Quest Bar Molten Cupcakes (with Cookie Butter Center)


I know I was all “I’m too busy to post stuff because of SXSW” in my previous post, but I NEED to share one last dessert creation that I came up with last night before I go off the radar for a bit. This one simply can’t wait until next week. It’s too amazing to keep from you guys for that long.

If you have Quest bars at home, you’ll want to try this tonight. If you have no idea what Quest bars are, prepare for your snack life to be changed forever. Order two free sample bars here; no strings attached.

If you’re impatient and don’t want to wait to get a shipment in to try these, GNC usually has some in stock, but you can’t tell which flavors they’ll have at any given store. After you’re hooked, order them by the box here and use the code “OnAQuest” for free shipping. (I eat at least one of these a day. Cookies and Cream and Double Chocolate Chunk are my two favorites.)

Every night at about 9:30PM, Ryan asks me what I’m cooking for dessert. When I plan out our meals each week, I leave room for nightly treats because we both have a bad late-night sweet tooth. 9 times out of 10, I grab some Arctic Zero, melt 1 tbsp of PB or cookie butter, put it all in a bowl with a crumbled up Cookie Dough Oreo, and hand him a spoon. Last night was a different scenario. I wanted a cupcake (because I’m in the middle of a serious love affair with my muffin tin, if you couldn’t tell). I’ve professed my love of Quest bars before, and I don’t know how this stacks up against the infamous Quest Dessert Pizza, but I think it comes pretty stinkin’ close. If you get the late night munchies like I do, I’d highly recommend making this next time you get a craving for something sweet. Just be sure to grab a napkin before taking a bite.

Quest Bar Molten Cupcake
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Nutritional Overview:

Calories: 272
Fat: 11
Carbs: 36 (Only 5g sugar!)
Protein: 22

Serves: 1
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar
  • 3/4 tbsp Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (or PB, or Nutella, or really whatever indulgent spread you prefer)
  • 1/2 tbsp PB2
  • 1/2 tbsp Chocolate Jello Pudding Mix (Sugar Free/Fat Free)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease one section of a muffin tin
    2. Break your Quest bar in half and place on a small square of parchment paper
    3. Microwave for about 20 seconds
    4. Roll each half of your quest bar into a ball and press one half into your greased muffin tin. Press the quest bar “dough” up around the sides of your tin to make a little cup
    5. Place cookie butter (or spread of your choice) in the center of your Quest bar dough cup. Don’t spread it out to the edges completely!
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    6. Mold the remaining half of your Quest bar into a dome shape and place on top of the cookie butter cup
    7. Carefully press the seam of your two halves together to seal your cupcake
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    8. Bake for 5 minutes
    9. While cupcake is baking, mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate for a few minutes
    10. After baking, allow your cupcake to cool for about 5 minutes before topping with the PB2/Jello frosting. If desired, decorate with sprinkles, Oreos, etc. before engulfing

NOTES:

  • Have a napkin nearby if you’re eating with your hands. The molten center WILL get messy if you’re not careful. See?:
    20140306-141430.jpg(I definitely didn’t take a selfie with the cookie butter dripping down my chin, but you can see it on my fingers.)
  • You can get creative with the type of Quest bar you use here, but I’d avoid using any type that has chocolate chunks inside. Those flavors are way messier to ball up and mold with your hands because the chunks melt.
  • Be patient. Seriously, let it cool after you bake it. I was over-ambitious and burned my mouth on the molten cookie butter.

Okay, for real this time — I’m out until after SXSW. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Quest Bar Molten Cupcakes (with Cookie Butter Center)”

  1. This recipe is so simple, and yet so awesome at the same time. I bought a box of Quest Bars just to try it out. They were so good that I had to write about them too! *but don’t worry, I put a link back this article ;)

    1. Thanks, Clayton! Just read yours — love it, especially the idea of making multiple at a time and microwaving them when you need a little sweet treat. I’ll be honest — I’ve had a PB-Brownie Quest bar Cupcake twice for dessert this week, and they’d be even better if they were pre-made. Like the way you think, sir! Also, thank you for linking back to the original recipe! :) You rock.

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