Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Salt. 3-Ingredient Dessert.
This sweet and salty single-serving dessert, is my healthier take on a childhood classic. Created for a PB and dark chocolate-loving friend, on her birthday – this is a fun and special edible gift to make for your loved ones! While store-bought peanut butter cups have plenty of added refined sugars, processed milk products, and chemical preservatives – this recipe is made from just three ingredients – dark chocolate, pure peanut butter, and a touch of salt. Peanuts are a great source of protein and healthy unsaturated fats, Vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and fiber. While dark chocolate is not a ‘health food’, it does contain nutrients in the form of iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, Vitamins K, B vitamins, and fiber.
From my perspective, enjoying a homemade dessert like this, on occasion, in appropriate quantities (ex: 1 of these cups) – can certainly be part of a balanced, healthy diet! There are no ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods – rather it is a question of quality and quantity. Foods are essentially ‘neutral’, until we develop a specific relationship or attitude towards them. In my practice, I have observed that people who experience ‘cravings’ for chocolate, often have a restrictive relationship with it. They may tell themselves that they are ‘not allowed’, or ‘not supposed’ to have chocolate – and this can create a challenging relationship with it. However, when they start telling themselves that they CAN have some high quality chocolate from time to time, in conjunction with a nutritious whole food plant-based diet, they develop a more balanced relationship with it. To me, nurturing a positive relationship with food is an essential part of healthy eating!
Makes 14 bites
- 2 bars of 70-80% dark chocolate – approx 80 grams each (I used Fair Trade Alter eco 85% dark)
- 1.5 cups DIY peanut butter (or use store-bought natural peanut butter)
- Sea salt
- Lay out 14 mini paper baking cups on a baking tray. These are easy chocolate molds! if you don’t have proper silicone chocolate molds.
- Make your own nut butter by grinding up the peanuts (ideally Sudanese peanuts for their incredible deep flavor! available at PA in Montreal) in a high powered blender or food processor until smooth – or leave it slightly crunchy. Alternatively, you can simply use natural peanut butter – composed of only nuts! TIP: If allergic to peanuts, use any nut or seed butter you like!
- Break the chocolate bars into a bowl, and melt over a double boiler aka a bain marie. Stir-the over medium heat until it’s melted.
- Add 2 tbsp of melted chocolate to the base of each paper cup, and place in the freezer to set for 10 min. Then add a tbsp of peanut butter on top of the chocolate layer. Let this set in the freezer for another 5 min. Finally, add 2 more tbsp or so of melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter, and down the sides of the cups. Set in the freezer for 5 min, before sprinkling over a little salt on top – and freeze for a final 10 min. Enjoy!
– Peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy unsaturated fats, Vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
– Dark chocolate is a source of iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, Vitamins K, B vitamins, and fiber.