No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge Cups

No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge Cups

If you’re looking for a healthy, peanut buttery treat made with minimal ingredients, look no further. These chocolate peanut butter fudge cups can be frozen and enjoyed like a hard shell peanut butter cup or thawed in the fridge for more of a fudge-like consistency. I prefer the latter. They are so yummy at that partially soft, fudgey consistency. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free.

Ingredients:

2/3 bar of vegan dark baking chocolate (I used 4 large squares of Dagoba unsweetened dark baking chocolate.)

1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or plant milk of choice)

2 scoops vegan chocolate Shakeology (or protein powder of your choice) The flavor of Shakeology really makes this treat extra delicious.

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup, to taste

6 tbsps natural peanut butter

Directions

1. Melt chocolate with 1/2 a cup of plant milk in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Settings will vary, so keep an eye on the chocolate, occassionally pausing the microwave to check and mix the chocolate. You will want the chocolate to be fully melted and creamy once stirred.

2. Next, add in Shakeology and maple syrup and mix well to combine. If the mixture is clumpy add more plant milk to achieve a very thick brownie-like consistency. You don’t want to make the mixture too runny, because since this is an oil-free recipe, it won’t hold together with too much liquid.

3. In a silicone muffin tray, place a heaping tbsp of chocolate mixture into each cup (recipe yields 6). Spread evenly coating the bottom of each cup.

4. Place a dollop of peanut butter on top of each chocolatey base. Lift and tap the muffin container on the countertop to evenly spread out the peanut butter, or use a spoon to spread it around.

5. Evenly top the cups with the remaining chocolate. Use a spoon to evenly spread the chocolate to the edges of each cup.

6. Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours. You can enjoy these treats at more of a semisoft fudgey consistency or fully hardened, more like a peanut butter cup. After they set, you can store them in the freezer or refrigerator.

Servings: 6

For more information about vegan Shakeology, health, fitness, the plant-based lifestyle, or working with me as your health and fitness coach, please reach out to me at sproutandblossomwellness@gmail.com or find me on Instagram @sproutnblossom.

We Are the Zombie Apocalypse

We Are the Zombie Apocalypse

Do you have any marsh where you live? It can be hauntingly beautiful. Sometimes it takes opening our eyes and minds to really find some clarity. I took a social media hiatus several weeks ago and I came back feeling renewed yet unsure of how to move forward with my own digital usage. As a professor who teaches social media and a blogger who relies on this to teach and communicate, I am in a semi-challenging position.

I have done digital detoxes on and off for a few years; but this time things feel different. Coming back, trying to figure out my place, my niche, my truth has been paralyzing in a sense. I consistently cull the media I follow and try to be ultra selective, but I feel overwhelmed by choices and information. So many accounts to explore, ideas to read, and media choices.

As a sensitive person, this can be too stimulating and overwhelming over time. Through researching this very topic in peer-reviewed scholarly journals over the years, I am convinced that overuse (and the majority are overusing it) of any digital technology can be detrimental to our health — ranging from downright addiction to depression and even altering brain chemistry and attention span.

Of course, I realize the utility of all of this and that to share this very message, I am using social media to do so. The irony. But this is important to me, because I know I am not alone here. I know there are people skimming feeds, watching videos, reading blogs, and the like, and you might be wondering how you can simplify all of it, how you can escape the labyrinth. What is real and of value, versus what is a waste of time?

We are all selling something — sometimes physical products, sometimes vanity, or the perception of perfection, sometimes narcissism, or sometimes simply knowledge or education. It’s not a matter of good or bad. It’s not a matter of black and white or this or that. It is a complex spectrum with many layers.

As for me, I am not sure what I want to write about or make videos about any more. I enjoy helping people with their health by way of healthier food choices and reducing unnecessary stress in their lives, but more often than not, I feel silly taking staged food photos in the perfect lighting. I enjoy just documenting my own journey at this point. I enjoy writing about minimalism and simplicity too, but to me, it is so much more than decluttering stuff and what is in my wardrobe. It has always been so much more than that to me.

I will figure it all out. But for now, what I will say is, I imagine a world where more friends and family call one another just to say hello; where leaving the phone behind during a vacation is normal; where giving people the play-by-play is taboo; and where not posting on social media “consistently” doesn’t mean that your website or small business will unravel. I imagine a world with more living, less photo taking, and more happiness and peace.

I am still navigating my way through the vortex. I don’t have all the answers, but what I do know is that it doesn’t have to be this way. If you feel consumed by it all and not sure of how you want to spend your online time, you are not alone. You can say “no” and “enough.” Because perhaps, just perhaps, we are the zombie apocalypse.

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