It’s National Pumpkin Day, so I’m celebrating with pumpkin peanut butter cups!! These are so easy to make and only require a few simple and healthy ingredients. If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth on Halloween (or any time) without all the added sugar, these are a great option!
Of course, eating candy is not bad in moderation when you want to enjoy it! Sometimes it’s nice to have a healthier, but equally tasty, option though, especially because I find that often regular candy can be upsetting to my stomach. I used Pascha Chocolate 100% cocoa chocolate chips because they’re allergen free (so great for my RA baking) and have no added sugar, but you can use whatever kind of chocolate you like!
About ½ cup chocolate (I used chocolate chips because they melt faster, but bars would work too)
1-2 tbsp coconut oil
½ cup smooth peanut (or other nut or seed) butter
½ cup pumpkin purée
Splash of vanilla
Dash of pumpkin spice
Honey/maple syrup to taste (optional)
Dash of sea salt (optional)
1. Line a muffin tin with muffin papers.
2. Melt chocolate with a spoonful or so of coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring occasionally until melted.
3. Pour a spoonful or so of the melted chocolate into the muffin papers, using a spoon to press the chocolate up the sides of the paper. Let cool in the fridge/freezer until solid.
4. While the chocolate is cooling, mix peanut butter with pumpkin purée, vanilla, and pumpkin spice. If you like the filling sweeter, add a tablespoon or so of honey or maple syrup.
5. Add a spoonful of this mixture on top of the chocolate in the muffin papers, and then add more melted chocolate to the top until the filling is covered. Sprinkle with sea salt.
6. Put in the freezer until the chocolate is solid and the remove, let thaw slightly, and enjoy! You can store these in the fridge to save for later as well.
I ate some of these in a pumpkin-centric yogurt bowl later! I added Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar pieces (this limited edition flavor comes out every fall and is so good!), strawberries, banana slices, cacao nibs, cinnamon, chia seeds, crunchy peanut butter, and some of my homemade pumpkin butter. A super yummy breakfast!