Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups

Happy Sunday, almost Monday morning!  Well, hey, at least you had fun this weekend, right?  What did you do?  I did yoga on Saturday, and it was awesome to find out that I am nearly finished with my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, as I mentioned yesterday!   Sunday morning, I did some yoga at home, had Scott get lost with Skylar for 3 hours, and I ran around like a freak mommy on a mission! I was in 3rd Birthday Party Decorating, Shopping, and Organizing Mode!  I managed to hit CVS Pharmacy for a card and cute wrapping bag, the grocery store for some last minute eats and candy Sprinkles which are a party necessity, and Target for everything from Sesame Street books to a pink tutu.  Here’s a couple sneak peak pictures and I promise lots more birthday party pics tomorrow!

I flew home, got everything wrapped, house decked out in pink streamers, cupcakes with sprinkles ready, just in time for the Birthday Girl to walk in!  

And she loved every second of her party!!!  

I am really glad you enjoyed my Highlights of the Week Post, where I recapped everything from Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

to Greenery with Homemade Salad Dressing

Creamy Tahini Cesar-Inspired Dressing
Vegan Slaw Dressing
MY OTHER RECIPES

 to Mailbox Finds

 

To my Homemade high Raw Vegan Desserts:
Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

and No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

 But, it’s a new week and time for a new recipe!!! 

Remember when I made my Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?

And Please, make the Peanut Butter Cups if you haven’t because they are sooo easy, seriously it will take you 10 minutes, and you’ll never buy a Reese’s again!
 

And while you’re at it, my high Raw Vegan Chocolate Turtles are a snap, too!

Anyway, I thought it was time to re-make and tweak my high Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Recipe using Vegan, Gluten-Free White Chocolate!

“White Chocolate” Bar by Organica

Don’t like store-bought?  Make your own!  Use Hannah Kaminsky’s Recipe.

Hannah also happens to be the Author of This Book: My Sweet Vegan which I previously reviewed and completely adore!  Stay Tuned for my spin on Vegan Fudge inspired from this book coming up soon…

Back to today’s recipe, If you’re not a vegan and don’t care about the vegan status of your white chocolate, just use Baker’s White Chocolate or something that catches your eye at the grocery.  $3 bucks or so for a large slab ‘o white.

Recipe & Directions for: Averie’s Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups

The White Chocolate Outer Coating
1 c of white chocolate chips, chunks, or hunks (if using Baker’s Chocolate, about 10 squares)
Optional: 1/4 c dark chocolate (about 4 squares), see below

Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Filling
1/3 c Peanut Butter (could also use Almond, Sunflower Seed, or Cashew Butter)
1 Tbsp Raw Cocoa Powder (if you don’t want to chocolate-ize your Nut Butter, then omit this)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Agave (Or use maple syrup or yacon syrup.  This is optional but you may find that after adding the cocoa powder to the PB that the PB becomes quite thick.   If you’re using Almond Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter for the filling which are naturally thinner and runnier than PB you may omit the additional liquid.  If you want it sweeter, add sugar or stevia.)
The Filling Recipe Yields 8 discs.  
Note:  This filling alone makes awesome snacks (more on this below)!  The cocoa powder turns the Peanut Butter into a dough-like consistency, without sticky PB-fingers!

First, I melted the White Chocolate

In the Microwave, 45 seconds, remove & stir.  

Then, 30 more seconds & Stir.  Watch chocolate in the micro like a hawk, checking every 10-15 seconds so you don’t scorch it!

Pour the White Chocolate into paper muffin liners

Let it Harden for 5 Minutes in the Fridge and get busy Creating the Filling.

The FillingSee Above for Amounts
Peanut Butter, Cocoa Powder

Agave, Vanilla Extract

Stir.  Tastes really divine as you now have chocolate peanut butter sweetened with a little agave and flavored lightly with vanilla.

Make disc shapes with the Filling

Mentioned Above but Bears Repeating!  This filling alone makes awesome snacks!  The cocoa powder turns the Peanut Butter into a dough-like consistency, without getting sticky PB-fingers! 

Fetch your Muffin Liners from the Fridge & Place the Discs into the Liners

Cover with more White Chocolate

And for those of you who Can’t Decide Between White or Dark Chocolate…
….melt some Dark Chocolate (Baker’s Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, vegan chocolate chips, other chocolate chips, whatever you enjoy)

And Cover the other half with Chocolate!

Refrigerate for 10 minutes to fully harden

After Refrigeration

Then, Unwrap an All White

The Center

Unwrap a Half White/Half Dark

The Center

Posing Together

I love the Ruffled Edges!

Showing their Middles

And Skylar wants In On The Act!

Devilish Grin that I Love!
Sticky Fingers, Mischievous Eyes!

Then I wrapped them up.  Guess who’s Getting these?

My Secret Valentine Is!!!
I signed up for Janetha’s Secret Valentine ExchangeI hope the recipient likes them!  And no, you can’t sign up now; the deadline has already passed, sorry!

Recent Greenery Included Raw Brock, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatoes, Carrots, and Brussels’s that I steamed for 1 minute in 1 inch of water in a microwave-safe bowl.  I am asked this frequently, so I am just repeating it for all my awesome newer readers! 

