Pregnant and Nursing Mother Fuel: Carob/Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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As I approach the end of my pregnancy and I find myself able to eat less, I’ve been challenged to find ways to keep my nutrient density high, but also still enjoy a treat every now and then. My 3.5 year old is also eager for a little something sweet after dinner, so these PB cups have been the perfect fit for both of us!

Because chocolate before bed (or really, at all these days) tends to keep me alert, and because chocolate interferes with calcium absorption, I opted for carob powder in this season. Carob doesn’t contain caffeine and has three times as much calcium as chocolate. It’s sweet, so you need less honey/maple syrup/sweetener of your choice.

This recipe is so easy I’m almost embarrassed to post it. I used these silicone cups from Amazon. We truly love these. They are so versatile! I tend to cut each cup in quarters as they are quite rich! We’ve also bought the mini ones too, and use those  as well.

Carob/chocolate layer

3/4 c coconut oil

3 T carob powder (where to buy) or cocoa powder

1 t honey (I love Crystal’s raw, local honey. You can find it in MA Whole Foods.) OR  liquid sweetener to taste. You’ll need more if you use cocoa.

Peanut Butter Filling

1/4 c peanut butter

2 T coconut oil

1 T honey

salt, if desired

Directions

Melt 3/4 cup coconut oil very gently! I turn it off before it’s all melted and stir thoroughly to get rid of clumps. (The carob and chocolate powders can get weird/clumpy if the oil is too hot.) Add carob and mix well. Then add honey. Pour into 10 mini molds or about 6 large molds and freeze 10 minutes til set.

Gently warm peanut butter filling ingredients together. Pour on top of carob and freeze another 10 minutes.

These taste best to me right from the freezer, but you can keep them in the fridge too.

Substitutions/Changes

Almond butter works well in place of the peanut butter.

If you want to be really fancy, and have more patience than I do, pour only half of the carob mixture into the cups.

You can use the rest to pour onto the peanut butter after it sets, for a real “Reeses'” feel.

Sources:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4324/2

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Megan McGrory Massaro is a mother, freelance writer, and author, looking forward to the morning when she no longer needs her compression socks. She wrote The Other Baby Book: A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year  to empower women to make the best choices for their families.

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