Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

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Ever since I moved to Korea about a month ago, I’ve been craving all the things I can’t have – typical, right? Don’t worry, I’ve still been celebrating the fact that I’m living in Korea by eating lots of bibimbap, drinking soju on my nights out and embracing what appears to be the Korean motto: “put an egg on it”. But sometimes a girl just wants (among other things) a homemade chocolate chip cookie, you know? Unfortunately, Korean kitchens don’t come equipped with an oven (though they do come with a glorious gas stove!)  so I was stuck with a baking dilemma. My dilemma, of course, is that baking things is out of the question for now. So I turned to my favourite vegan blog, Oh She Glows, for wisdom and guidance, and did not come away empty handed. That woman has a whole category of raw/no-bake goodies for the hapless ex-pat.. or anyone else who wants to make raw treats!

Even though I’m still building up my kitchen and pantry with the help of iHerb.com and Daiso, the local dollar store chain, I miraculously had almost everything I needed to make Angela’s Raw Almond Butter Cups. I tweaked the recipe to suit my purposes and was soon licking the bowl like a heathen in the privacy of my little Korean home. These are positively delicious, and I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that they’re healthy too! Just lots of good quality ingredients, natural sugar and healthy fats. Nothing with an ingredient list I don’t recognize. I love that!

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Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Adapted from Oh She Glows

Ingredients

For the peanut butter base:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (I used Earth Balance with flaxseed, it’s oustanding)
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

For the chocolate topping:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp chocolate protein powder (this is the one I used)
  • pinch of salt

Directions

Using a hand blender or food processor, blend the oats and almonds into a fine flour powder.

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In a bowl, mix the blended flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, cinnamon and salt. It should form a thick, sticky dough.

You have a few choices for the mold! I used an empty plastic egg carton because I don’t have a muffin tin. But you could use a muffin tin, or just mold the dough using your hands and place them onto a flat baking sheet.

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Mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, salt and protein powder. Funny story: I don’t have cocoa powder right now so I thought I’d try using this chocolate protein powder instead and it actually worked out great! Feel free to substitute the protein powder for 2 tbsp of cocoa powder. I heated the coconut oil slightly in order to blend this chocolate sauce into a smooth liquid. I think that technically makes these not totally raw, so if you are strict about that then just blend it together as best as you can. When I make these again, I probably won’t melt the coconut oil because when it froze, it separated from the chocolate and made a little white layer on top. The coconut oil layer doesn’t change the taste at all, but they might be prettier without it.

Spoon the chocolate sauce on top of the peanut butter base. Put the tray into the freezer for about 45 minutes.

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Take them out and pop them out of the mold. Sprinkle them with cinnamon or cocoa powder! They melt pretty quickly so they’re best to eat right away and they should be kept in the freezer until they’ve all been eaten (approximately 35 minutes, by my estimations). Just stand there with the freezer door open, shoving them into your mouth, that oughta do it. These are creamy, and taste like Reese’s peanut butter cups. They’re salty and sweet and have a great texture – despite being kept in the freezer, they don’t really freeze, they stay chewy. Enjoy!

-Steph

Episode 21: Interview with Sam from Canada Girl Eats Paleo

Canada Girl Eats Paleo

Hi friends!

This week we have an interview with Sam, the awesome lady behind the great blog Canada Girl Eats Paleo! As always, you can listen to the podcast right here and/or subscribe to us on iTunes

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Sam is a student at the Canada School of Natural Nutrition, studying to become a natural nutritionist. Her blog is full of awesome, healthy paleo recipes and she also often shares her fitness goals and progress. For April, she’s running a yoga challenge – go check it out!

Sundried tomato spaghetti squash pasta by Sam! Click for recipe.

Sundried tomato spaghetti squash pasta by Sam! Click for recipe.

We met Sam through Instagram, and when we decided to record an episode about the paleo diet we knew she was the perfect person to teach us about this lifestyle. She’s funny and knowledgeable, and we’re so happy to have made friends with her.

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In the episode, we’re talking about:

  • some misconceptions about the paleo diet and how Sam personally defines paleo
  • the reasons why Sam began eating this way
  • the awesome effects she saw in her body and mind after transitioning to eating paleo
  • some of the (surprising to us!) controversy within the paleo community about what the paleo diet should be
  • our collective thoughts about petri dish meat
  • a day-in-the-life of Sam’s way of eating paleo!

Sam really taught us so much about the paleo diet and see past some of our false beliefs about this lifestyle choice! We were so happy to have her on the show.

If you have any questions for Sam, leave them in the comments below! You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Thanks for listening!

-Steph

Episode 20: Taking Risks and Making Big Decisions!

Risks

My dears,

This is the first episode where we recorded the podcast between Canada and the country Steph is calling home for the next year. That’s right, Steph moved…to Korea! Listen to Episode 20 right here (or subscribe to us on iTunes).

The topic is pretty timely: we’re discussing risk-taking and big-life-decision-making.

Oh boy.

Risks can be tricky to navigate but we recommend re-framing the risk, following AB-Z Planning (a concept from the founders of LinkedIn in The Start Up of You), and realizing that most of our decisions are not actually a big deal (thanks Leo)!

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Video calling from Korea!

If you’re wrestling with a big life decision, Steph and I have some advice: 

  • Use the trick Marie Forleo taught us about good fear vs bad fear. This lady is amazing, by the way. If you haven’t already, check out her site!
  • Use the 10-year test.
  • Observe who you share your dilemmas with — and observe how you’re sharing it!
  • Listen to your gut. It sounds silly, but hear us out on this one. (I call this the Radha Test, after my roommate of 3 years).
  • Always have a goal. Your goal can change, but you should always have a goal.

Our challenge to you is to take risks and to never shy away from big life decisions.

What have you got to lose? Choose to lead a bigger life and do it with your heart wide open.

– Laura