Are you the “I can still use this so I won’t throw this yet” type? The person who finds trash a treasure? Me and my Dad are very sentimental when it comes to letting go of things (I still keep my 10-year old stuff in a safe box). I always get emotional during the annual general cleaning and if possible, I will recycle that so-called “trash” over and over again. Naturally, there is resistance and disapproval, the opposition — mom and my husband, Ariel. I love how they always argue with us with lines like “OMG, donate that already!!!” and “I will definitely get rich if I put your things on a garage sale” and the epic “This is our house not a prehistoric museum, right?”. But these lines do not work on us, the scrap loving people (scrap is not crap you know).
Not only with things but also with food, like how my heart weeps for unwanted egg whites in recipes that only calls for yolks… and they transform into skinny omelette or face mask to save them.
When I made my M&M’s® Oatmeal Cookies, I was left with heaps of oat flour from grinding the rolled oats (I want to use quick oats for that recipe). It’s such a waste to throw them. I think you already know what happened next…
Oat flour, peanut butter and honey. Yummy.
Making an oat flour cookie was my first choice but I was too focused on improving my Mango Bars recipe. Next were chocolate-covered energy bites, but the chocolate-dipping task would be a bit time-and-energy-consuming. Then I thought of a
lazy better way: “Oh, just let me dump the chocolate.”
Yep, peanut butter cups are easy to make. Just mix the filling, melt the chocolate and assemble. The fun part is forming the peanut butter filling into patties. They’re so cute! I did this so that every bite gets an even share of peanut butterrrrr goodness. See how these patties look like here in my peanut butter oat flour pretzels.
This recipe requires a lot of melted chocolate, about 18 to 20 ounces, 2 tablespoons for every cup. If that is too much for you, you can just buy about 14 to 16 ounces then put 3 scoops of melted chocolate for each cup using ½ tablespoon.
I also made this recipe especially for my dad. He doesn’t like chocolates but if they’re peanut butter cups, gosh he can eat a lot in one sitting! He is currently living in Indonesia due to work and when he comes home, he buys bags of peanut butter cups for us and for our friends. Don’t worry Dad, this recipe got so much approval from our fam and neighbors so you don’t need to buy anymore!
Happy Father’s Day to our Dad! He’s a real life super hero. When I was 9 years old, I nearly got drowned in a swimming pool. I can still remember my dad jumping into the 8-ft deep pool to save me even if he’s not good at swimming in deep water. Just the thought of he might also end up drowning makes me cringe. But he struggled so much to pull me out. I’m very thankful that both of us survived. Dads gain superpowers when their children are in danger, right? Thank you Dad. Because of you I am still here, constantly messing up our kitchen.
Happy Father’s Day also to Ariel! Thank you for being such a wonderful Dad to Yael and for taking care of him while I finish writing this post.
Happy Father’s Day to your amazing dads!
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (130g + 38g = 168g) creamy peanut butter (not natural)
- 2 tablespoons (44g) honey
- 1 cup (97g) oat flour*
- 20 ounces dark chocolate (baking, bar or chocolate for melting)
- cupcake liners (I used 2-ounce liners)
- Stir peanut butter and honey in a medium bowl. Add oat flour and mix until grains are well moistened and the mixture forms into a ball. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. With your palm, flatten it like a burger patty. Arrange onto a plate (or you may stack them to save space). This dough makes 16 patties. Set aside.
- Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
- In a small bowl, melt dark chocolate in the microwave (or double boiler) for 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds. Stir until the chocolate becomes smooth. I prefer melting the chocolate in small batches (6 ounces every batch), they melt faster this way.
- Spoon 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate into the cupcake liners. Place each peanut butter patty in the middle then cover with 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate.
- Chill the peanut butter cups until chocolate has set. These cups are hard when chilled so let it sit at room temperature for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.
- *How to make oat flour: Pulse rolled or quick oats in a food processor until finely ground.
- This recipe requires a lot of melted chocolate, about 18 to 20 ounces, 2 tablespoons for every cup. If that is too much for you, you can just buy about 14 to 16 ounces then put 3 scoops of melted chocolate for each cup using ½ tablespoon.