First of all, who doesn’t love peanut butter? And with chocolate nonetheless! I came across these lovely chocolate peanut butter cups on thelala.com and had to try them!  They are a quick, fun dessert that even my dad, brothers, and boyfriend enjoyed (and they’re serious peanut butter lovers)! They’re chocolatey sweet with just the right amount of sea salt on top to make them truly satisfying!

Salted caramel peanut butter cups

What you need (makes 15 mini cups)

  • 2 Tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 cup dark-chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 6 pitted medjool dates
  • 1-2 Tbsp water
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Food processor
  • Mini muffin tin

Now, before we get started, I have a comment to make. The original recipe called for 1 cup of water. This is added to the peanut butter mixture to thin it out. Naturally, I stayed on the cautious side and only added a 1/2 cup at first. This was WAY too much water. I ended up adding 6 more dates and 5 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter to get it back to the right consistency. So, I’ve adjusted my recipe here so that extra dates and powdered peanut butter aren’t required next time! Ok, now that my mini rant is out of the way, let’s get started!

What to do:

  1. Let the dates soak in water for about 15 minutes; this makes ’em easier to blend!
  2. Add the peanut butter, dates, and maple syrup to the food processor. Blend, adding water and scraping down the sides as needed. Remember, add about 1/2-1 tablespoon of water at a time.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips on half power in the microwave for a minute at a time, stirring in between.
  4. Once it’s melted, spoon a bit into the bottom third of the mini muffin tin and freeze for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the freezer and spoon a bit of the peanut butter mixture in, followed by more chocolate.
  6. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and freeze again for at least 2 hours.

Salted caramel peanut butter cups in a row.

Voila! The tastiest peanut butter cups you’ve ever had! I stored mine in the freezer and let it thaw for 10-15 minutes whenever I wanted one! I still consider them healthy because the dates add a little fiber and the peanut butter contributes a little protein and healthy fat. Plus, one cup is completely satisfying, making it an overall low-calorie dessert or snack!

Nutrition Info (serving size: one cup); 113 calories, 6.5 g fat, 15.6 g sodium, 15.6 g carbs, 1.7 g fiber, 13.1 g sugar, 1.2 g protein