And dressed my Greenery with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

And Dessert
….well, yes, a White

…And a Half-White/Half-Dark.

And The Birthday Girl (February 2 to be exact) had fun eye’ing them, too.

But she loved her birthday cupcakes.  Her first cupcake ever in life was eaten today.  Age 3.  She’s looking at it like it’s the holy grail of sugar and honestly, I was glad to give it to her to make her day exactly what she wanted as she’s been requesting cupcakes for the last few months!  My little vegetarian gobbles raw veggies better than most adults and you only live once, right!  And you’re only 3 once, live it up sweetie, I love you soooo much!!!!!!!!!!!  One day I hope you read this.  Love, Mom! xoxoxo

Yoga Today is Kukkutasana
Full lotus first, but be sure to warm up your Hips and pay attention to your hip opening, rather than just thinking this pose is about the knees, when entering full lotusThen, insert your arms through the holesThen lift off.   Lean Forward if you’re lifting off.  Lean Forward far more than you think you need to.  You need to bring your center of gravity forward or else your bootay is going to weigh you back and downward and you won’t achieve liftoff.  As I’ve mentioned before, these are poses to work towards; not feel bummed if you’re not there today.  And really just have fun with yoga!

Tip of the Day: My Yoga and Raw Vegan Foods Retreat!
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Be there and get your Om Shanti Shanti on while eating your weight in veggies.
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Questions:
Which PB Cup would you Grab: A White? or a White-n-Dark Combo? Or Both?! haha!
I loved both! 

I normally love my Chocolate Dark, but in the Spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something White!  And that inner Filling!  Mmmm….PB, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla Extract, and Agave….what’s not to Love?

Next:
If you could receive something in the mail, up to $25 bucks, what would you like to receive?  And yes, I am sorta fishing for my Secret Valentine’s present in addition to the homemade goodies I’m sending.  Or would a big stash of homemade goodies from me be ok?

Next:
Valentine’s Day Plans!  Have any?  What are they?  Anyone just trying to get a date think that you’re getting engaged, getting married?  Or maybe you’re going out for dinner and hoping your date at least popped for some Godiva!  We will be doing precisely nothing.  Especially on a Sunday night with a 3 year old.  Romance would be someone other than me unloading the dishwasher.  Please all you young hot things, tell me what you have in store for the big V-Day!  I need to live vicariously…haha!


This Week Stay Tuned For Birthday Party Pics, a Mega Oats Post, and other good stuff…

65 comments on “Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups”

  1. Hey!! I've done the butterfingers crushed on oats before too :D Scott rules!!

    A lot of my friends are vegetarians/vegans and my family is very open to trying new things. They are like me and eat mostly whole foods. Most people just rave about how delicious things taste and I love it because sometimes people are ignorant about what delicious things you can make that come from our good earth. And I'm with you on not caring. If they enjoy it then that makes me happy, and if they think I'm weird.. well then oh well!

    No superbowl plans for me!

    XOXO

  2. My parents eat like me when I cook for them. When I don't, my mom loves subway, the local pizza house, anything cheap and fast. I figure at least I've made half an impression. And my dad is fully hooked on flavored peanut butters, so that's also a win.
    OK I really love those bars, now I need to contemplate stocking up

  3. Are the Amazing Grass bars yummy? I love their chocolate shake mix but am wary to try new bars *nudges my Larabar lovers*
    As to your question, my family eats similarly to me (my dad eats what is in the house but eats meat when he's with friends etc and probably would survive solely on cereal w/o us) and my mom is unprocessed vegan (occasional fish eater…like once a month or once every few months) and I am a full vegan from vegetarian my whole life of seventeen years :)
    I went through a short 'questioning' *cough* bingeing on sweets and crap *cough* phase when I lived by myself for the first time (boarding school in 11th grade) but now I feel more grounded and at ease and have started a food/life blog :) I also want to get more into yoga, and you're truly an inspiration in that department

  4. My family pretty much all eats the same – I grew up eating hearty, but healthy meals, and never too much. There was 5 us and my mom only ever made 5 chicken breasts, 5 pork chops, enough servings for just 5 – so we never overate. :)

    I also got me some Sun Warrior chocolate yesterday! I really do like the taste. Only con is that I tried to mix it in my shaker alone, and it didn't go so well, so I think it needs a blender. :)

  5. No one I know eats like me, they think I'm an exercising freaky eating weirdo! They except it and me but they do think I'm nuts! I don't care though as I know I'm eating in the right way and they're so eating inthe wrong way with all their maccy d's and KFC"s yuk! x x

  6. I'll definitely be trying that stretch- thanks for the tip!

    My family has eaten much less meat since I became a vegetarian, but they're not as interested in healthy eating as I am. My brother in particular tends to give me a hard time about the way I eat, which bothers me a lot. I am really lucky that my boyfriend's mom is very into macrobiotic eating, so he grew up eating a lot of the foods I enjoy and has an open mind about trying new things!

