Healthier Homemade Peanut Butter Cup

There is no denying, even the fittest person craves something sweet. A key to satisfying your sweet tooth in a healthier way is to create homemade options for your favorite sweets. Meet the Homemade Peanut Butter Cup healthy makeover.

The idea behind a sweet treat is the word treat. A treat means something special, something you look forward to, something that does not happen every day.

When you make this treat yourself, you are avoiding a lot of added sugars and preservatives that come in highly-processed commercial candy.

When you’re looking for a quick dessert recipe with simple ingredients (real food that you can find in your pantry), this ticks all the boxes. They are super easy to make, using only 6 ingredients - nut butter (100% natural peanut, almond, or cashew butter), coconut oil, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, and sea salt.

These Healthier Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are perfect when you are craving melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

I find it easiest to make the homemade peanut butter cups in silicone baking molds or use parchment paper cup liners.

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When you make a peanut butter cup homemade from a recipe with simple ingredients, you are able to avoid added sugar and preservatives
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Healthier Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Make yourself the treat you’re craving without all the added sugar and chemical preservatives with this homemade Peanut Butter Cup healthy makeover.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 128
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

Bottom Layer (Chocolate

  • cup peanut butter all-natural or fresh ground. See notes for variations.
  • tbsp coconut oil extra virgin/refined. See notes
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp honey

Top Layer (Peanut Butter)

  • cup peanut butter all-natural or fresh ground.
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil extra virgin/refined
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey

Garnish

  • 1 sprinkle sea salt

Instructions

  • Line a muffin tin with 12 parchment paper muffin liners. Or use silicone cups or molds.
  • In one of the bowls, melt 2 ½ tablespoon coconut oil in the microwave.
  • Stir in all ingredients for the bottom layer (chocolate) together until smooth. Set aside.
  • In the other bowl, melt 2 tablespoon coconut oil the microwave.
  • Stir all ingredients for the top layer (peanut butter) together until smooth. Set aside.
  • Scoop a heaping ½ tablespoon of the chocolate layer into each muffin cup. Shake a bit until the layer is set evenly.
  • Place ½ tablespoon of the peanut butter layer on top of the chocolate layer. Shake a bit until your cups are even.
  • Sprinkle each cup with some sea salt. (Don’t skip this step - it is the secret to pure heaven in your mouth.)
  • Place muffin tin in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm.
  • Keep healthy peanut butter cups in the freezer until ready to enjoy them.

Notes

Be sure to use coconut oil, and not any other kind of oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and is key to this recipe setting firmly. You probably want to use refined, sometimes called extra-virgin, coconut oil unless you want a really strong coconut flavor in your treat.
Variations: You can use any kind of nut butter. I have tried all kinds and they come out terrific.

Hand Size Portions

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Amount per Serving
Calories
128
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
66
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
89
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
8
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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