I love food holidays because they give you an excuse to actually celebrate some of your favorite flavors. Today’s celebration: National Peanut Butter Day! Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods and I’ll be honest, I have been known to take a spoonful from the jar now and again when I have a sweet tooth. And today I’m sharing a sweet treat that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating: Protein Packed Peanut Butter Cups.
These treats are definitely somewhat healthy, in moderation, of course. These peanut butter cups are made with dark chocolate, which is offers some great health benefits, and peanut butter with an extra helping of protein. I mixed the chocolate with coconut oil which can help increase the healthy cholesterol levels in your body.
After dinner I’m usually interested in a sweet treat and having one of these is a great way to curb my cravings. The chocolate is creamy and when mixed with the peanut butter center, you end up with an indulgent treat that you can feel good about. I like to keep a batch stored in my freezer for weak moments!
Whip up a batch of these Protein Packed Peanut Butter Cups and celebrate National Peanut Butter Day today!
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2-3 tablespoons chocolate or vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Line a mini muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and spray with coconut oil spray.
- In a medium-size bowl mix peanut butter and protein powder together. Start with 2 tablespoons of protein powder and if your peanut butter seems drippy, add additional protein powder.
- Divide the peanut butter mixture into 12 even pea-size balls.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler, melt dark chocolate chips and coconut oil, stirring every 45 seconds until chocolate is smooth.
- Scoop one teaspoon of the chocolate mixture onto the bottom of each muffin liner. Then, place muffin tin into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes or until chocolate hardens.
- Next, place one protein peanut butter ball on top of each hardened chocolate, carefully flattening the ball with your finger until it has a smooth top.
- Add two more teaspoons of the melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter to each liner to complete your peanut butter cup
- Place muffin tin in the freezer for another 10-15 minutes until chocolate is hardened.
- Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 6 months.