Peanut butter and chocolate! Need I say more? These little treats are both tasty and low carb! On top of that each contains over 2 grams of protein from the whey protein isolate powder.
My first rendition was good but not great. The peanut butter had a good flavor but lacked the texture of the sugar filled stuff. I set out to make a filling that was creamy but dense.
I had previously purchased a 1 Lb bag of unflavored whey protein isolate to add to the recipes I was developing. Because it is both low carb and very powdery, I figured it was perfect! After adding the powder, it was thickened but still not “whipped” like I was hoping for. The solution? Add whipping cream! After adding the cream and running the food processor for about 5 minutes the consistency was perfect!
Baking chocolate was used for the coating. It’s bitter as hell though! I wanted to sweeten the chocolate without getting it too sweet (think dark chocolate) so I added 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar substitute. Now, let me add that I do NOT like using this stuff and prefer liquid pyure stevia drops…However, I was out! Plus, the granulated stuff ads a little thickness to the chocolate. I highly recommend making any sweet treats for special occasions or a “once in a while” type thing; not a daily or weekly snack.
The first time I tried making peanut butter cups I used full sized cupcake liners. This made a huge peanut butter cup. The method I tried was a pain in the rear too! My updated method sacrifices two zip top bags to “pipe” the mixture(s) into the cups. You can certainly use real pipping bags but to me, it’s not worth cleaning the damn things. Zip top bags are cheap!
I did want to add that you will have left over peanut butter as 1 2oz bar of chocolate makes about 10 cups. Feel free to double the chocolate to make 20 cups. Since this was a second attempt, I didn’t want to make a bunch just to find out they were not good. Again, be careful! After testing a couple, the rest went to work to share.
I hope that you enjoy these little treats. Please comment if you have questions or any feedback.