Saturday, January 19, 2013

Nutty {but Nice} Cups

A few years ago my mom found a recipe for homemade "Reese" Peanut Butter Cup.  I have been making them ever since, tweaking the recipe every so often.  They are amazingly delicious and completely from scratch. WARNING: They are highly addictive.  
Paleo, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and Grain-free

Nutty Cups
Makes 12 large or 24 small

Nut Mixture

Ingredients: dry, roasted nuts or nut butter, vanilla extract, honey, and coconut oil

In a Cuisinart pulse until creamy or well blended:
 1 cup nuts {these ones have macadamia nuts, almonds, walnuts, and cashews}

Or skip this step and use:
 3/4 cup almond butter {or peanut butter or any nut butter}

Add to nuts and pulse until well combined:
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 Tbsp raw honey 
 1/2 cup coconut oil

Then add:
 1/3 cup chopped nuts

And pulse approx. 10-20 seconds. Drop by spoonfuls into muffin tins and flatten down.  You may use normal or mini muffin tins.

Place in freezer till completely frozen.  If making small nutty cups then usually about a half hour.  If making large ones then about an hour.

Chocolate Topping 
Makes enough for 1 1/2 batches of the nut mixture

Ingredients: vanilla extract, cocoa powder, honey, liquid stevia, and coconut oil

Place in a large glass measuring cup:
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/4 cup raw honey 
 1 cup coconut oil

Place measuring cup in a pot of simmering water on the stove until everything is melted then remove from heat.

• 3/4 cup cocoa powder

Whisk briskly until well combined. Then add stevia or more honey if desire sweeter.  I usually end up adding a few drops of stevia.

Take muffin tins out from the freezer with a butter knife and divide the chocolate mixture over it.  Place back into the freezer for about 30-45 minutes then remove and put into a Ziploc bag in the freezer.

*These must be stored in the freezer because of the coconut oil

Recommended for small nutty cups only:
If you desired to have chocolate on top and the bottom then take out the nut mixture before pouring in the chocolate.  Pour a little bit of the chocolate in first, then place the nut mixture disks in and pour chocolate on top.  I usually rotate/turn the little nut mixture disks a couple of times to make sure the sides get chocolate.

Quotes from those who have tried this recipe 

~ Just tried making these and they're extraordinarily delicious!!!! Oh my goodness, I'll never look at a Reese's the same! Seriously thank you for sharing this, and all your recipes!! ~

~ The MOST delicious things I ever did make...[you're] a genius ~

Enjoy and try not to eat them all in one day:)

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