Coconut Oil Peanut Butter Cups

Say no to Reese’s and make these decadent peanut butter cups instead! Reese’s actually used to be one of my favorite candies, because I love peanut butter, Β but I can’t tolerate sweets like I used to…that’s probably a good thing though.

These peanut butter cups are insanely easy to make, and they satisfy your chocolate cravings immediately. Yummmm! My sister-in-law made me a dairy-free coconut oil fudge for Christmas that was so good, and I loved the combination of vanilla and almond together, so I thought it would add a nice flavor profile to this as well because I love the flavor of almond extract. I made a batch of these with out the extracts too and they were still amazing…so you decide πŸ™‚

Coconut Oil Peanut Butter Cups. Did I mention they are vegan too

Coconut Oil Peanut Butter Cups
Makes 10 peanut butter cups

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut butter + 3tbsp and 1tsp for filling
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave or honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
10 baking cups

Put all the ingredients into a sauce pan (minus the 3tbsp+1tsp peanut butter) and set your stove to the lowest setting. You just want the ingredients to get warm enough for the coconut oil to melt, this should only take a minute or so.

Once the ingredients are melty and magical, remove the sauce pan from the stove and turn it off. Set out your baking cups, and pour one tablespoon of the chocolate mixture into each of the cups. Then take a teaspoon size dollop of peanut butter and put it on top of the chocolate (there’s no need to spread it evenly). Then pour another tablespoon of the chocolate on top, if there’s any chocolate left I give you permission to eat it by the spoonful πŸ˜‰

Place the peanut butter cups on some type of device to keep them flat and easy to transport and put them in the freezer, I left them in for an hour while I was cooking dinner but they may take less time; this step just helps them to harden faster.

When they feel hard, peel the baking cups off and you should be left with a Reese’s look-alike. Since these are made with coconut oil and can melt at room temperature it is best to store them in an air tight container in the fridge…if they even last that long!

Happy Munching πŸ˜‰

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Superhero Wall Art

Long time no see! I hope everyone has had a wonderful January thus far. I have a great recipe to share with you tomorrow that I know you will LOVE but for today we’re getting a little crafty.

I happen to have a superhero fan, and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to transform the nursery style of decor to something a toddler would love without spending much money, if any.

I made these a little over two years ago to hang on the wall, they were incredibly easy to make and looked really cute. I took canvases, cut some batting into the same square shape of the canvas and then cut the fabric in a larger square than the canvas. I placed the batting on top of the canvas and held it in place with a little hot glue. I then laid the fabric over the top and bunched/folded it in the back and used the hot glue gun to glue it in place. They were incredibly easy and inexpensive to make.

Fabric Canvas art

Since I like to re-use products, I took the fabric and batting off and peeled the little bits of hot glue off. Voila! A clean canvas ready to paint! I had a small stash of acrylic paints in the cupboard and I didn’t want to buy more, so some brainstorming took place.

Canvas painting

Any guesses of what this is going to turn in to?

Canvas painted yellow

I had one of those foam paint brushes that cost less than a dollar and a paintbrush that I used out of a children’s watercolor set. I also used a black and green marker to draw out the designs. For this first canvas, I used to foam brush to paint the canvas an all over yellow. While that was drying, I painted my second canvas white in the center, and once that dried I cut out a paper circle, stuck it in the middle (or at least I tried to center it) and then painted the green color on top. Once the base layers were completely dry on both canvases, I took my markers and drew the designs. I then took the paint brush and painted the inside of my outlines…oh and I obviously removed the paint from the brushes before using a new color.

Superhero Wall Art

P.S. I never said I was good at free-hand drawing, but I think they turned out pretty awesome and they didn’t cost anything to make!

I encourage you to look around your house and find something that you can re-purpose. And of course have fun doing it!

Happy Crafting πŸ™‚