Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cups Recipe (2024)

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These peanut butter cups are better than store-bought!

If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you’ll love these homemade peanut butter cups too.

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Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean that you give up everything you’ve ever liked in favor of cardboard and sawdust on your dinner plate. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

You can still enjoy your favorites. Favorites such as peanut butter cups.

Yes, chocolate and peanut butter were meant to go together. But it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Things that taste good CAN actually be healthy too! <gasp!>

Why Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups?

That’s easy!

  • The taste and quality are leaps and bounds better with proper ingredients.
  • You control what’s in them! There are no questionable chemicals or preservatives added. It’s just all-natural, real-food ingredients.
  • You can get creative! Try white chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet or semi-sweet, OR, to keep it truly healthy, purchase baking chocolate (absolutely no sugar added – totally unsweetened) or use a cocoa powder like I did, and add your own natural sweeteners as I’ve done here. I promise you’ll never go back to store-bought!
  • Portion control. Yep, you can make these tiny so you have portion control. That’s why I make these in a mini muffin pan. You can always eat more of them if you want a larger helping. But this gives you a tiny treat when you need it most.

How To Make Peanut Butter Cups

If you’ve ever made this sort of homemade candy before, where you’re working with melted chocolate, you know it can be a hassle to keep the chocolate warm with a microwave long enough to get through making all your candy.

A simple hack is to melt your chocolate in a slow cooker. A smaller-sized slow cooker usually works best, but work with what you’ve got.

On low heat, the slow cooker keeps your chocolate warm for as long as you need (within reason – it will burn eventually). This recipe reflects the use of a slow cooker. But I’ll give instructions for the stovetop as well.

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Once your chocolate is melted and other ingredients have been added, you’ll spoon enough chocolate into the paper-lined mini muffin pan wells to fill up a 1/3 of each well. Then you’ll stick that in the freezer to chill and harden. Once hard, you can spoon on the peanut butter another 1/3 of the way and then spoon the rest of the chocolate over that. Return them to the freezer until hardened, pop them out, and keep them in a food-safe container in the freezer until ready to eat.

FAQs

How To Melt Chocolate

Should you choose to use chocolate instead of cocoa powder (that recipe is below the first recipe below), you have three options here.

Melting Chocolate In A Slow Cooker

As I mentioned above, one of the easiest, no-fuss options for melting chocolate is by using a slow cooker.

NEVER use a lid when you melt chocolate in a slow cooker. This will create moisture (slow cookers cook with moist heat), which will make your chocolate seize up (that dry, clumpy mess when you overheat or expose the chocolate to moisture). So avoid using a lid at all costs. Simply put the chocolate in, turn the heat to low, and stir occasionally until your chocolate is melted.

If you have a warm setting on your slow cooker, turn it to that setting once the chocolate is melted.

If you do not have a warm setting, you’ll need to work quickly to avoid the chocolate becoming a seized mess.

If you do overheat your chocolate, instructions for fixing it are in the YouTube video below.

Melting Chocolate In A Double Boiler

This is the “proper” way to melt chocolate. You’ll need a double boiler pot or a pot with a heat-safe bowl that will sit safely inside the pot while resting on the edge.

You do not want to use a bowl small enough to sit completely inside the pot. The bowl must rest on the edges of the pot so that it is suspended over the water.

There needs to be a seal between the pot and the edge of the bowl so that steam does not damage your chocolate.

  1. Bring your water to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a strong simmer.
  3. Put the chocolate in the bowl.
  4. Set the bowl over the pot.
  5. Stir frequently until the chocolate is melted.
  6. Remove the bowl from the pot, wipe the bottom of the bowl, and set it on a heat-safe surface.

How To Melt Chocolate In A Microwave

Where convenience is concerned, melting chocolate in a microwave is second only to the slow cooker.

  1. Put your chocolate in a glass, microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir the chocolate.
  4. Return the bowl to the microwave and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir.
  6. Repeat the 30-second intervals with stirring after each interval until your chocolate is fully melted.
  7. Stir well each time to help the chocolate melt from the heat of what’s already melted instead of trying just to microwave it into submission.
  8. Use a pot holder because the bowl will get very hot!

