Vegan Protein Peanut Butter Cups: Say No More.
Let’s just set this straight.. you CANNOT go wrong with a combination of chocolate and peanut butter, ever.
With that out of the way, let’s dip our
toes tongues into some delicious swirls of peanut butter and chocolate.
For these peanut buttery cups, you will need just a few ingredients:
- Peanut Butter (Or any Nut/Seed butter you prefer)
- Chocolate (the Vegan kind)
- Just a smidge of Coconut Oil (to keep everything together, and then melt in your mouth)
- Protein Powder (If you want a bit more sustenance– these are already guilt-free!)
First, let’s break these ingredients down further– really get into all the goodness!
Let’s Just Call it Nut-Butter
*Disclaimer: I honestly love all nut/seed butters*
….if price wasn’t in the equation, my favorite nut butter would be:
- Cashew Butter (so creamy)
Since price is in the equation (unless you won a lifetime of free groceries, then I’m jealous), my top 3 are:
- Sunflower Butter (creamy and so flavorful)
- Peanut Butter (fresh ground, of course)
- Almond Butter (again, fresh ground– delish!)
These benefits will vary slightly, depending on which specific nut butter you choose, but all have amazing benefits when consumed without added sugars or unnatural oils.
- Excellent source of healthy fat
- Abundant in nutrients like
- vitamins & minerals
Allergies? No problem!
If you have a nut allergy, try seed (sunflower, pumpkin, etc) butters. If you can’t have either– try soy butter! It is similar in taste to peanut butter, but no EPI pen is needed.
Pass Me the Chocolate
Contrary to popular belief, chocolate can be very good for you! When I say Chocolate, I mean Chocolate– from the cacao bean and either not sweetened or only sweetened with Stevia. (Sorry, a kit-kat bar is not included in this category).
- Very nutritious– containing fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and more.
- Heart health– lowers cholesterol, also shown to lower blood pressure
- Skin health– the flavanols in chocolate aid in blood flow to the skin
My all time favorite brand of chocolate when I want something sweet is Lily’s. Lily’s sweetens their chocolate with Stevia, so no added sugar. This is the brand I use in this recipe!
Coconut Oil, It’s all the Rage!
I rarely consume any oils, but if I do, I opt for coconut oil. I like the consistency and the taste of coconut oil over others.
- Loaded with saturated fats, which help to lower cholesterol
- Those saturated fats also have anti-bacterial properties
- Lower cholesterol = better heart health
Protein Powder, Make Me Strong
Protein powder is an excellent way of supplementing your diet when needed. I say when needed, because much of what we consume has protein in it (even if it is small quantities) and it isn’t always necessary to go overboard with protein.
The one time I enjoy sprinkling in a little protein powder is when I make these delicious treats. The chocolate and peanut butter are a no-brainer energy duo, the added protein powder really makes these peanut butter cups pack a nutritious punch– perfect for a day of hiking.
- Besides delivering you with “clean” protein, you are helping the environment by not buying animal protein
- Great dose of fiber (plants have loads of fiber!)
Hide These, or You Will Eat Them All!
When Erik and I are hiking we like to make extra large ones to devour on the trail, but when we are eating them leisurely I like to keep them in a container of sorts and store them in the freezer. The coconut oil in the chocolate will allow for these babies to melt in your mouth pretty soon after being retrieved.
I also think that the freezer gets opened less than the refrigerator so you may be less inclined to eat one, or three every time you go near them.
Most of all enjoy the good food you have!
Vegan Protein Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 cups Lily's Chocolate Chip or any Vegan Chocolate
- 0.5 scoop Vegan Protein Powder Sunwarrior, Garden of Life, etc
- Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to pan, set heat to Low
- Combine peanut butter, protein powder and maple syrup, mix until smooth
- Spoon 0.5 tbsp of melted chocolate into a small muffin tin (I'm using a 24 cup silicone pan)
- Spoon 0.5 tbsp of peanut butter on top of chocolate
- Top with remaining chocolate
- Pat down top of peanut butter cup to make smooth
- Freeze for 1 hour
- Enjoy, Store leftovers in fridge or freezer