If you hear the words “peanut butter cup”, I am sure you think of that certain candy with an orange wrapper, AKA chocolate-coated-peanut-buttery-goodness. Ah yes. They are certainly delicious, but those candies have 16 grams (8 per cup) of sugar! I’m sure you know by now that I have a huge sweet tooth [monster], and I’m definitely a fan of the classic peanut butter/chocolate pairing. Before I discovered the effects of sugar on my anxiety, I could gobble up 2 orange packages (32 grams of sugar!) without batting an eye…then, when I was lying in bed wide awake at 2 AM, I would wonder why my chest was tight and my heart was racing. *face palm*
For Zemirah’s stocking this Christmas I…I mean, Santa…decided to make refined sugar free candies, and peanut butter cups were first on the list! I made them again for her birthday, and they were a hit! If you ask me, these peanut butter cups taste even better than the ones with the orange wrapper; they are vegan, no bake, gluten free, can be made paleo, and the best part (to me) is that they are refined sugar free! Sweetened only with maple syrup, these peanut butter cups will give you the nostalgia of opening one of those orange packages, with an even better taste, and won’t send your blood sugar soaring! These little treats would be the perfect things to pack in your kiddo’s lunch box for their Valentine’s Day treat; they will love them, and you will love knowing they will still be able to focus in school without a sugar crash! Chocolate-coated-peanut-buttery-refined-sugar-free-goodness for the win!
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Makes 6 large peanut butter cups. Could easily be doubled.
- 6 oz of dark baking chocolate
- 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil (my favorite because it doesn’t taste coconut-y)
- 1/4 cup of sugar free peanut butter (can be made paleo by subbing almond butter)
- 2 tbsp of coconut flour
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Pinch of salt
- Line 6 muffin tins with parchment paper cupcake liners
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine the baking chocolate and 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil
- Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth
- Combine peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, and coconut flour in a separate bowl
- Fill each liner about 1/5 of the way with chocolate
- Scoop a large spoonful of the peanut butter mixture on top of each, flatten with a spoon
- Cover each peanut butter scoop with remaining chocolate
- Chill in refrigerator for about an hour, until firm
- Keep leftovers covered, in fridge, for 5-7 days (though they will be gone in 2!)
For more nut butter/chocolate goodness, check out my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Bars, Two Layer Paleo Fudge, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Overnight Oats, and Wholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies. And for more no bake desserts (is there anything better?!) check out my Microwave Molten Lava Cake, No Bake Chocolate Date Cake, and Chocolate Banana “Nice” Cream. I hope you find a treat you love for this Love Day, and don’t forget to pin it (at the bottom of the page) so you can keep coming back to it! Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with some refined sugar free chocolate, keep your sugar monster silenced, your blood sugar regular…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!
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