Inside scoop: Salted Chocolate Nut Butter Cups, the perfect healthy, homemade Reese’s copycat recipe.
Yes, yes, another chocolate peanut butter recipe (but for those allergic to peanut butter, we’ve left some non-nut options in the recipe directions).
This is definitely one of those ‘eat this instead of that’ recipes. If you are a Reese’s Cups lover, you absolutely need to test out this recipe. It is your health-ified version of the candy bar that you know and love. Plus, this recipe is so simple to make, made from raw ingredients, it’s gluten-free, vegan, made with no refined sugar, kid friendly, high in protein, and high in healthy fats…BAM!
These Salted Chocolate Nut Butter Cups are actually one of our most favourite recipes on the blog! We’re really obsessed with making healthy versions of classics, and these turned out amazing.
BTW, it’s not so hard to make healthy swaps, and the swaps usually turn out just as delicious. That’s why we’ve designed a downloadable list to help you make those healthier swaps without compromising on taste. Download the list here:
We might be ditching our processed chocolate bars for a home made one, but does it really have any other health benefits? Why yes, yes it does:
High protein from nuts!
Do you ever notice an afternoon slump, or that sugar craving that just won’t quit, post-lunch? It often means your blood sugars are crashing, which can cause cravings, feelings of sluggishness, and hunger pangs. The best (and healthiest) way to tackle those cravings is by snacking or eating protein, fiber and healthy fats (and it doesn’t hurt that chocolate is involved as well).
Low sugar snack.
Usually when blood sugar dips, and hunger kicks in- especially hunger for a sweet treat; we tend to reach for something that is jam packed with sugar (muffin/pastry/candy bar etc.) to combat those feelings. This options doesn’t actually leave you feeling full, instead it spikes blood sugar, and continues on with the vicious cycle of blood sugar spikes, drops, and constant cravings. Finding snacks that are no to low sugar, but also consist of healthy and balanced macronutrients, such as protein, complex carbs and healthy fats, will help ward off those pesky cravings.
Most nutrition blogs talk a great deal about coconut oil, and why not? Not only is it good for you skin, your teeth, your hair, but it is also an incredible oil to add to your food. Contrary to popular belief, the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCTs) found in coconut oil can help speed up your metabolism, aiding in weight loss. It can help with bone health, fatigue, acid reflux and helps strengthen the liver. These are just a few benefits that coconut oil has to offer.
Easy to prep, easy to take on the go.
This doesn’t need much explaining. When something is easy to make, it makes it much easier to pack it up and leave the house with it ready to eat for when your body is telling you to pick up a snack. This makes walking to the convenience store or vending machine to pick up something that offers no nutritional a lot less likely.
Test it out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments below. Or, if you’re looking for more delicious treats, check out this recipe for our Peanut Butter Coconut Chocolate Cookies (Vegan, gluten-free, Eat-More copycat), or our 10 Delicious Dark Chocolate Recipe roundup.
Salted Chocolate Nut Butter Cups
- 3/4 cup almond flour substitute oat flour for nut-free version
- 3 Tbsp coconut flour or brown rice flour
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter sunflower butter; wow butter also works for nut/seed free version
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup puffed brown rice or quinoa (optional if you want crunchy) **
- 1 cup chocolate chips 70%+
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
Mix the base in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Take large or small muffin liners and line a muffin tray.
- Prepare chocolate topping by microwaving chocolate chips in 15 second intervals, stirring in between. Microwave until liquid then place coconut oil and stir.
Take about 1 Tbsp of peanut butter base and place in muffin liner and press down firm (or about 1 tsp if using small liners).
Take some of the chocolate sauce and pour on top, you'll want a good ratio of peanut butter to chocolate (not too heavy on each).
- Place in the fridge for a few hours until chocolate solidifies (about 2 hours).
** Alternatively, you can line the muffin liners with chocolate first and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to have them fully coated with chocolate, then add the peanut butter and top with chocolate again and place in freezer.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Take about 1/2 Tbsp of peanut butter mix and roll into a ball.
Take a fork and dip ball in into the chocolate sauce at 1 at a time and use a fork to remove/ shake off excess chocolate and place on parchment.