Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Photo via The Kind Life

Like I've said before, I'm not vegan but if there is a vegan alternative to something and I feel that it's just as good I'll go for that instead.  These chocolate peanut butter cups from Alicia Silverstone's book The Kind Diet are just that.  They're amazing.

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

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

* Excerpted from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone (2009, Rodale).

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