These homemade chocolate peanut butter cups are dairy, sugar, and gluten free…and they’re packed with protein! I love this healthy snack even better than Reese’s!
My absolute favorite treat ever is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I thought I’d never, ever give them up. And, granted, I know I’ll still eat them from time to time.
But I’ve recently discovered the homemade version of those scrumptious little peanut butter cups is ten times better.
For the past several months I’ve been dabbling in Trim Healthy Mama, and as I’ve been easing into the plan, one thing I’ve noticed is that my diet is severely lacking in protein. I’ve been happy with trying out a protein powder for the first time ever (it’s really not as weird as I thought).
So I decided to bump up homemade peanut butter cups with a bit more protein–via the protein powder.
The result is a delicious, melt-in-your mouth snack that is healthy, easy, gluten/egg/sugar free and dairy free since I use a dairy-free brown rice protein powder from Vitacost!
My only complaint? Once I eat one, I have to eat at least two. They’re like Pringles–but way, way better. (You know, “once you pop, you can’t stop?”)
Without further ado, here’s the recipe:
- • 4 Tbsp. melted extra virgin coconut oil (extra virgin is a MUST--unless you hate the taste of coconut!)
- • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- • stevia extract to taste (or make your own healthier "Truvia" with this recipe)
- • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- • 1/2 scoop protein powder (I use the brown rice from Vitacost.)
- Stir everything up and pour into 5-6 silicon cupcake liners (or 5-6 full-sized muffin tins). Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!
- Note: These do melt quickly, so it's best to keep them in the freezer when you're not eating them.
I purchased the coconut oil and protein powder used in this recipe from Vitacost.com. I LOVE shopping at Vitacost because 1.) They have GREAT prices on natural foods and supplements, and 2.) I don’t have to leave the house! To get $5 off your first Vitacost order, sign up here.
If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe is an S. You probably shouldn’t eat more than a couple per day since they make BIG, regular-sized “Reeses” cups!
Want another healthy variation of Reeses? Red and Honey has these decadent-looking peanut butter cups that call for almond butter and honey!
What is your favorite treat? Have you ever made homemade peanut butter cups?
Here are more healthy candy recipes at The Humbled Homemaker!