by: Yuri Elkaim

High Protein Peanut Butter Cups

Store-bought peanut butter cups are full of added sugar and who-knows-what additives.

Why not make your own so you’re in control of the ingredients? 

These homemade peanut butter cups are not only tasty, but they also feature extra protein in the form of protein powder and almonds.

Why is that important?

Protein is key to keeping you satiated after eating and helping to build and repair muscles, cartilage, and skin. It’s also a good way to improve your metabolism.

And when you can manage all that while eating healthy desserts, you’re on to something!

5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

You get a tremendous nutrition boost from almonds, which are one of my favorite snacks. They’re low in carbs, high in heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber, and they also are loaded with Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress.

Almonds are excellent for blood sugar control, and they make a great choice when you need a snack to get you through to your next meal.

Protein Peanut Butter Cups with Healthy Fats

I used coconut oil as the fat, since it contains a unique medium-chain triglyceride that curbs hunger, increases your metabolism, and reduces insulin sensitivity. It’s melted with vegan chocolate chips for a creamy, chocolaty layer that’s irresistibly good.

Protein Peanut Butter Cups Made Healthy

Even though there’s a little sweetness in these cups, I always avoid refined white sugar and use a natural sweetener. Maple syrup adds a nice flavor while also including trace antioxidants and important minerals that refined sugar lacks. 

Homemade Protein Peanut Butter Cups

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Protein Peanut Butter Cups
This homemade protein peanut butter cups recipe sneaks in some serious nutrition with added protein, but it still delivers on taste.
High Protein Peanut Butter Cups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 35 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 35 minutes
High Protein Peanut Butter Cups
  1. In a large bowl, stir together almond butter, Pure Plant Protein and maple syrup.
  2. In a separate microwave­-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together until just smooth.
  3. Spoon a small amount of melted chocolate into the bottom of muffin tin lined with parchment or silicone baking cups.
  4. Add a dollop of almond butter on top.
  5. Drizzle chocolate on top of each cup, adding enough to cover the almond butter mixture. Refrigerate until hardened.
  6. To store, keep in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy within 2 weeks.
Recipe Notes

Enjoy Life! chcoolate chips are dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free, and can be found at any natural grocery store in the baking aisle.
Make sure to buy organic, virgin, unrefined, expeller-pressed coconut oil.

Crave Sweet Treats?

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Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.