Comparison & Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Such a seemingly random combination, I know. But I promise you that they tie together. (recipe is at the bottom of post)

My sister’s birthday was last week and she had a huge party to celebrate this weekend. It’s always fun to dress up and celebrate a new year in someone’s life – especially when it is your sister!

Photo Oct 26As I have mentioned before, my sister is very fashionable. (I keep telling her to start a fashion blog, we will see if she does :D) She told me that she wanted me to wear this black jumpsuit to her party. It is one of my favorite pieces of clothing that I own. 

When I put the jumpsuit on Saturday night, it felt like it fit me better, looser in certain areas. It was a total NSV (non-scale victory) moment & I was excited!
When I bought it in July, it fit me just fine. It is always exciting to see progress and how your body is changing for the better. My favorite way to see progress is not on the scale, but the way my clothes fit. 
As I was writing this blog post, I was looking for a picture of my sister and I and I came across a picture of me when I first bought the jumpsuit.
CONFESSION: seeing that picture made me a little upset because even though I felt the jumpsuit felt like it fit me looser when I put it on, I felt that I looked slimmer in it when I bought it. 
Let’s see if you can see what I mean:

Photo Jul 11-2
when I bought it

 

Photo Oct 25
Saturday

I’m crazy right? I am sharing this with you and being vulnerable because I want other women who struggle with comparison and body image to know they are not alone.
In hindsight I feel silly and foolish thinking that about the pictures. Our mind can play mean, dirty tricks on us. We have to be stronger than those mind games and know the progress we have made, enjoy the moments in life and not let comparison to our past rob us of that joy. 
Now looking at these pictures as I write this, I don’t see a blaring difference at all. I am not larger in the picture on Saturday. If anything I am smaller in my upper body and hips.  
Your body will go thru changes when you loose weight, try a new workout program for a period of time, train for a big event, etc. Take care of yourself, nourish yourself right, trust the process and embrace it. It’s a journey not a destination. 
Have you ever struggled with thoughts like this? Let me know in the comments, or if that’s too personal send me an email (thesweetblondesfitlife@gmail.com)

ON TO THE NUT BUTTER CUPS! 

My sister asked me to bring a treat to share at her party. I made some brownies (her request) and also decided to try and make some “healthy” chocolate nut butter cups.  They were inspired by Betty Rocker

Photo Oct 24-2
the finished product!

Let me start off by saying these were SO much easier to make than I was expecting. Peanut butter cups sound hard right?! Well – they sounded hard to me, and I am here to tell you that these were one of the easiest things I have made in a long time. 🙂

I made extra dark chocolate almond butter cups. The combo sounded perfect, and let me tell you, it WAS!

Recipe card is below! (makes 6 large nut butter cups)
I used EXTRA dark chocolate (85% cacao) – I loooove dark chocolate, the darker the better. Photo Oct 24-6 You can you whatever chocolate you wish, milk, dark, extra dark…

First, start by melting the chocolate. I just melted it in the microwave. You can also do it on the stove in a water bath or in a double boilerPhoto Oct 24-11. I just microwaved it in 30 second intervals  until it was all melted. 
While melting the chocolate, get your muffin tin and place 6 muffin liners in tin. If you have a mini-muffin tin, that would also work and the recipe would make 12 instead of 6. I only had regular size muffin liners, and you MUST use muffin/cupcake liners because otherwise the nut butter cups will stick and you will never be able to get them out!

To prepare the filling, pick you nut butter of choice. I used chunky almond butter from Trader Joe’s.
Photo Oct 24-10

You can use peanut butter, cashew butter or walnut butter – whatever you like. I plan to experiment with all of them!

Photo Oct 24-9Mix nut butter, a little bit of honey and a dash of vanilla extract.

 

Fill the bottom of the muffin liner with chocolate – then take the filling and scoop same sized balls into the muffin tin on top of the chocolate.
Photo Oct 24-8

Top with remaining chocolate. Use a knife or spatula to spread and make sure it is evenly covered. 
Photo Oct 24-7

Put in freezer for 2-3 hours. 
Photo Oct 24-5

Here they are all done! 
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They are so delicious and so easy to make! They were a huge hit at her party too. Next time I want to try making them in my mini-muffin pan, I just need to find mini-muffin liners 😀

What nut butter would you make these with? 

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Serves 6
no scary ingredients or additives
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 dark chocolate bars (I use 70% dark or higher)
  2. 1/2 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
  3. 1 T honey
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. 1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, or create a water bath using a heat-safe bowl and a pan of water. You can also melt your chocolate in the microwave. When finished, set aside.
  2. 2. Combine nut butter, honey and vanilla in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. 3. Line cupcake tins with liners.
  4. 4. Evenly distribute about 3/4 of your chocolate amongst your cupcake tins.
  5. 5. Make even sized dough balls out of your nut mixture, and place them on the chocolate.
  6. 6. Pour the remaining chocolate over top.
  7. 7. Spread the chocolate out so it covers the filling.
  8. 8. Cover and freeze for approximately 2 hours.
  9. 9. Remove from tins and remove liner.
  10. 10. DEVOUR!
Adapted from The Betty Rocker
Adapted from The Betty Rocker
A Sweet Blonde & Her Fit Life http://sweetblondesfitlife.com/
XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah

 

2 thoughts on “Comparison & Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups”

  1. Okay, first – you look amazing in both pictures! And you have to realize that in the first you are farther from the camera so you look smaller. Not to mention you aren’t smiling so your face looks “slimmer” when really it isn’t! You rock lady, and look super good!!

    Second, those nut butter cups look A-MAZING!! I will be making those! Mini muffin liners are easy enough to find I’m sure. If all else fails – buy online!

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