning we woke up to discover that the water had been turned off at home due to some work that the water department was doing on the pipes down the road. Thankfully I had water in the upstairs kettle as I do not get out of bed without a cup of coffee inside of me. The other thing that needs to happen before I leave home is a shower! But, no water meant no shower! Thankfully we are members of a gym and so I decided to grab a quick training session and shower there before heading to work. I chose to skip my 15 minutes of elliptical walking to warm up as I was short on time. I wanted to leave the gym by 7h30 and I did my weight training and stretching before grabbing a shower. I drove down the road to work and got stuck into my day. It was only when I was driving home that I realized I had not eaten anything before going to gym. Dave and I do not eat starch at night and so I am not sure where I found the energy to get through my session. What I do know is that the 4 kilometres I walk on the elliptical would have seen me passing out without any food inside of me. I decided there and then that I would keep a batch of rusks in my gym bag for times when I need to fuel up before training. These peanut butter and chocolate rusks got the thumbs up from Dave and I love them. They are full of flavour and of course a healthy treat! If you don’t have spelt flour use more of the self-raising flour, or add an alternative of your choice.

Peanut Butter And Chocolate Rusks
Peanut Butter And Chocolate Rusks
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Peanut Butter And Chocolate Rusks

Recipe Category: Baking, Breakfast, Snacks
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 1.25 mls baking powder
  • 2.5 mls fine salt
  • 75 g spelt flour
  • 100 g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 85 g fructose
  • 55 g peanut butter (I used smooth, sugar and salt free peanut butter)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 125 g plain yoghurt
  • 125 g butter, melted


  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Line a loaf tin with baking paper
  • Place the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix
  • Add the peanut butter and mix in
  • Mix together the egg, yoghurt and butter
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients
  • Mix until well combined
  • Pour the batter into the loaf tin
  • Bake for 45 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely on a wire rack
  • Preheat the oven to 40° Celsius
  • Cut into chunks and bake for 3 hours to dry out


If you use a peanut butter that is salted and / or contains sugar, adjust the ingredients accordingly

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33 thoughts on “Peanut Butter And Chocolate Rusks

  1. No water is always a pain not to mention having a really bad hair day at work. Glad it is all sorted and you were able to make this delicious peanut butter and chocolate bread.

  2. I love that this recipe doesn’t make a gigantic batch of rusks. Every other recipe I see seems to need 8 cups of flour and makes enough for an actual army.

    Thanks for sharing. I must try this soon! xx

  3. I’d rather be with no electricity than no water.
    Anyway…looks like a nice recipe there. A lot of good ingredients in one beautiful and tasty cake!
    🙂 ela

  4. How horrible to not have any water! But glad you were able to enjoy your wonderfully delicious peanut butter dessert 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. I feel you, Tandy; I experienced the same thing a few months ago. Going to the gym for a shower was pretty smart – thanks for the idea. Of course, your rusks recipe was a good consolation. Yum!

    Gourmet Getaways

  6. These look delicious, Tandy. I’ve never showered at the gym, but nice to know it’s there in an emergency. I can’t imagine how I would get through the day without breakfast.

    1. I have to be more conscientious about breakfast as I often get to lunch time before I have actually eaten breakfast 🙂

  7. Oh, No about the water! I’m the same way…I have a hard time leaving the house without a shower! But glad you had the gym membership…it saved the day I’m sure. Your Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rusk looks so lovely I would love to have a piece right now!

  8. Sounds like you had quite a morning Tandy. Had to google rusks as I was not sure exactly what this was, so now I understand it’s like a hard biscuit. Looks delicious, I will try this recipe. Thanks!

  9. Oh no! That’s no good about the water running out. I have this thing about showering before bed and I think I’d maybe walk down to the hotel down the road for one 😛 Good idea keeping rusks. I keep nuts in my bag 🙂

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