Seriously these little cups are a tiny piece of heaven. In the low carbohydrate world they are often referred to as “fat bombs” since they contain some of the good fats (*medium chain triglycerides) to help your body function at its optimal level-however something about eating a “fat bomb” just doesn’t sound right to me- regardless of how good they taste.
Here are some variations we enjoy at our homestead- feel free to create your own. Be sure to comment back here and let me know how they came out. Try almond butter in place of the peanut butter; add a 1tsp. of vanilla extract or a 1 T. left over coffee, sprinkle with sea salt instead of peanuts, mix in shredded coconut, or sprinkle with dye free sprinkles for a special treat for the kids.
DIY Peanut Butter Cups
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Yields; 24 cups
1/2 C. Peanut butter
1 Tsp. Sweetener of choice (i.e Truvia, agave)
8 T. Cocoa Powder
1/2 C. Unsalted Butter (use Earth Balance Butter to make it dairy free)
(crushed peanuts optional)
1. In a medium sized, over low/medium heat, gently stir in all ingredients until well combined and melted.
2. Carefully pour in silicone cupcake pan, foil cups, or any cupcake liner really.
3. Add a pinch of crushed peanuts (or desired add in) if desired-if not leave it be.
4. Freeze for 30-35 minutes and enjoy. You will want to leave these in the freezer until ready to serve as they do melt rather quickly.
We have made many combinations of smoothies over the years but this strawberry blast smoothie still ranks among one of our homestead favorites-be sure to make extra and freeze some for a special frozen treat after school. (Disclosure; this recipe includes affiliate links- if you should choose to purchase a particular item from my direct link- my family will receive a small percentage of the sale-and, for that we thank you graciously.)
Dairy Free; Strawberry Blast Smoothie
Yields: 2 (8 oz. Drinks)
Handful (about ¾ C) each Strawberries, Pineapple, Mango
½ Orange or 1 small mandarin orange
1 C. Water
1 T Honey or Agave
1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. I normally use our magic bullet or the immersion blender for quick afternoon smoothies with the kids as I find the clean up to be quite easy.
** If Frozen Fruit is used – omit Ice
I sit here another night-another belly ache. What caused it this time? I replay the events of the day. What did he eat? What did she touch? What could possibly be the problem this time?
He lays quiet in my arms but simultaneously fidgets here and there. She lays next to me in bed scratching and ferociously kicking her feet. With an occasional arched back and an out cry of pain from him or a murmur from her. I want to give them comfort, but how? I bounce, pat, swaddle, and sing sweet nothings in their tiny ears.
This is the life of a mother with a child who has various food intolerance’s. You feed them and ‘think‘ your doing it right, but then one wrong move- bam, your back in that dark place. Just you and them. Hoping and praying for answers, cures, relief, and normalcy. What the heck is normal anyways? I seem to have forgotten what that is somewhere between baby one and four.
Life spins by and tomorrow will bring a new slate. The night will ‘cure‘ the problem-while, coffee and Jesus will sustain me through my day. Although, the nights events will continue to haunt me throughout the day-“what did I do?” “What could I have done differently?” The truth is-likely nothing.
Who would have thought-food, the vary thing that fuels our bodies could be such a headache. If we put the wrong gas in our vehicle we’re not going to get vary far-now, are we? Similarly, when we eat processed foods that were never ‘made’ to fuel our bodies in such a fashion we our limiting our capacity to fully live. Our ability to move, function, and process information clearly can all become severely altered as a direct result from our ‘fuel‘ intake.
However, what if your doing it right? You are choosing the ‘right‘ foods, eating a clean, well balanced diet?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of factors to take into account genetics, pollution, nationality, and living conditions just to name a few. We can choose to be healthy, raise healthy families, and hope for the best-but, at the end of the day we are left with just that; hope.
Sitting in a quiet house at night one can’t help but reflect and find hope in all that surrounds them. A chance to live fully, humbly, honestly, and purely. Despite, the cards not always being stacked up the way we might haven envisioned- it’s a ‘full house‘ –full of hope.