Raw chocolate peanut butter cups

I’m not going totally alternate I promise you, but I have been rather taken by raw sweets lately. I can’t seem to get enough. Come to think of it, it’s probably because the logistics of putting something in the oven and getting the timing right so I’m not feeding/playing/changing when it’s due to come out is still a little bit tricky.

At least with raw treats, if I have to stop mid-way, I can come back to them and not have killed the whole recipe.

Raw chocolate peanut butter cups

Seeing as I’m no longer pregnant, I also thought I should try to limit my sweet intake. Not that I was over-indulging while I was pregnant, but you know me – serious sweet tooth. My sister put me on to an app a couple of weeks ago that has a collection of easy, raw recipes. I’ll emphasise easy. I’m still my usual self, not liking recipes with too many steps or ingredients.

The app is called Whole Pantry if you’re interested.

Raw chocolate peanut butter cups

Anyway back to the raw peanut butter chocolate cups. They are rich, seriously rich, smooth and have a hidden peanut butter surprise in the middle. They’re not meant to have the maple syrup leaking out the side. That would be due to my lack of reading the step that said ‘whisk’ the ingredients together until smooth. Oops. I have to admit though, I kind of liked the oozing maple syrup.

Not only do they taste delicious and make a seriously good after dinner treat with a cup of tea, they’re really good for you. The raw cacao is packed with antioxidants (more than red wine apparently) and the coconut oil does so many things I can’t name them but it can balance appetite, support immunity and boost metabolism.

Raw chocolate peanut butter cups

If you’ve never made raw chocolate before you have to give it a go. These were my first attempt and they are so easy I’ve made three batches since. You literally just whisk everything together and refrigerate. If you want to stuff them then there’s an extra step to set the bottom first but it takes no time at all. Now I’m dreaming up other fillings – I think hazelnut would be pretty tasty. Enjoy!

What about you? What would you fill them with?

Raw chocolate peanut butter cups

Raw peanut butter chocolate cups

Raw peanut butter chocolate cups

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 120ml melted coconut oil
  • 60g raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 60ml peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Place the coconut oil, cacao, salt and maple syrup in a small jug and whisk together until smooth.
  2. Line 2 12-hole mini-muffin tins with cupcake or chocolate liners.
  3. Pour a little chocolate into each one to fill them about a third of the way.
  4. Put the chocolate in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
  5. Spoon about half a teaspoon of peanut butter in the middle of each one and if it was firm peanut butter, pour the chocolate over the top to cover it. If the peanut butter was a bit runny you will have to freeze them again until it is firm.
  6. Refrigerate the finished chocolates to set and store in the fridge until serving.

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