All-natural, dark chocolate organic-peanut butter cups.



You know how sometimes, you get a chocolate craving that just won’t go no matter how many times you sneak into the Nutella cupboard armed with a teaspoon and a ‘don’t care’ attitude? Well, that’s been the story of these past few weeks. All day every day, all I want to eat is chocolate. I don’t know what’s going on (not pregnant, just saying ;) And since 24/7 chocolate consumption isn’t generally advised upon, I decided I’d need to find a way to get a chocolate fix in the most satisfying yet saintly way possible. Enter the all-natural, no added refined sugars, mostly-organic peanut butter cup. Saintly chocolate. It does exist!

These peanut butter cups aint for kids. They’re dark and rich, so much so that just one will blast away a chocolate craving quicker than you can say Reese’s. And speaking of chocolate, let’s discuss cocoa solid percentages. (Doesn’t that sound like a great conversation starter?) In this batch, I used a mixture of Lindt’s 70 + 85% cocoa solid chocolate. It’s entirely up to you which type of chocolate you use (I’m no chocolate snob, and know that sometimes a bar of Dairy Milk hits the spot in a way that hand-roasted organic Guatemalan 85% dark chocolate just can’t) BUT using a good quality dark chocolate in this recipe does mean that you can eat peanut butter cups without feeling guilty in the slightest so you know. Decisions decisions. Pick your poison my friends, and let’s get to it!

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{Recipe adapted from Fifteen Spatulas. Makes 12-16.}
450g dark chocolate. (I love Lindt & Waitrose 70% bars, & dislike Green & Black and Bournville)
1/2 cup (about 6tbsp) organic natural smooth peanut butter (Whole Earth is my favourite)
2 tbsp butter, softened
1tbsp honey (plus another 1tsp to taste, if you’re a sweet tooth!)

- Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Line a muffin tin (cupcake sizes) with large paper cake/muffin cases.

- When the chocolate has melted entirely and is smooth and glossy, turn off the heat underneath it but leave it on the hob. Spoon a dessert spoonful into each cake case, tilting each case a little so that the chocolate spreads up the sides. You can use your spoon to help spread the chocolate up the walls of each case too, if necessary. When all the cases have a layer of chocolate in them, place the muffin tray into the freezer for 15 minutes so that the chocolate can set, and cover over the bowl with the melted chocolate in with foil.

-  Whilst the chocolate in the cups sets, beat together the peanut butter, butter, and honey (with the extra teaspoonful if you fancy it) either by hand or in a mixer. After the cups have been in the freezer for 15 minutes, remove the muffin tray and divide the peanut butter mixture between the cups. Smooth flat, then put back in the freezer for another 15 minutes to set.

- Remove the cups after 15 minutes, and spoon another dessert spoonful of molten chocolate into each one. Give the tray a sharp rap or two on the counter to get rid of any air bubbles, then put back in the freezer for one last 15 minute stint.

** Store either in the fridge if you’re a fan of cold snappy chocolate (I SO am!) or at room temperature. Note that since the chocolate hasn’t been tempered, it may bloom if stored at room temperature. Which isn’t a problem taste-wise at all, but may spoil the appearance of these glossy beauties just a little…;)**

And that’s it! Maybe the simplest recipe I’ve shared here in a long time, though the next one coming at you in a few days time (also chocolate themed, because that’s apparently the flavour of the month) is even simpler. Next time I make these, I’m going to experiment with adding a little spoonful of a natural date-based caramel sauce to each cup. I’ll leave you with that image…

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  • Tasha

    Ah they look so beautiful! I cannot wait for lent to be done because I can gorge myself on tasty wee treats like these!

  • catherine

    These look totally delicious and guilt free! Hooray!

  • Sara

    I’m wanting to leave work immediately just to whip up a batch of these.. They look incredible!

  • Georgia

    Wow these look amazing! I know what I’m doing today…

    Georgia x

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  • ZoeAnn

    Well that’s my diet for this week gone ! Thanks for the recipe cant wait to try these when I get home ! xx

  • Ellen

    Oh my lord! Peanut butter cups are my favourite anyway but these look insane. Gorgeous photos xx

  • Avalon

    These look so good, love peanut butter cups. I’m with you on the Green & Black, problem is I have an almost full packet of 80% waiting to be used!

  • Ala Skrakowski

    As usual, fab photos! This is such a good idea, my dad LOVES dark chocolate so maybe I’ll try these out as a gift for him some time! x

  • Molly Nurse

    Oh my, those look incredible. I’ve got a bit of an obsession with the Reese’s cups which are full of so much rubbish I always feel guilty eating lots of them. These are EXACTLY what I need. Thanks so much for the recipe. Can’t wait to try them out!

    Molly x

  • Sarah

    Oh. my. word. I think I may have just died and gone to chocolate heaven, these look awesome! I am so off to the supermarket to buy whats need to make these bad boys! x

  • vicki

    eh yum these look amazin! I need these in my life, not sure though I might be too lazy to make them myself! lol xx

  • Rosie

    Ooh these look good. I make a similar thing, with dates, coconut oil and PB, rolled into balls and dipped in dark chocolate. I serve them with coffee at my pop ups and they always go down a treat (although most people are also V full by that point!! haha!)

    Rosie xx

  • Katie

    Yum! Peanut butter cups are my absolute favorite candy. I’m totally going to make these. Thanks for sharing!

  • Georgia

    I haaave to make these! You always do the best recipes! x

  • Michelle

    These look good. Another healthy chocolate fix that I do is melting some chocolate and pouring it over some fresh fruit – strawberries are best. You only need a few blocks but if you use a dark chocolate it gives you that hit.

  • Hannah

    These sound fantastic! And the dark chocolate makes it guilt-free you say?! Interesting… :D

  • Lydia

    Yummy! These look amazing Rosie, on my weekend ‘to do’ list :-) x

  • Sally

    MAN ALIVE!!! these look HOT!!! Thats all i really have to say. My two favourite ingredients in one little cup of heaven. Hi-fives lady!!!xxxxx

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