Paleo “Peanot” Butter Fudge Cups


Let me start by saying there is NO peanut butter in these, but they taste so similar!  Peanuts are not paleo.  They’re not even a nut they’re a legume, aka a bean.  Did you know that most peanuts contain something called aflatoxins? It’s a type of mycotoxin that is produced by Aspergillus mold.  Aflatoxin is a known carcinogen, particularly for liver cancer.  Peanuts, grains, and legumes also contain things called lectins.  An anti-nutrient that is almost impossible to digest.  Lectins strip away the mucosal lining of the small intestines thus creating “leaky gut”.  To make matters even worse, peanuts are also one of the most pesticide contaminated crops.  So, unless you are buying organic you’re eating all those pesticides too. YUCK!

Now that I’ve been little miss negative and burst your bubble for the beloved peanut, let me tell you there are delicious alternatives!  Three of my particular favorites are sunflower seed butter which has such a similar flavor as peanut butter, almond butter and super creamy cashew butter.


This recipe was altered from one a friend sent me.  It inspired me to make some snack cups to satisfy my sweet tooth and daily need for chocolate.  These little babies are full of healthy fats and proteins.  Keeping me from getting Hangry and my blood sugar from going cray.  Best of all, they can easily be made nut-free so kids could take them to school!

 
Substitutions:

  • Replace the almond butter with more sunflower seed butter to make the recipe nut-free
  • Swap out the almond butter or sunflower seed butter for any nut butter
  • Use maple syrup in equal amounts to replace of the honey
  • Use a few drops of stevia extract to replace the honey
  • Omit the honey if you’re watching sugars or are diabetic
  • The collagen peptides can be omitted but they definitely add some healthy protein

Other tips:

  • Keep refrigerated at all times
  • Freeze if packing in a lunch or for traveling so they hold their shape better
  • Spread in a pan and cut into squares instead of making individual cups
  • Make them into bigger cups by using muffin liners
  • If you’re not a chocolate lover, just make the top layer and double the ingredients
  • Or if you’re a major chocolate lover just double the first layer and make it all chocolate!
  • I prefer the If You Care Brand liners because they are unbleached and nothing sticks to them!!

 

Paleo Peanot Butter Fudge Cups

  • Servings: 18 mini cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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Note: See post for many tips and substitutions

INGREDIENTS

Bottom layer:

  • 3 Tb coconut Oil
  • 3 Tb sunflower seed butter
  • 2 Tb almond butter
  • 1 Tb Raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 5 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder

Top Layer:

  • 3 Tb coconut oil
  • 2 Tb sunflower seed butter
  • 2 Tb almond butter
  • 2 Tb collagen peptides (not gelatin)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Set out 18 mini muffin liners on a plate.
  2. Beginning with the bottom layer, melt the coconut oil.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, sunflower seed butter, almond butter, raw honey, vanilla, and sea salt until smooth.
  4. Whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth.
  5. Use two spoons to scoop the fudge mixture evenly into the liners. Tap the liners gently on the plate to level out the fudge.
  6. Refrigerate until set. About 20 minutes.
  7. Make top layer.  Melt coconut oil.
  8. In a small bowl whisk together melted coconut oil with remaining ingredients until smooth.
  9. Use two spoons to scoop evenly on top of fudge layer.
  10. Refrigerate until set.  Keep refrigerated until ready to devour!!

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I will be making these all. the. time!!  My whole family has been devouring them!  I can’t get my husband to eat breakfast but he has been gladly eating these with his morning coffee! Yay for starting the day with healthy fats and protein!

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