What does healthy really mean? It can mean a lot of things to different people, but for me it’s sipping on my green juice every morning for breakfast, sitting down to a large kale salad almost everyday for lunch, moderately exercising at least 4 days a week, and most importantly eating dark chocolate (and any healthy sweet for that matter). I refuse to give up eating delicious desserts in the name of “health” because they make me happy, and in my eyes, happiness and health go hand-in-hand. I just make sure to find or make the healthier alternatives so I avoid the desserts that have a laundry list of ingredients that I can’t even pronounce.
So yes, I love chocolate, but I really love anything that combines chocolate with peanut butter (or almond butter or cashew butter). I first shared my love of chocolate and nut butter with my Almond Butter Kiss Cookies I created around the holidays and after I devoured those, my next mission was to create a perfect and healthy “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup”. And guess what? I found a way to make a little bite of heaven in these raw Mini Peanut Butter Cups (and the only ingredient that you may have trouble pronouncing is cacao).
- 1/2 cup (45 g) cacao powder
- 1/4 cup (4 oz/125 ml) coconut oil
- 1/4 cup (4 oz/ 125 ml) pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup (4 oz/ 125 ml) all natural, organic peanut butter* (or almond butter or cashew butter)
- 12 mini cupcake wrappers
Note: I like to use the peanut butter you can press fresh from a container so it’s in its most natural state. If you can’t find that, then look for an organic, all-natural brand. Certain brands you find on the shelf have added toxins and chemicals that are not good for our bodies.
- Mix cacao powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a small bowl until a smooth consistency is formed.
- Place a small spoonful of the chocolate into the bottom of the cupcake wrappers.
- Add a small scoop of peanut butter to the chocolate and spread evenly.
- Top the peanut butter with a small scoop of the chocolate and spread evenly to coat the surface.
- Place the mini Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer.
- Serve once they are hardened and chilled (about 1 hour).
- If you are storing them to eat later, store in the freezer.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
- Nutrition per serving:
- Saturated Fat5g
- Protein 4g
Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.