Make these easy homemade peanut butter and jelly cups this weekend to celebrate with a healthier Valentine’s day treat!
Valentine’s Day means one thing to me…
Some women would probably say love or romance, but I’m not really much of a sap like that. I’m totally not against anyone who gets excited about Valentine’s Day, but I’m just not that girl! Kyle and I don’t usually do too much for Valentine’s Day. We don’t do gifts for each other. As much as I love flowers, my mind is always a little more financially oriented and I’d rather us plan an outing together than have Kyle spend money on something that will eventually die.
Unlike our love for each other, which will live forever… insert heart-eyed emoji…cue Barry White music… Yea, sappy romance feels a bit unnatural to me. 😉 #awkward
This year we are planning to do dinner and a movie. Nothing too fancy, and probably somewhere that does’t have overpriced specials. And hopefully somewhere that isn’t super crowded! We’re also babysitting for some friends Saturday night, which means we’ll get a little preview of our parenting skills. What says romance more than that?! I’m really not too worried about Kyle, since our friends call him the Baby Whisperer. Yes, those words have been said in real life. It’s myself I’m a bit more concerned about! I don’t think I’ve changed a diaper…ever? I probably have but it was so long ago I can’t even remember. Not that I wanna go down that avenue right now…
So…back to chocolate. I honestly don’t even need a holiday to get excited about chocolate. Let’s face it—chocolate shows up in my life in one form or another often enough. Arguable too often, if there is such a thing? This year though, I am skipping the $5 box of chocolates you’ll find at Walmart in lieu of a healthier Valentine’s Day treat—homemade peanut butter and jelly cups!
Homemade peanut butter cups are one of my favorite treats to make, and this time I put a little bit of a holiday spin on them. I personally am not that big into pink (I’m probably in for a real treat with a baby girl on the way), but I am big into strawberries! Especially in a PB&J to be exact. We keep frozen strawberries at home to add into smoothies, or to make your peanut butter cups look a little more festive.
And this way, you can say you got a serving of fruit when you ate chocolate! If you eat all of these in one sitting…that’s not a challenge or anything. But seriously, I wouldn’t be the one to judge.
Homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups
Yield 12 cups
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Microwave frozen strawberries for one minute. Pour on a cutting board and chop into small pieces. Add back to bowl. Mix in peanut butter and honey completely, then place in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate.
- Microwave chocolate chips in a bowl for 30 seconds. Stir, and microwave another 30 seconds to melt all chocolate. Add in coconut oil, and microwave for additional 30 seconds. Stir until mixture is uniform and completely melted.
- Add muffin cups to a muffin tin. Pour a small amount of chocolate in each tin, just enough to cover the bottom. Freeze for about 5 minutes.
- Remove frozen chocolate and peanut butter mixture from freezer. Scoop a small amount of peanut butter mixture into each muffin cup, then cover the tops with the remaining chocolate. Freeze again for 5 minutes.
- Store in freezer for up to two weeks.
I use frozen strawberries because when they melt, you get some juices out of them to make the whole peanut butter mixture pink. Fresh strawberries could be subbed.I use coconut oil to add in some extra healthier fats, but you could eliminate and use only chocolate chips if you prefer.
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Sodium 8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 12 g
Protein 3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.