Healthy Peanut Butter Cups
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This No-Bake Healthy Peanut Butter Cups recipe is easy to make, comes together in just 15 minutes and is full of feel-good ingredients that are irresistibly delicious! These are like little Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, but homemade and healthy!
Healthy Reese’s Cups
These Healthy Peanut Butter Cups are the healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups version, without any processed ingredients and taste even better than the real thing!
What you’ll Need to Make Healthy Peanut Butter Cups:
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Almond flour: provides just enough texture so the peanut butter isn’t runny
Peanut Butter: I use creamy natural peanut butter.
Dates: adds natural sweetness to complement the salty peanut butter
Chocolate Chips I prefer semi-sweet, but milk or dark chocolate works too!
Coconut oil: or butter or shortening, helps the chocolate harden faster and makes it a little thicker.
Salt flakes: while it is optional, I highly recommend it. A sprinkle of salt enhances the sweet and salty combo! I like to use kosher or sea salt.
Tools and Equipment Needed:
How to Make 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups:
You’ll love how easy these kid friendly healthy Reese’s cups are to whip up. They are a must for my Holiday cookie plates and the most requested. My kids love to help making them!
Start by making the peanut butter filling, which is all done in the food processor, in less than 5 minutes. Add pitted Mejdool dates, peanut butter and almond flour to your food processor and pulse until it forms a thick dough.
Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of the mixture. Flatten into small patties that are slightly smaller than the diameter of the the cup cake liners and set aside.
Melt the chocolate: In a microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips, peanut butter and coconut oil and microwave in 30 seconds intervals until smooth. Stir between each interval. It should only take about 90 seconds total.
Line a cupcake tin with 12 paper liners.
Fill the base of each cup cake liner with a spoonful of melted chocolate, spread it until it completely covers the bottom of the liner.
Add a peanut butter patty into the center of the liner over the melted chocolate.
Cover the patty with another spoonful of chocolate and spread it.
Repeat for the rest of the liners, give the tin a gentle shake and tap to level out.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until the chocolate completely hardens. If using sea salt, sprinkle on top when the cups are halfway through chilling.
Peel the cupcake paper, serve and enjoy!
Add Christmas sprinkles on top of the peanut butter cups for a festive Holiday look. They make a perfect holiday treat, because they’re healthy, quick and an easy no-bake treat. It’s a guaranteed winner for the Christmas cookie tray.
Healthy Reese’s Cups Tips:
- You can use any nut butters for this recipe, such as: Almond butter or cashew butter..
- You can melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30- second increments like I did, or over a double boiler.
- You can use chunky peanut butter instead of creamy if you prefer.
- Sprinkle with your favorite holiday sprinkles, chopped nuts, or whatever you prefer.
A Quicker Method for Date Peanut Butter Cups
If you you’re in a rush and don’t want to form the PB cups. You can make peanut butter balls instead of cups. Here’s how:
- Roll the peanut butter and date mixture into balls.
- Dip them into the melted chocolate, until fully coated.
- Place them on a plate, lined with wax paper.
- Place in the fridge to harden.
How to Store Healthy Peanut Butter Cups:
I love keeping them in my refrigerator for a quick snack. They will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Balls?
Yes! These will freeze perfectly. Make sure the cups are completely set and line them in an airtight container. Add a piece of wax or parchment paper on top and repeat until full. They will keep for up to 1 months.