3 Apr 2015


Eating healthy treats couldn't be easier. These are soooo good and only ask for two ingredients: dark chocolate and peanut butter.

I hope you're having a nice day. It's a long weekend and all, so that's more reason to celebrate, riiiiight? Honestly, I am NOT feeling my best. My period started today and the weather here - clouds and rain - has really been bummin' me out. Right now I'm listening to The Carpenters and they're helping a bit. But I think I just need to accept that I am allowed to be not 100% happy all the time. Was that a confusing sentence?

I have been SO positive and enthusiastic about life for the past year, but the past week I've been trying to fight off the blues. At first I though I was feeling less than my norm (super awesome) because I wasn't eating greens enough or drinking enough water or getting enough sleep or stressed with school... I could go on. But I corrected all these factors (ate more greens, drank more water, mediated to calm down about school, and got more strict with my sleep sched) yet the melancholia persisted. WHY!? What was I doing wrong!? My conclusion is: [the weather and also] it's OKAY to be a tad glum sometimes. I've written posts before wherein I explain how sometimes I choose to ignore my less-happy feelings so I can stay focused on being positive. But you guys are smarter than me. Many of you reached out and told me I shouldn't ignore unhappy feelings, I should embrace them! That's what I am doing now. Well, it's a slightly begrudging embrace but I AM accepting it. I don't have to be ON all the time. It's perfectly normal and probably healthy to let myself experience the unhappy emotions when they come. Then they will pass and I will have engaged in another chapter of this incredible, colourful relationship of being alive in the world.

I'm not gonna give up on everything and fall to the bottom of the blues pit though. I am going to dip my feet in and be cool with it. I am going to go through these feelings and emotions and thoughts and meditate on them. I will ask myself why I am feeling them, why now, and what I can do about it. I'm not entirely sure how long this funk will last, but regardless I will continue to take care with myself; nourishing my body and mind with whole plant foods, plenty of hydration, yoga, sleep, laughter and quiet time. Moral of the story: you're allowed to feel sad for no reason sometimes. As long as it isn't hard core depression or anything (in that case: talk to a professional, seriously), I think as complex, self-aware humans beings in this hectic sphere of modernity - aka the 21st century - it would be crazy NOT to feel emotionally confused at times.

In any case, this recipe will make everything a little better.

Makes 3-6, depending on how big you like 'em

1/4 cup peanut butter
2 bars Zimt chocolate 

Melt the chocolate. In cupcake papers, pour in a tiny bit of melted chocolate and put in the freezer for a few minutes until the chocolate hardens. Scoop in a teaspoon or tablespoon of peanut butter then cover up with more melted chocolate. Stick the freezer again until hardened. Enjoy!

ADAPTIONS: use any nut or seed butter instead of peanut butter (coconut butter would be amazing too); use any other organic, raw, vegan dark chocolate instead of Zimt. But I gotta say: Zimt is my fave because my good friend, Emma makes it and she has excellent taste. All the ingredients are fair-trade too. 

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Anna said...

yummmmmmyy!! that looks super scrumptiouus


christine said...

Emily, how sensible you are:) Of course you can't be ecstatically happy all of the time - none of us can!

It's a crazy world, and we're all a little crazy with it sometimes. It's a great idea to meditate on why you're down at the moment - but sometimes there just doesn't seem to be a reason, and it's important not to worry about it.

The most important thing is that you are loved, and you love in return - and that you love yourself and take care of yourself.

These chocolate peanut treats should surely help with that:) Virtual hug x

Kendy said...

These look so amazing. I would have NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS! hooray! and it's okay to have some cloudy days. but i hope the sun comes out for you soon.

Kendy said...

Hey, Emily -- I'm curious -- are these still "raw" if you melt the chocolate? I don't really know much about the raw thing, but I thought you didn't heat stuff up above some really low temperature? Does it stay that low when you melt? just curious!! :)

holly said...

way to feel your feelings! seriously - all the happy all the time is just unrealistic.
oh, but these gems sure are making me happy - YUM!

moto x review 2014 said...

Oh my! How did I miss this one. I am making it soon. I can already taste the creaminess and the smell the of this chocolate peanut butter cups.

Cassie said...

These look mm mm goooood!

Em von Euw said...

Thanks for the love, y'all <3

@Kendy - sure! I mean for me I don't care if things are strictly raw or not, I just care if they're good for me <3 Don't get hung up on the labels, just eat good food x

Kim said...

It's definitely fine not to be ecstatic all the time, but I hope you feel better soon too. <3

Unknown said...

This looks so good! Healthy and yummy. I am vegan and I'm always looking for healthy food recipes!

AFJ said...

So excited to try these and need to try zimt chocolate.

zimt said...

Em- thank you for this!!!!! Maybe I'm annoying chocolate snob, maybe I feel the need to push my product, maybe this is legit but- I seriously notice a difference between chocolate made with cacao butter and coconut sugar to chocolate made with coconut oil and a liquid sweetener! I just like the cacao butter coconut sugar combo because it IS chocolate. Not just tastes kind of like it. Anyway- good on your for these PB cups. I want to make them. I just ate PB straight up today and should have considered this fine recipe first.

Oh. And for everybody wondering about keeping the chocolate raw- melt it with a hair dryer!!! =D

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh this is melt-in-mouth amazing, especially with salty peanut butter. The contrast of the textures and the salty/sweet...