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Monday, January 6, 2020

Homemade Vegan Sugar Free Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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The perfect holiday treat for someone who has dietary restrictions


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 Valentine's Day used to be one of my favorite holidays. I fondly remember my husband buying me a big box of chocolates from my favorite candy store. He would then hide the pieces of chocolate all over the house and give me clues. The clues would send me on a fun scavenger hunt to find all the chocolate pieces. By the time I found all the chocolates, I had two pounds of delicious chocolate in a fancy Valentine's day box. This is love.

 Now Valentine's Day is a bit different for me since I discovered that a dairy allergy was the cause of my out of control asthma 18 months ago. All these years what I thought was a lactose issue was a dairy allergy. My asthmatic symptoms were being managed with allergy medicine for so long and I had no clue. My dairy allergy was discovered after I starting using a whey protein powder and my allergy medicine no longer worked. My asthma got so out of control that I almost ended up at the emergency room. So not wanting to go on harsh asthma medicines, I did some research and discovered that milk and dairy products may be the cause of my asthma symptoms. So I decided to eliminated dairy from my diet for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, my severe asthmatic cough went away and I no longer struggled with breathing. I was not happy when I had to eliminate all dairy sources from my diet as I loved cheese and chocolate. Now that dairy is out of my body, I am feeling so much better and avoid all dairy as a small amount can trigger an asthma attack.


 Since I like breathing, I have discovered that there are not many dairy-free chocolate candy products available at the store. When you have a dairy-allergy, you have to read labels as dairy can be hidden under names like whey and casein. Did you know that non-dairy coffee creamer has casein in it? The dairy-free or vegan chocolate bars that I have discovered at the store are also quite expensive, like my favorite dark chocolate peanut butter candy bar that is almost $2.00 for a small bar. So I have learned to make my own chocolate using safe allergy-friendly ingredients that have no dairy in them.



Using a natural Stevia Sweetener means fewer calories

 Since I was changing the way that I enjoyed my chocolate and other baked goods, I decided to decrease the amount of sugar that I was consuming. Sugar is one of those things that equals empty calories and large quantities of sugar are not good for your body. So I decided to switch out the sugar in my recipes for a natural 0 calorie sweetener. That way I can make my sweets a bit healthier and have guilt-free treats. I discovered a delicious natural 0 calorie sweetener a couple of months ago and it tastes so delicious in my daily coffee. Then I tried the organic sweetener in my Vegan Cinnamon Rolls and they were so delicious.


 This brand of stevia combines the Ulta sweet taste of stevia with erythritol. Stevita Organic stevia blend is a perfectly crafted blend of stevia and erythritol that changed my mind about baking with stevia as it has no bitter taste. This organic zero-calorie sweetener has no carbs and is also vegan. Stevita has an indulgent taste that is 4X as sweet as sugar so that means I don't need much to make my holiday treats taste delicious. I like that it has no artificial ingredients. The best part is it looks like sugar, dissolves like sugar, and tastes like sugar so my family does not notice the difference when I bake with Stevita. One cup of sugar has 773 calories so swapping out the sugar in a recipe for Stevita means your recipe has fewer calories. That is awesome for those on a diet or looking to cut out sugar from their diet. Natural Stevita has no calories so using this delicious sweetener in your daily coffee can save you 48 calories per tablespoon of regular sugar. I love that this delicious sweetener is made from certified organic, fair-trade Brazillian stevia extract. This sweetener is also keto-friendly!


Homemade Peanut Butter Cups that are vegan & sugar-free


  So I decided to make my own dark chocolate peanut butter cups so I could enjoy some chocolate on Valentines' Day. Since I was making homemade candy, I decided to eliminate the sugar so my treat would be a healthier option. When you eliminate the sugar, these chocolate peanut butter cups are perfect on a keto diet! My favorite expensive chocolate bar that I buy contains 17 grams of sugar so making my own sugar-free chocolate peanut butter cups would be better for me. That way I could indulge on Valentine's Day and not have a sugar crash.

Three ingredients are all you need for sugar-free chocolate


  My recipe for delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Cups only requires three ingredients and is so simple to make. You don't even need a candy thermometer. You can use reuseable silicone baking cups for muffins or you can spray the muffin tins with an oil spray. I prefer the silicone baking cups as they give the peanut butter cups a nice textured look. So gather up your candy supplies and make this vegan candy for an awesome treat. These plant-based chocolates are keto chocolates! The ingredients that you need are dark chocolate, peanut butter, and Stevita Liquid Drops. These organic liquid stevia drops are ultra-sweet so a small bottle lasts a long time. While you are buying your Stevita Liquid drops, you have to buy all four flavors as they are great to use in coffee and tea. I love using the Strawberry Fields liquid drops in my nightly cup of tea. The Natural Toffee and Vanilla Bliss taste awesome in my daily cup of coffee. These liquid stevia drops mix so well in recipes and leaves no grainy texture in the melted chocolate.


Are you a fan of dark chocolate?



