Is it Easter already!? I’m not an overly religious person, ok I confess, I’m not religious at all. So we really don’t “celebrate” Easter besides making a Sunday dinner. Although, I did have to make sure my man got visit from the Easter Bunny!!! I know he loves PB and chocolate…I mean, who doesn’t!?! Once again, I decided to take a product we all know and love and make it myself at home without all the added junk in it 🙂 These still have chocolate of course, but organic dark chocolate…mmmm and peanut butter – PB2. I’m sure you’ve seen these all over Pinterest; they are surprisingly easy to make yourself and all you need are 4 ingredients and some cupcake liners.I decided to use the mini-cupcake liners – portion control baby!
You’ll want to get some nice, dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa. I’m using this brand…
70% Lindt is also good and easy to find. I’m using PB2 powder mixed with water to make peanut putter. You can use all natural peanut butter but it will change the calories on the nutritional info below. I’m also using coconut oil, but you could use melted butter if you prefer.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Makes 12 mini cups
4 oz of dark chocolate
1/4 cup of PB2, mixed with water
2 Tbsp of Stevia, you could use any sugar substitute or powdered sugar
1 Tbsp of coconut oil
12 mini-cupcake liners
Place 12 mini-cupcake paper liners on a baking sheet. Melt half the chocolate and half the coconut oil in a double boiler, or a “bain marie” en francais. I prefer this method over the microwave because the microwave always causes my chocolate to seize, but if it works for you go for it! To use a double boiler you need a pot with a small amount of water brought up to a simmer (not boiling!). Place a heat proof bowl on top, make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl and make sure there is no steam escaping. Roughly chop the chocolate, add half to the bowl along with half the coconut oil.
As the chocolate melts, stir gently – don’t over stir it! Once the chocolate is almost melted, remove from heat and keep stirring until it is completely melted. Pour into paper liners filling about 1/4 of the way. Place this in the freezer.
Add the stevia to a blender and pulse until it is powdery. In a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter and powdered stevia. Once the melted chocolate has hardened, add a dollop of peanut butter to each cup, put back in the freezer.
Repeat the first steps above to melt the remaining chocolate. Once melted, pour on top of the peanut butter mixture. Freeze again until hardened.
Voila! Homemade peanut butter cups without all the added junk and lower in calories and sugar and fat and EVERYTHING! Let’s compare shall we. This is for two cups, yes they are smaller in size but with the richness of the dark chocolate, two is all you need!