Naked peanut butter chocolate cups

peanut butter choc cups

Two of my two favourite naughty treats in life are peanut butter and chocolate.  I love those Reeses peanut butter cups.  But the list of ingredients is long, unreadable and with lots of numbers.  Which of course sends warning bells to me.  So Ive been searching and experimenting for an alternative and here you have it.   Before I get on with the recipe, I know many people shy away from peanuts and coconut oil – its fatty and so on, but please check out these nutritional facts first.  The recipe follows.

5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:

•super high in lauric acid

•rich in antioxidants

•contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents

•improves metabolism

•can help improve cholesterol

 

5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao:

•contains over 300 compounds including protein, copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron

•super high in anti-oxidants

•contains 4 different neuro-transmitters that act as anti-depressants

•contains essential fatty acids

•can help to lower blood pressure

 

5 Fast Facts About Peanuts:

•excellent source of vitamin E

•high in folate

•contains tryptophan which helps fight depression

•good source of fiber

•excellent source of protein

 

and the recipe…

 

peanut butter bottoms

•3/4 cups organic peanut butter

•1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

•2 tablespoons organic coconut oil in liquid form

 

topping

•1/4 cup cacao powder

•1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

•1/4 cup organic coconut oil in liquid form

 

Directions   

1. Combine the peanut butter, maple syrup or honey and liquid coconut oil in a medium size bowl and stir until well combined.

2. Drop a spoonful at a time into small cup cake cup pan until they are approximately 1/2 full.

3. Put them into the freezer for at least 15 minutes or until hardened.

4.Combine the cacao, maple syrup or honey and liquid coconut oil in a medium size bowl and stir until well combined.

5. Drop a spoonful at a time on top of the frozen/hardened peanut butter in the cup cake cups.

6. Put them into the freezer for at least 15 minutes or until hardened.

Keep in the freezer until served because they will melt and lose their shape at room temperature if the coconut oil begins to melt.

Go crazy and enjoy!

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