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!

Ingredients: 

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

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Nutrition Tips:

– 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.

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