When you first start dealing with a bunch of allergies, it can be devastating to find out that most of the commercially made chocolates are off the table. Milk and sugar are always standard in store bought chocolate, but gluten and soy have made their way into most processed foods.
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are incredibly popular with my clan. Even my very fussy niece gobbles these up whenever she can.
Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
(Gluten free + Refined sugar free + Dairy free + Soy free)
Makes roughly 25 chocolate cups
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup chunky natural peanut butter*
1/2 cup coco or cacao powder
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup**
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (not cinnamon sugar)
a pinch of sea salt (only if your peanut butter is unsalted)
*the peanut butter has to be natural peanut butter not the normal supermarket kind. Using ‘ordinary’ peanut butter will result in greasy chocolates. Check the ‘health food’ section of your supermarket or get some natural peanut butter from a health food store. I personally love Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter.
**when it comes to the sugar in this recipe you can do any proportion of the two sugars… 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar (crunchier) or 3 tablespoons of maple syrup (more caramel flavour). It’s up to you.
WHAT TO DO
In a medium sized bowl place all of the ingredients. If it is a cold day and the coconut oil is still solid you can place the bowl over another bowl or a shallow sink of warm water. As soon as it is melted mix well and spoon into small cup cake papers that are laid out on a tray.
Cover the tray with cling film and leave them to set in the fridge or freezer.
Eat them cold and enjoy healthy and delicious chocolate.
These chocolates will return to liquid at room temperature – if they do, you can just pop them back into the fridge and they will set again.
The only down side with these chocolates is that you can’t take them on the go with you… I’m sure you could get out your esky and some ice packs if you’re really desperate.
Enjoy healthy eating