Years ago, candy was almost a food group for me, I’d eat some every day! Working next to a 7-11 helped maintain my sugar habit. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were one of my favorites.
I still enjoy homemade, healthy sweets every now and then. I love it when I find a treat has ingredients full of healthy fat, and nothing fake, or processed.
I found a recipe awhile back from Oatmeal with a Fork that I tweaked to satisfy my taste buds. It is quick, easy, and doesn’t even require using your oven!
It’s so simple, I bet many of you have the ingredients in your pantry right now. I usually make a double batch because we practically inhale them! I’ve made them for guests, and they are always a big hit. So don’t file this away for later, make it now, you won’t be disappointed!
Peanut or Nut Butter Layer:
- 1/2 cup peanut, almond or other nut butter. I like to use crunchy almond or peanut butter. My favorite nut butters are from Once Again.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil. I like Wilderness Family Naturals. Azure Standard, and Amazon have the best price.
- 1 Tbsp of maple syrup. You can substitute with honey, but I like the taste with maple syrup better. Coombs Family Farms maple syrup is my favorite.
- 1/4 tsp of sea salt. I find this amount gives the perfect salty taste to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate layer.
- Line a mini muffin tin with 10-12 liners. Or using a regular size tin you’ll get 6-7.
- In a small pot, melt the coconut oil until liquefied.
- Remove from the heat, add other ingredients. Stir until combined.
- Spoon 2 tsp of this mixture into the liners. Put into freezer for 20 minutes.
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil
- 6 Tbsp of cocoa powder.
- 3 Tbsp of maple syrup. You can substitute honey here as well.
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- A pinch of sea salt
- In another small pot, melt coconut oil until liquefied.
- Remove from heat, add other ingredients. Stir until combined.
- Remove tin from the freezer, and spoon 3 tsp of this mixture on top of the nut butter layer. Put into freezer for 20 mins.
- Warm up the remaining nut butter layer
- Spoon 1 tsp on top of the chocolate layer. Put into freezer for 20 minutes.
Once you remove them from the freezer, eat one or two! I love this recipe because it’s full of coconut oil. Because of that, they’ll need to be kept refrigerated, otherwise they begin to melt at room temperature.
Coconut oil has amazing health benefits, it may help prevent many degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s. If you want to learn more, Bruce Fife N.D. has done extensive research on this topic.
Tell me what you thought of this recipe. Was it a healthy substitute for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?