I'm a big fan of nut butters, and this all stemmed from when I discovered Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups (minis make all the difference) four years ago in LA. Since then I've changed my lifestyle to a healthier lifestyle whereby I devour courgetti on an almost daily basis, spend my evenings doing Yoga with Adriene, all the while finding the balance whereby I can have moments of pure, unadulterated indulgence - mainly in the form of anything chocolate-y, salted and nut butter-y.
Keen Nutrition specialise in totally delicious, indulgent yet 100% pure, natural nut butters - specifically almond butters and they're constantly churning out new and exciting variations. It was like all of my Christmases and birthdays had come early when I received a package full of their different nut butters to try. Seriously, these are the sort that you'd lick the spoon sparkling clean after demolishing half the jar, feeling no shame whatsoever.
So, although my days of hoovering up half a giant bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups may be over, I've found a way to create a seriously indulgent yet totally clean and, dare I say so, even more delicious variation of a chocolate nut butter cup. This is more substantial, is packed full of protein and plenty of delicious fats and will make you the envy of everyone around you when you pop one of these guys out for a mid afternoon snack.
Promise me this - once you've got to the bottom of the page...
1. You check out Keen Nutrition and discover their wonderful world of nut butters, and
2. You get to your kitchen and you make these. These are the sort of snacks I just know I'll make on rotation for a very, very long time.
Makes 12 large almond butter bombs
1 1/2 Cups Ground Almonds
1/2 Cup Ground Rolled Oats
4-5 tbsp Keen Maple Almond Crunchy Butter (or a nut butter of your choice)
3 tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
3 tbsp Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
250g Dark Chocolate (70% Cocoa minimum - I used 85%).
Sea Salt (optional)
1. Pop your ground almonds into a bowl. Blitz your oats in a food processor or a Nutribullet if you don't have a food processor - I used the 'milling' blade in the Nutribullet and it took 10 seconds. Add ground oats to the bowl and stir.
2. Add in your Keen Maple Almond Crunchy Butter, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir until combined. It will make a cookie dough consistency and will be slightly crumbly. It's a great work out for your arms too!
3. In a muffin tray, line it with cupcake cases. Then pinch pieces of your mixture - just a bit smaller than a golf ball, roll it in the palm of your hands and then press into your cupcake cases, pushing it right into the gaps and flattening the surface. Repeat this process until all twelve cases are filled. Each case should then be approx 2/3 full. (Don't forget to lick the bowl too - it tastes like a delicious cookie dough!)
4. Either in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water, or in a microwaveable safe bowl in the microwave, melt your chocolate. Once melted, carefully spoon on top of your almond butter bomb base. Each case should be full. If you would like to, sprinkle some good quality sea salt on top of the chocolate as a garnish.
5. Pop the tray into the fridge for about an hour - an hour and a half on a flat surface. Once the chocolate has completely set, you can pop out your almond butter bombs and enjoy!
These are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week (but they won't last long - trust me!). However they can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Keep your eyes peeled as next week I have a second recipe to share with you with the most incredible flavour from Keen Nutrition...
Are you a fan of nut butters? If so, what's your favourite? Have you tried anything from Keen Nutrition? What's your favourite way to enjoy nut butter? Have you been enjoying any tasty snacks recently? And let me know how your weekend was! I'd love to hear from you.
Don't forget to check out the wonderful Keen Nutrition. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.