A recipe for honey sweetened chocolate peanut butter cups for a healthy, homemade candy with both filling and optional chocolate sweetened naturally.
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Chocolate peanut butter cups sweetened only with honey? I know what you may be 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 recently had some store-bought ‘healthier’ peanut butter cups and I’ve really liked them! Especially the varieties made with dark chocolate (which naturally has 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 that I’d combine it with peanut butter, since we’ve already established it as one of my favorite dessert 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 (it’s optional), 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).
Honey Sweetened Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups
The steps to make these healthy peanut butter cups are pretty straightforward:
- 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 to make sure that the peanut butter filling 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 decorate the top of these candy cups, which of course is optional – and not traditional at all. I was making them for holiday treats and wanted them to look a little more interesting.
Adding the nuts is also a way to tell people at a glance what they contain, just in case there’s a peanut allergy in anyone’s family who receives a bag.
Of course you can always make these with any nut butter, or even a seed butter like sunflower. When you make your own candy, you can tailor it to your family’s tastes.
So, what do you think – was it okay this time to mess with a ‘classic?’
Honey Sweetened Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Butter Filling
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Optional Homemade Chocolate Coating*
- 1 cup cocoa butter wafers about 200 grams
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon 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, optional:*
- 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.
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