19 June 2011

A Very Father's Day Recipe

In honor of Father's Day I have a recipe full of stuff my father loves.  No it's not fried calamari, anything with olives or pizza.  And it is definitely not meatloaf (which my dad hates!).

What could it be?

It's peanut butter cups!!

Originally they were intended to taste like hobnobs/mcvities digestives/cadbury caramel biscuits, something of that variety.  My dad loves them and always asks me to brink them back when I come home.  Well, let's just say nothing more was going in my suitcase and I wasn't able to bring them back this time.  I did, however, have the brilliant idea to try and make a HEALTHY version.  What?  Yes, I did.  I was interested in making a vegan version.  These aren't exactly healthy and they definitely taste more like peanut butter cups than digestives, but they are still pretty good and perfect for any peanut butter lovin' dad!

Emilia's Vegan Peanut Butter Cup "Biscuits"
makes 6 medium-sized in a muffin tin


for the "biscuit"
~2 graham crackers
1/2 cup of peanut butter
handful of oats

for the top
1/2 chocolate (I used Guittard extra dark)
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 table spoon jam (optional)

Crush/crumble the graham crackers until they are in very fine pieces.  You want them to look almost like a flour.  Put them in a bowl and then add the peanut butter.  Using a spatula mix the two together until all the crumbs are distributed throughout the peanut butter.  Throw in some oats and mix.

Spoon the "dough" into a lined muffin tin.  Start out with about a tablespoon per muffin cup.  Flatten the peanut butter until they are in little disks and sit more/less evenly.  Put in the freezer for ten minutes.

After ten minutes, you can take the muffin tin out of the freezer and add some jam on top of the "biscuit" layer.  I chose to do this and used marmalade for two, blueberry jam for two and left the other two plain. Put back in the freezer to set while doing the next step.

While the "dough" is chilling melt the chocolate using the double boiled method.  When the chocolate is mostly melted add in the peanut butter.  Start out with less and taste it as you go, you want to make sure the chocolate is the dominate flavor!

Once the chocolate/peanut butter mixture has finished melting, take a spoon and spoon about a tablespoon over each "biscuit".  Use a knife to spread.  If using jam, this works best after the jam has set a bit so the two layers stay separate and don't "blend".

Put back in the freezer to set the chocolate.  Once set, you can put them in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat.  Enjoy!


So there you go!  I hope you try and enjoy.  Have a happy Father's Day everyone!!

Here's a drink to you Dad!

Un Bacione,


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