Twice a year, the University of Oregon would have a street fair on campus where food trucks, craft booths, and everything in between would set up on the main road. While booking it to Frisco’s, the food truck that had my favorite pulled chicken sandwich, I came across a booth called Wild Friends where two girls were giving away free samples of peanut and almond butter out of those plastic, to-go salad dressing containers. Free samples?? Hell yeah!! That’s enough to make me stop.
It was so different from any other peanut or almond butter that I’d had before. Honey pretzel, cinnamon raisin, and vanilla espresso were just some of the flavors I tried. I bought a small jar and polished it off later that day.
Six years later, these girls have created a nut butter empire which are packed into every grocery store from Whole Foods and New Seasons to Target and Fred Meyer.
As you all know, I’m very careful with the packaged foods I buy at the grocery store, and nut butters can be FILLED with unnecessary, unhealthy ingredients (I wrote a post here about how to pick the best nut butters). I love Wild Friends because they use real ingredients to create their products.
So in honor of Halloween, I decided to create a homemade nut butter cup using their insanely delicious Peanut Cashew Super Butter. Halloween is notorious for making us feel like crap since we tend to lose all control and end up with 500 candy wrappers around us as we lay on the couch.
Compared to a Reese Peanut Butter Cup, which has 10 grams of protein (or 2.5 tsp of sugar), these homemade cups only contain 3 grams of sugar (not even 1 tsp), and the sugar in them is natural, from honey and maple syrup. They have been tested on the pickiest of eaters and have gotten the thumbs up.
So if you’re looking for a great treat to eat instead of all the crap candy you bought, you’ll definitely want to make these. Please let me know what you think in the comments below, and use #EatonGood on social media so I can see your creation!!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!
Super Butter Cups
Nutrition Facts: (per 2 minis or 1 big) Calories: 275 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 18.5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g Monounsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 30mg Potassium: 6.8mg Total Carbohydrates: 10g Dietary Fiber: 2.7g Sugars: 3g Protein: 3.8g
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Wild Friends Peanut Cashew Super Butter
- Coarse sea salt, for garnish
- Step 1 In a deep bowl, melt coconut oil, either in the microwave or you can do it in a pot. Add the cacao powder and maple syrup and whisk REALLY well. If you don’t do this, the maple syrup won’t be incorporated with the oil and it will leak out of the peanut butter cups.
- Step 2 Line a muffin pan with liners. If you’re making mini PB cups, take a ½ teaspoon measuring spoon full of chocolate and pour into the bottom of each muffin liner. If making big PB cups, use a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon and pour 2 teaspoons into the bottom of each liner.
- Step 3 Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
- Step 4 Spread some of the Wild Friends Peanut Cashew Super Butter on top of each layer of chocolate. I spread my almost all the way to the edges.
- Step 5 Place back in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
- Step 6 Take a 1 teaspoons measuring spoon and spoon the remainder of chocolate over top of PB (if making minis) and 1.5 tablespoons of chocolate (if making big). If there’s some PB sticking out of the top, feel free to top up those cups with chocolate.
- Step 7 Sprinkle with a big of coarse sea salt and place back in the freezer for 20 minutes or until they’re solid.
- Step 8 Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month (but they won’t last that long).
Thank you Wild Friends for sponsoring this post. I love working with brands that I use and believe in.