the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects: the synergy between artist and record company.
Example: Peanut butter, and chocolate. Each fairly spectacular on their own, but when combined.... oh lawd!
Use this recipe to make peanut butter cups that are just as good as the packaged kind, but without any unhealthy bullshit such as artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, refined sugars, and hydrogenated oils and trans fats that lead to cardiovascular disease.
Raw cacao is full of magnesium (which relaxes mind and body), helps produce serotonin and other neurotransmitters (i.e. the brain's happy chemicals), and is high in antioxidants (which combat heart disease, and resist damage done by free radicals). Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but the type of fatty acids it is made of (lauric acid) actually helps reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and boost metabolism. In fact, coconut oil was used in the 1940s by farmers to try to fatten up their cows, but instead the cows lost weight.
So, let's get on with it.
- 2/3 cup raw cacao
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 3 tbsp honey
Peanut Butter Filling
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
- dash of honey
- dash of vanilla
So take the chocolate ingredients, mix them all together in a bowl, and have a taste - you can adjust the quantities of honey and cacao to make it more/less sweet. The texture should be pourable, but not very thin. Put a little dollop of chocolate in the bottom of every cup, and swirl it around a bit to make sure it covers the whole bottom and a bit of the sides of each cup. Once you've got that done, put the cups in the freezer (this is when a tupperware container is really helpful. Put the rest of the chocolate aside.
While the cups in the freezer harden, mix up the peanut butter filling ingredients. You can do this in a little food processor, or just in a bowl. You want the mixture to be thick, but spreadable. Taste it, just to be sure it's delicious ;)
Take the cups out of the freezer and make sure they're fairly solid. Then add a dollop of peanut butter filling in each cup- make sure it reaches all the way to the sides. Pop them back in the freezer for about 10 minutes or so to start to harden (the coconut oil is what helps solidify the peanut butter). Then, take them back out and (you guessed it!) put more chocolate over top. Back in the freezer they go! Wait a little longer, and then chomp them up! Share with your friends, too. You can store these in the fridge or freezer, but be warned! They will melt at room temperature (especially if your "room temperature" is pushing 40 degrees Celcius, like ours is now).
A final note about these - they're not raw, because the peanuts in the peanut butter are roasted. If you want a truly raw version, use raw almond butter instead. You can also put crushed nuts in the peanut butter filling to make a crunchy version. Yummmmmmmm!