Soo, you might be thinking that this post has nothing to do with the environment… And you’re partially right!
Firstly, I wanted to share this recipe with you as I think it’s a great snack/dessert (it might look naughty but the ingredients aren’t as bad compared to a Reese’s peanut cups!).
But secondly, when deciding to make them it made me think a lot about the ingredients I was using from an environment and sustainable point of view. We usually forget to check what actually is in products we are buying at the supermarket to then later eat. For example, as I was using peanut butter for this recipe (obviously!), I checked the jar to have a look at the ingredients. After a browse of the different brands, I felt more inclined and comfortable to buy the product which was made from sustainable palm oil.
[NOTE: Palm oil is a very tricky subject to talk about in terms of food production (I can possibly talk about this in a later blog post).]
By picking products that we are more consciously aware about and understanding it’s “sustainable” value, we are doing a bit more good to our planet.
This recipe was taken from the Tanya Burr “Bakes” cooking book. For someone who loves both nuts and dark chocolate this was a perfect sweet treat to make.
It took around 20-30 minutes to prepare and then once that was done, you just pop it in the fridge. For the ingredients and the full recipe:
Ingredients (makes 8):
- 200g dark chocolate (I used FairTrade chocolate)
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 100g smooth peanut butter (picked a sustainable palm oil brand)
- 4 tbsp. ground almonds
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- Pinch of sea salt
- Line the cupcake/muffin tray with 8 paper cases – gold ones look the best.
- Chop and melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Spoon 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture into each cupcake case, then set aside to cool slightly.
- Mix together the peanut butter, ground almonds, maple syrup and salt in a small bowl. Roll the mixture into 8 balls, then flatten them with your hands to fit into each case on top of the chocolate.
- Spoon the remaining melted chocolate into each case so the peanut butter mixture is fully covered.
- Transfer the tray to fridge to chill and set for at least 20 minutes before serving!
And the finished results:
Review – 9/10
I thoroughly enjoyed making this as it was SUPER easy and it tasted sooo good! When you bit into it, the chocolate melted in your mouth. It’s perfect for someone with a sweet tooth 🙂
So! Go ahead and try making these! I hope you enjoy eating them as much as me and feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or have tried making these before!
I’d love to hear about it 🙂