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Dairy-Free, Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, eggs, trees, and hearts. You know those sweet holiday treats that are so delicious. Girl, I used to go to Target the day after every holiday on the hunt for half-priced peanut butter filled chocolate treats.

I would sit and eat a whole pack of the Reese’s eggs after easter. Yep, all 6 in one sitting. It would follow with a stomach ache. Why did I do that to myself? Maybe it is the novelty? Who knows. 

What I do know is, they are filled with dairy. *gasp*, about 18+ ingredients, some of which contain GMOs *double gasp*, and 18g of sugar per egg! whaaaat?! A 6 pack of eggs = 108 grams of sugar. Definitely NOT the kind of 6 pack that is going to help me get a 6 pack.

I wanted to find a way to make something a little bit more healthy than the GMO filled (GMOs are my new thing, btw), sugary Reese’s cups I used to buy. Something I could enjoy without the guilt!

This Easter I wanted to make some of these delicious treats without the dairy and garbage. Especially because I USED TO fill Nick’s Easter basket with a plethora of Reese’s treats. I know though that they don’t make him US feel very good after eating them… AND I am committed to helping us live the healthiest life possible.

This recipe sure does beat the ingredients list of the typical household favorite, without sacrificing the taste. They are so delicious! I used only Organic ingredients, also to be certain the ingredients were GMO free!

Have you ever look to see what is in a Reese’s?!?!

Reese’s Ingredients: Milk chocolate, (milk, chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, no fat milk, milk fat, lactose, soy lecithin, PGPR), peanuts, sugar, dextrose, salt, TBHQ and citric acid.

I was appalled to read the information below about some of the ingredients from Living Traditionally. I am still learning and researching all about modern day ingredients, GMOs, and what they ACTUALLY mean for our health.

PGPR (polyglycerol pilyricinoleate): PGPR that has  replaced cocoa butter in an effort to cut down on manufacturing costs. PGPR is made from castor beans that reduces the viscosity of chocolate. This chemical has been found to cause gastrointestinal discomfort and allergic reaction in children.

•Soy lecithin: 93% of soy is genetically modified. Soy lecithin can cause breast cancer, has negative effects on fertility and reproduction, may lead to behavioral and cerebral abnormalities. (Read More About Soy Lecithin)

TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone):
TBHQ comes from petroleum and is related to butane. This can be toxic and also cause nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ear, delirium and collapse. It is shown to cause stomach cancer in lab rats, fragment DNA and cause damage to humane lung and umbilical cells. In children it can cause anxiety, restlessness, and intensify the symptoms of ADHD.

 [wpurp-searchable-recipe]Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Sweets – I used only organic ingredients to ensure these PB Chocolates were GMO free. I also used dairy-free chocolate, which isn't difficult to find at your local health food store. – Filling: organic, natural peanut butter, organic coconut oil, organic, pure maple syrup, Chocolate Coating: organic, dairy-free dark chocolate (70% or higher has the most antioxidants), organic coconut oil, of course sea salt, Filling: In a mixing bowl mix together all filling ingredients until a soft dough is formed. ; Roll dough in to whatever shape you like (eggs, hearts, circles, etc.); Line baking sheet with wax paper and freeze shapes for 30 minutes; Chocolate Coating: Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl, in the microwave until melted. About 30-45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds.; Coat the shapes in a layer of chocolate and put chocolate covered shapes on wax lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a small amount of course sea salt.; freeze 1-2 hours. Store in refrigerator.; – [/wpurp-searchable-recipe]

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