Who would believe me if I told you these healthy, vegan peanut butter cups only had 4 ingredients? What, no show of hands? Well, my friends, it’s true.
My favorite part about this chocolate and peanut butter combination (other than the fact that it only has 4 ingredients) is that it contains coconut oil.
I feel like I almost ~have~ to eat these to get my daily intake of healthy coconut oil.
These peanut butter cups are not considered a dessert.
Why…they are practically required to maintain a healthy lifestyle! Right?
However, only these special magical peanut butter cups count.
Not the store-bought versions made with dairy and GMO’s.
Let’s look at the ingredient list from the famous store-bought brand:
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Ingredients: MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR; COCOA BUTTER; CHOCOLATE; NONFAT MILK; MILK FAT; LACTOSE; SOY LECITHIN; PGPR, EMULSIFIER); PEANUTS; SUGAR; DEXTROSE; SALT; TBHQ (PRESERVATIVE) (source)
- Soy Lecithin – soy is a well known and documented GMO ingredient. Unless it is labeled “organic” or is labeled “non-GMO Project Verified”, we can only assume it’s made from GMO products.
- Salt – processed, toxic iodized salt
- Sugar – refined, processed, bleached sugar
- TBHQ – (aka Tertiary Butylhydroquinone) is a chemical preservative that is a form of butane (source)
- Milk/Milk Fat – if it’s not organic or the milk you are consuming is not coming from a local, family farm, it’s highly likely the milk is coming from factory-farmed cows that have been given antibiotics, hormones, fed GMO grains, etc.
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- improves metabolism
- can help improve cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:
- contains manganese and zinc
- high levels of antioxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium as the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:
- contains over 300 compounds including protein, copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron
- super high in anti-oxidants
- contains 4 different neuro-transmitters that act as anti-depressants
- contains essential fatty acids
- can help to lower blood pressure
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of protein
And even though these are a “no-bake” treat, you could easily make them a 100% raw dessert just by substituting your favorite raw nut butter instead of the peanut butter.
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Tip #1: This is important – they will need to be kept in the refrigerator/freezer to keep their shape because of the coconut oil which will get soft at room temperature.
Tip #2: If you’d like to have the chocolate indention in the center (as shown in the photo), just add the spoonful of the chocolate topping to the peanut mixture BEFORE putting the cups in the freezer. The peanut butter mixture will be soft and you can push the chocolate mixture down with your spoon, then spread the rest evenly over the top. This way, you will only put them in the freezer one time.
Tip #3: This recipe will make approximately 10 – 12 peanut butter cups in a standard sized muffin cups filling them up about half full. The set I use is easy to clean and easy to remove the treats from. I’m not sure how the paper muffin cups would work if you use those.