No shame, I love chocolate. I also really like deconstructing and simplifying food, and by no means do I consider myself vegan or anything. After my Whole30, I really stuck to eating very simple at home. (Almond flour, holla!)
I try not to eat chocolate that is super sweet, because even after one bite, I’ll either not enjoy it from all the sugar or just keep craving it. Unsweetened chocolate satisfies my yearning for the taste, and I never feel guilty about eating more than a couple bites!
In any other instance I would have used almond butter when I’m experimenting in the kitchen, but because I thought I wasn’t going to use any kind of sweetener (ended up using some maple syrup), it would need something extra texture and creaminess. This following recipe might be a tad too unsweetened for some, so I suggest using any dark chocolate bar of your choosing or add a packet of stevia with the maple syrup. Here was my process that by no means shows that I know what I’m truly doing in the kitchen:
- 1/2 bar – baker’s chocolate bar (100% unsweetened)
- 1 tablespoons – Coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon – Coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons – Maple syrup
- Organic chunky peanut butter
- Pink Himalayan sea salt
Have a mini cupcake pan set aside with cupcake papers set in 6 spots.
In a small sauce pan on low heat, melt coconut oil and add the chocolate bar. Consistently stir — you don’t want it to burn the chocolate to the bottom of the pan. When the chocolate is melted, add the maple syrup. Add coconut milk last and move quickly for the chocolate will become very thick.
Grab a small spoon from your silverware drawer, and scoop a tad chocolate to put on the bottoms of each cupcake dish, repeat with peanut butter, and top again with chocolate. Feel free to even out the tops with a butter knife. I topped the cups with pink Himalayan sea salt, which I highly recommend. I’m not usually a salty and sweet person at the same time, but this salt complimented the bitter chocolate very nicely.
Throw in the freezer. Give it at least 30 minutes to chill and enjoy. :)