These are SECRET WEAPON vegan peanut butter cups – so good you would never believe that they contain a stealthy ingredient that takes them to the precipice of being – dare I say it – healthy. What’s the secret weapon, you ask?
Chickpeas! Yes, you read this correctly.
A while ago I made a recipe that was a makeover for Buckeyes, the popular chocolate covered peanut butter ball that typically contains peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter for the filling. The makeover recipe used maple syrup and peanut butter alone, because by happy accident these two ingredients magically thicken up when blended together. As I was making them, I had the crazy idea to replace half of the peanut butter in the recipe with chickpeas. My brain is weird, but I’m sure glad that it is, because they turned out so great! Like their black bean brownie cousins, you CANNOT tell that chickpeas are present. And there is not a lick of dairy to be found. Hence, Secret Weapon Vegan Peanut Butter Cups (say that five times fast).
These power treats are so easy to put together. I’m going to show you two ways to make them – both the standard peanut butter cup that typically come two in a package, and also a mini peanut butter cup version. A big mouth option and a little mouth option. So let’s get crackin’….