Do you love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate? Oh man, do I ever! I think anyone with a pulse and without a nut allergy would fall into that category with me.
I use to enjoy those peanut butter cup candies more than one girl should. I remember sitting down (on the couch of course) with a king-sized package of them and before I knew it, I was surrounded by wrappers and chocolate all over my hands.
Of course, after that, I would crave more and usually that would lead to a binge of another king-sized package of something else I bought…because one just isn’t enough you know.
After that I would need a nap of course. All that work from eating all that candy is exhausting (but somebody has to do it).
What I didn’t know is that as soon as I went up (sugar high), sure enough I crashed and burned just as fast. Now, if I happen upon a peanut butter cup (that I didn’t make myself) they are just too sweet for me. Like I can’t even eat the one cup, let alone a king-sized package.
This is a big win for me because my “biggest problem” when I was trying to lose weight, was my “sweet tooth”. What I have done over the course of my journey that worked nicely, was to recreate and make better my old favorites for when I just want something sweet.
I actually enjoy the healthier versions so much more now, because I can actually eat them without that…too sweet tongue numbing sensation, and I know that after, I won’t need a nap. PLUS, I can feel good about it all day, instead of regretting the choice for hours after. (I am still a work in progress, just like you)
But more importantly, I learned that I never had a “sweet tooth”, I just had the wrong information. When you eat balanced foods, even “treats” you walk away without a need for more in an hour because your blood sugar stays balanced and therefore…NO cravings either.
If you enjoy chocolate and peanut butter like me, then I want to encourage you to try this recipe and see how much better they taste (real ingredients) and how much better they make you feel. After all, when you are trying to lose weight taste DOES matter but so does how you feel.
If you feel like crap, or feel deprived, well…your journey won’t last long, and this is a great way to keep you going while not setting you up for failure with uncontrollable cravings and no energy to get through the day.
The BETTER Peanut Butter Cup
- 3 bars of 80 to 90% cocoa chocolate bar (I love Lindt best)
- 1 ½ c natural peanut butter (no added sugar, just peanuts or almond butter)
- 6 TBSP coconut oil
- Grab your muffin tins and line them with paper or silicone muffin wrappers (depending on size, you may need two pans)
- In a microwave safe bowl, add 4 TBSP of the coconut oil and chopped chocolate bar together. Gently melt on low, occasionally taking out to stir until melted.
- Measure out peanut butter in a different bowl, while your chocolate is cooling.
- Add the rest of the coconut oil (2 TBSP) to the peanut butter and mix thoroughly.
- Add a heaping spoonful (enough to cover bottom of tin and a little extra) in the bottom of each then put into the freezer to harden. (about 5 minutes)
- Take out of freezer and add two heaping spoonsful of the peanut butter mixture in each cup, then put back into freezer for another 5 minutes.
- Finish, by adding the rest of the chocolate/coconut oil mixture to each cup and freeze again, but this time for 10 minutes until fully hardened.
- Remove cups from the muffin tins, add to an airtight container for storage, and they will last up to two weeks in your fridge,
If you don’t like peanut butter or have an allergy, then simple replace the peanut butter with sunflower butter or almond butter depending on your specific need. You can also add texture to these before the final top and freeze, by adding on toasted coconut, cashews, pecans etc.
Make this recipe your own and tweak to your tastes and liking. Be sure they stay in the fridge or freezer, as they will get too soft depending on the temperature in your home.
These are a great, healthier option that is made with all natural and healthy ingredients. Ingredients you can pronounce and be proud to share! They are still a treat, and just because they are healthier, that is not permission to binge on them (I know from personal experience).
If you have this tendency, then please be sure to do some inner work to figure out the why behind it. It is a painful and hard road, but not one that can’t be solved!
Otherwise, if you want more recipes like this PLUS help with figuring out an easy to follow 7-day meal plan for you and your family, then sign up for my 7-Day Simple Weight Loss Challenge below.
I can help you get on a better journey, a healthier journey toward weight loss success all without cravings and crashing.😊
Until Next Time…
With Nourishing Love,