Make THIS, Not THAT! Peanut Butter Cups



peanut butter cups

Can you eat a balanced, healthy diet and still eat peanut butter cups?


Eating a balanced diet, free of processed, packaged foods doesn’t mean you have to sit on a rock somewhere eating a plant you just pulled out of the ground.  I love it when I tell people that we avoid processed foods and they ask what we eat, as if meat, fruits and vegetables never existed before frozen lasagna.

Sometimes eating unprocessed just means bending the rules a little bit.   Take a look at these homemade peanut butter cups I made recently.  There are made with just 4 simple ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter ( just nuts, no sugar, Smucker’s makes one)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 organic chocolate bar (75% cocoa or higher)
Click here for my peanut butter cup recipe!





Milk Chocolate:  Every time we hear on the news that chocolate is ‘good’ for us, the chocolate they are referring to isn’t milk chocolate.  If the first two ingredients are milk and sugar you probably aren’t getting any of the flavonoids that 75% or higher chocolate contains.

TBHQ:  Michael Pollen broken this ingredient wide open in his book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”.  TBHQ is found in many fast foods as well as pet foods, lacquers, skin care products and varnishes.  TBHQ is a chemical preservative which is a form of butane.  Yes, butane.

The FDA imposes a limit of 0.02% of the total oils in foods to be TBHQ, which makes you wonder why you would want to eat foods that have ANY limits or restrictions on how much you can eat?!!?  The Center for Science in the Public Interest has TBHQ on their additives to AVOID list.

TBHQ is not a necessary additive, it’s added to prolong shelf life, indefinitely in some cases.  Why put chemicals into your body that AREN’T necessary?  Need more reasons to avoid foods with it?  Check the resource section.


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