Thursday, 18 August 2016

Healthy and Indulgent Peanut Butter Cups


Since discovering the Nuts 'n More powdered peanut butter I have used it in literally everything. From smoothies, yoghurt bowls, oats to even healthy desserts. This stuff is amazing, while being a total peanut butter addict it’s great to have a switch up from the regular peanut butter consistency and play around with it in terms of adding it to a variety of recipes. This recipe by far has got to be one of my favourites. To tell you all the truth, I wasn't a fan of peanut butter as a child, I wasn’t overly obsessed with it like I am now.

We all love a naughty Reese’s peanut butter cup. For anyone that loves peanut butter just as much as me then they know how addictive these peanut butter cups can be. Especially now that a variety of Reese's peanut butter products are now available in Ireland, it’s almost like I have to try them all, that if I don’t I won’t get the true Reese’s peanut butter experience. But what If I told you that you didn't have to go out and buy Reese’s peanut butter cups in order to get your peanut butter chocolate fix, that here is a healthier peanut butter cup that you could make yourself which is just as nutty and delicious?



Well here I am again, to grant your wish and make all your peanut butter dreams come through. Here are some healthy peanut butter cups to stop any cravings plus they are not as naughty as your typical peanut butter cup. While I do love my Reese’s peanut butter cups and bars etc. They are loaded with sugar and processed ingredients. So why not get a bit creative in the kitchen and create your own peanut butter cups? What I love most about creating these recipes, especially when I am making a healthy alternative to our naughty cravings is that you can add in whatever you like and make it your own.

This recipe only requires 4 main ingredients with whatever toppings you may like to add. This recipe is rich and indulgent without being full of sugar and unhealthy processed fats. The marcos for this recipe will be shown below, I created this nutritional macro table using MyFitnessPal. It’s a great tool to use to find out the nutritional information on recipes you create or any products you may come across.

Cacao powder comes from the cacao bean which are roasted and ground. Cacao contains over forty times the amount of antioxidants you find in blueberries. Cacao is full of antioxidant compounds with many health benefits such as being a rich antioxidant. Cacao contain flavonoids which is a chemical that promotes general bodily health and is said to lower the risk of various diseases such as cancer. It is also said to be great for your cardiovascular health, with its high magnesium content it will be sure to contribute to a healthy heart. Cacao is said to be a natural mood booster, containing chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. These chemicals are known as neurotransmitters which are said to be linked to those happy and positive feelings. Nuts as we all know are great sources of healthy fats. Nuts are full of omega 3’s which contribute to healthy skin and nails and also brain function while also containing a high amount of fibre, fibre is an essential part of our daily consumption in order to have a healthy functioning digestive system. Nuts are also packed full of protein so they are a great addition to your daily meals.


Ingredients
2 tbsp Walden Farms Caramel Syrup (Or Agave)
Water

Method
1.     Start by prepping the 4 ingredients listed above along with the cupcake cases in a cupcake tray.

2.     Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a saucepan. When the coconut oil has melted, add in 1 tablespoon of cacao powder. I also added 1 tablespoon of Walden farms caramel
syrup to this mix to sweeten it.

3.     When the mixture is smooth with no lumps, take it off the heat and pour 1-2 teaspoons into the bottom of each cupcake case.

4.     Pop these into the fridge or freezer to set. While in the fridge/freezer mix 2 tablespoons of Nuts' n More powdered peanut butter with water (add water gradually until you get a thick yet loose mixture).

5.     After 20 minutes in freezer or 1 hour in fridge take them out. Add 1 teaspoon of peanut butter mixture on top of hardened chocolate.

6.     Melt up 1 tablespoon of cacao powder, coconut oil and caramel syrup mixture again and add another 1-2 teaspoons on top of peanut butter mixture (Add any additional toppings) and put back in the fridge/freezer to set. I left these for 1 hour in the freezer to set properly.

Hope you enjoyed this sweet treat recipe,
 these are a rich and indulgent cup of healthy goodness.
Love Rouxella x

52 comments:

  1. These looks so darn good, I know my kids would love these peanut butter cups! Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. I hope you get to try them, my little cousins loved them!

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  2. I love Reese's but hate the calories. This looks delicious and who can beat 50 calories for chocolate & peanut butter.

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    1. I was amazed when I calculated the macronutrients. You just can't go wrong with homemade!

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  3. This sounds absolutely delicious and the powder isn't something I'd ever heard of! If the calories are lower, that just means you can eat even more... right? :)

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    1. You just need to get your hands on the powdered peanut butter. It's a game changer, even double I would say haha

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  4. Oh. My. God. I absolutely LOVE peanut butter cups but I'm trying to stay away from them since they're not the healthiest. Guess I can indulge in those now so thank you! They look delicious!

    - Elodie x

    www.elle-yeah.com

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    1. Indulge to your hearts content Elodie, but trust me.. after 1 or two your sweet tooth is more than satisfied. Due to them being more rich almost like a dark chocolate version <3

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  5. yum this looks so good I have given up sugar now for 5 months but occasionally make desserts using rice malt syrup as its the lowest in fructose. I'm definitely going to make these! I love nut butters.

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    1. Definitely, I've been on a mission to make healthy alternatives to my sweet cravings! Thanks for the malt syrup tip <3

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  6. Yum this look so good, I prefer chocolate recipe that is made with natural cacao. I might be making these this weekend. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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    1. Please do and let me know how it goes! Hope you like them as much as I do :)

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  7. Looks gorgeous! My younger brother is a big fan of peanut butter and would definitely appreciate these - thanks for this post!

    Abi ~ https://abigailporter1.wordpress.com

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    1. I bet he would love the surprise of these peanut butter cups, plus it means you can do a little baking :)

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  8. These look so yummy, I'm not the biggest fan of peanut butter but I'd still give these a go! xo

    http://www.rachelnicole.co.uk/2016/08/ibiza-holiday-icelolly-com.html

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    1. definitely experiment with different fillings, I love using a homemade nutella or a homemade chia berry jam!

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  9. These look so delicious and simple to make too.

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    1. So simple, that's what I love most(besides the peanut butter of course)!

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  10. I am loving the sound of these yummies. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. No problem, I love creating these healthy recipes!

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  11. Oh, I love Peanut Butter Cups! I want to make these so bad but I can't eat coconut oil, is there anything else I could use instead? xx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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    1. I have tried a substitute for the coconut oil unfortunately, you could try using a 80-90% high quality dark chocolate? I know that is what a lot of people use.

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  12. What a great receipe! We love Reese’s peanut butter cups but these look a bit better for you! Going to try and make a home xx

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    1. You can't go wrong with anything homemade, hopefully you enjoy them!

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  13. I never heard of Nuts 'n More. I will looking for it on my next shopping trip. This recipe looks very tasty. R

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    1. I would highly recommend Nuts n'More. I'm due a top up so I must get onto that asap! hehe

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  14. My weakness. Thanks for the alternative.

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    1. I'm happy you enjoyed the post, thank you for reading!

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  15. These sound good! Pinning to try later... I just love taking indulgent treats and making them healthier!!

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    1. I am the exact same, I have been on a mission to make healthy alternatives to my sweet cravings!Hope you enjoy them.

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  16. You can splurge, guilt free with these!

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    1. My thoughts exactly, you will definitely be satisfied with just one or two though!

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  17. I'm allergic but I know my husband would love!

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    1. Definitely try different fillings such as a berry jam if you are allergic to peanut butter.

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  18. Peanut Powder :O omg! These look so delicious and real easy to whip together! My hubs would love these.

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  19. My goodness these look sooooo good. Lucky the recipe is easy as I can make it too ;-)

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  20. Now these look and sound delicious, I must try them!!

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  21. so delicious!! Definitely going to try making these.. xx, gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

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  22. I have to try these!!! I am a peanut butter cup addict (yup, self admitted!) so I cannot wait!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. These look so good! And the best part is that they are healthy! I'm totally trying these out!

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  24. I love peanut butter cups, so awesome that this version only has 4 ingredients! x

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  25. These sound delicious-chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite combination!

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  26. Oh my god I gotta make these tonight. They look amazing!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

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  27. LOVE peanut butter cups...and to make them healthy...yes please

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  28. I love anything with peanut butter, especially reeses peanut butter cups. Thanks for sharing, I have printed the recipe off already!

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  29. This is similar to how we make our peanut butter cups too and it's such a nice treat.

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  30. Oh wow!!! I never thought abut making them myself- yum!

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  31. Ok I need to make these! They look amazing!!!

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  32. I don't like Chocolate mad I know haha but these look so yum x

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  33. I am not a fan of peanut butter at all but I know someone who adores it and I love baking so will be trying these out

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