Healthy Halloween Treats: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

In honor of Halloween this weekend, I wanted to craft a holiday-appropriate treat that wasn't going to send me into a sugar coma.  While Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are a classic Halloween favorite, even as a kid, they were just a little too sweet for me. I updated them by balancing the typical sweetness with bitterness and a touch of sea salt--it's amazing the difference that quality whole food ingredients make.  Mini muffin cups provided the classic crinkled edges, making these little guys adorable too.

 My version uses only 4 ingredients

  • dark chocolate
  • natural peanut butter
  • raw honey
  • sea salt

These healthy halloween treats were the subject of my monthly Lunch and Learn workshop series at Enerspace Coworking. They take only a couple minutes to make and are way lower in sugar than store-bought candy.  The stearic acid in true dark chocolate can help lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol--something I learned a couple of week's ago from Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Devries.

And surprising no one, this workshop was WAY more popular than last month's exploration of kale. ;)

Sure, some kids might like dark chocolate, but based on this video of kid's trying dark chocolate for first time, I'd say this recipe might be adults-only for now.

Check out the recipe for Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups here!