Ok, these little guys are a relative of my Healthy Peanut Butter Cups which I already can’t get enough of.
I’ve kicked it up a notch and turned them into Raw Vegan Triple Layered Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookie Cups.
Whew! Got all that?
How did this happen?
It started with the Healthy Peanut Butter Cups and my love for chocolate and peanut butter.
Then I came across an unbelievable recipe on a post from Susan at Rawmazing called “Raw Thin Mint Peppermint Patties”.
She had three different recipes in the post and one was “Chocolate Covered Mint “Oreos””.
I just couldn’t stop looking at her pictures!
The only problem is I’m not a big fan of coconut FLAKES.
As strange as it sounds, I drink coconut milk, eat coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut manna (all of which are made from coconut/coconut flakes!) but just do not like the actual flakes.
As I stared at the pictures of the Chocolate Covered Mint “Oreos” with the coconut center, I kept thinking of what else could I put in the middle instead.
Then the Healthy Peanut Butter Cups came to mind!
So I used her raw cookie recipe and combined it with my Healthy Peanut Butter Cup recipe to make my new favorite dessert!
These are good with or without the chocolate topping and either way, only uses 5 healthy ingredients.
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao:
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants that promote cardiovascular health
- contains essential fats
- can help to decrease blood pressure
- contains 4 different neuro-transmitters that act as anti-depressants
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in anti-oxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps improve metabolism and prevents fatigue
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Flour):
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with protein (1/4 cups contains 8 g), calcium and fiber
- high in antioxidants
- reduces the risk of heart disease
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of protein
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
And, another option is to make them without the chocolate coating, which I also love. Just make the cookie bottom, peanut butter filling and cookie top.
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Tip #1: This recipe will make 10 cups and if you use the standard size silicone cups that I used for the Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, these things are HUGE. They are more dense and compact than the peanut butter cups. I set one out at room temperature for about 5 minutes then cut it into 1/4 size pieces and eat a 1/4 piece at a time.
Tip #2: They need to be stored in the freezer or refrigerator until you are ready to eat them because they will get soft and lose their shape if they are left out at room temperature.
Tip #3: Since you are pretty much using the same ingredients for each step, I line up 3 bowls and scoop all the coconut oil out at one time, then the cacao, then the sweetener, etc. I find this easier than mixing the topping ingredients first, then the center, then the cookie.
Tip #4: You can pretty much use the sweetener of your choice in this recipe. I’ve used maple syrup, raw honey, xylitol and raw cane sugar on different occasions. You just want something to add a little sweetness. Also, I don’t like a lot of sweetness to mine, so I use the minimum amount shown but if you prefer it to be sweeter, just add another tablespoon until you get it the way you like.