Rich, intense homemade peanut butter cups are superior to commercial ones not just in terms of health, but also in terms of taste.
These homemade peanut butter cups are amazing. Intensely chocolatey, smooth and creamy, they also boast a clean ingredients list.
Do you love commercial peanut butter cups but would like a healthier option made with dark chocolate? Then this recipe for homemade peanut butter cups is perfect for you.
These homemade peanut butter cups are made with natural peanut butter, honey (or a low carb substitute), and unsweetened cocoa powder. No hydrogenated oils, no artificial flavors, no preservatives and stabilizers.
The best part? Homemade peanut butter cups are richer and more satisfying than commercial ones. And one of them is absolutely enough! The first time I made them we each had two, and agreed that it was too much, they are that rich.
Although natural unsweetened cocoa powder is healthier, I prefer to use Dutch processed cocoa powder in this recipe. It’s smoother, darker and less acidic. But I’ve made these homemade peanut butter cups with natural cocoa powder, and they were still excellent. So it’s completely up to you.
If you’re on a paleo diet and object to the use of peanut butter, try this recipe with almond butter. It won’t be the same, but I suspect it will still be very good.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup natural unsweetened peanut butter, room temperature (8 tablespoons, 128 grams)
- 1/4 cup honey (84 grams)*
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (40 grams)
- Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
- Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it in the microwave.
- Using a hand whisk, whisk in the peanut butter, honey and vanilla.
- Gradually sift the cocoa into the mixture (to prevent lumps). Whisk to incorporate after each addition.
- Pour the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Tap the muffin tin on the counter to even out the mixture.
- Place the homemade peanut butter cups in the fridge. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes, until firm, but if you want the homemade peanut butter cups to retain their pretty shape when you remove the paper liners, it’s best to refrigerate them overnight.