How to make all-natural SunButter cups — Peanut-free, dairy-free
Our first brush with serious food allergies as a family came when my oldest son ate peanut butter for the first time. (Well, and a couple of times I have eaten pineapple, but that’s another story.) It was scary. Tests confirmed he has a peanut allergy, and a later test turned up even more foods.
Frankly, living with food allergies in our family has been disheartening at times, but I’m glad my sons and I can eat safely.
(And oh-so thankful his peanut allergy isn’t really severe — he can be in the same room with peanuts, but he can’t eat them.)
Every once in a while, I give my son SunButter, which is like peanut butter but made from sunflower seeds. Because Halloween is coming up, I decided to try out a treat for him and make him a version of that ultimate candy, peanut butter cups. This isn’t much of a recipe, but I thought I’d share it here in case someone would like to make SunButter cups because of a peanut allergy.
6 oz. chocolate (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips, which are also dairy-free and haven’t given my son any problems — but use your favorite safe chocolate)
Melt the chocolate and stir it until it’s smooth. Then use a pastry brush or paint brush and “paint” the melted chocolate onto the inside of a cupcake liner. (If you have silicone cupcake forms, awesome!) I was able to coat six liners with the chocolate. You don’t want to paint on the chocolate too thick, or it will be impossible to bite into. Then put the cups into a muffin pan.
Let the chocolate dry and harden in the fridge for a few minutes. It should be good to go when it stops looking wet.
Then fill each cup with about 2 teaspoons of SunButter.
And back into the fridge it goes!
After the SunButter has a chance to set (10 minutes?), take the cups out again, and top with the rest of the melted chocolate to form the top of the cup. Once again, don’t lay on the chocolate too thick so you’ll be able to bite it.
And you guessed it — back in the fridge to harden again.
When the chocolate has dried, you can peel away the paper liners (or pop your SunButter cups out of your silicone). You can see my thumb slipped, and I broke the edge off this one. This step is likely to get chocolate under your fingernails.
It’s a lot of back-and-forth to the fridge, but SunButter cups are easy to make, all-natural and the kids loved them!