Chocolate and peanut butter together may equal harmony; however, the traditional packaged treats are any thing but harmonious. Trans-fat and sugar galore – Halloween is scary enough. That’s why I’ve put together my favorite dark chocolate peanut butter cups, using unsweetened chocolate, a little honey and stevia and some good ol’ natural peanut butter.
Usually if I make these chocolate peanut butter cups, I don’t sweeten them at all. I love bitter, unsweetened chocolate and unsweetened peanut butter. However, since it is Halloween and other people will be eating these, I am going for the sweetened version. Although healthier than the packaged version, they can become addicting so watch out. *If using coconut oil in this recipe, it will be best to keep them in the refrigerator as they will become very soft if left out.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
6 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
2 TBSP. raw honey (if you can get it)
OR 1/4 cup powdered xylitol
Pinch of stevia extract, or 1-2 packets stevia
2 tsp. cocoa butter (or palm shortening or coconut oil*)
1 tsp. natural peanut butter
Peanut Butter Filling:
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients for the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Take off heat and let cool slightly.
In a separate bowl, mix the peanut butter, powdered xylitol (or palm sugar) and vanilla together until smooth.
Using scissors, cut the tops off 8 cupcake liners halfway to act as the paper liner for the chocolates. Take 1/2 tsp. of melted chocolate and spread around the base of each cupcake liner. Pop into the freezer and chill for 10 minutes, or until chocolate has set.
Place desired amount of peanut butter on top of the frozen chocolate bases. Pour two teaspoons of melted chocolate mixture on top and spread evenly. Pop back into the freezer and chill until set; or, chill in the refrigerator over night.
Serving size varies; melt more chocolate depending on your needs.
Well that’s all the healthy candy I need for one year. What are you doing for Halloween? It’s only a day away and I still have fully decided, as there are so many things going on that day, even though it is a school/work night.
For now, this is The Healthy Advocate.