Monday, April 8, 2013

Raw Almond Butter Cups

This was one of the first recipes that I saw on my new favorite food blog, My New Roots. I made them as a gift for a friend that was hosting me in Erie this past weekend. They are filled with lots of vitamins and minerals so you can feel good about yourself for eating them! These are so delicious, you can't even taste that they are healthy.

1/2 cup melted coconut oil
3 Tbsp. melted cacao butter
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup raw honey
2 Tbsp. maca powder (can substitute with same amount of cacao powder)
¼ tsp. sea salt 

Nut Butter Filling
1/2 cup almond butter
1 Tbsp. raw honey
1 Tbsp. lucuma powder (add 1 Tbsp. of sweetener if not using)
sea salt to taste

1. In a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water on low heat, melt coconut oil and cacao butter together. Add honey to the mixture. Remove from heat and stir in cacao, maca and add sea salt until no lumps remain.

2. In silicon muffin cups, (These are so great. I borrowed mine from a friend.) spoon enough liquid chocolate to cover the bottom. Place in the fridge and cool until set for about 15 minutes.

3. Stir all the filling ingredients together with a spoon in a small bowl. Season it how you like with salt.

4. Spoon the nut dough into ½ tablespoon amounts, roll into balls, and flatten between your palms to just under the size of the chocolate in the cups. (Nick and I made a mess doing this, but it was a lot of fun.)

5. Add nut butter filling to each cup on top of the solid chocolate and drizzle the remaining liquid chocolate on top, making sure to cover the filling completely.Place in the fridge to harden for at least one hour or overnight.

6. Remove the chocolates from the molds. This is probably the most satisfying step! Keep them refrigerated.

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