Holy cow. The past few days, my 11-month-old has been waking up every morning at around 5:27am instead of 7:30am. This means that I can’t get up in time to wake up for the day, and I usually stumble into her room without even putting my glasses on (I’m blind as a bat, by the way) because I have to address the “MAMA!!!!!” cries. I’ve tripped over a book and stubbed my toe getting to her. Oh, and she’s teething too! Woohoo!
I know I’m a dietitian and what I’m about to tell you is bad, but it has started a vicious cycle of caffeine and sugar when I’m tired to get through some tough hours of the day. My 6-year-old is home with me too, because the summer hasn’t ended and school hasn’t started yet. So imagine the situation, because I’m trying to minimize tech time and maximize activities. Yes, I’m tired. So this means a lot of coffee, sweets here and there. Hey, I’m only human. I’ve seen cardiologists tucking into hamburgers when I worked at the hospital, so I don’t feel so terrible. Buuuut, SINCE I’m a dietitian, I try to be mindful of how I splurge and try to make things as healthy as possible.
Like these maple and dark chocolate peanut butter cups. I used vegan dark chocolate chips, finely ground oats, maple syrup and dates to sweeten. I try to stay away from highly processed foods and love the texture that the finely ground oats impart on these peanut butter cups. They give a graham cracker-like texture, which is what you’d put in peanut butter cups if you made them yourself!
As always, I made these in a rush. So please excuse the look of them, as they’re not as perfect as regular peanut butter cups that you’d buy in the store, but I think they taste better. Looks-wise, I like to call these “rustic.” Ha! But, they’re so yummy, guys. The addition of a little maple syrup and dates to sweeten these up is perfect, in my opinion. And adding a little bit of coconut oil to chocolate chips to melt them makes them shimmer and shine!
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