Healthy Peanut Butter Cups



My kids really like this one!  It uses one of my favorite brands, Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips.  You’ll want to use them for everything after buying them. This is just the beginning of a long love affair.



2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons coconut oil*
pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips ( I like Lily’s because they are sugar free and sweetened with Stevia)

*If you don’t care for the mellow coconut flavor, substitute grass-fed butter instead. It has the same type of healthy fat that will help solidify the peanut butter middles! 


To get started, melt the dark chocolate chips. I prefer to use my oven to do this, placing the chocolate chips in an oven safe bowl, and heating them for 5 minutes in the oven at 400F. You can also use a double-boiler, if you prefer. Stir the melted chocolate chips until smooth, then use a spoon to drop a small amount of melted chocolate into the bottom of 6 mini paper cups. (I recommend double-layering the paper cups, for sturdiness.)

Using the spoon, push the melted chocolate up the sides of the paper cups a bit, to create the “cups” that will hold the peanut butter filling. Place the chocolate-filled shells in the freezer to set, about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, mix up the peanut butter filling. Combine the peanut butter, coconut oil and salt, and stir until smooth and creamy. Remove the paper cups from the freezer, and place a dollop of the peanut butter filling in the middle of each chocolate shell (about a teaspoon per center). Be sure to leave a little room around the edges, for the chocolate filling to cover the sides!

Cover each cup with a final layer of melted chocolate, and return to the freezer to set for at least 2 hours before serving.

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