Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups!

It's peanut butter jelly time!! Nothing fancy, just a classic made healthy. This treat was inspired by the famous Reese's chocolate peanut butter cups, but with a twist. They take little time to prepare and are perfect on the go snacks! Especially when you're in need of a little energy. Or, let's be honest... if you just want one. Or ten. 

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So, this combo: Peanut butter and jelly... a comforting reminder of childhood, super simple to make, very satisfying to eat and, not to mention, that salty-sweet combo hits just the right spot. We've all been addicted to PB & J sandwiches at some point in our lives, or at least most of us have! But, this addiction probably consisted of the not-so-healthy peanut butter and the artificial grape jelly. Yuck! For today's recipe, we'll be using real peanut butter and a homemade 3 ingredient jam! You won't have to feel guilty after indulging.

I decided to cut the bread and incorporate it into a smaller snack or treat. I used crunchy peanut butter to add some texture to this treat, but either smooth or crunchy peanut butter will work here! That's totally up to you. Enjoy!!

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RECIPE (makes about 8):

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Layers:

1 cup peanut butter, natural 

1/4 cup agave

1/4 cup coconut oil 

Salt to taste (you only need salt if the peanut butter you're using is unsalted)

Ingredients for Strawberry "Jelly" or Jam:

1 cup strawberries (frozen and quartered) 

1-2 tbsp agave (depending on how sweet you like it and how sweet your strawberries are)

1 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions: 

  1. For jelly, prepare the strawberries as needed. If you buy them frozen, they are easy to cut into quarters. If you are using another fruit, like raspberries, you can leave them whole.
  2. Add strawberries to a pan on medium heat and cook down until it starts to break down and become thicker, stirring often. It will start to resemble syrup. This takes about 10 minutes. You can mash the strawberries to make the jam as smooth as you like. 
  3. Once it's thick, syrupy and starting to look like jam, remove from heat and add agave and chia seeds. Stir it all together.
  4. Set aside for a few minutes to thicken. 
  5. Pour the mixture in a jar and place in fridge to thicken some more. Technically, you can have it right away, so the time in the fridge is entirely up to you! As it cools, it will continue to thicken. 
  6. While the jelly is setting, add all peanut butter layer ingredients to a bowl and stir with a spoon until well mixed. 
  7. Add cupcake liners to a cupcake baking tin and pour half of the peanut butter mixture into liners. Place in freezer to harden. This takes about 30 minutes. 
  8. Once hardened, add jelly to the center of each one (however much you'd like!). 
  9. Pour the rest of the peanut butter over each layer of jelly. 
  10. Place back in freezer to set (about another 30 minutes) and then serve!

* Before moving the mixture of jelly to the fridge, if the texture seems too liquidy (depending on the fruit you use), add chia seeds 1 tsp at a time until it thickens! 

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