Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Healthy "Paleo" Peanut Butter Cups

i was supposed to go to my cpr/first aid class (for my sports med internship) today, but google maps decided it would be a good day to trick me and take me to some super sketch area that was a good 30 minutes away from where i needed to be. i was completely lost in this random sketch place and realized i wasn't going to make it to my class in time, so i proceeded to have a total meltdown. after calling my madre and trying to figure out what to do, i ended up driving home and eating lots of these peanut butter cups. they really do make you feel better, i swear.

and as i was eating my little peanut butter cups, i managed to find another cpr/first aid class this saturday and get my work schedule switched around for the weekend, so all was well in the world again. lesson learned: don't trust google maps. like, ever. lesson #2 learned: chocolate and peanut butter fix everything.

i also realized today that these so called paleo peanut butter cups aren't exactly paleo. because peanut butter isn't paleo. major faileo. oh well, good thing i don't eat paleo! and i just said paleo like 5,000 times. i should probably shut up soon. 

except if you really are one of those hardcore paleo peeps, you might want to know that almond butter works just as well in this recipe. they're still just as (if not more) delicious!

oh and one more thing: if you make these, all of your life's problems will be temporarily solved. promise. 

Healthy "Paleo" Peanut Butter Cups

by Julianna Foster
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Keywords: dessert snack gluten-free paleo vegetarian
Ingredients (12 mini cups)
    For the Chocolate Shell
    • 1/2 cup coconut oil
    • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
    • 1 tbsp coconut flour
    For the Filling
    • 1/3 cup all natural unsalted peanut or almond butter
    • 2 tbsp honey
    • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    Melt the coconut oil in a small bowl, then whisk in cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and coconut flour.
    Spray a mini muffin tin with coconut oil, then pour about a teaspoon of the chocolate mixture into each cup. Place pan in freezer.
    While the bottom layer is freezing for about 5 minutes, mix together peanut butter (or almond butter), honey, coconut sugar, and salt in a separate small bowl.
    Take pan out of freezer, and spoon peanut butter mixture into each cup. Flatten out the mixture with the back of a spoon, then pour about a teaspoon of the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter mixture.
    Place pan back in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
    To take the cups out of the pan, simply turn it upside down on a clean countertop.
    Store these cups in the freezer and serve immediately (the coconut oil will melt quickly at room temperature).
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    1. awwww, at least you have the opportunity to get to make-up class! and i'm sure these pb cups make anything that seems bad 10x better :)

    2. I've learned that too - the hard way! We ended up travelling 20 minutes extra going the long way round that google maps had deamed the quickest route?!

    3. It seems like those classes are ALWAYS in sketchy parts of town. I got lost on my way to mine this summer. I called and luckily someone was able to give me directions, but it was in a SMALL trailer and I was 15 minutes late, so of course the entire class stopped when I got there. lovely!

    4. OHHHH sweet mother of pearl, these look amazing. I would probably eat the entire batch had I missed my CPR class too :)

    5. Aww bummer! Yeah, Google maps is not the best. Bing maps all the way. But I am so happy you are sharing these temporary life-solvers ;) I loveee me some peanut butter cups!