Better-for-you Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
This homemade peanut butter cup recipe packs protein and flavor into one satisfying bite! It’s the best homemade peanut butter cup recipe around!I’ve always been a big believer in the mantra of “moderation in all things.” When it comes to eating healthier, this is no exception. I see so many diets out there that seem to eliminate certain food groups entirely. And while I know that a lot of people see results from these, I’ve also seen many people see results…and then gain all the weight/inches back when they go off of it. I believe that healthy eating is a lifestyle – not just a quick fix. So whatever one does to stay healthy, it needs to be something longterm and sustainable. Over the past several months, I’ve really changed a lot in the way our family eats and exercises. We’ve added a lot more fruits and vegetables, made our meals a little less carb heavy, cut out a lot of sugar, and increased our protein. I’ve already seen a lot of improvement in my energy, my skin, and with some of my chronic health issues. However, I still try and eat realistically – which includes treats every now and then. While I still indulge in a bowl of ice cream every now and then, I’ve tried to change that to the exception – not the rule. In it’s place, I’ve tried to make some desserts that satisfy that sweet craving without making me gain five pounds over night (have I mentioned how bad my metabolism is). I had seen people make “healthy” peanut butter cups before, so I decided to try this out. I searched the Internet high and low and saw all sorts of recipes. In the end, I just kind of improvised and made up my own version. And they are so good! You may see one and think, “It’s so small – how could you possibly just eat one?” I thought the same thing. However, they are extremely rich, have a decent amount of protein in them, and they really do take away my cravings. I made my own peanut butter using my Blendtec Blender with the Twister Jar. I only used lightly salted peanuts and a little bit of vegetable oil – and let me tell you, it’s the best darn peanut butter I’ve ever eaten. If you don’t want to make your own (you can make it any blender – might just take some trial and error), I would recommend a natural peanut butter that only has peanuts, oil, and salt. I also used this brand of Collagen Peptides. I like collagen over traditional protein powder – though either will work just great in this. Traditional protein powder typically does have more calories though, so it would affect the nutrition. I would recommend using an unflavored version. When made as I made them (so with homemade peanut butter that was just lightly salted peanuts and vegetable oil, as well as this brand of collagen peptides) they are 113 calories, have 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein, and 7 carbs. If you change it at all, I can’t guarantee what those amounts would be, but you can find out at MyFitnessPal! This recipe makes about 15 peanut butter cups. I typically just freeze them in a gallon sized Ziplock bag, and I grab one out when I need a sweet (no more than once a day :). You could also experiment with the kind of nut butter you use! I think almond butter would yield a delicious result. And yes, I would recommend using dark chocolate chips. You could definitely use milk chocolate, but I think dark chocolate delivers a much richer and satisfying flavor. Products You Need: Mini Muffin Tin Mini Muffin Cup Holders (it might be worth getting the reusable silicone ones!).
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
- 3 scoops Protein Powder, unflavored
- Place mini muffin cups in the mini muffin tin
- Spray cups with cooking spray
- Melt dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.
- Add a thin layer of chocolate to the bottom of each muffin cup. Freeze for about 20 minutes.
- Mix together peanut butter and protein powder until you can form it into balls. It may still be a little sticky.
- Put a ball of peanut butter into each muffin cup and flatten with a spoon (leave a little room around the edges so it doesn't touch the muffin cup)
- Cover each cup with chocolate. Freeze until hardened.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.