Tuesday, February 11, 2014

salted almond butter cups


I have a new (somewhat ambitious) goal.  I want to do something new every week.  Being in high school, I feel like I often get stuck  in the school/homework/procrastinating on the Internet rut. Don't get me wrong, homework will still get done and there are way too many fun personality quizzes on the Internet to give them up entirely.  However, I really want to seize life by the horns, live to the fullest, and conquer my fears.  I have a lot of fun ideas of things I want to add to my "new things bucket list" -- and I am extraordinarily excited to give this new project a try.


I love the idea of a bucket list to begin with -- maybe I'll publish one on this blog someday to hold myself accountable and see how many of the things on it I actually get done.  Simply writing my dreams down makes them come more alive.  I want to see a koala in real life and see the northern lights with my own eyes.  I want to attach a lock to a love bridge and go to la tomantina in Spain.  However, I'm not going to get a plane ticket to Australia or a tomato chucked at my face this week (hopefully).

Nonetheless, there are a lot of slightly less extravagant, yet exciting new things right in my own neighborhood.  Starting this week, I want to try something new every week -- even if it's as small as eating something that resembles a peanut butter cup.  This is a project that I want to continue for the rest of my life. Think about it -- that means 52 new things a year! 156 new things before I turn 20! 


Here's to Day One of my 365 day adventure trying new things.  Today, I am going to eat something that resembles a peanut butter cup.


Now, you're probably thinking "wow, this girl has really lost it now." What's so special about a peanut butter cup?  If you've been reading Cannella Vita for a while, you may have noticed that my blog is completely devoid of recipes with peanut butter.  It's a little odd since every other baking blog on the planet has some sort of chocolate-peanut butter thingamabobber.


I'm a pretty adventurous eater, and am usually totally down to trying new things, but peanut butter makes me queasy.  I've always steered clear of it at all costs.  Once, after eating a peanut butter granola bar, I had hives for a week! Thus, never in my life have I tasted a peanut butter cup.


This is ironic because my dad is obsessed with peanut butter cups.  He will always happily take them from my bag of Halloween candy. 


Obviously, I am not going to eat something that is going to give me hives for the rest of the week -- however, I came up with an alternative so that I, too can experience the joy of peanut butter cups -- almond butter cups!


These are mindbogglingly easy to make -- and are a little more gourmet than a drugstore peanut butter cup thanks to the addition of maple syrup and a sprinkle of Maldon salt.

If you're in need for some almond butter to try out -- take a look at Barney Butter, it comes in all sorts of mind-blowing flavors like vannilla bean-espresso and cocoa-coconut!

What new thing will you try this week?

With love,
Erica

Ingredients

7 oz. dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup almond butter (I used Barney Butter)
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 1/2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. fine grain salt
sea salt flakes for topping

Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for 1-2 minute intervals, stirring between, until completely melted.

Line six muffin cups.  Spoon about a teaspoon of melted chocolate into each cup. 

Mix the almond butter, syrup, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt together until smooth to make the filling. This mixture should be dough-like.

Scoop out a tsp. of the almond butter mixture and gently roll it into a ball between your palms. Flatten it out a bit and place it on top of the thin chocolate puddle. Repeat so that there is an almond butter ball in each cup.  Spoon chocolate, about another tsp., on top of each almond butter ball to cover completely. Add a little pinch of flaked sea salt on each one and chill in the fridge to set.

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15 comments:

  1. I've never made these on mine own, but am Reese's PB cups are my favorite candy so I think I need to give them a try! Maldon sea salt flakes are the best dessert enhancer too in my opinion. Have a great week!

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    1. Definitely! You could definitely use this recipe to make homemade PB cups as well! Just sub in natural peanut butter for the almond butter!

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  2. Have you tried anything else with a chocolate-nut combination?I'm so glad you got these cups checked off your list, because the chocolate-nut butter combo is a must! And <3 to bucket lists, it seems like I'm always starting new projects and getting 'distracted' with new enterprises right away--but I guess that's half the fun. Good luck!

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    1. Well I've done a lot of Nutella recipes -- A LOT! So I guess those are technically choco-nut combinations! Same here, it is totally half the fun!

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  3. Hi Erica,
    I've been following your blog for a while now - you've inspired me to try out a lot of new recipes, so thankyou.

    Like you I have so many things that I want to do, so I think it's a great idea to write them all down and actually get stuck into accomplishing them. For a few months now I have been wanting to learn how to use a wood lathe - so I think I might have to finally get around to asking my dad to show me.

    P.S. Koala's are okay, but joey wombats are better :) they're like little puppies.
    Kris

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    1. I am so glad! I would love to hear which recipes were your favorites!
      Awesome! Let me know if you get around to learning!
      I just googled joey wombats and OH MY GOD I want one as a pet! (my puppy wouldn't approve though)

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  4. These sound delicious! I'm a PB lover, but I also love almond butter, and I love the salty/maple addition to these. Sounds so good! I also love your goal - such a good idea. I've had the same goal in mind recently, but being in London and traveling almost every week, it's a pretty easy goal!

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    1. Hahahha I am so jealous of your London adventure!

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  5. These sounds delicious. I just might have to try them for Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thank you! Let me know how they turn out!

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  6. omgosh you poor peanut butter less thing!! I think this is the perfect solution-I LOOOVE almond butter and these candies look INSANELY amazinggggg ahhhhhh

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    1. Oh I know! That is what everyone always tells me!

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  7. Definitely a good compromise with peanut butter. And sea salt just makes everything better!

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  8. Looks like a good alternative to peanut butter. And sea salt makes everything better!

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    1. Definitely! If you haven't tried out Maldon sea salt, definitely give it a try... it's a life changer! :)

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