Friday, 15 January 2016
RECIPE: Salted Almond Butter Cups
Usually my second post of the week is beauty focused but this little creation was just too good to wait until next week to share. I foolishly hadn't even planned a beauty post and was struggling with ideas. In the meantime, this little creation was born and BINGO, my Friday post was ready!
If you're making healthier choices this January after festive over-indulgence, I'm sure you're not the only one trying to curb sweeter cravings, or potentially chocoholic cravings. Not to worry as I'm in the same camp! It can be a struggle after long days at work or studying to find the energy or the time to make healthier snacks and treats to have with you on the go. Fortunately, I have just the recipe for you. It's barely even a recipe, in fact, merely an amalgamation of two, maybe three ingredients. In less than an hour. Perfect.
One of my favourite, healthier treats is a square of dark, dark chocolate (85%-90%) with a dollop of almond butter smeared on top. I'm also partial to the infamous peanut butter cup which unfortunately isn't the healthiest of snack choices. So combine the two and you get this delicious concoction - Salted Almond Butter Cups. Salted Almond Butter Cups sounds better than Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups right? The latter just sounds a little dull, and far too healthy if you ask me. Salted sounds a little more indulgent, all the while the actual cup itself is really pretty good for you. Dark chocolate has tonnes of benefits, and is fortunately dairy free for those of you who struggle with dairy. The almond butter provides a kick of protein and fat, plus providing skin nourishing Vitamin E so it's all in all a winning recipe.
Pop one of these in your lunchbox or have ready stashed in a tupperware box for an after school/work treat which I can guarantee you will curb any chocolate or sweet cravings. I had one after a long shift at work and trust me, one was more than enough and hasn't caused any usual late night sweet cravings.
Makes approx. 12 Salted Almond Butter Cups
400g dark chocolate (if you're new to dark chocolate, start at 70% cocoa. If you're a dark chocolate fan, go as dark as you'd like)
Tub of Almond Butter (or preferred natural nut butter)
Malden sea salt (or good quality flakey sea salt)
1. Melt 200g of dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering dark chocolate (or use a microwave if desired - melt in 30 second bursts).
2. Line a muffin tin with cupcake cases and spoon three tablespoons of dark chocolate into the bottom of each case. Put in the freezer for 20 minutes to set.
3. Once set, scoop 1tsp of almond butter into the middle of each case. Use two teaspoons to help spread the almond butter, if needed.
4. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 200g of dark chocolate following the same method as before. As before, pour three teaspoons of the chocolate over the almond butter, ensuring any gaps are filled and the almond butter is hidden. Sprinkle a few flakes of sea salt on top and leave to set in the freezer for another 20 minutes.
5. Once set, enjoy at room temperature.
Are you having any sweet, chocolatey cravings? What do you do to curb any sweet cravings? Are you a fan of dark chocolate and almond butter together?
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