I have been baking like crazy lately. My sweet tooth is back and I'm trying to satisfy it with somewhat healthier dessert options. ;) The problem with trying to bake healthier- using honey instead of sugar, making things gluten free, etc, is that you get a lot of failed attempts before hitting the jackpot. You can't just follow the recipes exactly how they're written like with "normal" baking. But I thought I'd share with you how to make Reeses Peanut Butter Cups...they are so easy and a hit the first time!!!
1/4 cup of peanut butter (I've been getting the kind from the co-op where the machine has roasted peanuts and you flip the switch and it literally grounds it up right there. Nothing else added to it)
1/4 cup powdered sugar (I didn't have any "good" kind of powdered sugar at home so I used the regular...but you certainly can make your own or buy an unrefined one)
2 tblsp cocoa powder
2 tblsp coconut oil (Zach thought it tasted a little too coconut-y so next time I will try using 1 tblsp coconut oil and 1 tblsp melted butter)
2 tblsp raw honey...from the farmer's market :)
Mix the first three ingredients and shape into Reeses eggs. Now I shaped them to be the same size as if I had bought them at the store. But that only made 5 Reeses eggs. The recipe says to make 6-9 eggs and if you did that, each egg only equals about 55 calories. So it's your call if you want to make them bite sized and as a low calorie sweet treat, or the regular size to satisfy a Reeses egg craving. ;)
Freeze the dough until they are firm. I just did about 15 minutes. While they are in the freezer, mix the rest of the ingredients together. Dip each one into the chocolate and put back into the freezer. Isn't my little helper pretty cute?
Because we had extra chocolate, I cut up a banana and topped with chia seeds for Elliott. Plus, I didn't want to have to share. lol
Because of the coconut oil, they should harden pretty quickly. Then eat and enjoy!! You can store them in the freezer, but you might want to let them thaw a bit before eating them.
I wasn't able to get a good picture because of my cheap camera and poor lighting when they were done, but here's a picture from the blog I got the recipe from! (Mine were darker than hers because I had the special dark cocoa powder.)