There comes a time in one's life when one must whip out the almighty stretchy pants and stuff one's face crevice with all the peanut butter cups. The ones that are filled with all sorts of crap. Not good for the body, but oh so good for the soul. And although I've been known to do this a time or two, it's not really something to get in the habit of. Pretty soon, one might have to buy oneself a pair of stretchy pants, one size bigger, youknowhati'msayin'!
If you would have asked me what I thought about healthy peanut butter cups pre-health-nut-conversion, I would have scoffed and said some things are better left untouched. BUT NO. Now there is a solution to you fellow chocolate-peanut butter addicts who just want to eat that lovely combo all the livelong day without turning into a balloon and keep your favorite pair of stretchy pants. Make healthy ones that don't taste healthy. Eat some and/or all of them. Be happy.
Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
6 tbsp. melted coconut oil
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients until smooth. Let sit for a few minutes until it begins to thicken. Spoon into mini muffin cups, reserving about 1/4 of the chocolate for topping. Place cups in freezer and chill while preparing the peanut butter filling.
peanut butter filling:
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp. melted coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Scoop into prepared chocolate cups. Top with remaining chocolate and place in freezer for 1+ hours or overnight. Peel off the muffin cups and store in an airtight container or plastic bag in the freezer.