I'll admit it, I have a sweet tooth. Especially when it comes to chocolate! I could easily eat a full size chocolate bar if no one stops me. And while there are some health benefits to eating chocolate, dark chocolate specifically, that doesn't mean that eating an entire bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is suddenly considered "healthy". Even if they are dark chocolate...
I've tried ignoring the chocolate cravings and replacing it with something healthier like fruit, but nothing is quite as satisfying as the real deal! I have personally found that eating chocolate in moderation is my best bet, but as I mentioned before, moderation goes out the window if I have a whole bag or an entire bag sitting in front of me. So what is a girl to do? Make her own of course! And that's how my healthy (really!) peanut butter cup recipe was born.
These only require four ingredients: cocoa powder, coconut oil, some type of sweetener, and peanut butter.
This recipe is gluten free and can be made vegan, sugar free and/or paleo depending on what kind of sweetener you use. They are also customizable so, if for example you have a peanut allergy, swap out the peanut butter for almond butter and problem solved!
- 1 Tbs coconut oil
- 1 Tbs cocoa powder
- sweetener to taste (honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, liquid stevia etc.)
- peanut butter
- mini muffin liners
- Melt coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish. About 15 seconds.
- Stir in cocoa powder and sweetener until smooth
- Spoon mixture into muffin liners until they are about half-way full
- Let cool in the fridge until set. About 5 minutes.
- Top each cup with a dollop of peanut butter and the remaining chocolate mixture.
- Let cool until fully set and then enjoy!
These do melt quickly, so make sure to eat them fast! Not that you'd be able to resist anyway ;)
The outer chocolate shell is also extremely versatile. Due to the coconut oil, it will set at room temperature, making it a great coating for a variety of snacks! Healthy chocolate covered peanuts? Chocolate covered strawberries? Healthy chocolate raisins? Chocolate dipped pretzels? Anything!