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Its OK to crave chocolate and to succumb to it every now and then. We are human after all, live a little bit! There’s too much stress on ourselves for staying on track, not caving into cravings, etc; and while it’s important to have self-discipline, It will not hurt us to treat ourselves.
So today we bring you Almond Buttercups – using Pea Protein, Coconut Oil, Liquid Stevia Chocolate, Coconut Sugar, and Sea Salt and absolutely no baking!
A healthier alternative to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – which by the way who doesn’t love? We thank Jason, licensed Culinary Nutritionist from Active | Mind +Body (ActiveMB.com) for brewing up such a tasty treat for everyone! (Recipe down below)
Yes, we have all seen the significant amounts of new “butters” on the market, it seems like the days of peanut butter are limited! However, Almond and Peanut butter share incredibly close amounts of nutritional value, but almond butter seems to take the lead by containing more Vitamin E, Iron, and Magnesium.
Peanuts aren’t Paleo approved:
As always, it’s important to choose non-processed, nonGMO, no preservative or additives (Organic if possible) Almond Butter for optimal nutritional value. Unfortunately and ironically peanuts are not actually nuts, they are legumes.
Which is an unapproved food source if you’re on a Paleo Diet. Almonds are approved, go that route for you if you’re on the paleo diet. (Which I commend you for, the paleo diet is strict!).
For an extensive list of approved Paleo food items, head over to The Ultimate Paleo Guide, Joel does a sufficient job at covering that lifestyle.
Nutritional Benefits of Almond Butter:
- Vitamin E: Protects cells from oxidative damage. For every 4 milligrams of vitamin E per tablespoon — about 27 percent of your daily vitamin E requirement
- Magnesium: Magnesium is one of the seven essential macro minerals. A tablespoon of almond butter contains 45 milligrams of magnesium. High magnesium intakes are associated with a greater bone density.
- Iron: Metabolize proteins. Reduces deficiency related to anemia, anemia of chronic disease, cough, anemia in pregnancy, predialysis anemia etc. Benefits muscle function, Brain function, Restless leg syndrome, Body temperature regulation, Reduces fatigue.
Nutritional Benefits of Coconut Oil:
- Hair care, skin care, stress relief
- Cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, immunity strengthener
- Proper digestion and regulated metabolism
- Beneficial for the heart, and lowering blood pressure & cholesterol
Nutritional Benefits of Pea Protein:
- An allergen conscious protein and safe for those allergic to dairy & dairy byproducts (vegetarian and vegan approved)
- Energy booster & post workout muscle recovery
- The branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) leucine, isoleucine, and valine found in pea protein help maintain your tissues during heavy exercise. – and meet the Amino Acids requirements outlined by the World Health Organization for adults
- Lowers ghrelin levels. (a substance secreted by the stomach that signals the brain to stimulate the sensation of hunger)
Now for this tasty recipe …
Almond Butter Cups
A healthy version to reese's peanut butter cups, perfect for a tasty treat!
- 2 Scoops (1.13 oz) Chocolate Pea Protein
- 4 Tbs Organic Coconut Oil
- 3 Tbs Organic Almond Butter
- 2 Tsp Coconut Sugar
- 4 Drops Chocolate Stevia
- Dash of Sea Salt
- Foil or Cupcake Liners
- Melt 4 tablespoons solid coconut oil, add 2 Scoops chocolate pea protein, 4 drops chocolate stevia, dash of sea salt. Pour mix into cupcake tray lined with foil. (Alternatively to get the full effect use Cupcake Liners)
- Filling: 3 tablespoons almond butter, 2 tsp coconut nectar dash of sea salt. Roll into small balls and drop inside the chocolate filling.
- Carefully pour liquid chocolate and coconut oil mix over the top and set in freezer for 10 minutes. Store in fridge or freezer
- For a softer version serve at room temperature. Store into air tight container in the fridge up to 5 days.
Adapted from Active | Mind+Body
Mindful Hellos http://mindfulhellos.co/
Absolutely delicious. I definitely wouldn’t feel any guilt making or eating these, just look at that ingredient list! As a side note, to get the full effect of the “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups”, use cupcake liners to create the ridges in the circumference. Thanks again Jason Sani for allowing us for this to be in our blog! Enjoy!
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