This post is actually a guest post that we did for The Gracious Pantry and I wanted to make sure that all our readers got to enjoy this little treat as well.  Enjoy!

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I read in a national health magazine once that if something tastes good then it’s probably not good for you.  What????  Is this really the message we want to convey to people - healthy eating = bad tasting food?  I wish I could have invited that author to my house for dinner one night!  Give me ‘clean’, natural, wholesome ingredients and I will give you a dish that will have you asking for more.  Case in point - Candy!  You don’t need artificial flavors, preservatives or dyes to make a melt in your mouth candy.  3 simple, easy ingredients and you can wow and impress your family and friends with your homemade, ‘healthy’ candies!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup ‘clean’ chocolate chips (I prefer SunSpire Grain Sweetened Chocolate Chips)
  • 1/4 cup ‘clean’ organic raw no salt added creamy peanut butter (I use Tree of Life brand peanut butter)
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 candy mold of your choice (you can purchase these at Michael’s craft stores, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Jo-Ann Fabrics or your local hobby store)
Preparation:
  1. In a small saucepan on very low heat, melt the chocolate chips.

    Using a clean, unused paint brush, paint the melted chocolate into the mold

  2. Using a clean/unused paint brush, paint the melted chocolate into the candy molds.
  3. Put the molds into the freezer for 10 minutes.

    Process the dates and peanut butter in a blender or food processor

  4. While the chocolate is hardening, add the peanut butter and dates to a food processor or powerful blender and process until throughly blended.  Set aside.

    Using your fingers gently press the peanut butter mixture into the molds

     

  5. Remove the candy mold from the freezer and fill the hardened chocolate molds with the peanut butter mixture.  (It’s easiest to use your fingers to gently press the peanut butter mixture into the chocolate shells)

    Paint the tops with the remaining melted chocolate

  6. Using the remaining melted chocolate, paint over the top to cover the peanut butter mixture.
  7. Place the mold back into the  freezer for 10 minutes or until completely hardened.
  8. Remove from the freezer and carefully “pop” candy out of molds.  They should easily pop out, if not place back in the freezer for another 5 minutes.
Nutritional Info:

Makes 10-12 candies (depends on the mold you select).

Serving size 1 candy.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 99.5, Cal. from Fat: 46.5, Total Fat: 5g, Sat. Fat: 2g, Carbs: 11.5g, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugars: 6.5g, Protein: 1.5g, Sodium: 0mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

Store the leftover candies in a cool, dry place.  For best results store them in the fridge until ready to eat.

Please note that you can use almond butter in this recipe but the inside texture of the ‘cup’ won’t be the same.  Peanuts tend to be drier and the consistency you get is exactly like that of the original Reese’s peanut butter cup.  Almond butter will produce a more ‘runny’ inside.  Either way you make these they will still turn out fabulous!

 

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4 Comments

 
  1. Yum! Nice work! I love all these unique “clean” recipes. Plus who can say no to a peanut butter cup?!

    • Sarah says:

      I’ve been known to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter right out of the jar! These are definitely one of my top 3 favorite desserts.

      ~Sarah

  2. I love having a clean alternative to “junk foods.” Can’t wait to make these!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Jessica,

      They are amazing and very addictive! I love making these for the kids in my neighborhood and showing them that you don’t have to have artificial ‘crap’ added to candy to make it taste good.

      ~Sarah

 
 

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