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October 24, 2011 7:26 PM
Ok I mentioned every night my last meal before bed is a little homemade protein peanut butter cup recipe and someone had asked me to post the recipe which is why I decided to make this thread. So here goes!

Things you will need / Ingredients:
-4.5 tablespoons of All natural peanut butter (Or the regular kind if your heart desires)
-1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder (Choc pb, even vanilla or any other flavor can be substituted)
-1 scoop of chocolate casein powder. (The casein makes for a thicker batter and I only use it because I would drink a shake of it every night anyways so it worked nicely for me. You can use just a single scoop of whey or 2 if you prefer the cups will still turn out great).
-1 tablespoon of Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder
-About 5-7 grams of Stevia or some other 0 to low calorie sugar substitute (The amount on this one is really just preference I've used as low as 3 grams or as much as 8-10 all up to you)
-6 Foil baking cups; I prefer foil for the durability
-I use a baking cup tray to keep the cups in good form while being in the freezer.
-One somewhat large bowl to mix ingredients

Ok these are the ingredient amounts I use only because I save all my fats for the very end of the day and these fit my macros/daily calories perfectly. You may obviously need to adjust them according to your caloric allowance and/or macronutrient needs. This recipe with the given ingredient amounts I list should make 6 rather large peanut butter cups. If you wanted to make them the size of a reese's it can probably make more like 8-9.

-For starters, begin by taking your tablespoon of hershey cocoa powder, 5 or so grams of sugar substitute, and 1-2 scoops of protein powder and putting them all together in a mixing bowl.
-Slowly add small amounts of water like 1/8's of a cup making sure to mix the ingredients after adding a small amounts at a time until you get it to a batter type substance.
-I use prefer to use a little extra water so that I have slightly larger cups but that is not necessary other's may like the thick chocolate batter much more just play with it.
-Take your foil baking cups and place 6 of them in the baking cup tray
-Add a bottom layer of batter to each of the foil cups and then place in freezer for roughly 25-30 minutes.
-Remove from freezer and take your natural peanut butter and place a chosen amount (as allowed by your goals) into each cup. It breaks up evenly for me to add about 12 grams to each cup. But I've done as little as 8 before and they came out great.
-Place back in freezer for about 15-20 minutes and let the peanut butter harden up.
-Take out of freezer and add the final layer of your batter over the hardened peanut butter.
-Any toppings you'd like to add can also be added on top now such as cinnamon, brown sugar, whatever the case may be, I tend to just leave them plain.
-Place the tray back in the freezer for another 25-30 minutes or until as hard as you desire and your protein peanut butter cups are complete.
-I know its a lot of taking out and replacing them back in the freezer which is why in time constraints I've skipped the 2nd freezer time and just put the peanut butter on the hardened bottoms and put the batter directly over the peanut butter. That way it cuts out the extra 15-20 minutes and allows for a quicker make.
-Last step, enjoy and feel like you're cheating when you're eating a perfectly healthy, tasty, little treat! Hope you all enjoy!
October 24, 2011 7:43 PM
Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!
October 24, 2011 7:44 PM
October 24, 2011 7:48 PM
Sounds good!! Thanks :)
October 24, 2011 7:51 PM
sounds delicious.....I may have to try to make a version of those that would fit into my daily allotment!

thanks for sharing!
October 24, 2011 8:06 PM
They sound great! Thanks!
October 24, 2011 8:22 PM
October 24, 2011 8:25 PM
Thanks for sharing!
October 25, 2011 5:49 AM
You are amazing! Can't wait to try this :D
October 25, 2011 6:29 AM
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November 28, 2011 11:29 PM
Oh my god I think I love you
November 29, 2011 3:12 PM
evil thoughts of what I could do with some PB&co dark choc dreams & this recipe happy
November 29, 2011 3:17 PM
Thanks for sharing!!
November 29, 2011 3:22 PM
Mmm...homemade peanut butter cups, can't wait to try. Thanks for posting
November 29, 2011 6:57 PM
November 29, 2011 7:20 PM
November 30, 2011 5:58 AM
I'm making these right now, but had to cut the recipe since I ran out of whey protein after one scoop! I'm also adding a couple of tablespoons of almond milk rather than water.
November 30, 2011 11:46 AM
Ok, epic. Here's what I used with my limited supply:

4 tablespoons Smuckers natural crunchy PB
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 hazelnut flavored Splenda (only sweetener I had on hand!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 scoop Designer's Whey chocolate protein powder - wish I had more of this!

The only issue is that they melt pretty fast after you take them out of the freezer. Delicious, though! My batch made 4 at 127 calories a piece. I ate half of one and was satisfied.
November 30, 2011 11:55 AM
Thank you so much for posting this! I love love love Reese's. Did i mention im coocoo for peanut butter and chocolate. Definately trying this onelove
November 30, 2011 12:00 PM
Gonna have to try this asap.
November 30, 2011 12:10 PM
Definitely going to try this! Thanks.

For people who care, here are the rough breakdowns (lots of variation depending on your specific ingredients, but here are ball park numbers for anyone who cares).

Per serving (1 large cup):
Calories: 122
Fat: 6
Carbs: 4
Protein: 13
Edited by jacksonpt On November 30, 2011 12:11 PM
November 30, 2011 3:49 PM

Definitely going to try this! Thanks.

For people who care, here are the rough breakdowns (lots of variation depending on your specific ingredients, but here are ball park numbers for anyone who cares).

Per serving (1 large cup):
Calories: 122
Fat: 6
Carbs: 4
Protein: 13

thanks mate :)
November 30, 2011 7:00 PM
Bump !!
December 5, 2011 7:02 AM
I made them over the weekend and they turned out really good... just have to tweak the chocolate to PB ration to get the taste I want.

I went simple for my first try...

> mix 2/3 cup skim milk with 4 scoops GNC amp 60 chocolate powder - made a great batter
> 1 tbsp wegmans organic PB per cup (ended up being a bit too much PB for my taste)

Did the pour/freeze/pour/freeze/pour/freeze method and was happy with the result. Definitely tasted like desert.


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