I am one of those people that can’t end my day of eating at dinner. Nope. Non. Nunca. NEVER will I not eat a treat before bed. Luckily for my waistline, I always find ways to create healthier versions of my favourite treats. And today, my friends, I introduce you to my favourite chocolate bar, revamped to enjoy every damn day. Chocolate Peanut Butter cups made with dark chocolate, homemade peanut butter and not a grain of refined sugar. That’s right. I’ll be snackin’ till the day I die.
I can’t think of a better duo than chocolate and peanut butter, and I’m sticking close to home with this recipe. No fancy upgrades or add-ins. Just the classic – healthified. Dark chocolate and peanuts are both anti-inflammatory foods and coconut oil is said to enhance brain function. All-in-all, you can never go wrong with knowing exactly what is going into your food.
This simple and quick recipe requires five ingredients that you will likely already have in your pantry:
- Dark chocolate (At least 85%)
- Natural peanut butter (I use my Homemade Peanut Butter)
- Coconut oil
- Maple syrup
The first step is finding the best peanut butter for the filling. Look at the ingredient list on the peanut butter that you buy. The only ingredient listed should be “dry roasted peanuts.” And maybe “salt.” Otherwise, steer clear. Most peanut butters have a lot of sugar added and stabilizers to prevent oil separation. If you are trying to incorporate more healthy, whole foods into your diet, natural nut butters are best. If you are unimpressed with the price of these at your grocery store, click here to learn how to make your own in less than 10 minutes!
To make the filling, combine the peanut butter with the vanilla and maple syrup. Form into 1-inch balls and flatten on a large plate covered with a piece of parchment paper. Put in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate.
For the chocolate shell, set up a double boiler. Cut up your dark chocolate into small-ish pieces and place in a large, heat-proof bowl with coconut oil, reserving 2 ounces of the chocolate for later. Fill a small pot with about one inch of water and place over burner with the bowl of chocolate on top. Tip: Placing a wooden spoon in the pot before you put the bowl on top allows the steam to escape. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula until chocolate pieces have melted. Remove from heat and gradually add in the remaining 2 ounces of chocolate, stirring after each addition, until melted. This helps to temper the chocolate, giving it more of a glossy look when set and achieving a wanted “snap” when bitten into.
To mold the chocolates, I use this silicone muffin tray, which is beyond amazing. The pb cups come out perfectly. You can also use paper muffin liners if you don’t have a silicone tray.
Pour enough of the melted chocolate into each cup (or liner) to coat the bottom. Remove the peanut butter discs from the freezer and place one in each cup, on top of the melted chocolate. Cover with more melted chocolate until the peanut butter is no longer visible. You may also add some flaky sea salt on top, if that’s your style. Place the pb cups in the fridge for about 15 minutes to set.
This recipe makes 6 large peanut butter cups. Store them in the fridge and remove them a few minutes before you want to chow down.
The perfect guilt-free post-dinner snack.
Healthy 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups
Serving size: Makes 6 large peanut butter cups
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 10 oz dark chocolate, separated and chopped into small pieces
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla until combined. Form into six, 1-inch balls and flatten onto a plate lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer while you prepare the chocolate.
- Fill a small pot with one inch of water and place over a burner on medium-high heat. Bring water to a simmer. In a heatproof bowl, add 8 oz of the chocolate and the coconut oil. Place a wooden spoon in the pot with simmering water and the bowl on top of the pot. The spoon allows the steam to escape. Use a rubber spatula to constantly stir the chocolate until melted. Remove from heat.
- To temper the chocolate, slowly add in the remaining 2 oz of chocolate, one small chunk at a time, stirring until melted after each addition. This process takes a bit of time, but helps to set the chocolate properly.
- To a silicone muffin tray (or into muffin liners), pour in enough melted chocolate to just coat the bottom of six of the cups. Remove the peanut butter discs from the freezer and place one in each of the cups with chocolate. Top them off with the remainder of the melted chocolate, making sure to completely cover the peanut butter. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set.
Store these in the fridge and remove a few minutes before serving.