Healthier Peanut Butter Cups

Nutritionist Melbourne Derby

It’s extremely well known that peanut butter and chocolate are among the best food combinations on earth! A fact that Reeses have exploited with huge success – I am still yet to find somebody who doesn’t find their peanut butter cups addictive!

In some vain attempt to stop myself eating so many Reeses and to make peanut butter cups a tiny bit healthier, I have come up with a recipe that is just as tasty but lower in sugar and less processed than the orange version we are all so used to.

These are super quick and easy to make, and all of the ingredients can be purchased without having to break the bank. I’ve included links within the recipe below but my general go-to sources for ‘health food ingredients’ are Amazon and MyProtein due to the low price and high quality.

I use whey protein powder in this recipe as I really like the taste and fudgey texture it gives the peanut butter cups, as well as slightly increasing the protein content. However, if you don’t fancy it you can always replace it with peanut flour or even ground almonds instead.

One of my favourite things about these treats is the cacao that makes them so rich. Like the raw chocolates they are amazing at keeping cravings at bay, and you’re less likely to binge on them as they are so rich!

So go ahead and enjoy! Any comments or substitutions are very welcome below, and please #andrarecipes when you’ve made them – I’d love to see your versions!



Makes: 12 cups

Time to make: 30 minutes including chilling time

Difficulty Rating: Easy




100g Coconut Oil

80g Raw Cacao Powder (or Cocoa Powder)

2tbsp Maple Syrup



40g Coconut Oil

25g Whey Protein (I use MyProtein’s salted caramel flavour, but vanilla or even chocolate would work well too)

50g Peanut Butter (Smooth or Crunchy)

1tbsp Maple Syrup

Pinch Salt


1       Melt the coconut oil for the chocolate in a microwave for 40-60 seconds, stopping it half way to stir

2      Add the cacao powder and maple syrup to the coconut oil and whisk until fully combined

3      Pour or spoon a thin layer into each case before placing in the fridge to set while you make the peanut layer

4      Melt the second amount of coconut oil in the microwave for another 30-40 seconds

5      Add the whey protein, maple syrup, peanut butter and salt and stir to fully combine

6      Take the chocolate out of the fridge and spoon the peanut mix on top of each

7      Place back in the fridge to set for 10 minutes

8     Once hard, take out and spoon on the final chocolate layer

9      Set in the fridge for a minimum of 10 minutes then enjoy!


If you have any chocolate mix remaining pour into individual cases and top with some chopped up nuts, dried fruit, or even mini marshmallows!