Alicia's Peanut Butter Cups
Oh dear! These are going to be the death of me - for real! I should probably let you into a not very well kept secret - I have a MAJOR weakness for peanut butter. Pb&j, fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches (Elvis stylee) and of course peanut butter and chocolate (in any way, shape or form). Pre-vegan lifestyle my only real shop bought chocolate craving came in the form of Reese's peanut butter cups - man though things are go-od. These, however, are better. When I first read about them in The Kind Diet I kinda though to myself, 'Better than a Reese's peanut butter cup? Yeah right!'. Well. Yeah! Right! If you've clicked on the link above you'll already know who the aforementioned Alicia is. If not, let me briefly explain. Alicia is of the Silverstone variety - yes, you are correct, the self same actress from that awesome 90's film that all us girlies loved, Clueless. Do not even attempt to deny you didn't watch this film more than ten times when you were a teenager and rocked out to its awesome soundtrack. Times change and Alicia is now, as well as an accomplished actress (anyone who can hold their own on a stage with Laura Linney is alright in my book!) activist, vegan and writer of this truly amazing, life affirming book The Kind Diet. Don't knock it till you've read it lovelies.
I'd already made the transition before my copy arrived in the post so it was not the instigator for me the way it has been for many. What I will say is that I couldn't read it fast enough - I practically devoured the information with the same gusto I ate these peanut butter morsels. It's a very easy read with heaps of humour, lots of compassion, mega amounts of vital health information and a bucket load of to die for recipes. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, so if you have any inclination towards a healthier, happier you I urge you to purchase a copy pronto.
Now, back to the food.
You want these. You need these. They are practically guilt free for goodness sake. I advise making them mini, however, as it puts them into a category of not even an eat. Okay, I'm kidding myself but it was worth a try, right?
1 tbsp Pure soya butter
4 heaped tbsp organic crunchy peanut butter
5/6 organic dairy free digestives or equivalent
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp organic cane sugar (if you haven't maple syrup just use 4 tbsp sugar)
100g dairy free dark chocolate - at least 70% cocoa
3/4 tbsp soy milk
2 tbsp of chopped pecans, almonds or peanuts
Prepare your muffin cases.
Put digestives, graham crackers or whatever you are using(I've even used cereal!) into a ziplock bag and bash with a rolling pin until you have fine crumbs. I re-use the same ziplock bag again and again and again.
In a small saucepan melt the butter. Add the peanut butter, digestive crumbs, maple syrup and sugar and mix throughly. If the consistency is more liquid than solid, add more peanut butter and crumbs - simples. Remove from the heat and divide amongst the cases. I fill them about half way up. Set in fridge.
In the same saucepan (wash it first, of course) melt the chocolate (break into small pieces)and soya milk until you have a smooth chocolate sauce.
Take the half filled cups out of the fridge and carefully spoon over the chocolate sauce. Sprinkle over the chopped nuts and return to the fridge for at least a few hours.
Eat.......and another......oh go on then, one more:)