Hello and happy Monday!
Another sweet treat recipe today as, let’s face it, they’re the most fun to make (and eat). While chocolate nut butter cups have, rightly, been all the rage, I wanted to switch things up a bit by combining the silky smoothness of chocolate with the hearty crunch and hint of saltiness from the granola.
Hands down the best granola I’ve come across is the one by Nuts & Friends, a Swiss company that makes insanely delicious, organic granola in, currently, four flavours: No. 1 The Original (my personal fave), No. 2 The Basic, No. 3 The Kokos and No. 4 The Chocolate. This recipe is part of a collaboration with Nuts & Friends.
Besides the granola I’m also obsessed with the peanut white chocolate – it’s basically the love child of peanut butter and white chocolate and therefore literally my idea of foodie bliss. The peanut powder, which I originally brought back from London, I wasn’t able to find it stores, but could order online (see link below). The powder has most of the fat removed, so is not quite the same as simply grinding peanuts. If you don’t have any on hand, feel free to make a regular chocolate version or melt your favourite chocolate bar.
Dark & Peanut White Chocolate Granola Cups
Makes: ca. 10-15 mini cups (depending on the amount of granola used)
- 50g cacao butter (you can find cacao butter in the baking section of health food stores or online)
- 50g cacao powder or peanut powder (the peanut powder I ordered online)
- 3 tbsp rice syrup
- granola (I used No. 2 The Basic from Nuts & Friends, whom I collaborated with for this recipe)
- optional: large pinch of ground vanilla bean
- Melt the cacao butter in a small pan over medium heat. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cacao or peanut powder, rice syrup and vanilla, if using. Stir until smooth and there are no lumps. (If you find yourself without any of these ingredients or in need of a sweet treat ASAP then simply melt some of your favourite chocolate)
- Method 1: Fill some of the chocolate mixture into praline or mini cupcake forms, sprinkle some granola on top, cover with more chocolate and finish off with further granola. This is the way to go if you want to have chocolate cups with the extra crunch and excitement of the granola. If, however, you want a more equal ratio of chocolate to granola use Method 2: Add the desired amount of granola directly into the chocolate mix in the pan and combine before evenly distributing in the paper cups. (Or, like me, try both: I used Method 1 for the Peanut White Chocolate Cups and Method 2 for the Dark Chocolate Cups).
- Place the cups on a plate in the fridge until set.
- Enjoy either directly out of the fridge or at room temperature!
For more information on Nuts & Friends as well as further recipes with granola (most of which are in English) check out the N&F website.