My name is Lauren, and I’m a Reese’s peanut butter egg-a-holic.
Earlier this month, I received a request from a reader, Deb, to create a healthier version of the highly addictive, seasonal candy that is the Reese’s egg. Knowing there are many low carb eaters out there who face the temptation to hoard these candies every Easter, I was determined to create a healthier alternative. It would be dairy-free, soy-free, and paleo for my primal peeps and allergen-averse candy fiends.
I subsequently raided the friendly neighborhood healthfood store, brought the ingredients into my kitchen laboratory, and got to work on cracking the delectable code for making homemade, nourishing Reese’s eggs. It took 3 attempts to work out the best combination of ingredients for the filling, and a couple of messy kitchen sessions to figure out a good dipping technique.
Peanut butter filling patties, ready to take a dip in chocolate!
The toil and trouble was worth it, though. I’m happy to create more tried-and-true, decadent dessert recipes for you all, who have responded so positively to the blog, and the Healthy Indulgences e-cookbook that came out in September. Almost 1,000 copies have been sold! Not having had much time to promote the book due to my busy school/shadowing/volunteer schedule, I was a little worried that the word wouldn’t get out. You guys really came through for me!
To see whether the final product was up to par, I delivered one of the homemade eggs ceremoniously to my Official Taste Tasters. My sister and brother-in-law tasted the faux Reese’s egg alongside the real deal. As they bit into the candies, I anxiously awaited their response.
What was the verdict?
The homemade PB chocolate egg was a hit! By comparison, the real Reese’s egg was sickly sweet, leaving a “tingling, almost burning sensation” in the back of the throat due to its intense sweetness. The homemade knock-off Reese’s eggs were a tremendous success!!!
Hope you all enjoy these paleo diet-friendly, dairy-free, and soy-free treats for many Easters to come. They’re perfect any time of year, actually. You can make them sugar-free using a combination of powdered erythritol and stevia, or Truvia, but I haven’t had the chance to try that version yet.
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Coconut butter is the star ingredient in this recipe, acting as a replacement for the cream cheese used in these Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes. Combined with cashew butter, it contributes to the creamy consistency and richness of the peanut butter filling. Just FYI for you coconut haters: The coconut flavor is not noticeable in this recipe, as it’s over powered by peanuttiness. 😀
The product used in the candies you see above was Nutiva coconut manna. I picked it up from Mother Earth Natural Foods here in Florida for $10.49. Coconut butter requires some stirring before use so that the upper layer of coconut oil is distributed throughout the product. Just remove the lid from the jar and nuke it for a few seconds if it’s too firm to get a spoon in.
Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Easter Eggs (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free)
Makes a big batch of peanut butter eggs!
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut butter (also called coconut cream concentrate)
1/4 cup stevia blend OR Truvia OR 10 teaspoons honey OR 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar*
4 teaspoons coconut flour (if you use honey)**
1 batch of sugar-free “milk” chocolate bark OR 3.5 oz 70% cacao chocolate bar
Grind the sweetener along with sea salt in a Magic Bullet blender or coffee grinder (see my e-cookbook or this post for a tutorial!). Stir together the peanut butter and softened coconut butter. If you use a glass bowl, it’s easier to gently heat the filling in the microwave for a few seconds to melt any lumps of coconut butter. Work in the honey or powdered sweetener, stevia, and sea salt mixture with a spatula until there are no white streaks. Sift in the coconut flour, working it in with a spatula until the filling is smooth.
If the filling “dough” is too runny to hold its shape, chill it for a few minutes in the refrigerator. If you’d like to assemble the candies at a later date, wrap the filling in plastic wrap, and store it in the fridge.
Line a small toaster pan or cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper. Drop teaspoon-sized balls of dough on to the parchment, molding them into egg shapes using clean finger tips. Chill the pan with the molded filling in the freezer. Line another small pan with wax paper, and stick it in the freezer to chill until you are ready to assemble the candies.
To make a fast and easy chocolate coating for the candies, use a Lindt 70% or 85% bar. The 85% bar is intensely dark, but it has significantly fewer carbs. The 70% bar is more appropriate for a conventionally sweet coating, although it doesn’t come close to the sweetness of Reese’s milk chocolate. My homemade, sugar-free “milk” chocolate recipe is much more Reese’s like, and SO yummy. Not to toot my own horn, but I’d eat it over dairy-laden chocolate any day.
If you’re using a Lindt 70% bar, break it up into pieces in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt the chocolate in 20 second intervals, stirring until liquified. You can add a teaspoon of organic, nonhydrogenated shortening to make the coating less prone to cracking once it has cooled off.
If you are using the dairy-free “milk” chocolate coating, follow the listed directions. Just leave out the candies, nuts, etc. The fabulous taste of this recipe makes the hassle of ordering cocoa butter SO WORTH IT! You’ll never want to make candy without cocoa butter again. It’s a fabulous ingredient that makes the candy the melt in your mouth, not in your hand.
Once the chocolate coating has melted, set it aside. Remove the chilled tray of filling pieces, and second chilled pan lined with wax paper, from the freezer. Working quickly, dropped the chilled pieces of filling into the coating, and turn ’em over in the chocolate couple times. Use a couple of forks for the job. Let the excess chocolate drip off a bit. Then, slide the candies carefully on to the second chilled pan.
Stick the coated candies into the freezer to quickly set them. If you’re going to dip them a second time like I did, just repeat the process. You can keep your finished chocolate PB eggs at room temperature for a couple of days. They’ll keep for longer in the fridge.
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TrinaApril 1, 2013 at 11:57 pm (10 years ago)
Could you please post a recipe for white chocolate? Thank you!!
Lauren B.May 16, 2013 at 3:21 am (10 years ago)
Trina, I have done some experimenting with white chocolate, and have never been fully satisfied with the results. The problem is the gritty texture due to using powdered milk for the milk solids portion of the white chocolate. If I think of a way around this issue, I’ll certainly share my discovery with you. White chocolate is one of my favorite treats, too!
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I love all of your recipes!, what’s why I signed up your newsletter, but I’ve haven’t been getting it lately, will you please send me your newsletters. I want to get new recipes!.
Lauren B.November 9, 2013 at 12:55 am (9 years ago)
Hi, Kelly! Did receive the newsletter with the pumpkin muffins posted today?
SusanneFebruary 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm (9 years ago)
I was craving peanutbutter and chocolate without too much sugar – here I find your recipe! Yum. Thanks!