Chocolate peanut butter cups sweetened only with honey? I know what you’re thinking, “did she really have to mess with peanut butter cups?” I have to admit, that same sentiment may have crossed my mind, too. Except…I’ve had some store-bought ‘healthier’ peanut butter cups and I’ve really liked them. Especially the varieties made with dark chocolate (i.e., less sugar). And I’ve made no-bake peanut butter balls that are sweetened with honey and I liked them, too. So, really, it was almost a given that when I tried my hand at making homemade chocolate using cocoa butter wafers and cocoa powder that I would make some of it with honey as the sweetener (instead of maple syrup) and I’d combine it with peanut butter (we’ve already established that as one of my favorite combinations, as you can see in our dessert recipe index).
And guess what? I really like these candies! They are not cloyingly sweet like the milk-chocolate store version, for sure, but both the chocolate and peanut butter flavors really shine through. And while I may not make chocolate from scratch every time I want to make these, I now know I will NEVER go back to making the peanut butter filling with powdered sugar. This filling is good – truly – and I will use it from now on, not only for this, but also for any peanut butter balls I might make (even for these healthier crispy peanut butter balls, since the coconut flour provides a nicer texture and makes them easier to shape than coconut oil).
You make the peanut butter filling first, shape into balls, and then flatten a bit before refrigerating for a few hours. After making your chocolate (or melting a good dark chocolate), you simply add enough to cover the bottoms of small candy cups and refrigerate them for a few minutes. This is just to make sure that the peanut butter disc doesn’t sink to the bottom of the warm chocolate. Bring them out, add the filling and spoon more chocolate on top before replacing in the fridge to harden completely.
I added a few peanut halves to the top of my candy cups, which of course is optional – and not traditional at all. I wanted them to look a little more interesting for our holiday treat bags, plus you can tell at a glance what they contain, just in case there’s an allergy in anyone’s family who receives a bag.
So, what do you think – was it okay this time to mess with a ‘classic?’ 🙂Print
Honey Sweetened Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
A healthy, homemade candy with both chocolate and filling sweetened only with honey.
- Prep Time: 2 hours 25 mins
- Total Time: 2 hours 25 mins
- Yield: 34 cups
- Category: Dessert
- Peanut Butter Filling
- 1/2 c. natural peanut butter
- 2 Tb. honey
- 1 1/2-TB. coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- Chocolate Coating
- 1 c. cocoa butter wafers
- 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 TB. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- pinch salt
- Make Filling: Mix peanut butter, honey, coconut flour, and vanilla until completely combined.
- Shape into 1/2-teaspoon* sized balls and flatten slightly into discs. Place on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for an hour or two.
- Meanwhile, line 34 mini muffin pans with paper liners (you can do less as candy cups if you want, simply rolling the filling into balls and coating them with chocolate).
- Make Chocolate:** Set a glass bowl in a saucepan with water in the bottom that doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Add the cocoa butter wafers to the bowl and heat the water to simmering over medium-high heat, melting the cocoa butter completely.
- Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder gradually until completely smooth.
- Add honey, vanilla, and salt, whisking again until smooth.
- Assemble Candy Cups: using a teaspoon, add enough chocolate to the bottom of each candy liner to cover it; refrigerate just until starting to set, about 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from fridge and place a cold peanut butter disc in the center of each cup. Use a teaspoon to add more chocolate to cover all the discs completely.
- Refrigerate until hardened. Remove from trays and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
*Use a full teaspoon to make peanut butter balls.
**You can also simply melt dark chocolate and make the cups with it instead of making your own chocolate.