Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

I admit it, I'm addicted to chocolate. As vices go, it isn't a terrible one, right? I came across a recipe online, a promise of irresistible coconut oil chocolates at Beyond the Peel, and a photo of cute little perfectly-round candies to prove it. I was taken in by the thought of making my own chocolate bars, and I already had all the needed ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa, honey, and vanilla extract.

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I made the recipe one afternoon, poured the finished product into silicon muffin cups, put them into the refrigerator and waited. I took my first bite of the hardened candy and shuddered - not enough cocoa for my taste. I obviously hadn't combined it well enough. The coconut oil had separated from the chocolate and my first bite contained way too much coconut oil.

So I dumped all of the candies back into my saucepan and reheated them. I added another tablespoon of raw honey, another tablespoon of cocoa, another half-teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a big dollop of creamy peanut butter, probably two tablespoons worth. As soon as it turned to liquid, I whisked it all together again - really well - and spooned it back into the silicon muffin cups. I was careful to spoon it from the bottom of the pan since the cocoa seems to settle on the bottom rather quickly.

Back into the refrigerator it went for an hour. I was cautious when I took my first bite, but those additions made all the difference. It's good! My husband said it's very close in taste to the peanut butter cups he likes from the store.

That first batch I made, that was then remelted and remade, was a dark, rich chocolate color, but the peanut butter lightens up the color quite a bit.

The interesting thing is that I ate one, enjoyed it immensely, and had no cravings whatsoever to have another. I really like that. I did use processed cocoa powder, and peanut butter off the grocery store shelf, but I'm sure it's healthier than a store-bought candy bar. There's no additional sugar and no ingredients that I can't pronounce.

Here's my tweaked recipe:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup raw honey
3 Tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp peanut butter

Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan until just melted. Add the raw honey and the peanut butter, stir well to mix. Add the vanilla extract and the cocoa, and whisk until well-combined. Spoon into silicon muffin cups or a silicon muffin pan (this set includes a mini muffin pan so you could eat twice as many chocolates). Refrigerate until solid. Enjoy!

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  1. I have such a sweet tooth, but try hard not to eat all the chemicals in store bought candy. Thanks for a great alternative!

  2. It's very good, Caitlin, but of course you can tweak it to suit your tastes too. :-)

  3. These look and sound good....and great that they have honey instead of sugar. I, too, have found that the homemade treats don't cause such a "need" for more and more, but a little satisfies. Thank you for the recipe....I plan to try it and am sure my family with love it.

  4. GentleJoy, I think you are right that the homemade "good" ingredients aren't causing further cravings. My silicone cupcake cups make these look like a commercial peanut butter cup - but a whole one is almost too much to eat at one time! I made nine, but I think next time I'll divide it into my 12 cups so they aren't as big. I hope you and your family like these.

  5. Oh my gosh! I'm 6 months pregnant and I LOVE chocolate peanut butter! Can't wait to make these!! {}

  6. I'm going to have to make this recipe on a day when my chocolate cravings are especially bad... I'm saving this one for later!

    1. I do the same thing, Danielle!


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