recipe by Saskia Gregson-Williams
When I was growing up Reese’s Pieces was one of my favourite chocolate treats; a rich chocolate shell filled with a smooth peanut butter filling, it was to die for. When I made the transition into a much more healthier way of eating these were one of the first of my former indulgences that I decided to make a healthy recipe version of so that I could continue to devour their chocolately goodness guilt-free!
Instead of sugar loaded chocolate, I make mine with three simple ingredients: raw cacao powder, Chi coconut oil and agave/pure maple syrup. I then fill it with almond or peanut butter depending on what I fancy, (when you buy peanut butter, make sure its free of any additives). Not only are these chocolates ‘not bad for you’ they are actually so incredibly good for you! Raw cacao, is a raw un-processed cocoa powder, meaning you can harness all of its incredible superfood properties. It’s one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world, protecting your body against disease and free radicals entering the body. It also increases your serotonin levels (the happy hormone) so you can eat as many chocolates as you want knowing its going to make you happier and healthier!
These chocolate-nut butter cups are honestly so delicious, and amazingly health-enhancing too. There really is nothing not to love!
120ml melted ‘Chi’ coconut oil
3 tbsp agave/maple syrup
60g raw cacao powder
1 tsp of nut-butter of choice, per ‘Reese’ cup.
Add the melted coconut oil, agave and cacao powder to a bowl and mix until completely smooth. Line a cupcake tray with mini cupcake moulds/ cases. Divide the mixture in half. With one half start by pouring 1 tbsp of the chocolate mix into the bottom of the cupcake moulds. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes to set. Remove from fridge, and put one tsp of nut-butter spread in the middle of the chocolate, top with another tablespoon of chocolate/enough to cover. Put back in the fridge and leave to set for another 10-15 minutes.
Enjoy with a glass of hot almond milk!