CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS


If you think that you can’t enjoy a Vegan dessert then you have got to try these peanut butter cups. Alicia Silverstone has a great book, The Kind Diet, and this is one of the great vegan recipes. It takes a little bit of time, but it’s so worth it! These are great for parties, or just for a great movie night treat.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12

1/2 cup(s) of Earth Balance butter
3/4 cup(s) of crunchy peanut butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted)
3/4 cup(s) of graham cracker crumbs or 10 graham cracker squares
1/4 cup(s) of maple sugar or other granulated sweetener
1 cup(s) of grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips
1/4 cup(s) of soy, rice, or nut milk
1/4 cup(s) of chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts

Steps

Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. (If You Care makes unbleached liners made from recycled paper.)
Set aside.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar and mix well.
Remove the mixture from the heat.
Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the muffin cups.
Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan.
Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.
Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture.
Top with chopped nuts.
Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving.
They are great soft, but even better a little firmer!

* If you do not have the non-dairy products you can substitute the ingredients, But this recipe is a great way to try eating kind, especially if you are flirting with becoming a vegan/vegetarian.

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