If you're into plant-based cooking and looking for inspiration, look no further. Every year, The Academy of Culinary Nutrition takes on a fundraising project to give back with a self-funded digital cookbook called From Scratch Cooking. Have you checked out their Thai Noodle bowl soup yet? YUM! This is another incredible recipe from their 100% donation based book and the perfect option for a healthy valentines day treat. Enjoy!
B | A rich and wholesome dairy-free treat to enjoy when you need a guilt-free yet indulgent snack. These melt-in-your-mouth chocolates use raw cacao powder, which is high in magnesium, minerals and antioxidants. They’re sure to leave you with a feeling of bliss.
DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER CUPS
Number of Servings: 24 mini cups
Recipe + Photo Credit: Brooke Hutchison [@thehealthyhutch]
For the bottom layer
1 ½ cups organic almond butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
For the top layer
¾ cup cacao powder
½ cup cacao butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp raw unpasteurized honey (depending on preferred sweetness)
1 tsp coarse sea salt (optional)
1. Line mini muffin pan with chlorine-free mini baking cups.
1. Using a double boiler, combine the nut butter and coconut oil. Stir over medium – low heat until melted. Remove mixture from heat.
2. Spoon the mixture into the bottom of the cups – fill each 3/4 full.
3. Let harden in the freezer while preparing the top chocolate layer.
1. Using a double boiler, combine all ingredients for the top layer. Stir over medium – low heat until the mixture is completely melted and smooth.
2. Taste and adjust for preferred sweetness.
3. Remove tray from the freezer and spoon chocolate mixture on top of the bottom layer, filling each cup.
4. Place tray back in the freezer to harden the top layer, 20-30 minutes.
5. Sprinkle with sea salt.
6. Store in the fridge or freezer and see how long they last…
Bonus Tip, If Applicable: There are so many flavour combinations to try here. Have fun experimenting with different sweeteners such as honey, lucuma powder, maple syrup or coconut sugar. For an extra boost of goodness, add maca or peppermint extract to the chocolate layer. Top with roasted almonds, shredded coconut or goji berries – the possibilities are endless!