Saturday, 2 March 2013

Peanut Butter Fudge Cups!

I am forever adjusting my recipes. Yes, there are some that I don't mess with because they are just perfect the way they are, but sometimes I will come across something that makes me rethink an ingredient or the amount of an ingredient. Usually it's because I want to reduce the calorie count even more, reduce the sugar or because I have a particular craving. This time, it was all of the above...

Just this past Valentines Day I posted a video with some delicious chocolate treats. These are tried and true and never disappoint! Well, I started messing with them today because I felt like a chocolate and peanut butter fix and the result was so wonderful that I had to share immediately! I adjusted the ingredients for the fudge just a smidge (see ingredients list below) to lower the calories and then got the idea to add some peanut butter to the mix...THIS was the delicious result:




Chocolate and peanut butter! Most would agree this is a pairing made in heaven and trust me, you will agree if you try this. It's incredibly easy as well which makes it even better! First things first, have a look at the video for a refresher on how to prepare the chocolate fudge (with the little ingredient adjustment below):





Ingredients:
1/2 c Cocoa Powder
1/4 c Virgin Coconut Oil
1/4 c Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 c Natural Peanut Butter

Now, prepare the chocolate in the same way as in the video, but with a small adjustment...reduce the coconut oil to 1/4 cup. I found you actually don't need the extra 1/4 c of coconut oil! Of course coconut oil has many health benefits (visit Haylie Pomroy's blog for some great information on the subject), but it is extremely high in calories (940 cal in 1/2 cup!) so if you can cut that in half...well, you can enjoy more goodness with less guilt! :-) Put the fudge mixture aside so you can prepare the muffin tin for Peanut Butter Cups!

Next, using a mini muffin pan similar to the one in the video (this silicone one works best for candy-sized treats), place a tsp of natural peanut butter in each cup...no need to be neat. Then pour your fudge mixture over the peanut butter and place in the freezer. After about a half hour to an hour you will have perfect little peanut butter cups! They are RICH! You will only need one to curb that craving. You could also pour a tiny bit of the fudge in each cup, then add the peanut butter and top with the rest of the fudge mixture. Either way, it is decadent!

like to use natural, unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter*. This is one of those things you can confidently purchase in the store and know that it is JUST peanuts. Because of the sweetness of the maple syrup, you don't need anything else! Adding the natural peanuts to this recipe adds a great source of vitamins and minerals! As I've said before, you don't ever want to overdo it on your treats, but if you can have something that tastes good AND gives you nutrients your body needs, then why not indulge when the craving strikes!

*Another little trick to cut the calories: Natural peanut butter will have a layer of oil when you open the container. You can mix it in or...just pour that oil out and use the butter underneath. You will save a little on calories and the peanut butter actually still stays soft even when stored in the fridge!

hope you enjoy this little tweak to an already perfected recipe. Please continue to try new things and leave your comments on my videos, blog posts and Facebook page. I love to hear from you! Share with others and feel free to ask me questions about other ingredient alternatives. Follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Treat yourself well!