These homemade peanut butter cups are dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten free, and perfectly on plan for the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle…and they’re packed with protein! I love this healthy treat even better than Reese’s!
When I was a child, I couldn’t get enough of my three favorite foods:
- cheese, and
- peanut butter.
While I enjoyed all three in various forms, I was convinced that peanut butter was the tastiest in the presence of chocolate. My absolute favorite candy was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I thought I’d never, ever give them up.
But when my health took a decline and I packed on 30 pounds after the birth of my youngest child, I knew that something had to change. I quit sugar, began following a low-glycemic eating plan, lost that pesky 30 pounds, and I’ve not looked back. I became a certified coach and now teacher others how to eat healthfully–without sacrificing all those favorite flavors we grew up with.
A few years ago I created a healthier, homemade version of peanut butter cups that not only taste delicious but are exponentially better for your body!
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 you can also make it dairy free if you use a dairy-free protein powder (this is one of my favorites–as well as this one).
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:
Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Cups
These do melt quickly, so it's best to keep them in the freezer when you're not eating them.
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!
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Want another healthy variation of Reeses? Red and Honey has these decadent-looking peanut butter cups that call for almond butter and honey! They’re not THM-compliant, but they look amazing for children or those who may be living in maintenance mode.
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Here are more healthy candy recipes at The Humbled Homemaker!
What is your favorite treat? Have you ever made homemade peanut butter cups? Share in a comment below!