These Healthy Peanut Butter Cups were inspired by Halloween, a night when I watch my kids devour crappy, cheap chocolate and candy, which thankfully happens in our household only once a year. I have been eating health for so long that if I try to eat this kind of junk food I can literally taste all the sugar, salt, processed oils and food colourings, so the thought of touching the stuff now totally turns me off.
Now before you stone me, let me share that it took me YEARS to get to this point and I do still enjoy desserts. I just prefer the high-quality stuff now and I no longer need to have dessert after each meal (a huge victory for me). So while I watched my kids get their sugar high on, I decided I would make myself a healthy version of my previously favourite candy – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
They turned out amazing! But these should still be considered a once-in-a-while treat, because unlike the other 99% of desserts that I create, these aren’t void of refined sugar. However, they are still way healthier than the Reese’s ones, which have all kind of icky ingredients. I keep mine in the freezer, cause out of sight is out of mind and then I get pleasantly surprised when I find a few stashed away.
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- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup organic icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk
- 1/8 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- a good pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- another pinch of sea salt
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix together peanut butter, icing sugar, honey, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt. Set aside.
- In a small pot over low heat, melt together chocolate and coconut oil.
- Using silicone muffin cups, pour enough chocolate into each cup to just fill the bottoms, then swirl the chocolate around so that it rides up the sides of the muffin cups slightly, so that it will cover the peanut butter filling. Sprinkle a touch of sea salt on top.
- Place in the freezer to set for about 5 -10 minutes.
- Remove from freezer, and add in enough peanut butter filling to cover the chocolate base. Pour remaining chocolate over the top of the peanut butter, making sure to cover filling completely.
- Place back int he freezer to set for another 5-10 minutes.
- Store in fridge or freezer, making sure to let thaw for a few minutes before eating if you do choose to freeze them.