  7. Butterfingers on oats?!?!?! Sounds AMAZING!

  8. love your question: Any Recipes that are healthy, crowd pleasers and don't involve a slab of bbq ribs and a case of Bud?

    so funny! congrats to the giveaway winner, lucky girl! skylar is SO lucky to have you as her mama, you make the best food ever! seriously, check out all those pics, i'm drooling. i esp love the tuxedo looking pb cups!

  9. My hamstrings are SO tight from years of running. It has taken a lot to be able to touch my toes again! Love that pose!

    And I am trying AT LEAST one of your recipes this weekend, I will let you know when I do!

    xo
    K

  10. ooh, i'm just catching up from the week and i loved the pics of skylar, she looks so happy!!! i'd be glowing if i were her mom ;) love the oatmeal creations, too, in fact i'm wish i was not still at work so i could make something fun…

  11. hey averie! in my family we always eat the same diinnenr. my mom always has cooked with organic ingredients and shes a vegetarian, so most of our meals are packed with veggies! and ive showed her many of your recipes and she loves them! :) love that first picture of skylar shes sooo cute! have a great day xoxo soph

  12. I grew up in a healthy eating household. We did most of our shopping at a local co-op and grew a lot of the veggies we ate. I got a lot of funny stares in the cafeteria growing up. I guess not many 9 year olds bring hummus to lunch…

  13. We don't have any big super bowl plans… just watching the game at home :)

  14. My family thinks I am crazy for what I eat. My friends joke that I go outside and eat the grass off of the ground. I am a walking carrot stick to them all. But, you know what? I love the way I eat and I feel so vibrant and healthy because of it! They should be jealous of my cholesterol and blood pressure test results! ;)

  15. I hope it's me that's your secret Valentine b/c everything looks so fantastic :)
    My husband began to eat like me a lot, and says he feels so much better now that he cut out processed food! My parents do for the most part I think, but they live 7 hours away, so I can't be sure! My in laws also took on a lot of my habits. They both swear oats for breakfast changed their lives, and it's because of me!

  16. I love the amazing grass bars, thanks for sharing the code!

  17. oh I love care packages! Someone is gonna have a fun time with that!

    not sure how my family (external) views the changes in my lifestyle and eating habits. My brother once said my "food looks gross" and that makes me laugh (cuz HE's NUTS) but they are all pretty much beer and chicken wings kinda crowd.

    I have changed the way my family views food and that's enough for me…and they tummies are happy so I am happy. Good healthy food should TASTE GREAT too!

    We enjoy our food. We eat great 90 percent of the time and okay the last 10.

    I do have a few family members that are totally amazed at the stuff I am doing and making so when we see them and they want to know what I've been cooking…it makes me super happy.

    oh, that's right Sunday is Superbowl Sunday…Well the Teen and the Toddler are hanging with our friends while Hubs and I are getting our massages. No parties here. I haven't had a superbowl party in ages. Whenever we host parties I always offer raw appetizers, veggies galore and salads…I alwasy make a dessert too that is (normally one of your) raw/vegan things. Just to get some attention to the fact that you can eat so healthy and it can taste soooo good!

    Happy Wednesday!!!

    Love lil Skylar's HUGE SMILE! She's a beaut that one!

    xo

  18. I wanna hang out with Skylar.. she is always glowing.. love it!!

    Im lucky.. as you know, my hub is also vegan (for completely different reasons than myself) BUT it works out. My mom reads my blog and is getting some ideas .. she just sent me a pic of a cheese free pizza she made..lol.

    UH superbowl?? Yeah, Ill more than likely be on the couch with a book (tv off). I hate sports :)

  19. Skylar always looks SO happy. Very cute!!

    I have a few vegetarian friends, but for the most part, my friends/family do not eat like me. I'm kind of known as the "health nut."

    Love power yoga!!
    <3 jess
    xoxo

  20. Averie- I made your peanut butter cups tonight (finally)and they are heavenly. Thank you for posting such great, healthy recipes.

  21. I'm the only vegan in my family, but it is what works for me. :) As far as this Sunday, er, I'll be watching the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet with my puppy.

  22. Sadly no one eats like me in my family/circle of friends. They eat for taste. period. I eat for taste while attempting to shave off as many cals as possible. My mom especially used to hate my HJs, as coincidentally did my nutritionist who said I should not try to feed myself with huge volumes of nothingness, but rather have smaller portions of more substantial foods. Sigh. A whole post unto itself.

  23. i think i eat healthier than a lOT of my friends. whoever has you for the secret valentine blogger thing is one lucky girl :)

    xoxo
    shelley

  24. At first my family/friends thought it was strange. But I never pushed my beliefs/food choices/opinions on anyone and with time they started becoming interested in my lifestyle and now they're asking me for suggestions!

    Thanks for the pose :) Is hanging in rag doll a good substitution? I love that one

  25. your daughter is gorgeous…honestly…
    butterfinger oats? …scott has good taste :)
    no superbowl plans…might watch it acutally for the fun of it….The Who are playing half-time….the halftime show might be decent…the commercials are always supposed to be the "big fun"…have lovely evening lovely lady.

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