Today is National Peanut Butter Day! Since this gives me an excuse to make something tasty, I thought I’d recreate a candy that seems to be a favorite among everyone…peanut butter cups! Personally, I have found peanut butter cups to be pretty addicting once you start eating them. If I have a bag of these in the house, my boyfriend will get into them in no time! There will usually only be a few left for me, so I made giant ones! When you think of a peanut butter cup, there are two simple ingredients; peanut butter and chocolate. I thought to myself, why not make my own?! When you buy store bought peanut butter cups, there are usually a lot of ingredients added to them to keep the shelf life. I had to give this idea a try, especially if I could make them as healthy and fresh as possible. For this recipe, I was torn with using melted chocolate or cocoa powder and agave. I chose to use melted down mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, however using a cocoa powder, coconut oil, and agave mixture will work as well.
I found that making these peanut butter cups were really simple and actually quite fun! I used an all-natural peanut butter; however I found that this took more time to harden. I ended up leaving the peanut butter portion in the freezer for about 2 hours until completely hardened. If you’re looking for a quicker solution, I would try using a store bought peanut butter. The chocolate portion hardened in about 15 minutes, so the final step was done in no time. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:
1 ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil (for chocolate)
1 teaspoon coconut oil (for peanut butter)
1 tablespoon agave
- In a small bowl, melt down 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Add peanut butter and agave to the coconut oil; mix thoroughly. You should end up with a really smooth consistency.
- Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and pour the peanut butter mixture into the liners. You will want to fill them up just about half way.
- Next, place the tray into the freezer. If you’re using an all-natural peanut butter, the hardening process will take about 2 hours. For all other types of peanut butter, freeze for about 30 minutes.
- When each liner of peanut butter is completely hardened, it will be time to make your chocolate mixture. Put the mini semi-sweet chocolates into a bowl and add in coconut oil. Place in the microwave for about 45 seconds, stir, and back in for another 45 seconds.
- Once completely melted, add the layer of chocolate over the peanut butter. Place back into the freezer for about 15 minutes.
- Unwrap your peanut butter cup once ready to be eaten and enjoy!
Since I’m dieting, I had Lani give these a taste! Feedback that came from these was that the peanut butter was a little on the drippy side once being eaten. A tip for fixing this problem would be to add a small amount of the chocolate mixture first, let harden, and then add the peanut butter on top of this. Looking for a treat for your pup to go along with National Peanut Butter Day? Try our recipe for homemade peanut butter dog treats!