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Recipe: Inside-Out (Coconut) Peanut Butter Cups

Posted Feb 14 2010 12:41pm

Last night just before I fell asleepI had a brainstorm for this fantabulous recipe. I seriously had to grab a notebook and write it down! I was super excited to get busy experimenting today. I had no idea how (or if!) it would even turn out – but it DID! And it’s SO delish! And I’m so excited to share it with you!!! :-D

Introducing…

Inside-Out (Coconut) Peanut Butter Cups

Want to taste this “Inside-Out (Coconut) Peanut Butter Cup” for yourself? I would share with youbut since there’s such a distance between usyou’ll just have to keep reading – I’ll teach you how to make your own! ;-)

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This concept is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I ate peanut butter cups growing upand for a lot of my adult life – until I got serious about my health. The awesome Mrs. Averie Sunshine (over at Love Veggies & Yoga) has been killing me with her fantabulousdecadent desserts – including her personal variations of homemade peanut butter cups.

AndwellI finally got around to whipping up a batch – Raw Juice Girl style. ;-)

(Aren’t your proud of meAverie?!) Eeeeekkk!! :-D

Move over chemical-laden candy

HELLO to homemade and healthy…

 Inside-Out (Coconut) Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

(This recipe makes 12. Nopethey’re not all for me. I made extra to give as Valentine’s gifts. ;-) )

What you’ll need:

  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used Singing Dog Vanilla from NuNaturals)
  • 20 drops Vanilla Stevia (from NuNaturals)
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or agave for those of you who use it – I don’t anymore)
  • Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter <— I’m currently giving a jar away! (Contest ends 2/19/10
  • chocolate bar or block of your choice (I used raw cacao paste from NavitasNaturals.)
  • fine dusting of stevia (I used NuNatural NoCarb Stevia Blend). You could also use powdered sugar here if you use that.
  • cupcake papers
  • muffin pan

NOTE: You could “raw-i-fy and/or veganize” this recipe by using raw nut butter and experimenting with coconut products (or leaving it out) and by eliminating the honey.

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 NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia alcohol free

 Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Buttercupsrecipes

Cacao paste certified organic Mayan superfood Navitas naturals

Check out that chunk of NavitasNaturals RAW chocolate!!

cacao paste raw chocolate Navitas Naturals 

Pure Vanilla Extract Singing Dog Vanilla gluten free fair trade sugar free

And there’s only 14 steps in honor of todayFebruary 14! ;-)

This is a really fun and easy recipe!!

Directions:

STEP 1: I chopped a wedge of the 1 lb of raw chocolate off (about a fifth?) – and there’s an in-depth review of this chunk of chocolate love coming up in a future post! ;-)

raw chocolate mess

 

STEP 2: Place the raw chocolate in a glass bowl (that’s sitting on top of another bowl filled with hot water) so it will melt.

raw chocolatemeltingglass bowl 2

 STEP 3: If your coconut peanut butter is solidjust place it in a bowl filled with hot water so it will become a runny consistency.

coconut peanut butterliquifyhot waterbowl

Now that that’s donemove on to…

STEP 4: Keep an eye on your raw chocolate and stir it as it melts. This chocolate filling will taste like dark chocolate – if you don’t like dark chocolateyou could melt a sweetened chocolate bar or add your own (sweeter) twist. ;-)

melting raw chocolateNavitas Naturals

STEP 5: Pour coconut peanut butter into cupcake papers – just enough to make your bottom layer.

pour coconut peanut buttercupcake papers

I was going to make half inside-out and the other half with coconut peanut butter INSIDE and the raw chocolate on the outside – but the raw chocolate didn’t turn out in a runny consistency like I thought it wouldso I ended up doing all 12 inside-out (just explaining why only half the pan is filled at this point). ;-)

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STEP 6: Go back to your raw chocolate. Stir until it’s melted.

STEP 7: Add 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

add vanilla extract to melted raw chocolate

STEP 8: Add 20 drops of vanilla extract.

add vanilla stevia to raw melting chocolate

STEP 9: At this pointI tasted and thought it needed to be sweeterso I added the last bit of some honey I had on hand (about 2 teaspoons).

Perfect!!!

STEP 10: Combine until you have the following consistency.

chocolate filling for inside-out coconut peanut butter cups

STEP 11: Portion the chocolate into each cupcake paper (it’s the middle of your inside-out ‘coconut’ peanut butter cup). You can do this with a spoonor your hands. Have fun! :-D

directions for inside out coconut peanut butter cups

Close-up

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STEP 12: Sprinkle a fine dusting over each chocolate center. (I used NuStevia NoCarbs Blend from NuNaturals.)

NuNaturals NuStevia NoCarbs Blendcoconut peanut butter cup recipe

mid-way finished with coconut peanut butter cups

Close-up

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STEP 13: Drizzle more coconut peanut butter over the topto seal the sweet deal on your “Inside-Out (Coconut) Peanut Butter Cups” and pop the pan into the freezer for just a few minutes – so they can harden.

all poured and ready to go into the freezercoconut peanut butter

all poured and ready to go in freezer 2

Close-up

close-up ready to go in freezer

 STEP 14: Peel the paper off…

Admire its beauty…

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inside-out coconut peanut butter cup 2

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 inside out coconut peanut butter cup 5

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And take that bite I promised you!

And if you make ‘em and blog about ‘emcontact me with your blog post link and I’ll send my readers your way! And if you send me photos of your recreationI’ll post ‘em heretoo! :-D

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Enjoy!!

And…

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

I LOVE YOU ALL WITH ALL MY fruit and veggie- (and chocolate!) filled…

HEART!!!

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And….

Just in case you were busy this week and missed what happened around here…

I want to thank you for your sweet words on my guest post at Positive Provocations (Healing Your HeartHolistically) and I’m thrilled that my post on emotional eatingfood labelsand judgments resonated so deeply with y’all!

Find out my sweet thoughts on NuNaturals’ NoCarbs Blend Steviaand don’t forget to enter my latest contest – there’s over 200 entries and it’s headed toward 250 fast! (Contest ends 2/19/10

What about you? Did you blog today? Read blogs? Hang out with familyfriendsor a special someone? Did you splurge bigtime on store-bought treats or did you make a healthier version at home? Did you get enough chocolate? Flowers? What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? And… what do you think about my recipe? Are you excited to try it? Let’s give the comment section some love and do some chatting! ;-)

photo source (heart)

All other photos were taken by Raw Juice Girl.

Disclaimer: The link for NavitasNaturals is an affiliate link – the others are not.

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