Extremely Dark Cocoa Protein PB Cups!

Good Morning & Happy Thursday!

I am so so so so excited for the weekend. This weekend is going to be so much fun that I’m posting a recap blog tomorrow morning, so the two don’t run into each other. I just don’t want to overwhelm you with photos. I would tell you what I’m doing, but Kyle doesn’t even know! It’s a fun surprise. I didn’t want to leave the blog empty again, so I’m sharing a delicious protein snack I made this week. Peanut butter and dark chocolate are two of my loves, and when they are together, it’s heaven. I can get myself in trouble with peanut butter cups in the house, and that is why I wanted to make a healthier version with some protein benefits. I can feel good about eating these, especially after an intense workout.
Are you dark chocolate lover? If so, it’s a good thing! Dark chocolate (70 86% cocoa) contains a lot of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium! It’s also filled with antioxidants. Dark chocolate can also be beneficial for your skin! That’s why a lot of spas do cocoa scrubs 🙂 But I’d rather eat my chocolate than wear it. 
What I love about this recipe is that it’s so easy and quick to make (my favorite kind.) You can customize it any way you’d like. Try adding chia seeds, flax seed, collagen, bee pollen, or any other kind of super-food! That’s a good way to trick kids into eating healthy as well! I remember watching the Food Network years ago (can’t remember the show) when the chef made chocolate bars filled with peanut butter, honey, carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale. The kids had no idea! They thought they were eating dessert. Such a fun way to get kids to eat a bit healthier.  
Gimme all the chocolate!
If you want yours to be prettier, you can roll the peanut butter into balls. I was just lazy so I scooped them with the tsp and plopped them into the cups.

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Extremely Dark Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Cups

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 40 Peanut Butter Cups
Author Taralynn McNitt

Ingredients

  • 2 Bars Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate 86% (Sub 1 1/2 cups your choice of chocolate)
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened/No Salt Added Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbsps Organic Honey
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Swerve
  • Sea Salt (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate in a bowl. You can use the stove top or microwave. 

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, and protein powder until it forms a dough-like texture. If it's too runny, add more protein powder. 

  3. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, stir the Swerve sweetener in. 

  4. Place your baking cups on a baking sheet. Add 1 tsp of the melted chocolate into the bottom of all the baking cups. 

  5. Add tsp sized chunks of protein peanut butter on top of the chocolate layer. 

  6. Add the last layer of chocolate on top of the peanut butter, covering it completely. 

  7. Sprinkle with a couple granules of sea salt (optional)

  8. Let the protein peanut butter cups harden. When they were completely done, I added them to a container and stored them in the freezer. 

Recipe Notes

Per Protein Peanut Butter Cup:
45 Calories, 3.5g Protein, 4g Carbs, 4g Fat, 1.5g Sugar

Perfect for a post workout! 

Any honey, any protein powder, any sugar replacement (even real sugar) or ingredients will work as substitutes. Just have fun and play around with the recipe. I am going to make these again using crunchy jiff, chocolate protein powder, and milk chocolate for Kyle. Oh, and this fall (actually trying to hold off) I am going to make cinnamon pumpkin butter cups!  I may even try doing an apple pie oatmeal cup! Maybe I’ll do a series 🙂 
I like to keep my desserts frozen. I even freeze my protein bars! Is that weird? 
This recipe makes 40 mini peanut butter cups. If you can’t find the baking cups, you can use cupcake sized ones and make them larger. Or, just make it bark style! These would be cute to throw into your kid’s lunchboxes too. Fun & healthy desserts are the best kind. You can even add decorative sprinkles to the tops for holidays. 
Questions for you!

  1. What fun & creative flavor would you try to make?  (pumpkin pie)
  2. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? (dark)
  3. Chocolate protein powder or vanilla protein powder? (vanilla)

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