Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I am currently reading Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals and as a result, am trying to eat healthier foods. I am also trying recipes that are vegetarian {for the first time, at least with that type of cooking specifically in mind}.

While reading Eating Animals, I came across this book at Barne's and Noble and then saw Alicia Silverstone on Oprah talking about her recipes. Oprah liked a lot of the food that came from Alicia's recipes, so I figured if SHE liked the food, then I can at least give it a try! Alicia's book is about vegan cooking and eating healthier while helping our planet. I skimmed through it and it looks very interesting.

My first recipe to attempt this weekend will be her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Here is the recipe in case you want to try them with me! I will post my results {and opinions about the finished product} next week.




1/2 cup Earth Balance butter
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted)
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs or 10 graham cracker squares
1/4 cup maple sugar or other granulated sweetener
1 cup grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips
1/4 cup soy, rice, or nut milk
1/4 cup chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts


1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. (If You Care makes unbleached liners made from recycled paper.) Set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

3. Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar and mix well.

4. Remove the mixture from the heat. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the muffin cups.

5. Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.

6. Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture.

7. Top with chopped nuts.

8. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving.

Excerpted from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone (2009, Rodale). All rights reserved. See more of Alicia Silverstone's vegan recipes

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