Saturday, 22 October 2016

Halloween Superfood Series - Spooky Spirulina Peanut Butter Banana Cups

Common you knew their had to be a peanut butter recipe somewhere in my Halloween super food series?! Yep you heard right, Halloween peanut butter cups! Oh yeah! And what's better than a peanut butter cup? A superfood peanut butter cup!

This recipe is so quick and easy to make, healthier than your usual peanut butter cups and not only that they taste so damn yummy! Once I made these, I can confirm I was obsessed... (however eating 3 in one go maybe isn't the best) but hey basically they're delicious and kind of good-for-you so how could I resist?

You may notice these cups look foolishly green, (okay maybe not the most attractive) aha, yes that would be the secret superfood I've added... Spirulina! Now I know spirlulina to a lot of you probably sounds like a completely different language and yes I know these recipes are based around easy ingredients/superfoods we all know and use. HOWEVER I would recommend spirulina powder into anyone's diet due to it's incredible nutritional benefits. Spirulina is a bacteria often referred to as blue-green algae. Spirulina is absolutely packed with nutrients and can be incredibly good for your body and brain. Just one Tsp contains 4g of protein, vitamins B1, B2 & B3, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese.  It's a powerful detoxifier as it's higher in chlorophyll and has high anti-inflammatory properties as it's high in Omega 3 fatty acids. It also has 4x the antioxidant capacity of blueberries, along with helping immunity and digestion. Phew. 

Rather than just filling these cups with peanut butter, I branched out even further, I combined the peanut butter with spirulina and mashed banana! And my god this worked! The combination made the most amazing texture along with a sensation of flavours (yep spirulina sadly doesn't taste the best on its own...) It's safe to say when you crunch into the dark chocolate with the soft gooey filling of these spooky looking cups it's pure bliss. Making them something you can't just say no to. Of course the spirulina is optional if you don't want to use it! you just wont get the fabulous mean green colour ;-) 

I love how I've been able to make one of my favourite not so healthy treats, tummy friendly and a lil healthier but JUST AS addictive, delicious and mouth watering. So if you're a nut butter cup nutter like me, you're going to absolutely love these this Halloween! 

Ingredients (makes around 6-7)

200g dark chocolate (at least 70%+)
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (or almond butter is delicious) 
1 tbsp maple syrup 
1/tsp spirlina powder (optional but gives you the green colour!)
1 small over ripe banana
Muffin or cake cases 

Place your peanut butter, spirlina, and maple syrup together in a bow and mix together until a thick/stiky mixture forms. Mash your banana until a puree and add this into your peanut butter mix. Stir together until fully combined. Place this to one side. 

Next, melt your chocolate. Break up your chocolate into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Put this over a saucepan of warm simmering water. Stirring gently allow your chocolate to slowly melt. Once fully melted remove from the heat.

Then take your cake liners placing them on a flat plate/surface (which can be placed in the freezer) Take a teaspoon and spoon a little bit of the chocolate covering the bottom of each case. Place this in the freezer for 2-3 minutes until set.

Once set, take your cake cases back out of the freezer. Add a big spoon of your peanut butter mix to the centre and gently flatten it out. Then take another big spoonful of your melted chocolate to fully cover over the top. Return to the freezer for around 20 - 30 minutes until set.

Store in the freezer, if serving take them out 5 - 10 minutes before to defrost a little.