sunbutter in our house. Sunbutter is a peanut butter substitute made from sunflower seeds, and it is delicious. I had a lightbulb moment this week, and decided to try making sunbutter/chocolate cups that would be safe for him. I didn't use a recipe but I did take a few photos, so I can fib the recipe for you here. Of course, you can try the same technique with peanut butter and regular chocolate and butter, if you don't have allergy issues.
I used Wilton Mini Heart Silicone Baking Cups, which gave them their adorable shape.
I melted Enjoy Life chocolate chips (which are dairy free) in a glass dish in the microwave along with a tablespoon or so of Earth Balance (a dairy-free spread which substitutes for butter. We buy it at Whole Foods). I'd tell you an amount, but I was only making 4 sunbutter cups at the time. Maybe 1/2 cup? I microwaved them for 1 minute, stirred, and then repeated another 30 seconds or until the chocolate stirred smooth. Then I spooned some chocolate into the bottom of each cup, and spread the chocolate up the sides a little bit (you don't want it all the way up. That would be one huge sunbutter cup). If your chocolate is smooth enough, you might be able to use a pastry brush, but that didn't work for me, so I just used a spoon to do it.
Then I stuck those in the fridge to harden a bit while I got out my sunbutter. I microwaved some sunbutter in a bowl with a small amount (teaspoon?) of Earth Balance, just enough to melt the Earth Balance. Then I stirred it smooth. Spoon a bit of sunbutter into each cup, and it will look like this:
Back into the fridge they went while I melted more chocolate. I spooned a bit of the melted chocolate onto each cup, and used a toothpick to swirl it around. You could use more chocolate, and it will create a smoother, more finished look.
Then I put them back into the fridge for one final firming up - this time for an hour or so. When we were ready to eat them, they slid easily out of the cups with no sticking.
The finished product (which could have looked much more lovely in these photos if I cleaned up the sides a bit, but we were too anxious to dive in!):
YUM. I think I found our snack for our "H" themed playgroup this week.
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