Cacao Sesame Butter Cups Recipe
Wanna know something odd? When I was a kid, I thought…
Adults Never Ate Candy
My parents didn’t eat candy. Like, AT ALL. They ate the occasional square of dark chocolate here and there, but no M&M’s, Skittles, Sour Patch, Ring Pops or Snickers ever crossed their lips. So…I assumed that adults didn’t eat candy.
Until, of course, I was about four years old and I could consciously remember seeing other adults dive for my pillow-cover-trick-or-treat bag to steal it. It was then that I realized I had it wrong. Go figure…
My younger brother and I actually used to candy-barter with each other (apparently I was an entrepreneur at an early age). He loved Starburst and I loved ALL candy (especially since it wasn’t allowed in the house outside for more than a week after Halloween). So, I’d offer him up one Starburst in exchange for whatever I wanted at the moment…which usually consisted of chocolate + something gooey…and more often than not I went for the REESES!
The exchange was always a pleasure, since I got so much more out of it than he did being that I’d grab three more pieces than we’d agreed upon in exchange for my one, measly Starburst offering (sorry!). But, I think we’re past all that now 🙂
Fast Forward to My Life as a Self-Care Expert Now…
and don’t you know that of all the candies I liked best as a child, I happened to pick the one that was easiest to recreate as a divine concoction that nourishes & fuels the body AND feeds the soul.
However, If You’re Anything Like Me, Then You Get Bored Easily
Yes, I admit it. This is the way I am. Thankfully, it also means I’m easily amused, which kind of counterbalances the entire situation. Anyways, the side of me that easily gets bored, is tired of seeing the plane-jane remakes of this classic using repetitive replacements like “raw peanut butter” and raw “almond butter”.
I’ve got nothing against peanuts or almonds, I just appreciate a little creativity when it comes to the peanut butter cup. You know what I’m saying? Which is why I made these fudge-y, truffle-y, protein-rich, and damn near perfect (if I do say so myself) reincarnations of the Reeses.
Ya, I Said It! DAMN Near Perfect!
Just straight up SESAME SEED BUTTER, better known as TAHINI.
Did you just stumble back from your computer in a mixture of surprise, intrigue and disgust? I hear ya.
It’s Not Average & That’s the Point. It’s BETTER Than Average.
And, it sure as heck has to be if I’m gonna suggest making and noshing on a few of these in lieu of a one-night-stand with the Costco-bag of “fun sized” candies you were supposed to pass out to the trick-or-treaters! Yeah. You know what I’m talkin’ about. Candy hangovers are just as bad, if not WORSE than regular hangovers.
You know what though? The tahini isn’t that weird. There’s actually a classic Mediterranean desert called halva that uses tahini and honey as the main ingredients and, let me tell you, when it’s done right, it’s TO DIE FOR!
Sesame seeds are:
- A great source of minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium and iron
- Rich in protein
- Rich in healthy fat
- Taste like fudge minus the chocolate
So I thought to myself,
“Hey! Bet they would be great dunked in Cacao!”
And, my hunch turned out to be right!
Below you’ll find my contribution to this year’s Healthy Halloween Recipe Bonanza.
I leave you with this quote from my Dear-ol’-Mom to help you navigate the choices you make around sugar during Halloween.
“If it truly satisfies you, then you’ll be able to close your eyes, savor the taste and finish without feeling full.”
You’ll experience the wise words quoted by the wise woman above & forego a sugar-hangover all together.
- 1/2 C cacao butter*
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil*
- 2 Tbsp cacao powder*
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1-1/2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp raw honey
- 1 Tbsp maca powder
- 1/2 C grass-fed butter or ghee
- 1 C sesame paste (tahini)
- 1-2 Tbsp collagen hydrolysate (optional)
- BE SURE TO SEE THE NOTE BELOW IF THE INGREDIENT HAS A * NEXT TO IT
- Toss the cacao butter, coconut oil, cacao powder, cinnamon and coconut palm sugar together in a double boiler. Melt them on medium to medium-high heat until it's nice and smooth. Stir constantly.
- Grab a muffin tin and fill the cupcake wrappers. Fill them with the melted chocolate mixture and freeze for 10-15 minutes (until the chocolate has hardened). Keep the chocolate that remains in the double boiler on a medium-low to low flame. We will use it soon.
- As the chocolate is hardening, go ahead and make the filling. Add the sesame paste, grass-fed butter or ghee, maca powder and honey (and the collagen hydrolysate if you like) into a small pot. Heat on medium until it melts down into a liquid-y paste.
- Remove the hardened chocolate from the freezer. Add a layer of the sesame paste mixture on-top followed by another layer of chocolate until the cupcake wrappers are filled to the brim with ingredients.
- Freeze for 30 minutes and enjoy!
- These are amazing! You won't want to even touch anything else on halloween!
- If you CAN'T find cacao butter, then you can swap out the cacao butter+coconut oil+raw cacao powder trifecta for something like this 100% Dark Chocolate (sometimes called baking chocolate).
- Also, I prefer to make these with butter than ghee, purely because of flavor...but they're still delish with ghee if you can't tolerate any dairy.
- To make a vegan version, swap the honey out for another alternative low glycemic sweetener like luo han guo or monk fruit extract and the ghee or butter for coconut oil.