This homemade chocolate peanut butter eggs recipe is so easy to put together and free from toxic ingredients traditionally found in store-bought Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Easter Eggs.
Ingredients in Store Bought Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Years ago when we started to transition our home away from dairy and processed foods, holiday candy was the hardest part for me. Mainly because we had grown addicted and excited about the candy that filled the shelves during each holiday season. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were some of our favorites, including the Easter egg version that rolled out every spring.
As I researched for our family, I found that the traditional chocolate peanut butter cups that filled the store shelves during the holidays were full of processed, toxic ingredients. The more I learned, the more I found that these chemical filled “treats” were doing more of a disservice to the health of our family.
Some of the questionable ingredients included:
- TBHQ: A synthetic preservative that is a form of butane, derived from petroleum and has been linked to dermatitis, childhood behavioral problems, and stomach cancer when studied in animals.
- Ingredients in Reese’s include 4 forms of diary, which it is likely made form cows that have been conventionally raised with antibiotics and growth hormones. rBGH is a GMO found in cheap conventional dairy products that many of these chocolate brands use when they make their milk chocolate.
- Soy Lecithin: Conventional Soy (soy that is not organic or non-gmo) is typically from a GMO crop and heavily sprayed with pesticides.
- Artificial flavors: The concern about artificial and even some natural flavors, is that the flavors can be made from chemical mixtures that are made in a lab. These are not natural flavors found in peanut butter or even chocolate, but rather flavor or flavor enhancers that are synthetically processed.
Homemade Natural Ingredients
If you are on a quest to avoid some of these synthetic and even harmful ingredients, you have come to the right place. Over the last several years I have worked to create a peanut butter cup recipe that our family loves.
These homemade peanut butter cups have added fiber and natural sweeteners. The best part, you can use them for what ever holiday you would like or just as an everyday sweet treat.
If you are looking for a Paleo homemade peanut butter cup, you can easily substitute the peanut butter for almond butter.
If you are looking for other recipes that are dairy-free, check out some of my other recipe posts here.
Dairy Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs Recipe
These homemade chocolate peanut butter eggs are so easy to put together and have just a few, simple ingredients.
For a long time I would make my own shapes by hand forming the peanut butter dough, freezing them, and then covering them with chocolate. However, I recently found that using candy molds made it a little bit easier to make these treats AND they looked prettier whenever I used a mold.
If you are on the hunt for a quality chocolate, here are a couple ideas for you: