The upcoming holiday season is known for gift-giving, time spent with loved ones, and many times—unhealthy eating. With an abundance of holiday parties and get-togethers centered around eating, it can be an overwhelming task to continue promoting healthy eating for both yourself and your kids. Therefore, you may want to consider making some swaps that will still satisfy your family’s sweet tooth but offer more nutrients and fewer calories, less saturated and trans fats and added sugar.
If you are into baking sweet holiday treats, opt for healthier versions of your favorite recipes. For example, these chocolatey snowflakes with a delicious gooey peanut butter centre are not only lower in sugar and free of highly-processed ingredients, they also taste better than the originals, if I do say so myself!
You can make this recipe in a muffin tin with small cupcake liners to get a peanut butter cup look or you can do what my daughter and I did. We used a silicon snowflake mold cavity like this one to create these fun-shaped Peanut Butter Snowflake Cups.
This is an easy recipe with minimal ingredients you can make in a snap. For the best texture, I recommend storing in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- 1⁄2 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter
Make it Like So
- To get started, melt the coconut oil and honey in a saucepan on the oven. Stir until smooth and then add the cacao powder.
- Add in your vanilla extract and pinch of sea salt.
- Use a spoon to drop a small amount of the melted chocolate into the bottom of 6 mini paper cups or your fun-shaped silicon cavity mold. (I recommend double-layering the paper cups, for sturdiness.)
- Using the spoon, push the melted chocolate up the sides of the paper cups or mold to create the "cups" that will hold the peanut butter filling. Place the chocolate-filled shells in the freezer to set, about 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, remove from the freezer, and place a dollop of peanut butter filling in the middle of each chocolate shell (about a teaspoon per center). Be sure to leave a little room around the edges, for the chocolate filling to cover the sides!
- Cover each cup with a final layer of melted chocolate, and return to the freezer to set for at least 2 hours before serving.