Making Peanut Butter Cups With Cocoa Powder

Yes, you can make peanut butter cups with cocoa powder! In fact, that is the original version of my two recipes below. You don’t have to use actual chocolate bars or chips. The powder will work just fine, provided you use virgin coconut oil to help things harden as they cool.

The upside of using cocoa powder is that you don’t have to worry about your chocolate seizing up. You just warm and whisk everything together and build your peanut butter cups. Easy!

The Peanut Butter

You can’t have peanut butter cups without the peanut butter. But the kind of peanut butter you use is important.

  • Your favorite peanut butter is always the best choice for flavor.
  • All-natural peanut butter won’t have any added sugar.
  • You’ll want creamy peanut butter for this.
  • Use room-temperature peanut butter. It’s far easier to spoon into those little cups.

How To Fix Seized Chocolate

If you ended up with a dried, clumpy chocolate mess instead of a nice, silky, melted chocolate, check out this YouTube video for how to fix that.

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More Healthy Candy Recipes

  • Chocolate Bars
  • Chocolate Turtles

Peanut Butter Cups Recipe Card (Using Chocolate)

The recipe for using cocoa powder is below.

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Peanut Butter Cups – From Regular Chocolate

This recipes makes 24 mini peanut butter cups using melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder. Note that paper muffin liners can end up sticking to the finished candy. It's not hard to get off, but takes a little effort. To avoid this, use foil muffin liners instead.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 30 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Freeze Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 24 servings

Calories: 221kcal

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Equipment

  • Mini muffin pan

  • Mini Muffin Liners/Papers

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. chocolate chips I used Lily's
  • ½ cup peanut butter ( no sugar added )

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Instructions

  • Line your mini muffin pan with mini muffin papers.

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  • If your muffin pan is silicone, set it on a cookie sheet for stability.

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  • Set your slow cooker to its low setting.

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  • Pour the chocolate chips into the slow cooker.

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  • Stir the chips frequently so that the already melted parts can help melt the rest of the chips. This process can take about 20-30 minutes, depending on the chocolate chips you use.

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  • The chocolate should be smooth, silky and easy to to stir when it's finished melting.

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  • Once properly melted, turn your slow cooker to it's warm setting.

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  • Fill the muffin papers 1/3 of the way with chocolate, then freeze for 15 minutes.

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  • Add peanut butter another 1/3 of the way over the frozen chocolate.

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  • Over this, pour on the rest of the chocolate to top them off. Then return to the freezer for at least 2 hours.

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  • Pop out, peel off the papers and enjoy!

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Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1peanut butter cup | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

Peanut Butter cups Recipe Card (Using Cocoa Powder

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Peanut Butter Cups

Yield will vary based on the mold you use. The nutrition data is for the ENTIRE batch. You will need to divide that data by the number of peanut butter cups you end up with.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 30 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours hours

Total Time: 3 hours hours 30 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 batch

Calories: 4718kcal

Equipment

  • Mini muffin pan

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar clean peanut butter, smooth works best

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Instructions

  • In a medium pot, combine all ingredients except the peanut butter.

  • Whisk thoroughly over low heat until the chocolate is smooth.

  • Using either an oiled silicone mini muffin pan, OR foil cupcake papers in a regular muffin pan, fill the wells 1/3 of the way up with chocolate. Keep the chocolate warmed over low heat if possible or on the warm setting in your slow cooker.

  • Freeze these for 15 minutes.

  • Remove them from freezer and add another 1/3 using peanut butter.

  • Freeze for 15 minutes.

  • Remove them from freezer and add the last 1/3 with more chocolate.

  • Freeze for at least 2 hours.

  • Store in freezer. These get melty pretty quickly, so if you want to serve them but don’t want them frozen, put them in the fridge for about 20 minutes, then serve.

  • Note: These are very good straight out of the freezer.

  • If you prefer to use a slow cooker, simply melt the chocolate in a small slow cooker and keep the temp low or even on the warm setting if you have one. The chocolate will keep well during the intermittent freezings.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1entire recipe | Calories: 4718kcal | Carbohydrates: 254g | Protein: 122g | Fat: 397g | Saturated Fat: 192g | Sodium: 2098mg | Potassium: 3687mg | Fiber: 41g | Sugar: 183g | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 15.2mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 3/14/11.

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