Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

by Sharon on April 1, 2018

Prepare to be amazed! These vegan and no bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are a homemade wonder. With this recipe you will never reach for the store bought ones again. Simple, healthy and delicious.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups stacked on a piece of parchment paper with a jar of peanut butter in the background



Homemade treats are the ticket to still enjoying those old favourites.

When you make it yourself YOU control the ingredients and lets face it, those big companies are using the cheapest, most addictive substances out there.

Make sure that your body receives only the highest of quality.

I’d like to celebrate the world’s most perfect and harmonious marriage in existence. By this I am of course referring to chocolate and peanut butter, the ultimate couple.

And to celebrate I am sharing this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups recipe.

One of my most favourite treats used to be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, eaten icy cold, right out of the fridge.

Other examples of my fondness of cool treats can be found here –> with this ADDICTIVE freezer fudge or here –> with these oatmeal based no bake cookies

Back in my “trick or treating” days I loved the houses that chose to hand out  the peanut butter cups and when I became the hand-er out of Halloween candy, I was one of those houses.

However, now I don’t feel super comfortable with consuming the petroleum derived preservatives found in the commercial version so I have been on a mission to recreate these little cups of bliss with natural ingredients.

I found a few recipes on Pinterest that looked like they fit the bill so I’ve made a few tweaks and have come up with something to be proud of.


Gather up your ingredients.

Coconut oil, cocoa powder, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla.

Pour in the slightly melted coconut oil…

Coconut oil poured into a mixing bowl with peanut butter

And whisk until smooth.

Whisk covered in chocolate

Pour carefully and evenly into paper lined cups.

Chocolate being poured into a lined muffin tin

Peanut butter cups in a lined muffin tin

After a short stint getting all chilled out in the freezer they are ready to bite into.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups stacked on a piece of parchment paper with a jar of peanut butter in the background

These are an amazing, sweet treat and go perfectly with a nice cup of peppermint tea.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups stacked on a piece of parchment paper with a jar of peanut butter in the background



This recipe was inspired by Practical Paleo. <– blog no longer active


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - Vegan & Gluten Free
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  • 1/2 cup liquefied coconut oil (not hot, just melted)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. 1.Line a muffin tin with 10 paper liners.
  2. 2.Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
  3. 3.Pour evenly into muffin liners, approximately 1/2 full.
  4. 4.Place in freezer for 15 minutes until set.
  5. 5.Store in the freezer or fridge.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - Vegan + Gluten Free








{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Dot April 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm
Hi Sharon Can you replace the maple syrup with Splenda in this recipe?
sharon April 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm
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.
Dot April 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm
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.
sharon April 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm
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.
Sarah August 18, 2015 at 10:46 pm
these are AMAZING!!! And I did sub honey instead. My new favorite after dinner treat! Thanks!!!
Sharon August 19, 2015 at 11:31 am
Awesome! So simple, yet SO good. Right? Thanks Sarah. :)
Albert Bevia April 2, 2018 at 2:33 am
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
Sharon April 2, 2018 at 10:24 am
Thank you Albert! I agree. Chocolate and peanut butter ARE the ultimate couple.
Lauren April 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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!
Sharon April 2, 2018 at 7:31 pm
Right?! Easy breezy is my jam these days. :) Stir and chill and eat! Perfect. Thanks Lauren. :)
Natalie April 8, 2018 at 11:34 pm
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
Sharon April 9, 2018 at 8:46 am
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. :)
Natalie April 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm
xD yes, always!

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