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Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups

Posted Jan 31 2010 2:40pm
Happy Sunday, almost Monday morning!  Well, hey, at least you had fun this weekend, right?  What did you do?  I did yoga on Saturday, and it was awesome to find out that I am nearly finished with my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, as I mentioned yesterday!   Sunday morning, I did some yoga at home, had Scott get lost with Skylar for 3 hours, and I ran around like a freak mommy on a mission! I was in 3rd Birthday Party Decorating, Shopping, and Organizing Mode!  I managed to hit CVS Pharmacy for a card and cute wrapping bag, the grocery store for some last minute eats and candy Sprinkles which are a party necessity, and Target for everything from Sesame Street books to a pink tutu.  Here's a couple sneak peak pictures and I promise lots more birthday party pics tomorrow!
I flew home, got everything wrapped, house decked out in pink streamers, cupcakes with sprinkles ready, just in time for the Birthday Girl to walk in!  
And she loved every second of her party!!!  
I am really glad you enjoyed my Highlights of the Week Post, where I recapped everything from Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes
to Greenery with Homemade Salad Dressing
 to Mailbox Finds
 
To my Homemade high Raw Vegan Desserts:
Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
Chocolate Coconut Snowballs
and No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars


 But, it's a new week and time for a new recipe!!! 

Remember when I made my Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?
And Please, make the Peanut Butter Cups if you haven't because they are sooo easy, seriously it will take you 10 minutes, and you'll never buy a Reese's again!
 
And while you're at it, my high Raw Vegan Chocolate Turtles are a snap, too!
Anyway, I thought it was time to re-make and tweak my high Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Recipe using Vegan, Gluten-Free White Chocolate!
“White Chocolate” Bar by Organica
Don't like store-bought?  Make your own!  Use Hannah Kaminsky's Recipe.
Hannah also happens to be the Author of This Book: My Sweet Vegan which I previously reviewed and completely adore!  Stay Tuned for my spin on Vegan Fudge inspired from this book coming up soon...
Back to today's recipe, If you're not a vegan and don't care about the vegan status of your white chocolate, just use Baker's White Chocolate or something that catches your eye at the grocery.  $3 bucks or so for a large slab 'o white.

Recipe & Directions for: Averie's Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups

The White Chocolate Outer Coating
1 c of white chocolate chips, chunks, or hunks (if using Baker's Chocolate, about 10 squares)
Optional: 1/4 c dark chocolate (about 4 squares), see below

Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Filling
1/3 c Peanut Butter (could also use Almond, Sunflower Seed, or Cashew Butter)
1 Tbsp Raw Cocoa Powder (if you don't want to chocolate-ize your Nut Butter, then omit this)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Agave (Or use maple syrup or yacon syrup.  This is optional but you may find that after adding the cocoa powder to the PB that the PB becomes quite thick.   If you're using Almond Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter for the filling which are naturally thinner and runnier than PB you may omit the additional liquid.  If you want it sweeter, add sugar or stevia.)
The Filling Recipe Yields 8 discs.  
Note:  This filling alone makes awesome snacks (more on this below)!  The cocoa powder turns the Peanut Butter into a dough-like consistency, without sticky PB-fingers!

First, I melted the White Chocolate
In the Microwave, 45 seconds, remove & stir.  
Then, 30 more seconds & Stir.  Watch chocolate in the micro like a hawk, checking every 10-15 seconds so you don't scorch it!
Pour the White Chocolate into paper muffin liners
Let it Harden for 5 Minutes in the Fridge and get busy Creating the Filling.

The Filling-See Above for Amounts
Peanut Butter, Cocoa Powder
Agave, Vanilla Extract
Stir.  Tastes really divine as you now have chocolate peanut butter sweetened with a little agave and flavored lightly with vanilla.
Make disc shapes with the Filling
Mentioned Above but Bears Repeating!  This filling alone makes awesome snacks!  The cocoa powder turns the Peanut Butter into a dough-like consistency, without getting sticky PB-fingers! 
Fetch your Muffin Liners from the Fridge & Place the Discs into the Liners
Cover with more White Chocolate
And for those of you who Can't Decide Between White or Dark Chocolate...
....melt some Dark Chocolate (Baker's Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, vegan chocolate chips, other chocolate chips, whatever you enjoy)
And Cover the other half with Chocolate!
Refrigerate for 10 minutes to fully harden
After Refrigeration
Then, Unwrap an All White
The Center
Unwrap a Half White/Half Dark
The Center
Posing Together
I love the Ruffled Edges!
Showing their Middles
And Skylar wants In On The Act!
Devilish Grin that I Love!
Sticky Fingers, Mischievous Eyes!
Then I wrapped them up.  Guess who's Getting these?
My Secret Valentine Is!!!
I signed up for Janetha's Secret Valentine ExchangeI hope the recipient likes them!  And no, you can't sign up now; the deadline has already passed, sorry!

Recent Greenery Included Raw Brock, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatoes, Carrots, and Brussels's that I steamed for 1 minute in 1 inch of water in a microwave-safe bowl.  I am asked this frequently, so I am just repeating it for all my awesome newer readers! 
And dressed my Greenery with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
And Dessert...
....well, yes, a White
...And a Half-White/Half-Dark.
And The Birthday Girl (February 2 to be exact) had fun eye'ing them, too.
But she loved her birthday cupcakes.  Her first cupcake ever in life was eaten today.  Age 3.  She's looking at it like it's the holy grail of sugar and honestly, I was glad to give it to her to make her day exactly what she wanted as she's been requesting cupcakes for the last few months!  My little vegetarian gobbles raw veggies better than most adults and you only live once, right!  And you're only 3 once, live it up sweetie, I love you soooo much!!!!!!!!!!!  One day I hope you read this.  Love, Mom! xoxoxo

Yoga Today is Kukkutasana
Full lotus first, but be sure to warm up your Hips and pay attention to your hip opening, rather than just thinking this pose is about the knees, when entering full lotusThen, insert your arms through the holesThen lift off.   Lean Forward if you're lifting off.  Lean Forward far more than you think you need to.  You need to bring your center of gravity forward or else your bootay is going to weigh you back and downward and you won't achieve liftoff.  As I've mentioned before, these are poses to work towards; not feel bummed if you're not there today.  And really just have fun with yoga!


Tip of the Day: My Yoga and Raw Vegan Foods Retreat!
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Be there and get your Om Shanti Shanti on while eating your weight in veggies.
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Questions:
Which PB Cup would you Grab: A White? or a White-n-Dark Combo? Or Both?! haha!
I loved both! 
I normally love my Chocolate Dark, but in the Spirit of Valentine's Day, I wanted to do something White!  And that inner Filling!  Mmmm....PB, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla Extract, and Agave....what's not to Love?

Next:
If you could receive something in the mail, up to $25 bucks, what would you like to receive?  And yes, I am sorta fishing for my Secret Valentine's present in addition to the homemade goodies I'm sending.  Or would a big stash of homemade goodies from me be ok?

Next:
Valentine's Day Plans!  Have any?  What are they?  Anyone just trying to get a date think that you're getting engaged, getting married?  Or maybe you're going out for dinner and hoping your date at least popped for some Godiva!  We will be doing precisely nothing.  Especially on a Sunday night with a 3 year old.  Romance would be someone other than me unloading the dishwasher.  Please all you young hot things, tell me what you have in store for the big V-Day!  I need to live vicariously...haha!


This Week Stay Tuned For Birthday Party Pics, a Mega Oats Post, and other good stuff...


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