Beginning this blog has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've come in contact with so many like-minded people and been able to accomplish things I never thought I would.
Before having my first daughter, I held a job at Whole Foods in the grocery department. It was my favorite job...ever. I was surrounded by delicious, wholesome food while doing a physical job that I loved. I was recently invited by Whole Foods to view the opening of a fancy new store here in Tucson...not for my previous work experience, but because of this blog! I was able to take my husband and girls with me, and it turned into a memorable event for us! Here are a few highlights....
They had samples galore! I loved the sushi and the goat milk fudge best! (I indulged despite my sugar-free pledge :-)).
My daughters each got a large sugar cookie, which we regretted later in the night when they were wide awake at 10 pm! I even got to see some of my old co-workers, which was a pleasant surprise. It was such a fun way to spend time together (and get to try some yummy bites)!
As I mentioned Friday, this month is devoted to the love of my life. I really am a lucky girl when it comes to my marriage. There's not a single husband/boyfriend that I know of that's more doting than my husband. I am actually the one that finds it hard to express how I feel verbally!...which is another reason I wanted to feature him this month.
Today's recipe is one that I recently whipped up in an attempt to put a new spin on one of my husband's favorite treats....the classic peanut butter cup....
...aren't they pretty? Some things photograph really well, and this recipe was one of them!
The taste of these was such a delicious surprise!....and my husband was happy to have more protein than carbs in a scrumptious peanut butter cup package!
The peanut butter layers are a bit softer than the chocolate layer, which makes for a texturally balanced bite! I just loved the contrast of the crisp chocolate layer!
Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups
PEANUT BUTTER LAYER:
- 4 T. creamy peanut butter no sugar added
- 1 T. coconut oil melted
- pinch sea salt
- ½ t. vanilla
- 1 t. maple syrup
- 1 T. coconut oil melted
- 4 tsp carob or cocoa powder
- ¼ t. vanilla
- pinch sea salt
- ½ t. maple syrup or 5 drops stevia
- 3 drops stevia
- Mix together the ingredients for each layer in two separate bowls.
- Using 3 paper muffin cups, fill the bottom with enough of the peanut butter mixture to cover it (2-3 teaspoons).
- Freeze the cups until the first layer is hard enough to hold its shape (5-10 minutes).
- Top with the chocolate layer (divide it among the 3 cups equally).
- Freeze until hardened (5-10 minutes).
- Finish with the remaining peanut butter mix (divide it among the 3 cups equally).
- Freeze until completely hardened (15-20 minutes).
These are so elegant-looking...you could bring them to a fancy dinner party, and they'd fit right in!
I'm on a peanut butter kick lately. 🙂
Check out some of my other peanut butter recipes:
Addictive Peanut Butter Granola
Single Serve Peanut Butter Granola Bar
Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars (Sugar-Free!)
What's your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter?
Lauren, these look delicious! Do they hold up at room temperature?
Sorry for the late reply, these would actually melt after being out of the freezer for a bit. That's due to the use of coconut oil. If you try cocoa butter, they would have a better chance of holding up! 🙂
Is it ok if I share (through a link) some of your recipes to my bakery FB page? People would be directed to your blog and then they could try these amazing treats too 😊
That would be great, thank you!
Great recipe, I love peanut butter, so the more, the better!
I love that I get more peanut butter than chocolate with these, as I actually prefer that, lol!
Is there a good sub for the maple syrup?
Brown rice syrup or coconut nectar may work!
Omg just made these and even my health food hating.husband loved them!!!! Thank u lauren love ur recipes!!!
Peanut butter cups are my favourite, was so stoked to find these! This recipe is now my favourite too, made them in under half an hour for a dinner party and every body loved them, thank you Lauren!
That's awesome Frankie, I'm happy they were a hit! 🙂
Oh yum! My husband will love these! I'm thinking almond butter 🙂
Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures
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Cookie and Kate
Great guys are sure hard to come by, and I'm glad you found one! These peanut butter cups look so pretty and undoubtedly delicious. Yum.
Thanks Kate!...your visit made my day! 🙂
Will be making these tonight!! Favorite way to eat peanut butter?? How else ... straight from the jar!!! 🙂
Haha, that's always a great snack option!
Rachel @ Bakerita
These look so good!! Yummy. Definitely trying it. Such a good, healthier twist on a Reese's.
Thank you! I hope you love them! 🙂
These look amazing, I want to get out of bed right now and go downstairs and make them! Always love your recipes!
P.s. I nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog yesterday! I'll be back for more great recipe ideas!
Thank you so much Adrienne! I really appreciate it! 🙂
Hi Lauren! Your blog is absolutely beautiful... loving the delicious recipes and inspiration! These peanut butter cups look so refined. You're right, they could happily sit front and centre at a dinner party for everyone to devour with coffee! Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely be checking back in with you regularly 🙂
Hi Laura! Thank you for your sweet words, and thank you for visiting! 🙂
Gabby @ the veggie nook
Oh wow these are just gorgeous Lauren! I definitely want to try these!
I know how you feel about blogging- it just opens up so many doors and you meet the most wonderful people. Yourself included 🙂
Alex @ therunwithin
whoa I need to show these to my friend, she will be in love
Great recipe! I'm very excited to make these! We just moved from Tucson (didn't find your blog until after the move - bummer) - I wish I was there to check out the new Whole Foods store. I used to go to the central Tucson location a few times a month (it was a bit far to shop there regularly). Thanks so much for sharing!
Hi Christina! They've actually shut down the central store to do a re-model. I guess it's going to be some two-story monster when they're finished. It is too bad you won't be here to see it. I hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂
Wow! That's great! That store did need some help 🙂 I'll have to let all of my friends and family know who live in Tucson. Thanks!
I just made these; they are amazing!!! I used a small heart shaped mold for chocolates as I didn't have any muffin cups. They make adorable little PB & Chocolate hearts. Love them. Thank you!
That's awesome! Thanks for your feedback Christina! 🙂
THESE LOOK SO YUM! Can't wait to try them. They are also one of my hubbie and daughters faves. Thanks for the recipe. Cheers.
Thanks Julie! I hope you and your family enjoy them!
These are pretty! They look like an ideal gift food, too. 🙂 I was wondering if you'd like to link them up at our link-up party called Sweets For My Sweetie? They would be a GREAT addition! 🙂 If you can't, I completely understand, but I thought I'd ask. Have a great week!
Thanks Julie! I'll definitely link up with you! I'll head over there today. 🙂
Wonderful! 🙂 I look forward to it! Thanks so much!