Food Friday: Peanut butter cups

 HALF EATEN CUP...I JUST COULDN'T WAIT :) 

HALF EATEN CUP...I JUST COULDN'T WAIT :) 

Around Easter time, I am tempted just like many of us, with mini-eggs and chocolate bunnies! I was able to stay clear for the most part this year. However, my sister was here visiting for the holiday so I wanted to have some Easter treat for us to enjoy. These peanut butter cups were the perfect indulgence, made with only a few all natural ingredients and very easy to make. They were introduced to me by a great friend and colleague and I am happy to keep spreading the word. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups vegan chocolate chips, melted (I use camino fair trade chips; mixed with about 1 tbsp coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (gives it the savoury flavour you keep coming back for!)

Recipe:

  • Line 12 muffin cups with paper muffin liners.
  • Pour about a teaspoon of melted chocolate into the bottom of each muffin liner and tap the tin on the counter a couple of times to smooth out. Make sure the chocolate is touching all sides of the liner or your filling will leak out the bottom. Pop the muffin tin in the freezer to set while you prepare the filling (approx 10 minutes).
  • In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, maple syrup and nutritional yeast. Once the chocolate on the bottom is set, remove the tin from the freezer and divide the peanut butter mixture evenly between the 12 cups, smoothing the peanut butter out so it touches all sides of the liner. It doesn't have to be perfect; the rest of the chocolate will fill in the gaps. 
  • Divide the remaining melted chocolate evenly between the 12 cups, tapping on the counter again to smooth out the chocolate. Place in the freezer until it is set. Once set, remove the muffin liners and store in the refrigerator (or freezer).

I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do :)

In health and happiness, 

Dr. Karen