Sunday, 24 April 2016

RECIPE | Coco-Loco Butter Cups ft. Indigo Herbs* [VEGAN].


I'm sharing a recipe for my delicious, vegan friendly coco-loco butter cups, perfect for enjoying on a Sunday evening with a nice cup of tea. Head on over to read more!

I only recently discovered the art of making chocolate using cacao powder and coconut oil. Evidently I've been living under a proverbial rock for a while. Although in my defense, I've never really been keen on dark chocolate until I stopped having dairy and so stopped eating milk chocolate. So making dark chocolate never really had the same appeal as it does now. Because boy have I discovered a real love for dark chocolate!

After doing a little bit of experimenting with homemade chocolate I decided to try out making a peanut butter cup style recipe using some of the Organic Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter* from Indigo Herbs. I remember totally overdosing on peanut butter cups when I was younger and completely putting myself off them, does anyone else do that with foods they're obsessed with? Anyway, I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I've very much moved on from that incident and am now definitely a lover of the butter cup. I was so chuffed with how my little experiment turned out that I thought I should share the recipe with you guys so that you can enjoy them too. 



My General Life - Coco-Loco Butter Cups - Indigo Herbs - Vegan

I love the olive green colouring of the pumpkin seed butter, I've also discovered that it makes for a delightful, natural green food colouring (I'll share the recipe involving this soon!).


Anyway, back to the butter cups. These little cups of joy are rich and decadent without being sickly. They have a slightly sweeter hit in the bottom layer, with a gooey, nutty/seedy centre and a crisp dark chocolate top. They're perfect if you fancy something sweet after dinner, and the perk is you know exactly what has gone into them. What more could you want? 

Coco-Loco Butter Cups

Makes 6 cups

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Bottom layer:
♥ 50g coconut oil
♥ 50g cacao powder
♥ Handful pistachios. chopped
♥ Handful dried cranberries, chopped
♥ 1 tsp Indigo Herbs Organic Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter
♥ Zest of 1/2 orange, grated
♥ Syrup to taste (agave, maple, golden or whatever you fancy)

Middle layer:
♥ 1 tbsp Indigo Herbs Organic Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter
♥ 2 tbsp nut butter (I used Whole Earth 3 Nut Butter)
♥ 1 tsp syrup, optional

Top layer:
♥ 80g dark chocolate, melted

My General Life - Coco-Loco Butter Cups - Indigo Herbs - Vegan


WHAT TO DO:

♥ Line a deep muffin tin with 6 cake cases.
♥ Start by melting the coconut oil in a saucepan over a low heat. Once melted, sift in the cacao powder and stir well to combine.
♥ Add the pumpkin seed butter and stir well. Then add the chopped pistachios, cranberries, orange zest and syrup to taste.
♥ Add the melted mixture to the cake cases and pop in the fridge to harden for 1 hour, or in the freezer for 30 minutes.
♥ Mix the pumpkin seed/nut butter together and add syrup to sweeten slightly if you wish. Once combined place approx 1/2 a tbsp of the mix on top of each bottom layer of chocolate.
♥ Take your melted dark chocolate (I melted mine in the microwave for 10 second blasts until fully melted) and spoon over the top, ensuring it covers all of the butter centre.
♥ Place back in the fridge for a further 30 minutes until fully set. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and ENJOY. 

I'm sharing a recipe for my delicious, vegan friendly coco-loco butter cups, perfect for enjoying on a Sunday evening with a nice cup of tea. Head on over to read more!

And there you have it. Pretty easy and delicious, perfect to make of a Sunday afternoon to enjoy with a nice cuppa.

Let's start a conversation:
Have you ever made nut butter cups before? What flavours do you think would work well? I'd love for you to share your thoughts either in the comments below, or drop me a tweet @_hellojordan


*This product was very kindly sent to me, for free, by Indigo Herbs. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

6 comments:

  1. Omg, these look incredily delicious! I only just recently started to like dark chocolate as well. Thank you for sharing, you're making me hungry haha :) x

    Sara / AboutLittleThiings

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    1. I really think you'll love these Sara! Plus you can add as much or as little syrup as you like so you can sweeten them up slightly if you don't want them too dark! Thanks for stopping by! x

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  2. These actually look lovely, I'd never have thought to make something like this for myself!! :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours
    via the #BloggerationChat

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    1. They are really tasty Jess - I've taste tested every one haha. Definitely make for a nice sweet treat :] x

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