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Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

There is just something so decadent about the pairing of rich chocolate and peanut butter... Skip the unwanted calories and enjoy this delicious homemade peanut butter cups recipe!

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups


Although each ingredient of chocolate and peanut butter singly offers health benefits in their own way, the commercialized flavor duo has more than likely become injected with added sugars. Strip away from unwanted ingredients and enjoy the raw flavors of chocolate and peanut butter!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Yields 12 cups

Ingredients

• 8-ounces dark chocolate chips
• 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
• Peanut butter (see peanut butter recipe below)

Directions

1. Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil in a double boiler or microwave. Do so slowly to prevent burning and promote a smooth, silky chocolate product.
2. Line a muffin tin or flat plate with 12 cupcake liners. Fill the bottoms of each liner with a small spoonful of the melted chocolate and place in the freezer for five minutes to set.
3. Once the chocolate has hardened, dollop the peanut butter mixture into the center of the liners. Gently flatten the peanut butter with the back of a spoon.
4. Cover the peanut butter with remaining chocolate and freeze for an additional 15 to 30 minutes.
5. Remove the liner and serve! If enjoying at a little time, allow the cups to thaw for approximately 20 to 30 minutes up until serving.

How to Make Reese's Peanut Butter

So you may be wondering, "Why make a nut butter when it sits at seemingly almost all grocery store aisles?" Though some nut butters leave the unwanted ingredients out of the jar, others are loaded with added sugars and fats, especially in the form of oils. Creating your own nut butter allows for ingredient control as well as knowing the source of the nuts. The basic peanut butter recipe includes the main star: 2 cups of dry roasted peanut butter (will produce approximately a cup and a half of peanut butter). Throw the nuts into a food processor and mix for roughly five minutes, stirring against the sides as needed. Add salt to taste if desired! Furthermore, here is how to make the Reese's peanut butter used in the recipe described above:

Ingredients

• ½ cup peanut butter
• 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
• 1 Tbsp. coconut flour or oat flour
• 1 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
• ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1. Melt together the peanut butter and coconut oil.
2. Mix the remaining ingredients and allow to cool. The mixture works best if chilled.

Nutritional Comparison

It is important to note although the homemade recipe is for one cup rather than two from a standard Reese's package, they are relatively comparable in weight. Though the homemade contains more calories, we need to point out that the ingredients used are all natural, like coconut oil. Often, healthy eating is about quality of ingredients rather than strictly counting calories. The evaluation also vastly demonstrates the extreme reduction in carbohydrate and sugar content.

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on October 15, 2016. Updated on October 16, 2019.

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