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Healthy & Clean White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Confession: one batch of these delectable little candy cups lasted a measly 4 days in our house. Despite the alarming speed at which they disappeared, I don’t feel one bit of remorse because these white chocolate peanut butter cups are healthy, clean, high in protein, and low in unrefined sugar.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not!

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The white chocolate shell is comprised of cashews, cocoa butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. That’s it. Then comes the peanut butter filling: peanut butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, and and vanilla extract. Simple & clean, but ridiculously delicious!

I know that many of you probably don’t have cocoa butter on hand, so I’ve included a link to where you can buy them.  Be sure to buy organic & raw food-grade cocoa butter, as some varieties are meant just for skin products.

Coconut flour is another ingredient that you may not have stashed in your cupboard or fridge, but it’s available at Whole Foods and in the natural foods section of most large chain grocery stores.

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It takes a bit of time to assemble the cups, but I promise you that your efforts will be rewarded when you bite into one of the finished masterpieces: creamy, dense, not-too-sweet, melt-in-your-mouth white chocolate peanut butter cups that you can actually feel good about eating! Winning!

 

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Healthy & Clean White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients (16 mini cups)

    White Chocolate Shell:

    • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 2-3 hours, then drained
    • 1 cup cocoa butter discs, melted over a double boiler
    • 1/3 -1/2 cup pure maple syrup, depending on taste preference
    • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

    Peanut Butter Filling:

    • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural creamy peanut butter (the only ingredients should be peanuts and salt), well-stirred
    • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
    • 4 tsp pure maple syrup
    • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

    Instructions

    Place soaked & drained cashews, melted cocoa butter, 1/3 cup maple syrup, and vanilla in a high-speed blender. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth (the mixture will resemble applesauce). Taste, and add maple syrup, one tablespoon at a time, until desired sweetness is achieved.

    Using a small spoon, scoop about 2 tsp of the white chocolate into a mini muffin liner and “paint” it in an even layer all over the inside of the liner. If the chocolate drips down the sides to the bottom of the liner and seems too runny, set the chocolate aside for 5-10 minutes (at room temperature) until it starts to firm up a bit. Don’t let it sit for too long, as it will eventually harden. Place white chocolate-painted liner into a mini muffin cup.

    Repeat with 15 more mini muffin liners.

    Place the filled muffin tins into the fridge for at least 20 minutes (or the freezer for at least 10 minutes), until the white chocolate has hardened.

    Meanwhile, make the peanut butter filling. Stir together the peanut butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth.

    When the white chocolate cups have hardened, scoop out about 1 1/2 – 2 tsp of the peanut butter mixture and form it into a thick disc. Place it into one of the white chocolate cups.

    Repeat with remaining peanut butter filling and white chocolate cups.

    Stir the white chocolate if it looks a bit oily (the cocao butter might separate a bit from the cashew base). Spoon a bit of the white chocolate onto the top of each peanut butter-filled white chocolate cup, ensuring that you smooth the top and that the top layer reaches all the way to the sides of the cups.

    Return muffin tins to the refrigerator to firm up completely, about 20-30 minutes.

    Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

    NOTE: if you’d prefer a simpler and quicker assembly process, simply spread half of the white chocolate mixture into a square or rectangular food container, chill until hardened, spread evenly with all of the peanut butter mixture, top with remaining white chocolate mixture, and chill until completely hardened; then cut into squares.

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    Club Sandwich with Creamy Chipotle Spread featuring HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® Meats

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    As a parent of both an energetic three year old and an exclusively breastfed four month old, nutrition is of paramount importance to me. I strive to fill our kitchen (and bellies) with clean, no-added-preservative food that will fuel my daughter’s growing body, as well as my nursing-mama metabolism (which has been in overdrive ever since Jack was born back in November!).
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    I’ve noticed that when we amp up our protein intake, we all have more energy and we stay satiated for a longer amount of time. Deli meat is a quick and easy way to ensure that we’re meeting our protein quota, but not all lunchmeat is created equally (and not all of them meet my high standards for a clean & simple ingredient list). That’s where HORMEL® NATURAL CHOICE® products come in! The NATURAL CHOICE® brand offers 100% natural deli meats and bacon with no added preservatives. All of their products are packaged, sealed, and pasteurized by being placed under high-pressure water exertion, a cutting-edge all-natural process known as HPP; this process enhances wholesomeness and maintains quality while sidestepping preserving the products with artificial ingredients and added preservatives like other brands may. The NATURAL CHOICE® brand meats are delicious, affordable, and available at your local grocery store. 

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    On a typical weekday, you’re likely to see my daughter eating sliced deli meat rolled up with sliced cheese, and on the weekend we like to have a big family breakfast complete with bacon. If you’re looking for something a bit more special, you’ll want to try my Club Sandwich with Creamy Chipotle Spread… which includes turkey, ham and bacon. Just check out those layers! 

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    This satisfying sandwich features three delicious types of meat from the NATURAL CHOICE® line (all of which can be found nation-wide):

    NATURAL CHOICE®  Honey Deli Ham

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     NATURAL CHOICE® Oven Roasted Deli Turkey 

     

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    NATURAL CHOICE® Original Uncured Bacon  

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    The classic club sandwich gets a spicy makeover with a creamy chipotle spread. If heat isn’t your thing, you can omit the chipotle; but it really adds an interesting flavor element. There are so many textures involved, and let’s be honest, it’s a lot of fun to eat a triple decker sandwich. This sandwich is filling enough to share, but I won’t judge if you eat the whole thing yourself!  

    Club Sandwich with Creamy Chipotle Spread

    by Lauren Zembron
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Keywords: sandwich

    Ingredients (1 sandwich)

    • 2 slices NATURAL CHOICE® Original Uncured Bacon
    • 4 slices NATURAL CHOICE® Honey Deli Ham
    • 4 slices NATURAL CHOICE® Oven Roasted Deli Turkey
    • 3 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
    • 2 large romaine or butter lettuce leaves
    • 4 slices vine-ripened tomato
    • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons plain 2% Greek yogurt
    • 1-2 teaspoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, depending on heat preference

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the bacon slices onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake until crisp, about 10-15 minutes (check the bacon at 10 minutes, and continue cooking if not yet done to desired preference). Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. When cool enough to handle, break each slice of bacon in half.

    Meanwhile, toast the bread until browned to your preference.

    While the bread is toasting, stir together the mayonnaise, yogurt, and 1 tsp adobo sauce in a small bowl. Taste, and add additional adobo sauce if desired. When the bread is done toasting, evenly distribute the creamy chipotle spread between the three slices of bread.

    On one slice of bread, (chipotle spread side-up) place one lettuce leaf followed by two tomato slices, the ham slices and two bacon halves.

    Repeat step 4 with another slice of bread placed on top of the bacon, followed by tomato, turkey and remaining bacon.

    Finish by placing the third slice of bread (chipotle spread side-down) on top.

    Cut sandwich in half or into quarters. If desired, push a toothpick or wooden skewer through the center of each half or quarter to help hold the sandwich together.

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