I haven't created a nice raw treat in quite some time so I was really motivated when suddenly the idea of making peanut butter cups crossed my mind. I used to love the peanut butter protein cups by quest nutrition, but they work with whey protein waaaaaay too much and since being vegan I kinda missed those. Why not make my own 'healthy' treats, I thought!
Making raw chocolate is actually the easiest thing eveeeerrr. To get started you basically need coconut oil and cocoa powder. If you have that and maybe some peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter) at home, get in your kitchen and invest the next hour into something reeeaal good.
I added some superfoods like maca and lucuma powder as well as some sweetener to make the chocolate taste more 'like the real thing' but feel free to simply omit those if you don't have them or use maple syrup or rice malt syrup instead! Sometimes I even add some almond butter to the chocolate mix to make it super silky smooth.
I'll give you a rough overview on the benefits of the ingredients I used, so that you can enjoy them without feeling ANY guilt!
1. Natural Sweetener
Lucuma won't make your blood sugar spike while having a nice caramel-like taste that is not too sweet and perfect for adding it into chocolate.
2. Rich in Iron
Iron improves the transportation of oxygen into cells and is a vital nutrient to pregnant and breast-feeding women. Proper levels of iron contribute to energy levels as well. Find out more about iron rich foods on my latest blogpost about how to get enough minerals on a vegan diet!
The Linus Pauling Institute indicates that flavonoid antioxidants such as those found in cacao might interfere with the development of cancer. In one laboratory study published in 2002 in "Cancer Letters," anthocyanidins from cacao reduced the incidence of chemically induced pancreatic and breast cancer in laboratory animals. In a review of evidence from human subjects, published in 2009 in "Nutrition and Cancer," researchers concluded that compounds in cacao might prevent cancer or improve the outcome when the disease is already present. However, they state that more extensive studies with larger populations are needed to confirm this.
2. It get's you through the cold days healthy
SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
makes about 6
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, soft
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- 1 tsp lucuma
- 1 tsp maca
- 3 heaping tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder
- 6 tsp peanut butter
- Melt the coconut oil in a small sauce pan over low heat. Stir all of the ingredients except for the peanut butter.
- Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and pour in about 1 tbsp in each liner. Put in the freezer for 15-20 minutes until it has hardened.
- Take the chocolate out and put 1 tsp of peanut butter on top of the first layer. Pour remaining chocolate on top and put in the freezer for another 20 mins.
- Take them out and ENJOY!
- Store them in the fridge or freezer (depends on how you want your peanut butter to be). Or eat them all at once.