Peanut Butter Cups with Chocolate and Banana

This is really a heavenly combination. I just love peanut butter and dark chocolate, but until today I havent tried them together. Both of them are raw and homemade in this recipe. So this dessert is packed with lots of healthy goodness. Read more about benefits of the raw cacao below and you can replace peanut butter with almond or coconut butter for even healthier version. If you don’t feel like making your own peanut butter or chocolate you can easily use store-bought and it will still taste amazing, although it wont be the healthiest treat. This recipe makes about  2-4, depending how full you make the molds, they’re really big though so one will satisfy your sweet tooth. If you have you can use smaller cupcake molds, so yu can make more and smaller cups.
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To make the chocolate that we all know and love, raw cacao beans are roasted to form cocoa, which is then combined with sugar and fats until the beans are unrecognizable.  The high heat during the roasting process reduces the levels of antioxidants in the cacao, minimizing the powerful health benefits found in the unprocessed, raw cacao.  To receive the greatest benefits from cacao, look for ‘raw’, non-roasted cacao beans or cacao powder.

Raw chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including:

  • Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
  • Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
  • Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
  • Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
  • Protein
  • Fiber

These nutrients found in raw chocolate have been linked to a number of health benefits:

1) Raw chocolate can lower blood pressure & improve circulation

Flavanols, theobromine, and other components found in cacao may lower blood pressure and enhance circulation by promoting dilation, strength, and health of blood vessels

2) Raw chocolate can promote cardiovascular function & health

The antioxidant power of flavonoids and essential minerals and vitamins found in cacao can support healthy heart functioning5 by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing plaque buildup on artery walls.6

3) Raw chocolate Can Neutralize free radicals

High levels of antioxidants protect the body from a buildup of free radicals from sun exposure, pollution, cigarette smoking, etc., which may damage healthy body tissue giving rise to cancer and cardiovascular disease.

4) Raw Chocolate can improve digestion

A sufficient amount of fiber delivered with each serving of cacao supports digestion while cacao stimulates the body’s production of digestive enzymes.

5) Raw chocolate can enhance physical and mental well-being

There are many components of cacao including alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic, lipase, lysine, and theobromine, that all work together to improve physical and mental health.  For example, theobromine helps to stimulate the central nervous system, relax smooth muscles, and dilate blood vessels, giving the body a boost of energy;  “bliss” chemicals found in cacao help to increase circulation and availability of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in brain, improving mood and combating depression.

 ngredients:

  • 1 bar raw homemade datk chocolate
  • 1/3 cup homemade peanut butter
  • 1 sliced banana
  • coconut flakes
 Instructions:
  • Melt 2/3 of the chocolate over low heat.
  • Pour some chocolate on the bottom of the mold.
  • Cut banana into slices and place one slice on each mold.
  • Spoon peanut butter into each one and pour on the rest of the chocolate.
  • Garnish with a coconut flakes.
  • Refrigerate until they’re solid, take them out of the molds, eat!

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