5-Minute Healthy AF Sea Salted Peanut Butter Cups
This is one of those recipe that makes you feel like all is right with the world. It's uncomplicated, nearly impossible to fuck up, and it literally takes minutes to put together.
You are just 5 minutes away from sea salty, peanut buttery, dark chocolaty bliss. Everything is going to be ok.
It is important that you have:
- an immersion blender (Because you have to emulsify the oil, you can't just mix it with a spoon. An electric whisk would probably work. Maybe the whisk attachment on a kitchenaid mixer on the highest speed. I'd steer clear of using a blender or anything because you'll just end up losing so much chocolate that way. I can only attest to an immersion blender, and the ease of it is part of what makes this such a quick recipe. This is the one I use.)
- Some sort of wide, yet tall vessel (to immersion blend in. I use this one.)
- silicone muffin cups (Because you have to mold these fuckers. And there's just no other way to do it.)
Gather and set aside: *peanut butter, flaky sea salt, and cacao nibs.
Into your wide, tall vessel - dump:
- 1 cup liquid coconut oil (warm yours on the stove if it's starting to solidify). If you think you're going to be making these a lot, you need to start buying coconut oil in bulk. Otherwise you'll go broke. Get it at Costco, or here.
- 2/3 cup raw cacao powder
- Scant 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Generous splash of pure vanilla extract
Stick in your immersion blender and blend for 30-ish seconds.
Line a tray with 30 muffin cups and pour 1 tsp. of the chocolate mix into each cup (you'll have a lot leftover). Stick in the freezer for 30-ish seconds until just set.
Pull the trays out of the freezer and put a teaspoon sized dollop of peanut butter on top of the chocolate. Swirl it around gently with your finger to spread it out evenly until it's almost to the edge.
Working very quickly, take your chocolate and put another teaspoon full on top of the peanut butter dollops. If you have leftover chocolate after this just eyeball it and divide among the cups.
Put in the freezer to set. They're technically ready after just a minute or so in the freezer - you just need the chocolate to be set, but I think they're even better the next day once the peanut butter gets really cold and more solid.
*A note about peanut butter. If you're not making your own, you really need to get your shit together. Just buy some roasted, salted peanuts from the bulk bins and dump them in your food processor. Turn it on and let it go until it turns into peanut butter. That's all. That's how you make peanut butter. It's stupid easy. And you'll never go back to the store bought stuff. It will make you wonder what is even in that shit - even the natural organic stuff.