Chocolate Peanut Butter and Coconut Cups

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


To me, Valentine's Day is more than a day to get flowers and candy from your significant other.  It's about taking the time to really appreciate those around you, and showing them how much you care.  Because, at the end of the day, the ones that love you make your life worth living.

For as long as I can remember, my mother has been the image of pure love in my life.  I remember being a little girl, thinking she was the most perfect and beautiful person in the entire universe with the most soothing voice, softest skin, and comforting touch.  I grew up with the everyday intention of trying to make her happy, because making her happy meant everything to me.

I look back to grade school, when I had extreme difficulty with reading comprehension, my mom would read me entire novels aloud so that I would do well on tests and write book reports.  In sixth grade, when my science teacher had a vendetta against me and gave me failing grades for no reason.  My mom took inventory of every test and homework in my binder, then set up a meeting with the school counselor where it was discovered I had an A in the class.  When I was sick for three months, she would rub my back every night and watch entire television series on DVD with me.



So, no matter how many times I tell my mom that I love her, that I appreciate her, that I thank her, I feel like it will never be enough.  She has done so much for me and I will never be able to repay her.  She even puts up with me when my blood sugar drops and I become an insane lunatic.  Now that is love.

So, this Valentine's Day, I decided to make my mom a simple yet indulgent treat.  I combined three of her favorite ingredients(or food groups)- chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut, and used a muffin pan to create a similar size and shape to the nostalgic Reese's cups.  These cups contain minimal ingredients, take less than a half hour to prepare, and are the perfect treat to make for the extra special person(s) in your life.  Happy Valentine's Day, Mom.  I love you.

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Coconut Cups
makes eight
1 12oz bag, or 2 cups or vegan chocolate chips
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tbsp brown rice syrup
approximately 1/3 c natural, creamy peanut butter

Line a standard sized muffin pan with eight cupcake liners.

Toss together coconut and brown rice syrup.  Place in freezer until tacky and easy to mold.  Once ready, shape the mixture into eight small disks.  They must be slightly smaller in width to the muffin cups.  Return to freezer until ready to use.

Bring a small pot of water to boil.  Place a glass bowl overtop of the pot and add the chocolate chips.  Stir continually until the chocolate chips are completely melted.  Add in the coconut oil and continue to stir until chocolate is very smooth. 

Spoon enough of the melted chocolate into each muffin liner so that the bottom is covered.  Take 2 tsp of peanut butter and place it in the middle of the chocolate.  Top each peanut butter center with a coconut disk.  Cover each coconut disk with additional chocolate.  Repeat until all chocolate has been used.  Refrigerate/place in freezer until candy has hardened.  Trim liners so that they are the same height as the candy.  Enjoy!

56 comments:

  1. Those look so good! I've never used brown rice syrup. This looks like a good recipe to try it out, though. Thanks!

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    1. thanks, rochelle! brown rice syrup is great because it's sweet but has a pretty neutral flavor. plus, it's very thick, so it's a great binder.

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  2. Awe, such a lovely post about your mom :) Sounds like a wonderful lady!
    These chocolate cups sounds yummy! Love peanut butter and chocolate, but add coconut....and it's amazing!

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    1. thanks, courtney! she really is wonderful!

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  3. This is such a nice post both about your Mom and the chocolate! These look amazing. Your site is such a find with it being all vegan & GF - my family is going to be excited to try your recipes! Thank you! :)

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  4. What a wonderful post about your mom, she is an amazing lady!

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  5. I love the addition of coconut! You are so right, mom love is the best, saying thank you is NEVER enough!

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  6. These look so yummy! I love peanut butter cups...but with coconut? These sound amazing!

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    1. thanks, maria! they go very well together!

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  7. You obviously get your sweetness from your Mom- she sounds so wonderful, the way you describe her reminds me so much of my own Mom :)

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    1. thanks, heather <3 she really is wonderful!

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  8. Oh wow, the coconut sounds amazing in these! I just made a batch of bourbon + almond butter cups for G for Valentines--great minds think alike :)

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    1. it seems like we're always on the same page, huh? great minds for sure ;)

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  9. This is so sweet, your mom is so lucky to have an amazing daughter like you! :) And these look incredible! I loove the coconut in the middle and have already put these on the "must-make" list for this weekend!

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    1. you are the sweetest, sonnet <3 thank you and i hope you enjoy!

