Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

These Healthy Peanut Butter Cups are made with simple ingredients and take less than an hour to make. A homemade Reese’s copycat that you can feel good about eating.

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Why we love this recipe

By making this healthy dessert recipe at home you can use the very best, high-quality ingredients. We love having control over what goes into our treats.

They taste like Reese’s peanut butter cups. Need I say more?

This recipe is so easy to make and is also naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Bonus!

A stack of healthy peanut butter cups.

Ingredients

  • coconut oil – this will help bind the ingredients together and give a smooth consistency.
  • natural peanut butter – use either chunky or creamy peanut butter. You can substitute other nut butter such as almond butter or cashew butter.
  • maple syrup – honey can also be used.
  • cocoa powder – you can also boost those antioxidants and use cacao powder instead!
  • vanilla extract – adds a rich, sweet, and aromatic flavor.
  • flaked sea salt – this is optional but oh-so-delicious to sprinkle on top.
Ingredients on a counter.

Equipment

Instructions

Step 1

First, start by lining the muffin tin with 10 paper liners. Set it aside.

Step 2

Next, add the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil to the small saucepan and stir them together over medium-low heat.

We like using a small spatula to stir.

Peanut butter and coconut oil being stirred in a saucepan.

Step 3

Then, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder into the peanut butter mixture.

Keep mixing until the lumps are gone and the mixture is smooth.

Next, stir in the vanilla.

A saucepan with a chocolate mixture inside being stirred with a spatula.

Step 4

Then, pour the mixture evenly into the lined muffin tin, filling the wells approximately half full.

A muffin tray filled with chocolate mixture.

Step 5

Finally, place the muffin tin in the freezer for 15 minutes until the chocolate has set.

A muffin tin with chocolate cups out of the freezer.

Expert tip

This healthy candy recipe must live in the coldest part of your fridge or your freezer! They will get soft and melt pretty fast at room temp so keep them cold until you are ready to enjoy.

Healthy peanut butter cups on a tray.

Recipe variations

  • Sprinkle some dark chocolate chips on top before freezing for an extra chocolate layer.
  • Add a tropical twist to your homemade peanut butter cups by mixing in some shredded coconut.
  • For my coffee enthusiasts, try sprinkling in some instant espresso powder into the mixture to create a caffeinated twist. The subtle coffee flavor will complement the chocolate perfectly, making these peanut butter cups a tasty pick-me-up treat.
  • Stir in some chopped nuts like walnuts or almonds for some added crunchy texture – plus added protein and fiber!

Serving suggestions

  • Use these as an ice cream topping! Chop them up and scatter them over top of your favorite ice cream in a bowl. Grab your spoon and enjoy.
  • Make a decadent breakfast by chopping these up and sprinkling them on top of pancakes or waffles.

FAQS

Can I use any type of coconut oil for these peanut butter cups?

We determined through extensive testing that using refined coconut oil has a more neutral flavor compared to unrefined or extra virgin coconut oil. It allows the peanut butter flavor to shine through without overpowering it with a strong coconut taste.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, if you want to make more peanut butter cups, simply double the ingredients.

Storage

Store these in the freezer in an airtight container for up to a month.

Be sure to keep these in the coldest part of your refrigerator or freezer. They will melt quickly at room temperature so don’t leave them out! This is not a treat that travels well so don’t pack them in lunches, etc.

A stack of healthy peanut butter cups topped with chopped peanuts and flaked sea salt.

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**This recipe was originally posted on April 1, 2018, and updated on June 18, 2023.**

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Sharon Rhodes
These Healthy Peanut Butter Cups are made with simple ingredients and take less than an hour to make. A homemade Reese's copycat that you can feel good about eating.
5 from 29 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Freeze 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 123 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Line a muffin tin with 10 paper liners. Set this aside.
  • Add the coconut oil, peanut butter, and maple syrup to a small saucepan and set it over medium-low heat. Stir until it is smooth and combined.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder. Keep stirring until all the lumps are gone.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the lined muffin wells, filling them half full. Sprinkle the tops with flaked sea salt.
  • Place the tray into the freezer for 15 minutes until the chocolate is set.

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Notes

Storage

Store these in the freezer in an airtight container for up to a month.
Be sure to keep these in the coldest part of your refrigerator or freezer. They will melt quickly at room temperature so don’t leave them out! This is not a treat that travels well so don’t pack them in lunches, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 31mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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17 Comments

  1. It’s quite the same as the recipe I often make the chocolate butter cups except the coconut oil.
    How different is it? I guess it will have the smell of coconut, of course xD

    1. I don’t notice a ‘smell’ but yes there is a hint of coconut flavour. I don’t really notice it to be honest as the chocolate and PB are the stars of the show. 🙂

  2. These look delicious Sharon! How cool to just mix it all together and forget about the hassle of making a center. If I could eat chocolate and peanut butter every day, I would!

    1. Right?! Easy breezy is my jam these days. 🙂 Stir and chill and eat! Perfect. Thanks Lauren. 🙂

  3. Chocolate and peanut butter are the ultimate couple! I love the flavor combination between them, and these peanut butter cups sound so good! great recipe

    1. Hi Dot! Thanks for checking out the recipes:) Splenda is a product I personally don’t endorse. There are some findings that there can be negative side effects from consuming it. With the maple syrup I feel it’s a more natural treat…You could try to sub with honey? Let me know if you try it and how it turns out.

      1. Thanks Sharon, I have never used Splenda before but I am trying to do a no white diet including sugar. I don’t like processed anything but am getting desperate for a treat.

        1. Then you will love these, Dot! Don’t fret about the sugar content in the maple syrup…a diet is something you live and what’s life without treating yourself:) Just try to watch portions.

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