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Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Last weekend I went to the GOOD FOOD, meatless potluck event in Cincinnati, OH. 

I'll admit that I am not the best cook. I try, but I just honestly do not enjoy cooking. So, I wanted to make a dessert because, well, desserts are usually easy. Desserts are also always a favorite. I decided to make Vegan Peanut Butter Cups. Why Vegan? The reason I chose vegan was because I have a friend that is a vegan, and he LOVES Reese's Cups. They're like his cheat food. So, I thought, "Why not try these out for the potluck?" 

I LOVE peanut butter. I actually have three jars of it in my refrigerator right now. For this recipe I decided to use a local company's peanut butter. Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter is amazing. It is all natural and sooooo creamy. They have a really great website with lots of recipes and other cool things! Head over to http://www.crazyrichards.com/ to check it out.

These are so easy to make, and they turned out amazing. So many people complimented me on them at the potluck, and I am proud to say that there were none left at the end of the night. 

The Recipe

Ingredients:

1¼ cups vegan friendly chocolate chips (I used the Enjoy life brand)
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of salt

What You Will Need:

muffin pan
muffin filters
saucepan
heat safe bowl
 

1) In a mixing bowl, mix the peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and powered sugar together. It will be creamy thanks to Crazy Richards Peanut Butter.

2) Melt the chocolate chips. To do this I used a heat safe bowl and placed it over a saucepan with a small amount of water in the saucepan. Put the chocolate chips in the bowl and get the water boiling. You can use any method that's easiest for you to melt the chips.

3) Take a spoon (I used a regular tablespoon) and place a layer of chocolate at the bottom of each muffin filters. You can wiggle the pan a little to even everything out.

4) Pop the pan in the freezer for about 25 minutes.

5) Peanut butter time! You can use however much you want for this part as well. I did about 1.5 teaspoons per filter. Place a layer of peanut butter on top of the chocolate.

6) Pop them back in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

7) Top layer of chocolate! This can be tricky. Because the chocolate will be hot, putting it on top of the cool peanut butter could cause it to mix. But that's okay, remember that these are homemade! So, take your spoon and place more melted chocolate in each filter over the peanut butter. Again, wiggle and swirl the pan to try and cover all of the peanut butter.

8) Put them back in the freezer. After they harden, you can eat them and then put the leftovers in the refrigerator.

I used scissors to cut the filters down to size. These don't look perfect, but hey, they're homemade!
 

Super cute, super delicious :)
I hope you try it out and enjoy!

-Ellie

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