This recipe makes three large cupcake size peanut butter cups or six small cups.
It was created by blogger Jo’s Healthy Cupboard, inspired by a childhood obsession with Reeces Pieces. Jo had an American friend at primary school and every time she went to her house they would drink Kool Aid and eat Reeces Pieces, and Jo was really keen to make a healthier version of them. Using dark chocolate, which is very often naturally vegan, cuts down on the sugar in these treats. 85% dark chocolate has about half the sugar content of 65% cocoa chocolate.
To make the base:
- Soak your dates in boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
- Place ground almonds, oats, oatmeal into food processor and blitz for 1-2 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and blitz until the mixture starts sticking together.
- If it’s too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time and mix.
- Use a non-stick cupcake or silicon mould and evenly distribute the mixture, pressing down and slightly up the edges of your moulds.
- Place into the freezer whilst you prepare the next layer.
To make the peanut butter caramel
- Soak the dates in boiling water for 30 minutes and drain.
- Melt coconut oil in microwave for ten seconds.
- Place all ingredients into food processor or blender. I used my nutribullet for this part.
- Blend until completely smooth. You will probably need to stop and scrap the ingredients down a few times.
- If you find it’s too dry, add a splash of water.
- It should be a completely smooth, thick paste once it all blends together.
- Remove oaty base from freezer and evenly distribute caramel between them.
- Place back in freezer for 20 mins to allow caramel to set.
For the chocolate layer:
- Melt dark chocolate in a bowl over warm water.
- Pour over the top of your peanut caramel cups and return to freezer for 10 minutes until solid.
- Remove the tarts from freezer at least 15 minutes before you want to eat them.
Jo is a mum, wife, long-distance runner, writer and the creator of Jo’s Healthy Cupboard, based in the North East of Scotland.
She uses her platform to inspire others to make small changes towards a healthier, happier and more sustainable lifestyle by sharing practical tips, recipes, relevant products and daily thoughts.