Having a Healthier Halloween
Hi Everyone, my name is Jessica and I am a senior in the Masters of Public Health program and I will be working with Columbia’s Cooking for the next few semesters. Its crazy to think that Halloween is coming up next week! Where did October go? To me, Halloween costumes are fun and all but the best thing about Halloween is the CANDY! Nothing tastes better than a delicious Reese’s Pumpkin. Unfortunately, I just recently found out that those delectable treats top the list of the highest calorie candies. It takes a lot of trick-or-treating to walk those calories off! Today I tested out some healthier peanut butter cup alternatives that are a little friendlier on the waistline. The recipe that I tried today can be found here.
The great thing about making your own peanut butter cups is that you can customize your cups any way you want to. For mine, I used lots of dark chocolate and I also used the large cupcake wrappers.
here is a picture of my ingredients, and my cooking process. After adding the peanut butter I just melted the rest of the chocolate and drizzled it over the peanut butter and topped off my cups with a pinch of sea salt.
Here is my delicious finished product- (mostly) guilt free!
In order to enjoy a healthier Halloween experts recommend enjoying a healthy meal before trick or treating- that way you wont be tempted to eat a lot of candy. Also, trick or treating is actually a great way to get your exercise- take a walk around the neighborhood to enjoy all the decorations and costumes and burn off some of those calories.
Mini Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
Serves: 16 Pieces
16 Mini Paper liners
Chocolate Coating: 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips (about 7 ounces)
Peanut Butter Filling:
- 1/2 cup all natural organic peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Coarse sea salt for topping
- Line a mini muffin pan with the 16 paper liners and set aside.
- Melt half the dark chocolate over a double boiler. I placed a heat safe bowl with the chocolate chips over a sauce pan that has been filled with about an inch of boiling water, stirring until all the chips have melted
- Once the chocolate has melted use a teaspoon to scoop the chocolate into the bottom of the each mini muffin cup
- To make the peanut butter filling, stir together all of the ingredients, until the mixture is thick. Use a teaspoon to measure out the filling, then roll it between your hands to form a ball.
- Press the peanut butter filling into each muffin cup
- Melt the remaining chocolate and spoon over the top of each peanut butter ball.
- While the chocolate is still soft, sprinkle the tops of each cup with coarse sea salt.
- Allow the cups to cool at room temperature (or stick them in the fridge if the temptation is killing you- thats what I did!)
I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween,