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These chocolate chia peanut butter cups are my guilt-free sweet treat for all the chocolate peanut butter cup lovers out there. They have a creamy peanut butter filling, covered in rich chocolate, with a hint of sea salt, and sprinkled with chia seeds.

I will take homemade peanut butter cups over store-bought any day. And I find that the store-bought versions almost always have refined sugar, hydrogenated oils and many other chemical preservatives. With only 5 clean ingredients, these cups taste like their store-bought counterpart without all the other horrible additives.

And they contain organic superfoods like chia seeds, coconut oil and cocoa powder. They’re sweetened with only 1 tsp of organic maple syrup in each from my neighbours’ maple trees. A much healthier alternative to the regular store-bought version, with excessive processed sugar.

Healthy benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil is an extremely healthy fat. The fatty acids in coconut oil are turned into keynotes, a very healthy form of energy, which some health experts claim is much more beneficial than glucose and other carbohydrates, and is in fact a superior form of energy for the body. Keytones release gradually in the body, providing stable energy to the body, unlike the sudden spike in energy that often ensues from certain amounts of glucose and certain carbs. Keytones have also been shown to improve brain health.

Some other health benefits of coconut oil is that is improves cholesterol levels in the blood. When applied topically it acts as an effective moisturizer to the skin, helps moisturize hair, and even works as a natural sunscreen.

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Here's how I did it

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup white chia seeds

This recipe makes 12 cups, at 125 calories per cup.

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Directions

Line a tray with wax paper and place 12 individual tsps of peanut butter on the tray in little disc shapes. Then place the tray in the freezer for 20 - 30 minutes, until the peanut butter is frozen or substantially more firm.

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While that's in the freezer prepare your chocolate. Take a mixing bowl and combine your coconut oil, cocoa, and maple syrup. Then place it in something that you can pour with.

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Then take a mini muffin pan and line it with mini paper muffin cups. Next take your peanut butter out of the freezer. Fill your first muffin cup with chocolate sauce to about 1/4 full. Then place a disc your frozen peanut butter in the cup. Then fill the remainder of the cup with your chocolate.

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Lastly sprinkle with chia seeds. Then repeat these steps for all remaining cups.

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Eh voila! Homemade chocolate chia peanut butter cups!

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe and feel inspired to make it at home. With only 5 ingredients, it's relatively easy to make and it's great for kids, or anyone whose a fan of peanut butter cups. Enjoy!

Much love,

Natasha


And in case you missed it, check out my recipe for Vegan Canadian Poutine for the Steemit Culinary Challenge. Sweet potato fries topped with chickpea "cheese" and doused in creamy vegan gravy...


And for more of my guilt-free sweet treats and other healthy recipes click the links below:

Vegan Poutine
Vegan Chocolate Chip Superfood Granola
Vegan Chocolate Date Truffles
Vegan Chickpea Curry
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cups
Vegan Chocolate Ginger Cookies
Cinnamon Chia Overnight Oats
Zucchini Fritters and Homemade Tzatziki
Vegan Pizza and Homemade Pesto
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Donuts

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil#section2
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/glycogen/#axzz3mCyCCIye
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/glycogen/#ixzz3mD083vFA
https://www.bulletproofexec.com/start-the-bulletproof-diet/
https://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/


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guilt-free sweet treats

Wish that I could order them from you, @natashahall
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Hi @aliciaonline.wow, thanks for the wonderful feedback. I agree to have you share my post in your magazine. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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Thank you so much for letting us share your divine post in Issue #7 - For The Love Food. Thank you again.
Keep on Steeming Fabulous posts.

Hmm, that looks very delicious!

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Thanks @tarekadam! Glad you like it :)

AHHHHHHHHH. Think i've waited for this recipe all my life. ;)

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YAAAAYYY! So glad you liked it :D

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I'll resteem it later when the traction slows down to give it a second boost.

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Thank you! :)

Homemade are always the best, that's for sure @natashahall!
These peanut butter cups are so lovely and so easy to make, wow!
Thanks for sharing the secret!
@progressivechef

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Many thanks @progressivechef! I couldn't agree more :)

Looks really good, thanks for sharing!

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Thanks @shieha! Glad you liked it :D

Damn... those look amazing.
Time to stop buying Reese's peanut butter cups.

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Lol yeah exactly! :) Thanks @illesbambi!

Thank you. Going to give these a try. I've been vegan for two months now and it's hard to find sweets that are vegan.

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Awesome! I hear that. That's one of the reasons I make my own sweats :) Let me know how it goes!

Wow those look great.

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Many thanks @thebul!

Chia seeds looks like sesame ;p

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Yes that's right! lol ;)

It seems tasty, I like sweet with chocolate ! Well done.

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Thanks @creativewoman! Glad you liked it :D

OH MY GOD... THAT INSIDE! I must try them at home necessarily! That is love at first sight! 😍

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Thanks! I'm in love with them too! Two of my favourite things: chocolate and peanut butter :)

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Many thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. I am feeling hungry now :)

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Thanks so much! Lol that's the idea ;)

I must admit that I have wanted to try some of them dear friend @natashahall, the images look very delicious, congratulations for the great work, many thanks spor share the recipe
Have a great day

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I really appreciate that @jlufer! Have a great day as well! :D

Looks really easy to make, I might have to give it a try sometime

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Yes they are! You definitely should :)

These look amazing, what an interesting trick with the peanut butter didn't think you could freeze it to firm it.

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Thanks @the-curator! Yep it makes these pretty easy to make :)

Looks delicious and great explanations :) Upvoted and followed!

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Thanks @herverisson! Appreciate that :)

Hmm, you always make me so hungry and I actually have all the ingredients for this... thanks for another great recipe.

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Thanks @amy-goodrich! Appreciate that :)

ah yes wonderful! I live for peanut butter cups I think...:)

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Yay! Glad you liked it :)

I want one!! They look yummy!!

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Thanks! They're so easy to make :)

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I'm gonna pass this recipe on. thanks!! :-D

Great post and amazing photos...looks delicious :)

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Thanks For posting this recipe. It looks so yummy

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Thanks so much!

OMG! another one! I like to look at your pictures before I go to bed. Like desert without the calories :-)
Thank you - this one was so yummy - I took two!!! <3

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Haha that's awesome! Glad you enjoyed it ;)

Excellent recipe and looks very yummy. I love peanut butter and nice surprise for me my favorite chia seeds. Thank you for sharing if only I could bring coffee and tasted with you ;))) Have a great day ;)

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Aww thanks @maragaretwise! Glad you liked it :D You too!

buen post amiga espero tu apoyo en mi blog

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Gracias :)

great like always:)

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Que rico

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gracias :)

Awesome post my friend :) You look great by the way! Love the pics

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Nice food))
Upvoted and resteemed))

I love to create food as well, so because of your passion I am now following you, and have also upvoted you, and oh yes, one more thing, My wife's name is also Natasha

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Lol that's awesome! I've followed you too. Glad to find other likeminded foodies on steemit :)

Hi @natashahall looks good and want to try it 😊

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