Chocolate Peppermint Cups

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Being healthy doesn't have to mean it's the end of desserts for you. If you've been focused on being more healthy, you've probably started to cut down on your sugar consumption. Sugar tends to be in everything these days, especially packaged and processed foods. You can cut out a lot of sugar just by reading the labels on packaged goods and looking for any sugar or sugar ingredients. You can also start making your own healthy dessert recipes too so you know exactly what's in them and you can alter the amount of sweetener or the type of sweetener you put in. You can also make healthy vegan and gluten-free desserts like Rachel from Bakerita. Rachel found out that she was gluten intolerant a few years ago which is when she started posting more healthy dessert recipes. Since she already had her blog that was mainly about dessert recipes, she decided to keep going with that but to create and share with others who are interested in eating healthier.

Rachel loves these chocolate cup recipes, and she has quite a few of them including yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups, Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups, and, of course, the classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. This recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Cups has a mint flavoured filling that's made with coconut butter and natural peppermint flavour. This recipe is much like the Peppermint Patties that you can buy at the store, but it's a gluten-free, vegan and paleo version. She also shows us how to make our own chocolate for this recipe, and it's actually very simple to make your own chocolate. All you do is melt together some coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. You can even add a bit of salt the enhance the flavours, and you can flavour your chocolate with other ingredients too. To make it extra healthy, you can even use raw cacao powder which contains a lot of nutrients in it. This homemade chocolate will melt easier than storebought chocolate bars, so if you don't want it to melt as easy, just use your favourite, high-quality chocolate bar and melt it to pour into the moulds.

Then, for the filling, all you do is mix together some coconut butter which you can purchase at the store and then add a bit of peppermint extract. To make the cups, all you do is put some small cupcake liners into a small muffin tin and then pour a small amount of the chocolate into the bottom of the paper cupcake liner. Then, put that into the fridge for a while until the chocolate is hardened and set. Then, you can take your coconut butter which you can also chill, so it's easier to stay in place on the chocolate. Take a small teaspoon and spread some of the filling onto the base layer of chocolate and then pour more melted chocolate over top and put everything back into the fridge to set once again. After about 30 minutes you should have your hardened chocolate peppermint cups. You can make any flavour of chocolate cup you like including a peanut butter one with some peanut butter in the centre. But if you would rather, you could even use cashew or almond butter in place of the peanut butter. Rachel has tons of other great healthy dessert recipes on her website as well as some meal recipes as well. She shares some incredible salad recipes including a Kale and Salami Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette and hearty recipes like White Bean Vegan Chilli which looks so delicious. So try out your favourite recipes and share them with others.***

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