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These healthy peanut butter cups are a real treat, but the sweetness comes from honey or maple syrup instead of sugar, so they are an excellent alternative to most shop-bought chocolates or sweet treats. They are also incredibly filling, so you won’t be tempted to eat the whole batch!

INGREDIENTS – Makes 12

100g coconut oil, melted

40g cacao powder

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoon raw honey or pure

maple syrup

pinch of sea salt, plus extra for

topping

raw peanut butter or almond

butter (stir well and chill in the refrigerator ahead of time)

METHOD

Mix the coconut oil, cacao powder, vanilla, honey or maple syrup and sea salt together in a bowl. Pour a small amount of this chocolate mixture, about 2 teaspoons, into mini paper baking cases. Place these on a small tray and transfer to the freezer for 5 minutes to make the chocolate firm.

Remove the tray from the freezer and spoon a small dollop of peanut butter in the centre of each cup. Add more of the chocolate mixture to each cup until filled to the top. Return to the freezer for another 5–10 minutes until the chocolate has set solid. Sprinkle over a few sea salt flakes.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Recipe: The Cacao Cookbook


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