With so much strife and friction and hostility brewing in our world, I think we can all agree on one simple yet profound truth:
Chocolate+peanut butter= bliss.
If you beg to differ, I’ll meet you out back. Be warned, though, I don’t fight fair and I’ve been doing a lot of kickboxing lately.
All kidding aside, obsessed doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this salty-sweet combo.
And, if we’re being blunt, the mac daddy of peanut butter chocolately greatness, is, hands down, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Whether they’re Halloween pumpkins or Christmas trees, Easter eggs or Valentine’s Day hearts, miniatures or one-pound behemoths, each and every form of Reese’s cup holds a near and dear place in my heart.
Or at least, they used to before I cleaned up my food act a few years back and set forth on a healthier, noncandy-lined pathway.
Sadly, if I plop one of those nostalgically magical morsels into my mouth today, they just don’t taste how I remembered…the chocolate too sweet and waxy, the peanut butter too greasy.
Yes friends, if you stay away from junk food long enough as I have, your palette will let you know loud and clear when low quality crapola comes your way.
So what’s a paleo girl to do?
I’m human. Those cravings do set in and I don’t wanna offset my health goals (workin on that squishpack) for a cheap piece of candy that isn’t that tasty anyway?
So kiddies, I've figured out a way to make my own.
And y’all, they couldn’t be easier.
And, bold statement alert, they’re WAAAAAAAY better than the ones at the store.
And, wait for it…..they’re 100% PALEO!
Healthy peanut butter cups?
That’s not a typo, nor is it a cruel joke I’m playing on you.
A few weeks ago, I needed a peanut butter cup fix real bad. I was NOT going to zip over to Wal-Mart and buy Reese’s. They just don’t taste right to me anymore. Plus, I know better.
So the next natural solution is Amazon. While they do offer some solid solutions, like these
knew that even with our Amazon Prime they wouldn’t arrive for 48 hours.
And I needed them STAT.
So I looked around and saw I had all the makings of my own peanut butter cups: a few bars of quality dark chocolate, sea salt, a myriad of nut butters, and mini muffin tins.
Within an hour, I had 20 protein-rich, salt-studded, decadent peanut butter cups.
How easy is this?
1) Peanut Butter Party Time- In a medium bowl, combine powdered peanut butter, peanut butter protein powder (vanilla, caramel, or plain would be dandy, too), vanilla, and almond butter. Slowly add in a few tablespoons of nondairy milk, mixing it into your peanut butter party. Depending on your protein powder, you will need to repeat this step a few more times in order to create a thick, moldable dough. If you go overboard on the liquid, you can always add a little more powdered peanut butter to help solidify it.
At this point, taste the mixture. Depending on your protein powder and palette, you may want to add a little honey or coconut sugar.
Using your fingers or a teaspoon, roll out little spheres of sweetness, making sure they aren’t too fat or too tall. You want them to be able to fit in the mini muffin tin with enough room to be covered in chocolate.
Set him in the fridge for a few minutes.
2) Nobody Wants Sticky Cups- Since the goal here is for the peanut butter cups to go in our mouths and not stay in the tins, I brushed a little melted coconut oil inside each tin. Sure, you could use the cute little liners, but I didn’t have any on hand and wasn’t going to make a special trip to Wal-Mart just to buy some.
3) Liquid Chocolate Magma- In a microwave-safe bowl, break up 4 quality dark chocolate bars into smaller pieces (for faster melting). Scoop a tablespoon of coconut oil into the bowl and nuke the chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring between each heating. DO NOT MELT IT FOR LONGER THAN 30 SECONDS AT A TIME! You will scorch your chocolate and make it all nasty and grainy, thus ruining it. Super sad.
4) Avengers Assemble- Grab those nutty spheres and plop them into your mini muffin tin cups. Spoon the melted dark chocolate over each gorgeous glob of peanut butter.
5) Salt Away- To really take these treats to a Top Chef standard, sprinkle a course salt such as kosher or, my favie, fleur de sel. Chocolate and salt? Just trust me.
6) Chill Out- Let the lil nutty nuggets nap in the fridge for 10ish minutes so the chocolate can harden and set. From there, you can
A) Seal them in a baggie and keep them in the fridge for when you’re ready to get have your mind blown.
B) Seal them in a baggie and freeze them for a rainy day. If you’ve never had a frozen peanut butter cup, please select this option.
C) Do a little of BOTH A & C (yes, that’s allowed and what I did)
D) Show all 20 into your mouth at once and never speak of it to anyone.
However you want to enjoy these, I assure you they will bring you much glee and nutritional goodness (dark chocolate, protein powder, nut butter, coconut oil=good for ya fats, protein, plus loads of vitamins and minerals that you’re welcome to Google to learn more about).
Before I leave you, here’s a few of the ingredients I used to make these little wonders. It is my responsibility, after all, to equip you with all the tools and skills needed to make these treats…
1. Quality Dark Chocolate
2. Powdered Peanut Butter
3. Peanut Butter Protein Powder
4. Fleur de Sel
Move over Reese’s Cups. There’s a new treat in town.
And this is a treat that you don't have to feel guilty about having two or three or seven of, though they're pretty rich so good luck with that.
If you're a peanut butter+chocolate fan like me, you'll love these others recipes that highlight the delightful combo:
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