For years, Meghan and Tim went on an annual Father-Daughter camping trip. I use the term “camping” lightly, as they slept in a cabin that was equipped with a bathroom, electricity, and even had a TV.
It was an organized trip with a group through the Y with a goal of strengthening relationships between fathers and daughters. The first year they went, the mom who introduced the group to us warned me that it would be candy-filled weekend. All the girls come to camp loaded with snacks and candy.
You know I cringed thinking about sending Meghan with store-bought candy that is filled with preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and unhealthy oils. I decided to make her some homemade treats that would lessen the toxic load, even if just a little.
Clearly, she was my oldest child. I wish I was still as optimistic about my abilities to shield the kids from all the ingredients in processed foods. I keep trying, but it only got more and more difficult as they got older!
No harm in trying, right?
These homemade peanut butter cups might not be as perfect as reese’s cups when you open the package, but you get the winning combination of chocolate and peanut butter in a much healthier way. This homemade version has much less added sugar than a store-bought version and no additives.
You can trust me when I say looking perfect is not what matters to Meghan when it comes to chocolate. She and Luke keep begging me to make more of these. I really should have a stash in the freezer at all times. I guess that means I did something right in trying to shield them from the “real candy” and consistently offering choices with real food ingredients.
I had been making different versions of homemade chocolate peanut butter cups for years now, and I always tried to make a peanut butter filling to mimic the texture of the peanut butter inside the reese’s peanut butter cups.
I finally tried it with just peanut butter and guess what? I love it with just pure peanut butter! You don’t need powdered sugar or anything else added to the peanut butter to make this healthier version of reese’s peanut butter cups.
Also, if aesthetics are important, don’t be lazy like me. Freeze each layer before you do the next layer. You can see the difference in the photos when I did and didn’t have time for that.
When I’m in a rush, I drop the chocolate into the paper cup, add the peanut butter, then add the final chocolate layer. My family doesn’t mind the little imperfections this causes and neither do I.
As you can see from the photos as well, I’ve made these in both mini muffin tins and regular-sized muffin tins. Both work well! Are you ready to make some homemade healthy peanut butter cups? Let’s go!
Recipe Ingredients–What You Need
What I love most about this recipe is that you only need a few simple ingredients you probably keep on hand or can easily find at the grocery store.
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- natural peanut butter*
*I just scoop straight from the jar–who likes measuring peanut butter?! For mini cups, I used about 3/4 teaspoon peanut butter per cup. You need more if you’re using regular sized muffin cups.
- Instead of peanut butter, you can use almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter if you need these to be nut-free.
- You can use honey in place of the maple syrup if you don’t need these to be vegan peanut butter cups.
- You can make these into dark chocolate peanut butter cups by using dark cocoa powder.
How to Make Healthy Peanut Butter Cups
- In a small blender, blend together the cocoa powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup until it is creamy. If you don’t have a small blender, then you can whisk the ingredients together by hand. Just make sure you use a deep, medium bowl so the cocoa powder doesn’t go everywhere and you whisk it very well.
- Put your paper liners in a mini muffin pan or regular muffin pan*
- Using a teaspoon, drop 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture into the cups*.
- You can lift and drop the muffin tin on the counter to help the chocolate lay flat.
- Next, use a teaspoon or a 3/4 teaspoon to drop 3/4 teaspoon peanut butter on top of the chocolate. Finally, add an additional teaspoon of chocolate on top of the peanut butter.
- Again, you can lift and drop the cookie sheet to help the top layer of chocolate lay flat. Or you can use your finger. 😉
- Place in the freezer for at least 20 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.
- These need to be stored in the fridge or the freezer as they can start to melt when stored at room temperature.
*If you use a full-sized muffin tin, you will use more of the chocolate mixture and peanut butter for each cup, and you will get about 4 cups. If you use a mini-muffin tin, you’ll get about 9.
I hope you and your family love these healthier peanut butter cups. They are a favorite candy over here!
You know I love healthy dessert recipes and am dreaming of ways I can make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies a little healthier. They look delicious! If you love chocolate and peanut butter as much as we do, you should also try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cereal Bars, or these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins.
If you try these healthy homemade peanut butter cups or any of my other healthy recipes, please let me know! I’d love to see a photo–share it on Instagram and I’ll feature you. Please leave a comment and star rating below. It really helps other readers know which recipes are tried and true!Print