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  10. I love the photo where you can see all the layers inside these treats...you would never guess from the outside that not one, but two of my favourite ingredients are stuffed inside as a tasty surprise! Reese's should take a hint from you and start making a coconut version!

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    1. thanks, genevieve! i love that picture, too!

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  11. Hi Caitlin, just came to you from over at Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes - what a fantastic post & recipe! I love love your sentiments about Valentines Day too, thanks for a beautiful post!

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    1. thanks, shira! so glad you stopped by!

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  12. These look soooo good!! I LOVE homemade PB cups, but with coconut?! Amazing!

    As for king cake, make it! It does have to rise for an hour or so (Kittee's recipe calls for 2 hours on the first rise, but I only do one hour and it's fine)....then it has a 30 min second rise and 35-40 min in the oven. It's worth it!!

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    1. thanks, bianca! hmm..i don't know that i have that much time. boo...

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  13. Aww, what a sweet post. :) And wow, these look absolutely incredible. I have everything I need to make these except the brown rice syrup--I might have to improvise with something else because I totally want these immediately!

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    1. i'm so happy to see that the agave worked out for you, lady!

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  14. moms are the best arent they. my mom has been there for anything that i needed growing up and put up with my crazy days as well. these are such a perfect treat indeed.

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    1. haha, my mom put up with my crazy days, too. although, i was never really that crazy ;)

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  15. How sweet! Moms are the best! Love that you made such a great treat for her! It looks super yummy! :-)

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  16. So cute and delicious and perfect, Caitlin! I want them all.

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    1. i'd love to make them for you, erin ;)

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  17. What a terrifically sweet post! I hope she adores these chocolate peanut butter and coconut cups! They look fabulous.

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    1. thanks, cadry! she told me they were spectacular ;)

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  18. Omg-These look amazing!!! Can't wait to try!

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  19. This post totally put a little lump in my throat. Your mom sounds absolutely amazing. I hope she enjoys her treat! I wished I lived closer to my mom so I could make these for her, because she is also a big fan of chocolate, coconut, and peanut butter. :-)

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    1. it puts a little lump in my throat, too. she's really an amazing woman. i'm so lucky to live 10 minutes away from her.

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  20. Aww what a sweet post. These PB cups look amazing. I'm sure your mom loved them, I know I would! :)

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  21. wow, as i was reading this i seriously kept thinking you were describing my childhood. everything from your mom reading to you because you had difficulty with comprehension, going crazy with low blood sugar, and having a crazy middle school science teacher, all things i experienced too!!! i love it. and this recipe looks CRAZY good. i love how easy it is to make homemade peanut butter cups!!

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    1. hmm molly..did your science teacher's last name start with an "m"? ;) that's pretty incredible that we have such similar experiences- maybe that's why i relate to you so much ;) and pb cups are SO easy! most recipes i see add sugar and other nonsense to the peanut butter filling. but i think it's best without. also, SO much healthier ;)

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  22. Those really do look delicious. Peanut butter, coconut and chocolate were so meant to go togther!

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  23. I love this ode to your mommy. I had a similar experience with a teacher as well--we are lucky gals to have moms who became our protectors when needed. Much love to you Caitlin! xo

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    1. thanks, cara! we are very, very lucky ;)

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  24. Well after drooling over these on your page for the last few days, and seeing Kiersten's success with them, I think I'm going to have to be brave and try making these myself this weekend. I've never been confident working with chocolate, but I think this is the recipe to overcome my fears!!

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    1. i hope you give them a try, lisa! you can do it!!! i believe in you!

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  25. Wow, I absolutely have to give these gorgeous little creatures from heaven a try!

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    1. i hope you do! they're pretty great ;)

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  26. I made these tonight.... now for the taste test tomorrow.... :o
    I had extra chocolate and they were thicker than I expected. I will make 10 next time. The more the merrier!! Thanks! My dad would have loved these, he was a reeces and peanut butter outof the jar kinda guy, with coconut added he would have been so happy.

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    1. thank you for your sweet words, sondra! they are pretty thick, but it would definitely work to make them thinner and make more of them ;) i think i made them thick to account for the large mound of chocolate and peanut butter in the middle ;)

      i really hope you enjoy them ;)

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  27. I did make them again (10) and posted my Pics on my FB Page. I did add 3T coconut cream to the PB to make it a little more stable. FABULOUS!!!!!
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cooking-Club/216018048450834

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    1. thanks, sondra! so glad you enjoyed them ;)

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  28. I canNOT wait to make these!!

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