These homemade healthy peanut butter cups are not the prettiest things I have ever made. I really should have spent a bit more time adding the chocolate topping and getting it to cover the sides of these peanut butter cups evenly – however I was far more concerned with getting them assembled so I could shove some in my mouth.

healthy homemade healthy peanut butter cups
Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Being dairy free has posed more of a challenge to me than I thought it would. I surprised myself by giving up my daily cappuccinos with ease and substituting almond milk for regular in my cereal and porridge. I haven’t however managed to give up dairy milk chocolate fully as yet. I am completely addicted, damn you Cadbury and your Marvellous Creations. I love dark chocolate but sometimes it just won’t cut it for me. As a result I’ve been experimenting with ways to make it a bit more interesting, I’ve had some success with home made bounty bars (I will post a recipe once I manage to make these and not eat them all before getting the opportunity to take photos of them!)

healthy homemade peanut butter cups

These peanut butter cups are another great sweet treat. I made them during one of the warmer weeks here in Cork and to keep them from melting I put them in the freezer. All I can say is that was a good call, these taste delicious out of the freezer, like a chewy toffee slice of peanut butter cup heaven. They are very easy to make too, I have another batch in the freezer! Instead of faffing about with the cups though, I just made it in a tray and cut up into little bites.

healthy homemade healthy peanut butter cups

Ingredients for Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

1 Cup of Pitted Dates
1 Cup of Cashew Nuts
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup of Pure Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup
200g Bar of 70%+ Chocolate

Method

The base of these is essentially the same as my homemade nakd bar recipe. Blitz the cashew nuts in your food processor until they are a fine crumb. Add the dates, cocoa powder and vanilla and process again until the mix comes together into a ball of datey, chewy goodness.

All natural nut butter tends to be a little runny. When I made homemade nutella a while back I noticed that adding the maple syrup to the mix caused it to seize up – kind of like what happens if you get water in to chocolate as it melts. This makes for a much easier to manage peanut butter mix for these peanut butter cups. Mix the peanut butter and the maple syrup together in a bowl. You might need to add a little more maple syrup to get a good thick consistency.

Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over some hot water – or in the microwave, whatever floats your boat.

I used silicon cup cake moulds to shape the homemade healthy peanut butter cups. Press a tablespoon of the date mixture into the bottom of the mould. Spoon a teaspoon of the peanut mix on top of this and smooth it out. Finally, coat the top with the melted chocolate. Pop in the fridge to firm up.

homemade healthy peanut butter cups

As I mentioned above, these are good straight out of the freezer. Make in a tray instead of moulds and cut into bite size squares. Serve with a cold glass of almond milk to help wash them down!

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