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Oct
19
2011

Yeah. It’s one of *those* weeks.

The kind where you need all sorts of comfort foods to help you get by. And chocolate.

Oh, chocolate. How I love you, so. I crave you at all hours of the day and night. And you are always, *faithfully*, and delectably there for me. How I <3 you. And then, when you add in peanut butter, well. WELL. I don't think I have to tell anyone just how freakin amazing Reese’s peanut butter cups are!

They are pretty perfect all by themselves… so, why did I make my own PB cups? Well, its no mystery that anything made by Hershey’s isn’t exactly healthy for you… and whereas, my cups aren’t exactly classified as a “health” food, I did make them *healthier* then Hershey’s, and so really, you can’t feel guilty eating one, right? RIGHT??!

I’m kind of on this incredible kick of healthy eating. I like to think that I have *always* eaten “healthy” but I think I’m realizing more and more that there is really a science to being healthy and nutritious. It’s not just the lowest calories and fat that matters when you really really want to be healthy. And so I’ve been a cooking and baking machine over the last few weeks [which is why I’m posting more and more recipes on my blog, even though this is my photography blog… but hey, I’m all about being up close and personal, so I hope ya dig it ;)].

I’ve been discovering a wealth of information that I never new about nutrition, and I’m having SO much fun trying out new foods. Which lead me to these little wonders (8th wonder of the world?? maybe! Just maybe…)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

This recipe calls for grain sweetened chocolate chips, which I found at my Shop Rite, and I think you can find them at most health food stores, like Whole Foods, or Trader Joes :). Grain sweetened chocolate is a bit better for you, because it uses natural sweeteners instead of refined sugar to sweeten them. This recipe also uses almond milk, which I’m totally in love with, in stead of cow’s milk, which I don’t consume (double score!). If you’re curious about the health benefits of almonds and why you should try and incorporate them into your diet, check out this awesome link!

The Recipe:

Ingredients (8-12 cups)

1/2 cup vegan butter or margarine (I used Nature’s Promise Margarine, and it was really delicious!)
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (preferably unsalted) (I used smooth and I liked it!)
3/4 cup vegan graham cracker crumbs or 10 graham cracker squares (I used 10 squares)
1/4 cup Turbinado sugar (brown sugar probably works too) (I used brown, since I dont have turbinado)
1 cup grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips (I used vegan dark chips)
1/4 cup almond milk
2 T chopped peanuts, for garnish (optional) (I dont like my desserts with nuts, so I omitted these)
1 T chia seeds, for garnish (optional) (omitted)
1-2 T ground almonds, for garnish (optional) (omitted)

Instructions

1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or reusable liners
2. Melt the vegan margarine/butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and sugar and mix well. Remove the mixture from the heat.
3. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the muffin cups. Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.
4. Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture. Top with chopped nuts and chia seeds. Place in the freezer for 60-75 minutes until firm.

You can find the recipe at this amazing vegan recipe food blog (Oh She Glows) that I recently discovered and have been glued to ever since! Angela is such an inspiration, and I’ve already tried dozens of her recipes, printed probably a hundred of them that I plan on trying at some point in the near future, and can’t wait to see what recipe she has to share next! She’s seriously awesome, and even if you aren’t Vegan, you can certainly adapt the recipes to suit your needs :)

I’m currently hooked on oat squares and have made so many variations of hot and cold oatmeal, I am practically bleeding oats! And I just can’t get enough :)

What are some of your favorite food blogs?? I love to browse recipes and dream of becoming an amazing baker some day :)

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