Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups & Better Choices

Its been awhile since I posted a recipe for you all to enjoy and give a shot. Plus,  I have been eating way too many Trader Joe's dark chocolate peanut butter cups over the winter and I thought it was about time to give this sweet treat a makeover.

You see I am by no means a health coach that will preach that you should never have dessert. But, I am about making healthier, better choices and pushing ourselves to take small steps to make our habits healthier and more supportive of our bodies and minds. Over time, the small shifts compile and big change takes place. Big change that, when implemented over a period of time with small steps, eventually feels normal and manageable to weave into our daily lives.

So, this recipe. Its delicious. And really simple. Its a sweet treat that wont leave you feeling icky. Easy there tiger, it does not mean you should have 10 peanut butter cups in one sitting. (Thats always the reaction from my boys when I make up something healthier. Its healthy... erghh....healthier? So, you're telling me I can have 3 times as many???) Gotta love 'em. But seriously, be mindful and enjoy. Enjoy these treats with the same moderation you would with any other treat. Thats making a great step in formulating healthful habits that support balance, stability, and enjoyment in your body.

These peanut butter cups are yes, made from whole ingredients, but I've taken the recipe a few steps further. The raw cacao powder is delicious and full of antioxidants to provide protection against disease plus is anti-inflammatory helping your body combat against excess weight and pain. The reishi powder is an unexpected, yet earthy and smooth flavor that is added to the mix. It helps to support your immune system, can help reduce anxiety, is nutrient dense... something the standard Reese's ingredients cannot claim. You can also utilize leftover reishi powder by stirring it in your morning coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies, or soups.

So here's the deal. Enjoy your food. Take small steps in the direction of supporting your health and well-being. If this recipe feels attainable to you, try it. If not, come up with another way you can better a decision in your life. Maybe you switch an ingredient to organic or you add lemon to your morning water or you take an afternoon walk outside. Small shifts matter. Doing what feel right and attainable for you matters. Reflect and see what that is... and share with us. Xo

Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (with Reishi)
by Stephanie Horning
A superfood pb cup that is both delicious and nutrient dense to support you in making better decisions more attainable. 
Yields 10-12
Prep Time: 15 min
Hand Off Time: 20 min
Total Time: 35 min

Ingredients

1 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon reishi powder
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Directions

Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside. 
Combine the first set of ingredients (peanut butter, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup coconut oil) in a small bowl and stir until silky and creamy. In another bowl combine the rest of the ingredients (cacao, reishi, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup coconut oil) and stir until there are no lumps and the batter is silky. 
Scoop out 3 tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture into the muffin liners. Top the peanut butter mixture with 1 tablespoon of the cacao mixture. Freeze the peanut butter cups for about 15-20 minutes or until firm. 

**You can also use a mini cupcake pan with according liners that will make smaller peanut butter cups. This is make for more cups. Just use about half the amount for each cup.