I am lucky that I don’t have a major sweet tooth (I am more of a salty gal). But let’s be honest, everyone loves peanut butter cups (seriously!). They are the perfect combination of melt in your mouth sweet and savory.
Whenever possible, I try and use less added sugars in recipes and in my daily life. Excess added sugar contributes to weight gain, high triglycerides, and increases our risk for heart disease. For this reason, I try whenever possible to use natural sweeteners over added sugars.Try this #Healthy twist on #PeanutButter #Cups using #Dates as the main source of #SugarClick To Tweet
As a matter of fact, dates are the perfect substitution for sugar as they are naturally sweet, and are also a source of fiber (bonus). These Date Peanut Butter Cups taste amazing, and you would never know that the sweet flavor is actually from the added dates.
However, the dates aren’t the only thing making these Date Peanut Butter Cups healthy. In fact, dark chocolate, made from the seed of the cocoa tree, is loaded with antioxidants.
Antioxidants are crucial in preventing the oxidation of free radicals. In simple form, free radicals can attack our cells and cause a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases. Antioxidants prevent this cascade and are crucial in overall health.
To make the delicious Date Peanut Butter Cups, firstly melt dark chocolate in a double boiler. If you do not own a double boiler, that’s perfectly OK. There are many substitutes you can find online that will do the trick. Check out this post from wikiHow for some ideas.
Secondly, in a food processor combine all other ingredients and blend until smooth. Remove peanut butter mixture and round into 12 equal balls. Flatten the balls and press in the edges until the width is just a bit smaller than the muffin papers.
Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin papers. Then add about 1 tbsp of melted chocolate to each muffin paper. Top with the flattened peanut butter mixture, and then about 1-2 tbsp melted chocolate until the chocolate is even on top.
Place in the fridge for about 10-20 minutes, or until cooled. Peel off muffin papers, serve and enjoy. You might need to make a double or triple batch, as I am sure they will move pretty fast!
- 10 oz dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- In a double boiler, melt dark chocolate.
- In a food processor, combine all other ingredients and blend until smooth. Remove and round into 12 equal balls. Flatten balls and press the edges in until the width is just a bit smaller than the muffin papers.
- Line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin papers. Add about 1 tbsp of melted chocolate to each muffin paper. Top with flattened peanut butter mixture, and about 1-2 tbsp melted chocolate until the chocolate is even on top.
- Place in the fridge for about 10-20 minutes, or until cooled. Peel off muffin papers, serve and enjoy.