These healthy chocolate peanut butter eggs are the perfect Easter treat! I wanted these chocolate peanut butter eggs to be as healthy as possible, so I used coconut sugar, coconut flour, and all-natural peanut butter, as well as stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. It’s a simple recipe that you can whip up in no time! And you can feel good about eating these diary-free, refined-sugar-free chocolate eggs as a snack or dessert!
Starburst jelly beans, Cadbury eggs, Twix, Peep’s, Reese’s peanut butter eggs…I remember as a kid finding my Easter basket and joyfully pulling out all sorts of candies in little baggies. I usually ate it all in just a couple of days and then would regretfully watch my older sister eat her candy for the next several weeks if not months. Let’s just say, I didn’t have the best self-control when it came to sweet treats!
Fortunately, candy doesn’t have quite the same appeal as it did when I was younger (although I still love Cadbury eggs!!). There are a lot of us looking to decrease the amount of sugar and unhealthy treats in our diet, which can be hard during holidays like Easter. So, I wanted to create a recipe to replace the store-bought chocolate peanut butter eggs that are so popular around this time of the year. This homemade version is made with coconut sugar, which is a low-glycemic, natural sweetener. This means that it doesn’t cause as high of a blood sugar spike as other sweeteners, especially cane sugar.
I’m also not one to spend hours making healthy treats, which is why I love that this recipe is so easy and quick to make. It only looks like it takes a long time because of the freezing time, but don’t let that fool you! The freezing time doesn’t even really count because you can leave it alone and do other things while you wait.
If you’re looking for healthy candy replacements for your family, I highly recommend this seriously delicious recipe! Side note: personally, I think they’re better made with creamy peanut butter, but my husband would strongly disagree. As you can see, I have to buy both types of peanut butter. If you’re a crunchy peanut butter fan though, have at it!
Why are these peanut butter eggs healthier?
While these peanut butter eggs are most definitely healthier than your store-bought variety, I would still recommend eating them sparingly. It is a dessert after all. That being said, these eggs are on the healthier side and it would be much better to eat these than the store-bought kind. So what makes them healthier?
- All-natural peanut butter: get rid of the sugar-filled, hydrogenated peanut butter and get some all natural peanut butter. I personally like Smucker’s brand the best. It’s easy to stir, cheap, and I like that I can buy a big jar at Walmart. If you look at the ingredient list, it should just be peanuts, and maybe salt. That’s all!
- Coconut sugar: I’m replacing the white refined sugar with coconut sugar. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than white sugar, meaning it doesn’t spike blood sugar as much. Granted, it’s still a type of sugar, but I like that it’s a more natural, less refined than normal sugar.
- Stevia-sweetened chocolate chips: I love Lily’s brand of chocolate chips because they’re sweetened with stevia instead of sugar. They do tend to be pricier, so if you can’t fit them in the budget, try and get as dark of chocolate as you can, such as the bittersweet chocolate baking bars.
How to make chocolate peanut butter eggs from scratch
You’d be surprised how easy it is to make these little eggs. And it’s fun, so grab your little ones and have fun with it!
The first step is to mix the peanut butter, coconut sugar, coconut flour, and vanilla together in a bowl. Make sure everything is well incorporated.
Next, grab small handfuls of the dough and shape them into eggs (ovals). Freeze for at least an hour.
When you’re ready to dip the eggs, melt the chocolate in a double boiler (place a glass bowl above a pot of boiling water). Transfer the melted chocolate to a bowl.
Dipping the eggs is probably the hardest part, however, just remember it doesn’t have to be perfect. I like to dip them by scooping up the dough with a fork and lowering it into the chocolate. Then I roll it over and then transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the eggs. If you have chocolate left over after, you can patch up the eggs where needed and maybe drizzle some on top.
Freeze until hardened, and then enjoy! Store in the freezer.
Ready to make some delicious Easter treats? Check out the recipe below!
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs
- 1 cup all natural creamy peanut butter no sugar added
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 bag chocolate chips I recommend Lily's brand or bittersweet, dark chocolate
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
- Taking about a tablespoon amount at a time, shape the dough into small egg shapes (ovals) and place on a cookie sheet.
- Freeze for at least 1 hour.
- Before taking them out of the freezer, melt the chocolate. You can do this by boiling water in a pot and placing a glass bowl on top of the pot as a 'double boiler'. If you don't have a glass bowl to do that, place the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 1 minute (stirring at the 30-second mark).
- Remove the peanut butter eggs from the freezer. Working quickly, dip the eggs into the melted chocolate, making sure each side is coated in chocolate. I put the eggs in with my fingers, rolled them around in the chocolate, and then scooped it out with a fork to avoid finger marks.
- Place in the freezer until chocolate is solid (about an hour at least).
- Store in the freezer.