Indulge yourself with less guilt. These peanut butter cups contain only 3 ingredients and are sure to be a hit. Why less guilt? First, coconut oil is a healthier alternative to butter and other baking oils because it contains saturated “good” fat that is readily burned as energy.
Second, when selecting peanut butter to use, look closely at the ingredients listed to determine whether the jar contains natural peanut butter. If the jar lists only two ingredients, peanuts and salt, it is classified as natural. Other ingredients and extra oils are often added to standard peanut butters for a longer shelf-life.
Lastly, dark chocolate has many health benefits such as high levels of antioxidants and can lower the risk of heart disease. 70% cocoa chocolate is one of the healthiest and most affordable options, with reduced levels of sugars and fat.
- 16 oz dark chocolate (70% cacao), chopped
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- Put the chocolate and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into a saucepan to melt over low-to-medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter with the remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Line a plate or muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- Pour enough of the melted chocolate mixture to cover the bottom of the liners.
- Place them in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set.
- Once set, add a small scoop of the peanut butter mixture into the cup and gently flatten with your thumb or the back of a spoon.
- Pour enough melted chocolate over the peanut butter to cover the top, about 1 to 2 tablespoons.
- Place back into the freezer for about 25 to 30 minutes to completely set.
If you don’t plan on eating them right away, make sure you take them out of the freezer about 30 minutes ahead of time to make sure they’re not too hard.