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I love peanut butter cups! Ever since I was a little kid Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have been my favorite candy. On Halloween when the neighbors slipped that peanut filled circle treat into my bag, I would concoct methods to hit that house up twice and when it was time to go through my trick or treating haul with my family, I would trade two of almost anything else to get another peanut butter cup.
Unfortunately, they aren’t exactly healthy and when the craving hits these days, I know that I would be trading more than just another candy bar in exchange for a peanut butter cup. Even if I made this Peanut Butter Cup Recipe which tastes exactly like the store bought Reese’s, I would be trading my health due to the sugar content in those tasty treats.
As many of you know, I have followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in the past due to an auto-immune disease called Ulcerative Colitis that I suffered from. Well after having the surgery, the dreaded surgery, I was able to eat almost anything I wanted again. Unfortunately, I have found that not eating clean foods has a lot of consequences to my overall health, even if I don’t have a disease to worry about. The cold hard truth is that we are either feeding a disease when we eat or we are fighting one off, even if we don’t have an actual diagnosis. This has led me to experiment with more healthy and natural ingredients when making recipes, creating healthy versions of my favorites like this Guilt Free Peanut Butter Cup Recipe.
I started making this Peanut Butter Cup Recipe with only real, all natural ingredients like Cocoa Butter, Natural Peanut Butter, All Natural Honey, Vanilla Extract , and Salt.
I have experimented with Cocoa Butter in the past but I still am not a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the stuff although I do enjoy the chocolatey flavor it brings to any recipe. I am not sure why some refer to it as cocoa butter while others call it cacao butter, either way, I made these peanut butter cake bars using it and had some left over to experiment with when I made this Peanut Butter Cup Recipe for the first time.
I started by melting down the cocoa butter in a heavy saucepan on high, stirring to ensure all of the pieces melt evenly.
Once all of the cocoa butter is melted it’s time to stir in the rest of the ingredients.
Once the peanut butter, honey, salt, and vanilla mix in completely it’s time to line a muffin pan with liners.
This recipe makes 12 thick and delicious peanut butter cups but you can easily line two muffins pans with 24 liners, cutting these treats in half.
Since everything is mixed together the only difference will be the size, you will not change the taste by doubling this recipe.
After you pour the peanut butter cup mixture into the liners, pop the pan right into the freezer. Leave it there for about two hours before serving.
You can find all of the ingredients I used in this Peanut Butter Cup Recipe by clicking the links below. Don’t forget to leave a comment to let me know how yours turned out and be sure to share this recipe.
Guilt Free Peanut Butter Cup Recipe
- 1 Cup Cocoa Butter
- 1 Cup of Peanut Butter
- 1/2 Cup of Honey
- 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
- Melt cocoa butter in pan on medium high heat until completely liquefied, making sure to melt evenly, stirring during this process to prevent issues. Stir in other ingredients completely and pour into a paper lined muffin tin. Freeze for about 2 hours before serving and store in airtight container in freezer.
Saturday 9th of April 2022
I have started making these substituting almond butter (without added sugar) and almond extract and they are absolutely amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!
Monday 11th of April 2022
That's great to hear, I am glad you like it. Thanks for commenting!
Friday 18th of February 2022
This recipe is absolutely amazing, and it made my kiddo sooooo ecstatic to have a sweet treat while remaining on the SCD diet. Thank you!
Thursday 3rd of March 2022
I am so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and letting me know.
Thursday 3rd of December 2020
Can i ask you how you store them? Do you keep them in the freezer and eat them frozen? Or will they keep their solid form once frozen and can they thus be kept in a box outside of the freezer? Thank you
Thursday 3rd of December 2020
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I usually store them in the freezer because we love them frozen. We have always kept our candy in the freezer in my house but I think this recipe is better if in the freezer or refrigerator.
Saturday 2nd of May 2020
Has anyone had issues with the cocoa butter separating from the rest of the ingredients in the freezer? It happens to me every time :(
Saturday 23rd of January 2021
My other thought...check the ingredient list on your peanut butter? Is it only just peanuts & salt, or does it have other fats or ingredients added in? If it has other fats or ingredients added in, perhaps those are causing the issue?
Friday 8th of May 2020
I have not had this issue, sorry that keeps happening. Could it be the kind of cocoa butter you are using? Maybe switch it up next time and see what happens.
Monday 6th of April 2020
should you melt the cocoa first and then measure a cup? and thanx!!
Wednesday 8th of April 2020
I just put about one cup of chunks in there, it doesn't have to be exact. No need to melt first. Thanks for stopping by and please let me know how it turns out!