You guys, I’m pumped. For three reasons.
First, just read the title of this post. Do I even need to say more? I’m sharing a recipe for super healthy candy cups that involve decadent chocolate, creamy nut or seed butter, and the richness of coconut oil. So really I don’t think I need to do any explaining there.
Second, from now on recipes here at Daily Bites will be in a slightly different format since I’ve started using ZipList. That means that for all you ZipList recipe savers, you can now save recipes right to your recipe box with the click of a button. Way easier and the recipes look prettier now, too. (Hopefully I’ll be able to go back through archived recipes over time and convert them all to ZipList for you. I just need more hours in a day!)
And third, we’re halfway through April which means we’re that much closer to summer. Fluted skirts, flip-flops, grilling, walking home from yoga in the sunlight, berries in season, farmers’ markets, sunrise walks….bring it!
But back to Reason #1. These candy cups. They look innocently chocolatey and bad for you, right? Well, the chocolatey part is certainly true, but the bad for you part? No way! These chocolate candy cups are packed with super foods that—get this—actually taste good. Okay, they taste amazing.
In the words of my dad (who “sampled” about half the batch…), “WOW.” That’s all he could say, then he reached for another.
The Superfood Line-Up:
- Unsweetened chocolate: We all love the good news that dark chocolate is actually a health supportive food, but it doesn’t do us much good when our chocolate comes in the form of a sugar-sweetened milk chocolate candy bar. I like to use unsweetened chocolate (organic or fair trade when possible) and sweeten it myself with something more natural like honey or maple syrup. It still tastes meltingly rich and wonderful, just without the sugar.
- Maca powder: I’ve talked about maca powder before (when I shared my Radiant Glow Antioxidant Smoothie). It’s an ancient root that has energizing, mood stabilizing, and hormone balancing qualities. The rather malt-like flavor pairs incredibly well with chocolate!
- Cinnamon: This spice is an unsung hero in the kitchen. Revered for centuries by nations across the globe, cinnamon’s health benefits are far-reaching. It’s particularly helpful in balancing blood sugar, improving circulatory health, and may even stimulate certain regions of the brain (therefore improving memory and cognitive function).
- Coconut oil: You’ve heard me sing the praises of coconut oil far too often if you’re a regular around here. I just love it…for so many reasons! Check out this great article on why coconut oil stands out as one of today’s most amazing superfoods.
I made these candy cups over a week ago and writing this post has me craving them again BIG TIME. I’d recommend that you stock up on ingredients before you go to make these. You’re very likely to want to make another batch as soon as you finish the first one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
- In a bowl, combine the almond or sunflower seed butter, 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, maca powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until a thick dough forms. (If your filling mixture does not become dough-like, add a little bit more maca powder. You should be able to roll it into balls.) Roll the dough into 16 small balls, using 1 teaspoon of dough per ball. Flatten each ball into a patty shape. (You'll have a little dough leftover. Roll it into a few bigger balls for snacking.)
- In a small pot over very low heat, combine the chocolate, remaining ¼ cup honey, and coconut oil. Stir constantly until melted and smooth.
- Line 16 cups of a mini muffin pan with paper liners. Spoon just enough chocolate into each cup to coat the bottoms. (You'll need the rest of the chocolate mixture to cover up the filling, so don't use it all up!) Freeze for 5-10 minutes until the chocolate is firm.
- Place a filling patty into each cup. Cover the tops with the remaining chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with cacao nibs and return to the freezer until set, about 30 minutes.
- Store candy cups in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.