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Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cups

I was shopping for food the other day and I always head to the bio/ gluten free section first (after the produce section, which is actually where I go first, but I digress). In this particular market right across from the gluten free section is the Ausland food section. This is where I typically pick up things like olives and other recipe specific seasonings I need depending on what I am cooking that week. I also just like to go and explore. To be inspired and see what goodies I can find from other countries that are not in most typical markets in my area. In this particular market, they have an isle for Greek, Italian, Asian, African, Russian, Turkish, Mexican and of course, American.


It's always interesting to me what Germans see as American food. Typically, it's visions of hamburgers and fries, hotdogs, BBQ, sugary cereals, pancakes, oversized, super sized, fried, unhealthy, highly processed food, filled with salt, fat and sugar. So I was not surprised when I took a look at the American section, that it was 90% filled with sugary processed sweets and treats. Things like candy, M&Ms, Reese's peanut putter cups, Pop Tarts, Pancake syrup (which is actually just caramel colored flavored sugar, not maple syrup), hard candies, cake mixes and sugary cereals. The other 10% are things like Cheeze Wiz, canned pumpkin (which is probably the only healthy thing on the shelf?), baking soda (which I just noticed in the photo and will be buying at some point), chips and BBQ sauce.


Now I will admit, I grew up eating most of that stuff, and I LOVED it. Reese's peanut butter cups, Skippy Peanut butter, Pop Tarts, NERDS, Hershey's Chocolate. But to think that all American food is like this, is a bit disappointing and sad.


While I did grow up eating these foods, it wasn't all that we ate. My mom did a pretty darn good job making sure we had a lot of home cooked meals, made with fresh whole food ingredients. And once I grew up and figured that eating this way didn't make me feel great, I stopped eating these processed foods altogether. And to be honest, if I were to eat a Reese's peanut butter cup today, it wouldn't taste as good as I remembered.


But not eating these foods pictured above doesn't mean that I still don't want a peanut butter cup every now and then, because I do. I mean, Americans might not make the healthiest foods, but we sure can make foods taste delicious!


This American, not only makes healthy foods, but I also believe that healthy foods can be delicious. And I also believe that healthy treats and sweets are okay in moderation. Especially when you know exactly what goes in them. That's why I make my own. And when I have a craving for dark chocolate peanut butter cups, I make my own. And now you can too!



Crispy Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cups:

To be able to make this recipe, here are some basic kitchen items that you need:

Mini cup cake or candy paper liners, or some sort of simple silicone mold that can hold the ingredients

You will also need a tray or board that fits in your fridge

Glass bowl and pot to create a double boiler. Make sure your bowl fits on top of the pot nicely and won't fall in into the pot

A rubber spatula

4 small spoons.


Please note, for this recipe, since it is not baking, it doesn't need to be exact, also, depending on the side of the cup you use, the amounts an portions will vary according to how much it takes to fill that cup, so rough amounts are given. Unless you are counting macros, and need each cup to be equal in macro nutrients for food tracking purposes, there there is no need to measure out specifically.


Ingredients:

160g Dark Chococlate - Something you like to eat by itself, and that melts easy. I used Vivani Feine Bitter Kuvertüre 70% Cacao.

Chocolate Granola - Naturally I used Courtney's Kitchen Dark Chocolate Granola (but you can use any other crunchy müsli that you have on hand, I'm sure that will taste fine too)

Peanut Butter - Again, I used Courtney's Kitchen Cinnamon Peanut Butter (again, you can use what you have, but the cinnamon makes it that much more special ;), plus no added sugar!)


This recipe makes 15 small cups, and will take you approx. 20 min active time and 1 hour cooling time.


First thing you need to do is take a tray, or cutting board and line them up with the paper cups.

The closer they are, the less of a chance you have of chocolate dripping everywhere it should not go.


Next, we want to create a double boiler to melt your chocolate. If you have a microwave, you can also use that. Just chop up the chocolate, put in a microwave safe bowl and heat until melted. I do not have a microwave so I melt my chocolate old school. Fill your pot halfway with water and set on the stove-top on high.


While the water is heating up you want to break up the chocolate into small pieces. the smaller the pieces, the quicker they will melt, and place in the glass bowl. Once the water is starting to get a slow boil, lower the heat down to medium/ med high and carefully place the bowl of chocolate on top of the pot, and using the spatula, carefully stir the chocolate until melted. (about 3-5 min). Be careful as steam may come out from under the bowl! Once completely melted, turn off the heat and place the bowl on a dish towel to dry. You will need to work quickly so the chocolate doesn't cool and harden, otherwise you will need to repeat the chocolate melting step again.


Using half the chocolate, start to fill your cups so that just the bottom is covered. you need enough to hold the peanut butter, but not so much that you have a thick layer of chocolate at the bottom (unless you like that sort of thing, then go for it) Once cups are filled, you should still have chocolate left. Place the bowl on top of the pot to keep warm and melted.



Next with 2 small tea spoons, you want to scoop out your peanut butter. I use one spoon to scoop from the jar, and the other spoon to scoop the peanut butter from the first spoon into the cup. if you can, try to keep the peanut butter to the middle so you can make sure the chocolate can cover the sides later



Next, you want to take a new spoon and add a spoonful of granola on top of the peanut butter. I filled until the granola reached the top edge of the cup.


Once all the cups are filled, take your chocolate and pour onto the granola until all the granola is covered. This will keep all the granola in place. If you run out of chocolate, take some extra chocolate and repeat step one.


Once all the cups are filled and covered in chocolate, place the tray in the refrigerator and cool until the chocolate is hard. About 1 hour. And then you are done!


Yum.. now doesn't that look delicious? Once the chocolate is hard, you can transfer the cups from your tray to an airtight container and store in the fridge. The cups should be good for a week or maybe longer, can't say how long for sure, because they usually gone within a week. I've eaten 2 already just while typing this. ;) But I am sure they will last for about a month in the freezer


Let me know what do you think. Leave me a comment or tag me in a post if you decide to make them yourself.



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