Friday, February 13, 2015

No Sugar Peanut Butter Cups

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day,
so we thought we'd share a sweet treat with you.

Over the last two years,
I've significantly cut back on the amount of sugar used in recipes.
In fact, it's practically been eliminated from my diet.

What usually stands in is local honey.

Just these three ingredients make some delicious candy!

This is unsweetened chocolate, baking chocolate.
It has a rich, dark chocolate flavor.
Everyone knows how good dark chocolate is for you, right?

The chocolate was melted in the microwave in 30 minute increments,
until it was almost melted through.
It took 2 or 3 times to get it the right consistency.
Once it's mostly melted, just stir it until it's smooth.
Then add some honey to sweeten.

We buy the store brand peanut butter that is made with just peanuts.
No salt, no sugar added.  Love that.
A bit of honey was added to it and mixed well.

The melted chocolate was added to mini paper liners in a muffin pan.
Fill the cups about 1/3 of the way, then put it in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Add the peanut butter mixture next, again to fill 1/3 of the liners, and freeze for another 10 minutes.
The last bit of chocolate goes on top and then the final freeze.

Here's what you get.
You don't have to use the liners, but I like the homemade look.

 Even Big K, who enjoys his brand-name peanut butter cups,
gave this the thumbs-up.
Believe it or not, it was a bit too sweet for me.
Next time, I'd decrease the amount of honey in the recipe.
We keep them in the freezer, and just thaw them out when we want a sweet treat.
You could also use almond or cashew butter for a different twist.
You can find this pinned on my Pinterest "Sweet Stuff" board.
This would be a heavenly confection to make
for any Valentine on your list.

The original recipe I used can be found on the 

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