Say no to Reese’s and make these decadent peanut butter cups instead! Reese’s actually used to be one of my favorite candies, because I love peanut butter, but I can’t tolerate sweets like I used to…that’s probably a good thing though.
These peanut butter cups are insanely easy to make, and they satisfy your chocolate cravings immediately. Yummmm! My sister-in-law made me a dairy-free coconut oil fudge for Christmas that was so good, and I loved the combination of vanilla and almond together, so I thought it would add a nice flavor profile to this as well because I love the flavor of almond extract. I made a batch of these with out the extracts too and they were still amazing…so you decide 🙂
Coconut Oil Peanut Butter Cups
Makes 10 peanut butter cups
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut butter + 3tbsp and 1tsp for filling
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave or honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
10 baking cups
Put all the ingredients into a sauce pan (minus the 3tbsp+1tsp peanut butter) and set your stove to the lowest setting. You just want the ingredients to get warm enough for the coconut oil to melt, this should only take a minute or so.
Once the ingredients are melty and magical, remove the sauce pan from the stove and turn it off. Set out your baking cups, and pour one tablespoon of the chocolate mixture into each of the cups. Then take a teaspoon size dollop of peanut butter and put it on top of the chocolate (there’s no need to spread it evenly). Then pour another tablespoon of the chocolate on top, if there’s any chocolate left I give you permission to eat it by the spoonful 😉
Place the peanut butter cups on some type of device to keep them flat and easy to transport and put them in the freezer, I left them in for an hour while I was cooking dinner but they may take less time; this step just helps them to harden faster.
When they feel hard, peel the baking cups off and you should be left with a Reese’s look-alike. Since these are made with coconut oil and can melt at room temperature it is best to store them in an air tight container in the fridge…if they even last that long!
Happy Munching 😉