Dairy free peanut butter cups that are healthy. Can there be such a thing? And who doesn’t love peanut butter cups? My goodness, I think they might be one of my favorite treats. As a kid I always looked forward to the Reese’s egg shaped peanut butter cups. They always tasted better to me, ha.
Then my mom started making peanut butter balls around Christmas time every year, and they were SO GOOD but SO labor intensive. We all had to chip in to make those. There was rolling time, and chilling time, and dipping time. As a kid that was so fun, but now that I’m a mom it sounds so exhausting!
Now that we are a dairy free family, it always takes a little bit of tweaking to get a recipe just right. Gone are the days of using generational recipes or grabbing those yummy Reese’s peanut butter cups on a whim. But that’s okay, its all second nature to me now, and most of the time we prefer the dairy free option anyway.
So here’s where my dairy free peanut butter cups comes in. These things are seriously amazing. I could quite possibly clear a tray of them in one sitting…and the fact that they’re healthy makes it even more tempting to do it.
It Only Takes 5 Ingredients
Yes thats right. It only takes 5 ingredients to makes these and ohhhh, about 10 minutes of your time.
So go ahead and gather your coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and peanutbutter because that is all you are going to need!
For these peanut butter cups I like to use silicone molds. There is a wide variety to choose from on Amzon and they are pretty cheap too. You could also use regular muffin cup tins with paper liners.
Making your peanut butter cups
Start by blending together your chocolate mixture. To do this, combine the coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup and vanilla extract. You can melt it all together in a sauce pan, or jut melt the coconut oil in the microwave and then add the remaining ingredients to it. Both work great.
Once you have your chocolate mixture, begin filling your silicone molds with chocolate only filling them about half way.
Next add your peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl and warm until slightly melted and no longer thick. You can also do this in a sauce pan.
Using a spoon or scoop, add a approximately 1 tsp of peanut butter to each mold. You can always add more too 😉
Once you have added the peanut butter to the center, go back over your molds by topping them off with more of your chocolate mixture.
Place them in the freezer for approx. 20-30 minutes to allow them to harden. Once they have hardened, you can pop them out of the mold and keep them in a freezer safe container (at room temperature they will melt).
These are also AMAZING in ice cream. Just break them up and stir into your ice cream or add them as a topping!
That’s all there is to these super easy dairy free peanut butter cups! These are great to make with your kids or even hve on hand for an after school snack and no mom guilt because they are healthy remember 😉