  I am not that big of a fan when it comes to dark chocolate, I would rather have milk chocolate but since that has milk in it I eat dark chocolate. I do like the fact that dark chocolate is good for your heart. Check out some other things that are good for your heart. Since milk chocolate has dairy in it, I have learned to love dark chocolate. The only way that I will eat dark chocolate is when it is combined with peanut butter or when it covers pieces of fruit. Have you tried frozen bananas dipped in dark chocolate? They are amazing and the perfect treat for the keto meal plan! I also like a little sprinkling of salt on my dark chocolate. Salt brings out an amazing taste when sprinkled on chocolate. The salt from the peanut butter in this chocolate recipe gives the peanut butter cups an awesome taste but when you sprinkle some additional salt on the dark chocolate it is even better. If you are looking for other amazing chocolate-dipped recipes, you need to check out my recipe for Chocolate Dipped Salted Almond Butter Cookies That Are Dairy Free. I made these the other day with the Spoonable Stevita and they were so good!


Use the melted chocolate and Stevita to make chocolate chunks

   Buy extra bars of dark chocolate bakers bars so you can make homemade sugar free chocolate chunks or chips that are dairy-free. When you make these delicious vegan sugar free peanut butter cups, buy an extra bar of the bakers chocolate so you can melt extra chocolate. That way you can take the leftover melted chocolate that you add the Stevita Liquid Drops to and make some delicious chocolate pieces for other recipes like dairy-free soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. To make the chocolate chunks, just spread the extra melted chocolate on some wax paper and let it harden. When the melted chocolate is hard, just break it into pieces or cut up with a sharp knife. You can also use silicone muffin containers or buy a silicone chocolate chip mold to make the chocolate look like chocolate chips. This will save you money over buying chocolate chips at the store!





Homemade Vegan Sugar Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Vegan Sugar Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Yield: 6
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These homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are vegan and sugar-free. They are perfect for a sugar-free, dairy-free or Keto diet. A sprinkling of salt makes these chocolates so delicious. This recipe can be easily doubled.

ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, made without sugar
  • 6 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Stevita Naturals Organic Stevia Liquid Drops
  • coarse salt for sprinkling on the chocolate if desired

instructions:

How to cook Homemade Vegan Sugar Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

  1. Place the peanut butter into the fridge to chill and make it easier to work with. If you have natural peanut butter, make sure to mix in all the oil before measuring it into the measuring cup. 
  2. Line a muffin tin with 6 silicone liners or spray lightly with oil.
  3. Melt half of the chocolate using either a microwave or a double boiler. (see notes)
  4. Pour 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate to the bottom of each liner.
  5. Place the tin into the freezer for 10 minutes, to allow the chocolate to harden.
  6. After 10 minutes have passed, remove the muffin tin from the freezer and the peanut butter from the fridge.
  7. Place 2 teaspoons of peanut butter into the center of each mini muffin liner., avoiding the sides. Lightly press the peanut butter down.
  8. Place the muffin tin back in the freezer while you melt the remaining chocolate.
  9. Then remove the muffin tin from the freezer and add 1 tablespoon to 2 tablespoons of the melted chocolate to each liner – enough to cover the peanut butter and leave a smooth top. Gently tap the muffin tip to help the chocolate spread over the peanut butter.
  10. Sprinkle coarse salt and place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes to harden.
  11. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days, or the freezer for up to a month.

NOTES:

To melt chocolate in the microwave, simply cook at 30-second intervals, stirring the chocolate after each interval. Once the pieces are 75% melted, stop microwaving and stir until no more “chunks” remain and the chocolate is smooth and melted.
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19 comments:

  1. Everything looks amazing! I do have a sweet tooth. I can't wait to try the peanut butter cups.

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  2. These are perfect for when I'm craving sweets, but I don't want a lot of carbs. I look forward to making these when that craving hits.

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  3. These look really good. I would love to give them a try. I think these would be really delicious.

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  4. These all look amazing! Unfortunately, I found out after much difficulty that Stevia gives me debilitating headaches. I use Swerve instead since it is natural. It's better than regular sugar at least. And now it comes in granulated, brown, and confectioners forms.

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  5. One of the hardest thing is when you can't have anything you want due to dietary restrictions. Thank you for this post.

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  6. Honestly, I doubt these would last a day in our fridge. We'd definitely eat these up.

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  7. It's so nice to see a recipe like this to help with my after dinner sweet cravings. I wouldn't feel guilty eating 1 of these!

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  8. This looks like a delicious treat when on keto. I love peanut butter anything.

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  9. I have been wanting to try to make my own peanut butter cups!

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  10. I love the sound of peanuts butter 😀 and sugar free as well! I definitely have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. It's amazing how this recipe fits into a diet, but in fact Keto is amazing!

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  12. I can't believe these are both gluten free and keto! They look amazing!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  13. These are really delicious treats! My kids will surely love these!

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  14. Oh my gosh those look SO GOOD! And I love your little muffin cups! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

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  15. These vegan peanut butter cups looks amazing and they remind me of that thing my kids like to eat called Reeses but I am not sure those are made from dark chocolate as I never tried them.

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  16. I'd be very interested in trying these as the words of your blog post title don't typically go together. Great idea!

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  17. It ticks my boxes when I see something is keto. From sweets and actually anything that you can chew in your mouth, This looks like my next favorite.

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  18. That looks quite tasty and easy to do as well. My mom absolutely loves peanut butter cup and I'm sure she'll love this.

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  19. Oh my, I am going Keto next week and I think I'm going to need this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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