Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Try as I may to resist it, I have a sweet tooth. There’s really no denying it. But with all the negative press sugar is getting lately, I’ve decided it’s time to take a serious look at creating even healthier versions of some of my favorite sweets. These Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups could be considered my stage one intervention.

Almost Raw Peanut Butter Cups - a healthy alternative to the store-bought candy bar.

 

Don’t you hate it when you get typecast in a role? I think that’s something Jennifer Anniston should be saying, not me.

But you know, I grew up with this reputation for having a sweet tooth. And I’ve embraced that reputation! I even coaxed it along a little. OK. A lot.

It’s like I embraced being typecast…until the day I didn’t. Does that make sense?

I still love sweets, I’m just trying to redefine it…a little.

Almost Raw Peanut Butter Cups in Process

Almost Raw Peanut Butter Cups in the making

What I Love About These Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I mean, chocolate and peanut butter. Together. Need I say more? OK. Given the opportunity, I will almost always say more. 🙂

If you’re trying to take a serious bite out of your sweet tooth, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are the way to go. Because they’re sweet, but not so sweet that you’ll need to be carried out in a stretcher 10 minutes after you eat them. Save the stretchers for the people eating the Ho Hos.

I have a serious thing for peanut butter and chocolate together. And then one day I made these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites. Delicious! And so eventually I thought…why not have an energy bite peanut butter cup? This is just the way my brain works, people!

I made these Date Sweetened Sesame Balls awhile back, but I haven’t used them much since then. But dates are such a natural and healthy way of sweetening treats. I bought a package of mejdool dates from Costco which made them much more affordable too. Warning: expect more date-sweetened treats to come!

These Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups have a delicious chocolate brownie base, followed by a creamy peanut butter filling and topped with a thick layer of chocolate coating. It’s enough to make a person swoon.

I need a bumper sticker that reads: I swoon for chocolate.

So if you’re craving creamy, sweet, chocolate, combined with nutritious and filling peanut butter, this little treat has your name all over it!

Almost Raw Peanut Butter Cups are a low sugar, highly tasty way to satisfy any sweet tooth!

I hope you like this recipe as much as we do! If you give it a try, I’d love it if you’d share a photo of it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. It’d make my day!

Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12

Ingredients

For the Brownie Base;

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 10 pitted mejdool dates
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Creamy Peanut Butter Filling

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 10 pitted mejdool dates
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave

For the Chocolate Topping

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 -2 tablespoons plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions

For the Brownie Base:

  1. Prepare 12 muffin tins by giving each cup a light spray of vegetable spray and add pre-cut strips of waxed papers that extend beyond the sides of the cups (to help with removing the treats when you're done.
  2. Place all walnuts, cocoa powder, pitted dates, and oatmeal in a food processor and pulse for several seconds, until the ingredients are well-combined.
  3. Add the flax and vanilla and pulse again for several seconds. Test the batter by pressing a bit of it between your fingers. It should be slightly sticky and hold together well. If necessary, pulse again for a few more seconds.
  4. Press the batter into the bottom of your prepared muffin tins.

For the Creamy Peanut Butter Filling:

  1. Using the same food processor bowl, add the peanut butter, 10 dates, 1 tablespoon of flax meal and 1 tablespoon of agave. Pulse until smooth.
  2. Take a taste and determine if you'd like to add more flax or agave. If so, add one tablespoon of each.
  3. When you've reached the desired taste and consistency, press the peanut butter filling over the chocolate based in your prepared muffin tins.

For the Chocolate Topping:

  1. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of plant-based milk and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Stir these together and place in the microwave and cook for about 1 minute. Remove and stir. The chocolate should be mostly melted. If necessary, heat for another 30 seconds.
  2. If the mixture is a bit too thick, then stir in another tablespoon of plant-based milk.
  3. Drizzle the chocolate topping over the peanut butter cups.
  4. Place the finished cups on a counter. Allow them to set for 10-15 minutes, up to an hour or so to let the chocolate set. They're delicious when the chocolate is still soft on the top, but a little less messy if you wait until it sets.
  5. Remove the finished cups from the muffin tins by pulling up on the waxed paper pieces. Place them in a sealed container and keep refrigerated.

If you’d like to try some other health peanut butter and chocolate recipes, look at these:

The rich flavor of molasses comes through in these Peanut Butter Molasses Cups

Whatever peanut butter cup you’re noshing on, enjoy!

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8 Responses to Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

  1. I love this idea! The raw brownie base sounds fabulous–such a great idea. I think I’ll have to try these soon 🙂

    • I could have stopped at the Raw Brownie Base, it tasted so good, June! But then it would have been hard to call it PB Cups, so I kept going! 🙂

  2. This will be new for us, but, there is just something about this that I like.

  3. One of my favorite combos! I love the “raw-ness” about it and really need to work more dates into my life.

    • I like the idea of having more dates in my life – both the fun and the fruity kind! Oh, I’m just kidding. I think I declare just about every night “family date night”. It’s ridiculous. But when you’ve got good food and a little bit of popcorn…doesn’t that seem like date night? OK. And Costco? Costco is my cure for needing the fruity kind of dates in my life. I love that big pack of Mejdool dates!

  4. Cortesha Cooks

    I’m not a vegan but I have been watching watch I eat trying to be healthier and came across you webpage. You have some extremely amazing recipes that I will be bringing on to my new healthier life. Hey you never know I just might end up being vegan soon. Thank you so much.

    • Cortesha. First, I have to say it, love your name! 🙂 Second, good for you for making the commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You can do it! I am currently in the middle of a program that includes a nutrition counselor (seriously?), personal trainer, and wellness promotion. I’m trying to get rid of that winter middle. 🙂 But I was really thrilled with my numbers – my cholesterol was 130!! That’s the lowest it’s ever been. How cool is that! It’s so exciting to make changes to your diet, and to commit to taking more steps each day (and other physical activity) and to see your life transform before you. I’m wishing you the very best in your journey to a healthier life too. Keep me posted!