Peanut Butter Cups

Oh peanut butter cups. One of the most delicious treats ever made. A pack of Reese’s is 210 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 4.5 grams of that is saturated fats! Yikes.

But we are human right? We all want to dive into that peanut butter chocolate combo every now and then. And let’s face it, fat free sugar free chocolate pudding only goes so far sometimes…

I decided to make my own version of these. Everything in moderation, right? These are made with coconut oil! This oil is the only type of oil that solidifies. Plus, it is a fat burning oil!Β Β Research has shown it boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and gives you more energy, which can lead to more weight loss. I use it in many of my baking recipes πŸ™‚

So let’s get to this recipe! It takes 22 minutes and guess what? 20 of these minutes are used to let the chocolate “set”. So really you are cooking for 2 minutes! How simple!

For this recipe you will need:

-2 Tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
-1/3 cup of cacao powder (superfood, find me at health food stores)
-1 Tablespoon of stevia
-2 Tablespoons of PB2

Start by melting your coconut oil. To make the stevia “liquid” I place it in 1 1/2 Tablespoons of warm water and mix, otherwise you will have a grainy chocolate. You can also buy liquid stevia drops, but I didn’t have any!

Coconut oil and stevia

Coconut oil and stevia

Add the cacao powder and mix

This is the brand I like

This is the brand I like

Silky smooth chocolate!

Silky smooth chocolate!

Next take mini cupcake liners and fill 1/3 of the way with the chocolate mix

Mini PB cups in the making!

Mini PB cups in the making!

Pop in the freezer for 10 minutes to let this set.

After 10 minutes you have this:

Set and ready to go!

Set and ready to go!

Mix together your PB2, I used the cocoa kind because that’s what I like, but you can use plain too!

Mmmm PB2, in case you don't follow regularly, PB2 is pressed peanut powder. 1 Tablespoon of powder with 1 Tablespoon of water makes peanut butter! 85% less fat :)

Mmmm PB2, in case you don’t follow regularly, PB2 is pressed peanut powder. 1 Tablespoon of powder with 1 Tablespoon of water makes peanut butter! 85% less fat πŸ™‚

Place a little bit of the PB2 in each cup

PB2 in a cup!

PB2 in a cup!

Cover with more of the chocolate mix

Yum

Yum

And freeze for another 10 minutes to set!

PB cups complete!

PB cups complete!

Look at these luscious cups πŸ™‚

Just adorable

Just adorable

Unwrap…

Just like Reese's (sorry picture with phone)

Just like Reese’s (sorry picture with phone)

Take a bite and see what’s inside πŸ˜‰

Looks just like a reese cup doesn't it!?

Looks just like a reese cup doesn’t it!?

I really was amazed when I finished these that they looked EXACTLY like a Reese cup. If I get an idea in my head I am determined to make it happen! And boy did I πŸ™‚

This recipe makes 8 mini peanut butter cups. Nutritional info (one cup): 51 calories, 3.9 grams of fat, 3.25 grams of carbs, and 1.2 grams of protein. Much friendlier than the Reese package!

Sweet tooth satisfied πŸ™‚

Happy eating…

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

Comments

  1. You are AMAZING. I am so happy about this right now!

  2. totally going to make these this summer!!!! so psyched that these are so much healthier πŸ™‚

  3. These look SO good- I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing!

    • They are really good! If you are not a fan of super dark chocolate, you might want to add a little more stevia! But I love dark! I had some of my instagram followers try and they loved too πŸ™‚

  4. Those are seriously the only ingredients in this recipe? Wow, I am impressed!

  5. Can I use anything besides the coccounut amino? I don’t have that πŸ™

    • Unfortunately that is the only thing that will work. It’s the only oil that solidifies unless you wanted to use real chocolate and butter, but then it defeats the purpose of being healthy. Sorry!

    • It is not coconut aminos (that is something else, like soy sauce), but coconut oil (which is what I think you wanted to say).

  6. I made these but my chocolate began to harden immediately and I could not even get it in the cups. Any ideas of what I did wrong? I followed the recipe exactly. The batter was just so thick! Thanks πŸ™‚

    • did u have your coconut oil refrigerated? Something must have went wrong in your steps. I’ve made other recipes with this multiple times and not had this happen. What type of coconut oil are you using?

      • Using Nature’s Way Organic Coconut Oil..not refrigerated and yes, it was melted. Not sure what I did. I ended up putting quite a bit of water to it and it worked fine. I need to tweak the sweetener though…maybe use honey! Thanks for your response…I LOVE your site and have tried most of your recipes.

        • Super weird! I had others in Instagram try the PB cups and they turned out! Was your house super cold? lol I can’t think of any other reason it didn’t turn out. Besides maybe using a different cacao than I did? Not sure… but it’s going to bother me! haha πŸ™‚ And thanks for following! πŸ™‚

    • Also my batter was not thin at all. Are you sure you melted the coconut oil? It seems very odd…

  7. Can I ask a silly question? This is genuine, not nitpicky–I really want to know! I How is this better for you than just using full fat peanut butter? I know my Jif has saturated fats–but does natural peanut butter? Also, I see that replacing sugar with stevia could be a good thing, but wouldn’t natural PB be low in sugar? When I run the numbers here, if I used even Jif in place of the PB2 and Coconut oil (just since I don’t have any natural non-processed junk to compare with!), I get very similar numbers: 2.33 fat, 3 carb, .92 fiber, 1.54 protein. (Didn’t try it yet, so can’t vouch for taste!). I didn’t check calories, but the Skippy has 190 per 2 tbsps compared with 120 for the coconut oil I have, so I would guess, divided by the 8 cups, Skippy cups would be about 10 calories more per cup (but same number of WW p+, 1 per cup).

    I have all these ingredients, and will try this recipe–I just found you as I am trying to find a good treat with low WW numbers. It doesn’t seem worth it to use my expensive PB2 and coconut oil if I can get something yummy (though, to be sure, if I wanted healthier I’d still have to use a better brand of PB than Jif, and that would also be pricier)! All thoughts welcome!

    • Well I don’t do weight watcher points, every system is different. I really don’t believe in any “system” to lose weight. I just swap healthier options. So the PB2 is CRUSHED peanuts, it takes away 85% of the fat.

      I understand you are “crunching numbers” but you HAVE TO use the coconut oil to make these. It is the only oil that solidifies to give you the chocolate cup. Your other option would just be melting a chocolate bar and obviously that’s not good. So to keep the calories and fat content down I used the PB2 instead of the natural peanut butter. You can certainly use the regular PB here, but again it’s going to give you a “fattier” and higher calorie cup.

      And yes natural does make a difference. It doesn’t have any extra added oils or preservatives. It’s just salt and crushed peanuts. Some of the other brands have added palm oil and sugar!

      Hope this helps?

    • I’m confused by the above because PB2 has added sugar. I buy a defatted peanut flour that doesn’t have any sugar added now that I realized that about PB2. I wish companies didn’t feel the need to add sugar to so many things, and under so many sneaky names. πŸ™

      • It has 1 gram for regular PB2, even things that are labeled “0” have traces. 1 gram of sugar is not going to “break the bank” so to speak, but to each their own. πŸ™‚ Still a healthier option over a Reeses

  8. I tried these out today and they were fantastic.
    Instead of Stevia I used brown sugar and made some with almond butter. They were way better then Reese’s! Thank you for the recipe πŸ™‚

  9. I’m on contest prep and made these for dessert tonight with dinner-AMAZING! It was hard not to eat all 8 at once πŸ™‚

  10. My batter was too thick and I had to use water to thin it as well… And I followed the instructions exactly too.

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