Recipe ReDux: A {Healthier} Peanut Butter Cup

Healthier Peanut Butter CupsHappy Birthday Recipe ReDux.  You are one year old today, and what a healthy and delicious year you have had, thanks to your fabulous founders Regan and Serena and Deanna!

To celebrate this month’s theme, “Small Bites“, I’m pairing two of my {almost daily} favorites, dark chocolate and peanut butter, with just a few other ingredients, to make a peanut butter cup, that is no less delicious than the original, but a “tad bit” on the healthier side. In this case “healthier” meaning, higher in protein, fiber, healthy fats {monounsaturates and omega 3’s}and antioxidants~Hello dark chocolate~70 % or more please!~and almost half the amount of sugar in the “original”.  At 140 calories per “cup”, the calories are still there,so indulge in one now, and save the rest for another day.

Or, better yet…

Share them with a friend 🙂

chocolate face

“Miss L”  My little taste tester!

Here’s the recipe…

 “Healthier” Peanut Butter Cups {Naturally Gluten-Free}

"Healthier" Peanut Butter Cups
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Serves: ~18
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • Sea Salt, optional
  1. Combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, and ground flax seed in a bowl. Meanwhile, place chopped chocolate {or chocolate chips} in a microwave safe bowl. Heat chocolate in microwave for one minute and stir. Continue heating/stirring in 1 minute increments until chocolate is melted. Allow to cool before using. While chocolate is cooling, shape peanut butter mixture in to balls. You will have approximately 18 1-inch balls. Place them on a tray lined with parchment paper.** When chocolate is cooled, dip balls in chocolate mixture until thoroughly coated and place on paper lined tray. Sprinkle sea salt on top, if desired, and place tray in refrigerator to cool for at least 20 minutes. Peanut Butter "Cups" are now ready to eat, but you should store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them.
**You may want to place the peanut butter ball is the refrigerator at this point to cool them down a little before coating them in the chocolate mixture. This should allow them to retain their ball shape. My peanut butter mixture was still a little warm, so the balls spread a little when I dipped them in the chocolate. They still tasted delicious though!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 140 calories

peanut butter balls

Shape your peanut butter balls…

chocolate coated peanut butter balls

Dip in chocolate…

healthier peanut butter cups

Happy Birthday!

What is your favorite “small bite” treat?  Are you a peanut butter cup lover like me???

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  1. Peanut butter and chocolate? Yes please!

  2. Love this healthier peanut butter cup you came up with, so clever adding flax seeds.

  3. yum! i love mixing flax with my pb. why not put chocolate on top???

  4. PB cups are my favorite indulgence …thanks for creating a less guilty version for me!

  5. EA – I’m giddy over this recipe – dark chocolate and peanut butter is an almost daily delight for me too and I can’t wait to make these. It’s been so great having you along for The Recipe ReDux ride – one of the original members who took the plunge with us – so grateful to know you thru this little project 🙂

  6. holy yum. don’t know if i could eat just one…

  7. Anything that includes PB and chocolate is going to get devoured in my kitchen. By me and me alone. I don’t share well when those 2 items are involved!

  8. Two of my favorite treats wrapped in a silly little package. YUM!! Thinking these won’t last long in anyone’s kitchen. 🙂

  9. I can’t WAIT to make these!

  10. Peanut butter cups have always been one of my favorite indulgences and these homemade ones sound fantastic!

  11. love this easy and fun to make with little ones wish they liked peanut butter

  12. and you had to make them pretty too, you’re my food hero.

  13. The sea salt sold me! Yum!!!!

  14. I actually just made a “grown-up” PB cup that I haven’t posted yet. But I love the addition of flax seed to the PB. I actually ground up roasted peanuts to make my PB – next time I’ll have to add flax seed!

  15. YUM YUM! I want those right now! Love peanut butter and chocolate… I think I want to throw a party with all these dessert ideas!

  16. Oh my days! How good would that be with a tall glass of (almond) milk?? I do something quite similar but nowhere as pretty. Lovely, EA. Bet lots of folk while be mixing these up over the weekend (and polished off over the weekend too) Pinteresting now.

  17. I love the chocolately mouth picture – too cute! My boss literally eats a half a bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups a day, and she’s a size 6 so it makes me sick.

    These look insulin worthy to me though! 😀

  18. Ashley Oswald says:

    Hi! My name is Ashley and I’m interning with the Meal Makeover Moms this week. These cookies look great! There are so many health benefits to peanut butter, but only in moderation!

  19. There’s a healthy peanut butter cup?

    Why wasn’t I told before now??? LOL

    They look wonderful.

  20. Peanut butter cups healthier? Now you are talking! My hubby and I are trying to make better choices, but we love having a treat once in awhile. This sounds delicious, and really fun to make:-) Hugs, Terra

  21. Peanut butter & chocolate is such a nice combo!!! Your healthier peanut butter cups sound fabulous! As always, your photos are gorgeous!

  22. These looks so good. I had trouble finding inspiration for this month’s redux but you hit a home run!

  23. OK…now I can post! Maybe it was just me??? Love the pic of your little girl…and I love the easy quick and few ingredients…my kind o recipe!

  24. Chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect combination. These look fabulous!!
    Definitely be making these for a little treat. 🙂

  25. yum! It would be hard to stop at just one… they look delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Molly Jones
    Intern for ReganMillerJones, Inc.

  26. EA… these look delish! We are so lucky to have you in The ReDux. Thanks for making this first year such a success!


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