These healthy peanut butter eggs are a delicious and easy homemade treat. If you enjoy Reese’s eggs at Easter time, then you have to try this low sugar, gluten free recipe!
Every Easter, my husband has one request: We have to buy a bag of Reese’s peanut butter eggs. He’s always been a huge peanut better fan and I can’t say I blame him.
Give me a treat that isn’t pure sugar and has some substance! There really is no better candy flavor combination better than peanut butter and chocolate. The perfect balance of salty and sweet.
We’ve been trying to move away from candy in the Easter baskets the more kids we have (and the more dental bills we pay). But you can’t have Easter without any treats at all, right?
This year, I’m going to try and have all homemade treats for our family. Starting with these yummy and surprisingly easy peanut butter eggs. You only need 5 ingredients to whip them up, and I promise you won’t miss the store-bought Reese’s one bit!
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Are Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs Actually Healthy?
I think so! Definitely healthy for a treat. And much healthier than actual Reese’s eggs. Sweetened with maple syrup and held together with coconut flour, they are especially great if you’re looking for a gluten free or vegan dessert option.
Are These Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs Gluten Free?
Yes! This recipe uses coconut flour to form a dough with the peanut butter and maple syrup, so it is completely gluten free.
Are These Healthy Peanut Butter Eggs Vegan?
If you use chocolate chips that don’t contain milk like this brand, these peanut butter eggs will be 100% vegan.
Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Eggs Recipe:
- Peanut Butter – creamy peanut butter, just your regular Jiffy, Peter Pan or off brand will work.
- Coconut Flour – coconut flour binds the peanut butter and forms the “dough” inside of the peanut butter eggs. The eggs don’t taste much like coconut so that the peanut butter is still the main flavor. This is the brand I use, but I found it cheaper at Target.
- Maple Syrup – maple syrup gives these eggs just the right amount of sweetening without being overly sweet. Maple syrup is a healthier alternative to refined sugars too!
- Chocolate Chips – dark chocolate is my favorite kind for this recipe, but semi-sweet works well too.
- Coconut Oil – adding a bit of coconut oil to the chocolate, helps it to melt more smoothly. It also makes the chocolate coating glossier.
- Bowls for mixing the filling ingredients and another for melting the chocolate in the microwave
- Forks a couple of regular forks from your silverware drawer work perfectly for coating the eggs in chocolate and letting the excess drip off
- Parchment Paper and a Baking Sheet for laying the peanut butter eggs on in the freezer
Can I Substitute Different Ingredients?
Its easy to change the ingredients for what you have on hand. Just keep the amounts the same and follow the directions as usual.
- Maple Syrup: can be swapped out with honey
- Coconut Flour: you can use almond flour in place of coconut flour without much change in flavor
- Chocolate Chips: any kind of chocolate chips should work. For an extra fancy touch, use a different chocolate for the drizzle, such as milk chocolate or white chocolate. If you need this recipe to be vegan, make sure to use chocolate chips that don’t contain milk.
How To Make Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Eggs:
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, coconut flour and maple syrup. Stir until smooth.
Form the peanut butter mixture into egg shapes by rolling 1 inch balls and flattening them into ovals with your fingers. Make one end a bit more narrow than the other for a traditional egg shape.
Place the ovals on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes to make them hold better when you coat them in the melted chocolate.
Next, heat the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave 30 second at a time, stirring between times until completely melted. It took me about 1 minute and 30 seconds but the amount of time will vary from one microwave to the next.
Using two forks, coat the peanut butter eggs in the melted chocolate, letting the chocolate drip off for a few seconds.
Using the forks, carefully transfer each egg to parchment paper to harden. Don’t get frustrated if your eggs don’t look perfect. It takes a bit of practice to get them off the forks neatly. And the chocolate drizzle helps hide imperfections.
Optional: After the chocolate has hardened for a few minutes, drizzle with more melted chocolate to make them look extra special.
Refrigerate the eggs until you are ready to enjoy them.
To Store – These peanut butter eggs need to be refrigerated or the chocolate will melt. They can be enjoyed for up to 2 weeks.
To Freeze – They also freeze really well. Just stick them in a freezer bag and pull them out as needed. They can last for 3 months in the freezer.
Let the Chocolate Cool – Let the chocolate cool for 5 minutes before coating the eggs that way the chocolate isn’t too hot to where it melts the peanut butter.
Variations – For a fancier looking treat, use a different type of chocolate such as milk or white for the drizzle.
More Homemade Treats You Might Want To Try:
If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy these other healthy treats on the blog:
- Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
- Healthy Berry Jello
- Homemade Strawberry Marshmallows
- Rice Crispy Treats Sweetened With Dates
- Honey Lollipops
I hope you love this recipe for homemade healthy peanut butter eggs! If you make them, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like them!
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