Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

After making these delicious (& WAY healthier) verision of the classic peanut butter cups, you’ll never look back! You won’t believe how easy it is to make them. Recommendation: make in a large batch & save some for later in the freezer for those “I’m craving a treat” moments!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Vegan chocolate - 2 cups (recommendation: Enjoy Life)

  • 2 teaspoon coconut oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 cup chilled peanut butter (Make sure to grab the all natural kind! There should be no “added” ingredients other than salt & peanuts)

  • Sprinkle course sea salt

HOW TO:

  1. Grab a muffin tray, and muffin liners

  2. Double broil the chocolate.

  3. Once melted, add coconut oil & vanilla

  4. Stir together until smooth, add mixture to lined muffin tray’s until 1/4 full.

  5. Set aside in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes until firm

  6. While freezing, get started on your filling!

  7. Add the peanut butter & maple syrup together until smooth.

  8. Remove firm chocolate from freezer. 

  9. Add one teaspoon of the peanut butter filling to each of the chocolate bases.

  10. Pop back into the freezer for 10-15 minutes

  11. Add another layer of chocolate.

  12. Sprinkle on coarse sea salt on top.

  13. Pop back into the freezer for another 10 minutes & voila! Delicious peanut butter cups.

  14. Enjoy!

Chocolate Banana Mousse

I was never really a chocolate person until the last few years. Now I crave it all the time and have had to find some healthy swaps to ease those cravings! Other than Botanica Chocolate Greens (which I basically drink 3 times a day), I like to play with chocolatey recipes. This Chocolate Banana Mousse can easily be made with different flavour profiles. Sometimes I add in almond butter, coconut fat, fruit, the possibilities are endless!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Aquafaba from one can of chickpeas (save chickpeas for later!)
  • 1/2 cup melted Enjoy Life chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil 
  • 2 banana 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of sea salt

HOW TO:

  1. Fill a pot with water, bring to a boil. 
  2. Add chocolate chips to a metal bowl, place metal boil ontop of pot of boiling water to melt chocolate chips. 
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil into the melting chocolate
  4. While chocolate is melting, poor aquafaba and 1 teaspoon of vanilla into a food processor. Leave on high speed until the aquafaba turns into a foam. (time varies based on food processor. Mine took about 1 minute)
  5. Poor foamy aquafaba into a mixing bowl
  6. Add the melted chocolate, cinnamon, sea salt and banana to food processor until smooth.
  7. Poor all ingredients into mixing bowl. Stir until completely combined 
  8. Poor into serving dish.
  9. Add your favourite toppings!
  10. Enjoy!

photos by: Sherry Jeffery

LEMON HEMP SALAD DRESSING

I used to HATE salad dressing. That was one of my biggest struggles when turning to a plant-based lifestyle. I had a really hard time because naturally I thought all I could eat was salad (LOL) and I never liked any of the salad dressing options so I would get it without. As you can imagine it gets very, very boring eating salads with no dressing. Eventually I realized that there was a better way - make your own! This was a great option for me because not only could I ensure that the ingredients were to my health standards, but I could control the sweetness! SO many bottled salads dressings are sweetened and I personally cannot handle that. Anyways, my go-to-good-on-everything salad dressing is the Lemon Hemp. You’re going to love it!

 

PS: This recipe is based on a bulk supply, I always make it in large quantities to keep in the fridge for all occasions. It’s great as a dip or a sauce, heated or cold. 

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 1 cup hemp hearts or soaked cashews

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 2 cup olive oil

  • 1.5 cup water

  • 3 clove garlic

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup nutritional yeast

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper *add more if you like it spicy

  • ¼ cup maple syrup

HOW TO:

  1. Add everything to blender
  2.  Once blended and smooth - check out the consistency. It should be a bit runny but not overly watery. If it is clumpy still, add more water.
  3. Season to taste. I like mine a bit spicier, with a lot of lemon. If it has a bland taste when blending, add small amounts of salt and seasoning. Salt really brings out the taste of the rest of the ingredients!
  • Remember you’re making this in a large batch, so it seems like there is a lot of salt but really it is being spread out into many servings. Plus good salt is actually great for you (in controlled quantities of course!).

*H I N T: A great way to add an abundance of nutritional value to this dressing is to add 2 teaspoons of spirulina! It has the same great taste but you’re getting all the added benefits. It’s also fun that it’s green.


Happy dressing!