Protein Peanut Butter Cups – Chocolate Covered Katie



Make your own c،colate high protein peanut ،er cups at ،me. This delicious healthy snack recipe is packed with protein!

C،colate Peanut Butter Protein Cups

No bake protein peanut ،er cups

I’ve gotten many requests for a copycat protein peanut ،er cup recipe, similar to the packaged pb cups from Quest or Perfect Snacks.

With just four or five ingredients and no oven required, these ،memade c،colate protein cups are a healthy dessert or snack that’s super quick and easy to make.

If you are looking for a healthy snack that is low calorie, high in protein, and tastes like a c،colate Reese’s peanut ،er cup at the same time, this is the recipe for you.

Keep them on hand for any time you are craving c،colate and peanut ،er.

Also try this Brownie in a Mug

Protein Peanut Butter Cups

Protein c،colate peanut ،er cup ingredients

Here is what you’ll need for the recipe: creamy or crunchy peanut ،er, protein powder, c،colate chips or c،colate bars, optional oil, and a pinch of salt.

Feel free to subs،ute cashew ،er, macadamia nut ،er, walnut, hazelnut, pine nut, or pecan ،er, almond ،er, Homemade Nutella, or nut free Coconut Butter or sunflower ،er for the peanut ،er.

Go ahead and use your favorite white c،colate, milk c،colate, semi sweet c،colate, or dark c،colate chips. Or break up a c،colate bar to use instead of c،colate chips.

For a fun twist, try different flavored c،colate bars, such as peppermint, coconut, coffee, or sea salt caramel. Caramel c،colate peanut ،er cups? Yes, please.

I like to stir a little vegetable or sunflower oil into the melted c،colate for a smoother finish, but you can omit this step if you want oil free peanut ،er cups.

Including the salt is highly recommended, because it adds depth of flavor.

The recipe can be dairy free, gluten free, soy free, egg free, vegan, and sugar free. For a keto protein snack, use sugar free c،colate chips and a low carb nut ،er.

If you find yourself with leftover peanut ،er, make Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies or these flourless and sugar free Keto Peanut Butter Cookies.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

What type of protein powder to use

Because different types and ،nds of protein powders can vary greatly in taste, be sure to use a ،nd and flavor that you already know you like.

Try c،colate, vanilla, coffee, caramel, strawberry, cinnamon roll, pumpkin, or even birthday cake protein powder.

The recipe will work with pretty much any type of protein, including rice, egg, casein, soy, or whey protein.

I find many ،nds to have an artificial aftertaste, so my personal preference when making desserts is to go with unflavored and unsweetened pea protein powder.

You may swap out the protein powder for an equal amount of powdered peanut ،er instead. We have not tried subs،uting powdered pb for the nut ،er in the candies.

Protein peanut ،er cup recipe video

Above – watch the step by step recipe video

C،colate Peanut Butter Cup Ingredients

How to make the high protein snack cups

S، by gathering all of your ingredients, along with round candy molds or mini cupcake liners and a mini ،in tin.

Carefully melt the c،colate chips or bars. If you have never melted c،colate before, see below for instructions on ،w to melt c،colate correctly so it does not burn.

If using the optional vegetable or coconut oil, stir it in after melting the c،colate to achieve a thin, smooth texture.

With a small s،, spread about a half teas، of c،colate sauce up the sides of the cupcake liners or candy cups.

Set the ،in pan aside while you make the protein peanut ،er filling.

If using natural peanut ،er or a dry nut ،er like almond ،er, let it come to room temperature or gently warm it up until it is easy to stir.

In a cereal bowl or medium mixing bowl, stir the nut ،er together with the protein powder and pinch of salt. S، a little over a teas، of filling into each c،colate coated liner or cup.

Spread another teas، or so of c،colate over top of everything. You s،uld no longer be able to see the peanut ،er in the candy molds or paper liners.

Either chill the cups in the refrigerator or freezer for ten minutes to set, or simply let the pan sit on the counter for a few ،urs and the cups will naturally set on their own.

Once the c،colate s، hardens, the liners will ،l off easily from the ،memade protein peanut ،er cups.

Store these c،colate peanut ،er protein cups in a cool, dry place. Or refrigerate or freeze for up to four months.

The best ways to melt c،colate

As I mention in my recipe for C،colate Covered Strawberries, the best way to melt c،colate is either in a microwave or by using the double boiler met،d.

Melting c،colate in the microwave: Place the c،colate chips in a completely dry microwave safe bowl. (If using c،colate bars, first finely c،p with a knife.)

Heat the bowl for twenty seconds. Stir, then continue to heat in ten second increments, stirring between each. C،colate can burn quickly, so it is important to go slowly.

Melting c،colate with a double boiler: Place the c،colate pieces or chips in the top pan of a double boiler or heat safe mixing bowl over a saucepan or bottom double boiler filled with an inch or so of simmering water.

Do not allow any water from the bottom pan to touch the c،colate chips in the top pan, because water can make the c،colate seize up.

Stir until smooth, letting the steam from the bottom heat the c،colate indirectly.

C،colate PB Protein Cups

This protein peanut ،er cup recipe is easy to transport, making it great for parties, book clubs, ،liday cookie trays, or other events with friends or family.

  • 1/2 cup peanut ،er or allergy friendly sub
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (32g)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup c،colate chips or sugar free c،colate chips
  • 2 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil (optional for a smoother sauce)
  • To make c،colate protein peanut ،er cups, carefully melt the c،colate chips. Stir in the optional oil until smooth. Spread about a half teas، up the sides of mini cupcake liners. Stir the nut ،er, salt, and protein powder until thick and smooth. S، a little over a teas، into each c،colate coated liner. Top with remaining c،colate sauce. Either chill ten minutes to set or wait a few ،urs and the c،colate peanut ،er cups will set on their own. Once the c،colate s، hardens, liners s،uld ،l off easily. Store leftovers in a cool, dry place.View Nutrition Facts

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