Those who knew me before I learned of my food allergies know that I considered chocolate the Fifth Food Group. It has been a very sad time for me as far as sweets, and I have begun to feel resentful that so many holidays have chocolate as a main treat. Between corn and soy allergens, having my favorite (isn’t it everyone’s?) treat — a Peanut Butter Cup, is complete digestive suicide. So every day I have to watch my husband and son eat these them while I have a piece of fruit or something.
This past week, I was in the process of experimenting with recipes for better (and cheaper) ways to make their favorite treat. But I really wanted to make something that I could have. I stumbled upon a unique peanut butter cup recipe among the many on Pinterest — Easy and Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, by MaryEllen of Imperfect Homemaker. It is much simpler to make than the other peanut butter cup concoctions, and it features healthier ingredients.
I already had raw honey, cocoa powder and coconut oil on hand. To substitute for peanut butter, I ordered almond butter online after an outing revealed no allergen-safe sources for it near me. I waited for my shipment, checking the tracking on the package every day.
After it came, I whipped up batch after batch, changing proportions until it was perfect for the almond butter. I also started to use silicone mini muffin pans so I don’t have to buy the cupcake liners.
While not identical to traditional peanut butter cups that have a layer of peanut between two layers of chocolate, this recipe makes a delicious tasting candy with its own unique taste. It is also much simpler to make as you simply melt all the ingredients together.
Note: Any nut butter can be substituted according to your allergies or tastes.
Melt together almond butter, coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan on low, stirring to combine. Whisk or stir in cocoa powder and remove from heat.
Spoon into small cupcake liners, or silicone muffin pans, while chocolate mixture is still hot. Freeze until hardened. Keep chocolates in freezer or refrigerator until ready to eat them. Go weak in the knees.
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