Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are an addictive American chocolate filled with a peanut cream centre and are a favourite treat for many people. My version are equally delicious but aren't going to make you feel sick after eating them! As peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy fats these treats are really rich and filling.
- Peanut Butter - 1/2 cup smooth (organic)
- Coconut Oil - 2 dessertspoons & 1 tablespoon (can use Butter alternatively)
- Sea Salt - 2 pinches (Himalayan, Celtic, Maldon)
- Xylitol - 1/4 cup
- Chocolate - 500 g (organic, sugar/dairy free) (can use my base recipe and omit blueberries http://www.thenaturopathskitchen.net.au/3-chocolate-hearts-white-choc-blueberry-milk-and-pure-white/)
- In a pan melt the xylitol, 2 dessertspoons of butter/coconut oil and salt until all the crystals have been dissolved. Then add in the peanut butter. Mix well until entirely incorporated and smooth and silky. Place into a container and refrigerate until firm.
- Over a water bath, place the chocolate into a heat proof bowl and melt, being careful not to let it burn or allow water into it. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter/coconut oil and mix until well combined. Allow to cool a little.
- Place a dessertspoon or of the chocolate into the bottom of a cupcake paper cup, repeat (should make around 12). Place these into the fridge to set a little.
- Take a teaspoon of the peanut butter mix and flatten into a disc. Place on top of the chocolate in the cupcake paper cups.
- Then using the remaining chocolate top each cup so the peanut butter is covered. Return to the fridge to set.
- Although they are known as nuts, Peanuts are actually legumes (beans)!
- Peanuts are often sprayed with toxic chemicals to prevent the growth of aflatoxin. This compound can have serious effects on your health. Therefore make sure you buy organic peanuts and peanut butter, not only are they more resistant to contamination with aflatoxin, they will be free of the pesticides used on commercial peanut crops.
- If you are allergic to peanuts or prefer other nuts, why not try this with cashews, macadamias or pistachios?