This is what happens when you crave chocolate. You start thinking of all the things that go good with it and next thing you know, you're at the grocery store on a chocolate-covered binge.
I eyed the great big chocolate peanut butter cup. You know the one. "For serious peanut butter lover's only." That label irks me. Don't challenge my love, Cup. You'll get bit.
I thought about it. I got really excited. I dropped it. And on the floor staring back at me was the ingredients label. Six ingredients in, I opted out. I needed a healthier alternative.
I was going to make my own peanut butter cup and it was going to be glorious. Three ingredients were all I needed: dark chocolate, coconut oil (because I can't stop using that stuff) and peanut butter. WAIT... I can do better than that! Healthy peanut butter. The powdered stuff with 85% less fat and all the goodness. Count me in.
I headed towards that aisle and passed by all the chocolate-covered items I had dreamed about. Why stop at peanut butter? If I was making my own "cup," I could surely make more than one. And each could be filled with something new. Like those assorted chocolate candies I hate so much. But this time, the "surprise" inside was up to me, so no un-pleasantries. I like where this is going.
Strawberries, bananas, pretzels...you made the cut! Get on board.
Full cart, empty stomach, it was time to head home. This will be a thing of beauty.
Healthy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 4 tbsp. Peanut Butter (4 tbsp. of powdered peanut butter + 2 tbsp. of water)
Other healthy and delicious fillings include:
- Sliced Strawberries
- Sliced Bananas
- Mini Salted Pretzels
- Orange Zest
- Granola Blend (I used Giddy Up and Go Granola from Hi-Health, yum!)
Melt the chocolate chips in a double broiler. If you don't have one, boil water in a small saucepan and place a larger saucepan containing your chocolate chips on top. Stir the chips until they're melted. Then, stir in your coconut oil. Pour your chocolate sauce into a measuring cup (with spout) for an easy transfer to your muffin pan.
Line a muffin pan with baking paper cups. I used a mini muffin pan to control my portion size. Pour your chocolate sauce into each cup (about half way). Add a dollop of peanut butter on top. Then add a final layer of chocolate until the peanut butter is covered.
Repeat the above step with other fillings of your choice. Strawberries, pretzels, bananas, granola etc. are really tasty in these little treats.
Place muffin pan in the freezer to allow candies to harden and take shape. Enjoy!