Ken loves his peanut/peanut butter and chocolate treats. Peanut M&Ms are one of his favorites, but so are peanut butter cups. Now, I am not going to even attempt making a healthier version of M&Ms, but peanut butter cups are pretty simple. These can be modified into a paleo version by substituting almond or sunflower butter for the peanut butter. My objective here was to make these as tasty as the originals from the supermarket, but without all the artificial ingredients. I have been tweaking these over the past couple of weeks and the recipe below is Ken’s favorite.
For the peanut butter filling take 1/4 c peanut butter and add in 1 tbsp coconut flour, 1 tbsp Swerve confectioner’s sugar and 1/8 tsp vanilla extract. I mixed this together with a mini whisk, but a fork will do just fine. The goal is to make the peanut butter thick so it doesn’t seep out from the chocolate layers, plus adding a little sweetness. I have seen recipes that use honey as the sweetener but the consistency is still too runny for my liking, but if that is what you have on hand, go for it. I am sure regular confectioner’s sugar will work too, I just don’t have any of that at my house.
For the chocolate, I used Enjoy Life milk chocolate mega chunks. Semi-sweet or dark chocolate works just as well, but Ken prefers milk chocolate and this is the brand of chocolate chips we use at home for any other baking (or snacking ;)) Melt 1 c chocolate chips with 1 tbsp ghee in a double boiler, or place a bowl over a sauce pan with simmering water. The chocolate is less likely to burn than melting it in the microwave.
I don’t have a muffin tin, so my cups turn out a little wonky, but if you have a muffin tin I would encourage you to put six paper liners in then begin the layering process. Start by putting 1 tbsp of the melted chocolate mixture in the bottom of each paper liner.
Then shake your pan gently so the chocolate smooths out evenly. Then layer 1/2 tbsp peanut butter mixture over the chocolate. The peanut butter will be very thick so shake gently to even it out slightly.
Finish by adding 1 tbsp chocolate over the peanut butter and shake to even out chocolate layer once more. Then refrigerate for an hour and you are ready to snack.
Recipe makes 6
- 1/4 c smooth peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp Swerve confectioner’s sugar
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 c Enjoy Life mega chunks
- 1 tbsp ghee