Desserts

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Peanut Butter Cups

5 ingredients. Gluten Free, Vegan, & Dairy free for those who need it. Plus they're Magnesium, antioxidant & iron-rich!

The health benefits of quality dark chocolate & nuts are impressive...but OF COURSE that's not why I made them!

I was craving a reason to use my new reusable, silicon muffin cups (get your hands on a set by clicking the link at the very bottom!) and because my blood type is peanut butter & chocolate ;)

Super easy, and ready for you in the freezer to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea, or for an easy pre-made dessert to impress guests with your mad ninja chocolatier skills.

Yield: Makes about 12. I HIGHLY suggest doubling this recipe. Freezes amazing.

Ingredients:

- 1/2 lb (220g) Dark Chocolate (I always use Callebaut Chocolate, found in 1lb blocks in the Save-On-Foods bulk section) chopped into 1-2" chunks

- 1/2 Cup, approximately, Natural Peanut Butter, firmed up in freezer for an hour or so, divided into heaping teaspoon sized disks. See below.

- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

- 1/2 Cup Ground Almonds/Almond Meal

- Optional: 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

- Flaked Sea Salt, for garnish

Directions:

- Place measured portion of natural peanut butter in freezer for an hour or so. It will allow it to firm slightly. When firm, scoop & form heaping teaspoons into small disks.

- Keep PB disks on a parchment lined place in the freezer for up to a day, or while you do next steps. The firmer the disks are, the easier it will be to transfer into the middle of each PB cup.

- Place reusable silicon muffin cups in a single layer, on a baking sheet. Set aside. Or if you have the appropriate silicon/candy mold, use that.

- Place chocolate chunks in a completely dry, medium-sized, microwave-safe mixing bowl. BEWARE! Any water that touches melting chocolate causes chocolate to SEIZE!

- Heat chocolate in microwave in 30-45 second intervals, stirring each time, repeating until chocolate is almost completely melted. Watch it carefully- it needs to melt, not burn!

- Add coconut oil, and return bowl to microwave for a final 30-45 seconds to melt it. Stir mixture until everything is completely melted & combined. It should be smooth & shiny! If chunks still present, repeat microwaving in short intervals.

- Add in vanilla, ground almonds, and stir to combine.

- Using a small measuring cup to scoop out portions of the melted chocolate mixture, pour about 1 Tbsp chocolate mixture in bottom of each silicon muffin cup/mold.

- Get PB disks from freezer. Place 1 disk into each mold, on top of the chocolate. Alternatively, if you didn't make the disks, just place 1 teaspoon-sized dollop in each mold, you hot mess, you.

- Pour another 2 Tbsp melted chocolate mixture into each mold, or until top of peanut butter disks are just covered.

- Place a small pinch of flaked sea salt on top of each.

- Freeze for 30 minutes, or until firm. Test one. Its ready when the chocolate snaps, and gives way to the Pb center...drool.

- Take chocolates off of the tray, and place into an airtight container. Keep them stored in the freezer.

- Brag about how you are now a master chocolatier.

 

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As always, thanks for the love.

-Jess