With Halloween fast approaching, and my kids fully on board with not eating processed sugars, I always make sure to have homemade treats on hand so they can still indulge in the holiday. Anything with chocolate and peanut butter is always a winner.
In addition to not eating processed sugars, I really try to stay away from companies that support/promote/perpetuate terrible practices for obtaining their food product. A lot of the major candy and chocolate companies employ child laborers, some of which were trafficked and forced into child labor. I am not comfortable with that.
This is why I make these home made patties. We like to treat ourselves, too, but do not want to promote an unhealthy lifestyle or turn a blind eye (which in essence is supporting) to the horrific practices of major chocolate companies.
And they are quick and easy to make!
2/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons of coconut flour
3.5 ounces 72% dark chocolate bar, vegan if desired (fair trade!)
** You could also use cashew or almond butter, just make sure they are natural
- In a medium bowl, mix together peanut butter, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of coconut flour. The peanut butter mixture should be sticky like a wet cookie dough.
- Drop peanut butter mixture by the tablespoonful onto a parchment lined small baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, melt the chocolate bar in a small saucepan over very low heat, stirring frequently. Transfer melted chocolate to a small warm bowl. Quickly use a fork to dip each peanut butter “egg” into chocolate. Make sure to coat evenly. Transfer back to parchment lined baking sheet. Immediately place baking sheet back in freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Keep in freezer until ready to eat.
**Another delicious option would be to add a drop of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil to the peanut butter mixture to make them mint patties. In addition to tasting great, peppermint oil serves many benefits to the body such as helping relieve digestive issues, ease headaches, boost energy, improve mental focus, aid in clearing respiratory tract, has a soothing effect on aching muscles and will even freshen your breath. So the question is, why wouldn’t you add a drop of peppermint to your patties?! 🙂