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I love peanut butter, avocado and oatmeal. Not together of course, but nearly any recipe that calls for these ingredients I'll probably enjoy. I have the misfortune of living with some food sensitivities but the extreme fortune of knowing what those sensitivities are - gluten (only mild, thank goodness), nightshades, lactose, and refined sugar. I'm not a formally trained chef, but I love cooking (and eating!) delicious, guilt-free food. I'm a fitness model, certified nutrition coach, trainer and an IFBB pro bikini athlete... and I eat 6 times a day. When I'm not in the kitchen preparing something extraordinary, I'm - in the gym, rushing off to an audition, at a photo shoot, studying nutrition, or planning a vacation. Hope you enjoy my site! For nutrition consultations or more information on training, contact me at summerwhitefitness@gmail.com

Chocolate coconut buttercups – All treat, no cheat!

My nickname should be peanut buttercup. Or better yet, just call me buttercup, because I really don’t discriminate. Nine times out of ten, if you had come to the finals of one of my NPC shows you could’ve found me backstage devouring a whole lot of these tasty little bites from heaven.

Now, the thing with the buttercups you’ll find at your normal convenience store, is that they are loaded with sugar and a whole lot of other mess.  Justin’s makes a great organic butter cup, refined sugar free, but it’s still packing 14g of sugar for a package of two. I know after months of dieting and becoming the best me, the last thing I really want is to pack on extra pounds or bloat up like a balloon just seconds after I finish a competition.

Well I’ve found the perfect solution (and the perfect substitution for those with peanut allergies), chocolate protein coconut buttercups! At only 136 calories and less than 1 gram of sugar for 8 mini cups, that’s a whole lotta delight with very little fright to your waistline! To boot, these little treats contain 20g of protein, and 4.5g of healthy fats.

From my nutrition studies, I’ve learned that coconut butter and oil contain healthy, cholesterol reducing, heart happy medium chain triglycerides which are actually burned for energy and not stored as fat in our bodies.  This food not only stimulates metabolism, which helps with weight loss, but it also contains high levels of lauric acid, which boosts immunity and destroys harmful bacteria and pathogens (something my fragile tummy needs these days more than ever).  It also tastes darn good, kind of reminding me of the coconut ice cream bars I used to get from the neighborhood ice cream cart. 

Being that I’ve developed a little sensitivity to whey, I chose to use a mix of 1/2 serving Nutiva Organic Hemp protein, and 1/2 serving of Jay Robb Chocolate Egg White protein. For the filling I used Artisana 100% Organic Raw Coconut Butter.  As I was mixing my proteins with water, I realized I left out the stevia. I was bummed at first but they tasted great without (Jay Robb Protein does have a bit of stevia present already).  Play around with the fillings and with the amounts of stevia and let me know how yours come out!

Chocolate Coconut Buttercups
1 serving yields 8 mini cups

Definitely invest in a silicone ice cube maker or muffin tin for this recipe, as it makes getting the buttercups out easy ($6 at Target). I’ve tried with standard plastic and ended up having to use a knife to pry them out, damaging the tray.


1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder  (16g)
1/2 serving hemp protein powder (15g)
1 tsp raw unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp coconut butter

optional: 5-6 drops liquid stevia or to taste

Spray a silicone ice cube or muffin tray, very lightly, with coconut oil. Mix 2 oz water, the protein powders, and the cocoa powder in a magic bullet or food processor till a thick liquid forms. If there is still powder on the sides or if the liquid is too thick, like a paste, add another ounce of water and blend some more.

Divide 3/4 of the liquid amongst the prepared ice cube or muffin cups, filling each about 1/2 way. Place tray in freezer for about an hour and refrigerate remaining protein liquid . Spoon out your coconut butter and delicately divide it over the chocolate in each well of the tray (if you aren’t watching your fat content, feel free to add more butter for better chocolate/butter ratio). Then, take your remaining 1/4 of chocolate protein liquid and pour over coconut. Freeze until set.

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One Response to Chocolate coconut buttercups – All treat, no cheat!

  1. Tamara White says:

    OMG! These are too cute!!! I’ve got to try this!

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