Who new a decadent dessert could be so easy to make and packed full of nutrition? These Chocolate Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Jam Cups are a delicious way to win over someone’s heart! Satisfy any sweet tooth with these heart cups for Valentine’s Day or any occasion. We love giving the gift of our vegan peanut butter cups–these not only have a decadent flavor profile, but they also are packed full of solid nutrition that will leave you and your loved ones smiling with happiness.
These chocolate goodies are filled with ingredients such as strawberries, peanut butter, chia seeds, and dark cacao, the latter of which is rich in magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, and antioxidants. Some studies have even shown a correlation between cacao and a decreased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke (1)! But keep in mind that moderation is key when consuming chocolate, as too much of a good thing can be bad. So go ahead and give the gift of healthy, chocolate-covered love! It’s sure to be one dessert that will impress all of your loved ones.
In a mixing bowl, combine the melted cacao, peanut butter, and coconut oil and mix until well combined. Set aside.
For the strawberry chia jam, begin by chopping the strawberries. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the strawberries, vanilla extract, balsamic vinegar and sorghum syrup. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir and mash the fruit with the back of a spatula or a potato masher to your desired consistency. Once the mixture is thick, remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the chia seeds and stir thoroughly. For a smoother jam use an immersion blender or blender until desired consistency.
Let the jam sit for at least 5 minutes until it sets. Once the jam has cooled at room temperature place the mixture into a mason jar or a glass container and let it set for 5 minutes.
Use a mini muffin pan or heart shaped silicone pan to place the batter into. Fill 2.5 teaspoons of the chocolate mixture in the cup holder and transfer pan to the freezer until chocolate is set (about 10 minutes). Add 1 teaspoon of the strawberry chia jam mixture on top and place in the freezer for 10 minutes until it is set. Spoon 2.5 teaspoons of the chocolate mixture on top of the strawberry chia jam and freeze for 30 minutes until set. If desired, you can also leave them in the freezer overnight. Remove chocolate peanut butter chia cups from the pan and serve immediately.
Serving size: 1 cup, Calories: 210 calories, Fat: 15 grams, Saturated fat: 7 grams, Carbohydrates: 15 grams, Sugar: 8 grams, Sodium: 14 milligrams, Fiber: 4 grams, Protein: 4 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
(1) Cocoa and cardiovascular health. American Heart Association. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/119/10/1433.full Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to The Sorghum Checkoff. However, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.