Lately, I've been realizing how important the little things in life are.
It's not a new car or a bigger house that really make my life, but rather it's having a low histamine day (you allergy sufferers know what I mean), squeezing out juuuuuust enough conditioner to get you by until the next trip to the store, or turning on the TV and finding that Shark Tank just began (Shark Tank hoo haha!).
These are the simple things that make up a good day, and for some reason, I'm just starting to really take note of it.
It would seem that many days are set up to make us really dig deep and see what we're made of, but appreciating the small moments can make such a difference.
This recipe, for example, made my day this week.
I had another Easter treat scheduled for Monday, but the photo session for it ended up flopping due to a technical error on my part. No big deal, but it still put me in a surly mood because I ended up with nothing to post!
These butter cups, on the other hand, came together beautifully and truly taste just how I wanted!
This fact is mirrored by the fact that the hubs could not stop food-gasming over the taste, which is totally delicious and so sinful.
The addition of oat flour gives some body to the filling, while using coconut sugar lends a granulated mouth-feel to each bite that pleasantly adds to the texture.
Simply deemed 'butter cups' instead of peanut, cashew, or the like, because you can really use whatever nut or seed butter you like/tolerate!
Adaptable Chocolate Butter Cups (Vegan)
- ½ c . coconut oil , melted
- ½ c . cocoa powder
- ¼ c . maple syrup
- dash sea salt
- BUTTER FILLING:
- 6 T . nut or seed butter of your choice (we love the stone ground raw pecan butter from Vivapura or peanut butter best!)
- 2 T . coconut oil , melted
- 2 T . + 2 t. oat flour (I grind my own flour using Country Choice Organic Oats)
- 2 T . coconut sugar
- ½ t . vanilla extract
- dash sea salt (if nut or seed butter is unsalted)
- Mix together the ingredients for the chocolate.
- Pour a small amount of the chocolate into each of 12 paper muffin cups (just enough to coat the bottom).
- Freeze until hardened (5-10 minutes).
- Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the butter filling until well combined.
- Evenly distribute the butter filling atop the chocolate in the 12 cups.
- At this point, you can freeze the filling for another 5-10 minutes or (if you're antsy like me) evenly distribute the remaining chocolate directly atop the butter filling.
- Freeze until chocolate is solid (10-15 minutes).
Speaking of nut and seed butters, can we talk about that for a second?...
Anyone else suffer from the excessive procurement of these creamy wonders? I have just about every nut and seed butter in my fridge that you can imagine, with the exception of almond because I'm allergic.
As I was making these, I thought the line-up of my stash was worthy of documenting. 🙂
As I mentioned in a previous post, Vivapura kindly sent me a few products to sample, not the least of which was their raw pecan butter.
This is my hubby's absolute favorite butter cup pairing, and it is definitely a product I would recommend trying at least once in your life!
What is your favorite nut or seed butter?
I filled these with your pumpkin seed butter and they were a hit! Thanks Lauren! 🙂
Yippee!!! Healthy peanut butter cups! I love these little guys!!!
Wow these look amazing. I won't go near a Reese's they've got too much junk. Can the oat flour be substituted for something gluten free...maybe brown rice flour? Favorite nut butter is sunflower but can't keep it in the house because the husband can't leave it alone.
I think rice flour would work, but you could also grind gluten-free oats! 🙂
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
Oh my my! Theses Chocolate butter cups look adorable and delish! 😀
I like your idea to put a little oat flour in the filling, I think it would be more authentic to the childhood favorite (peanut butter cups)! I've never tried pecan butter before but I think that's where I'll be starting first, it sounds wonderful!
yes, that is a crazy selection of nut butters!!!
i want to see your flours! you have soon many 🙂
Lol, to my credit, I've pared down the flour stash! 🙂