I can't be the only one that has been in the lineup at Walmart holding a big bag of Reece's mini peanut butter cups or Oreos thinking "I have lost. They defeated my willpower". Nope, not possible. I'm totally confident that there are several others who have been in the same position as me... Right?
Sometimes this happens to me. I have literally been in the lineup at a grocery store holding a huge tub of ice cream and a bag of chips thinking to myself don't do it man. It's loaded in preservatives. Preservatives cause cancer and diseases. You are on your death bed. This is going to kill you. Needless to say, I always leave the grocery store sweating buckets thanking Jesus that I didn't give in.
I'm not going to lie, I'm not bad at making treats. Better yet, they can't be bought or compared to something you can get at the store. Last night I was going through one of those hard craving moments and thought that I would take a stab at making my own homemade peanut butter cups but obviously a healthier option. Using simple ingredients and a little creativity, they turned out like little chocolate peanut-buttery truffle treats that are a little more guilt-free than the ones that come in a bright orange package.
Here's how it was done.
*1 Camino Extra Dark Chocolate bar
*1/2 bar of Camino Dark Chocolate with Coconut
*1/2 scoop Chocolate Iso whey protein
*3 tbsp almond milk
*Raw Cashews, chopped (optional as garnish)
In a small saucepan I melted an entire bar of Camino Extra Dark chocolate with half of a bar of Camino Dark Chocolate with Coconut and set it aside. In one of my mini cupcake tins I lightly greased the pan with coconut oil and poured a small amount of dark chocolate in 12 of the cups and put it in the freezer until it set.
In a small bowl, mix together 4tbsp of pb2 with tbsp water (to make the paste). Add in 1/2 scoop chocolate whey with the almond milk, a little at a time. Mix well.
Take the set chocolate out of the freezer and top with the peanut butter mix, and put back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
Top off with remaining melted dark chocolate and put back in the freezer for 15 minutes. Once set, take them out of the freezer and pop them out of the cups with a knife and set on a plate upside down. If you are going to be fancy like I did, get your chopped cashews ready.
Love me some cashews :)
This is when things can get a bit tricky and only do it if you're good with a lighter. Using the lighter, lightly graze the top middle part of the peanut butter cup and quickly garnish with the chopped cashews so that they stay in place. They should then look like this:
Once you've done that, you can eat them. The texture of these bad boys aren't like typical peanut butter cups, only because the middle part isn't as powdery, rather more like a peanut butter toffee that's loaded in protein. If you aren't going to eat all 12 of them at once, put them back in the freezer until you're ready to enjoy again!
Yeah... They're pretty alright :)
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