Vegan Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

This Vegan Peanut Butter Cups Recipe creates a tasty treat just like the one you can buy in the store, but healthier! This Healthy Peanut Butter Cups recipe is dairy-free and low sugar and therefore can be enjoyed by vegans and people with dairy intolerances. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are the best for that very reason! Enjoy each Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup recipe as a snack or dessert.

If you love vegan candy, be sure to try these Vegan 3 Muskateers and these Vegan Almond Joy Bites!

A stack of several vegan peanut butter cups, the top one with a bite taken out.

I have a confession to make. I’m human. I know that might come as a shock to some of you, but it has to be said.

As a human, I have this thing for sweets. It’s part of our DNA, this craving for all things sweet. I like sweet nothings whispered in my ear, I stop for sweet smells of roses and lilacs, and I crave sweet things to eat. That’s why these Vegan PB Cups are rocking my world right now!

So what’s wrong with liking sweets, you may ask? As a vegan, being healthy is a priority too and I know there is evidence that proves too much of a sweet thing is not so sweet for our health.

However, I remind myself, as a vegan I am generally very healthy. I eat lots of fresh produce. I hardly go a day without spinach in some form or another. And our version of processed foods is usually the tortilla chips that we eat with our vegan guacamole, or our black bean and rice burritos.

How to Make Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

You may be asking yourself how to make peanut butter cups. If os, I want you to know it’s not all that hard. In fact, it’s so easy to make this healthy peanut butter cups recipe.

Step One: Peanut Butter Cup Filling

The first step in making these homemade peanut butter cups healthy is to create the creamy peanut butter filling without sugar! Combine creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar (I used Swerve powdered sugar!) and plant-based milk in a bowl and stir until combined.

You can use regular powdered sugar, but I love these Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups thanks to Swerve Powdered Sugar. See nutritional information below for a comparison between the two.

A bowl of melted chocolate sits next to a bowl of peanut butter.

Step Two: Melt the Chocolate

Melted Dark chocolate in a white bowl with a fork with melted chocolate on it.

Combine chocolate with coconut oil in a skillet or microwave-safe bowl. Heat until the chocolate melts and stir until smooth.

Step Three: Make Dairy Free Peanut Butter Cups

Place paper molds in a mini muffin or candy tray. Drizzle melted chocolate into the bottom of each paper. Tip the pan this way and that to spread the chocolate across the bottom of the paper. Then refrigerate the whole tray for about 5 minutes so the chocolate will firm up.

Add a dollop of peanut butter on the top of the hardened chocolate. Use a spatula to flatten the peanut butter filling.

A spoon dolls out melted chocolate over peanut butter filling in a candy mold.

Drizzle more melted chocolate over the top and then use a spoon to spread it out across the top. Place the pan back in the fridge to allow the chocolate to set.

If you don’t have candy papers or the mini candy mold, you can do what I did and add strips of waxed paper to the candy pan compartments. That will help you remove the candy when it’s done, but you won’t get the crinkly lines in the homemade vegan peanut butter cups.

Looking down on a candy mold tray all filled with candy and one having a dollop of chocolate on it.
Use a mini muffin pan or a chocolate mold to make DIY peanut butter cups.

Can Vegans Eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?

Unfortunately, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are not vegan. Even the dark chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are made with dairy. I hope Vegan Reese’s Cups are in the near future, but for now, vegan homemade Reese’s (aka DIY Vegan Peanut Butter Cups) will have to do.

Alternatively, you could ask Are Justins dark chocolate peanut butter cups vegan? You can buy Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups because, from what I can tell it’s a vegan product, Justin’s dark chocolate is dairy-free but it is processed in the same plant with milk products, so they don’t list it as dairy-free.

A chocolate candy cup with a bite taken out reveals a peanut butter center.

Nutritional Information

You can make this vegan reeses recipe using traditional powdered sugar and dairy-free dark chocolate and here is the nutritional estimates for that:

Calories: 141 Carbs: 11g Protein: 4g Fat: 10g Fiber: 1g Net Carbs: 10g

For reduced sugar and/or Keto Friendly Peanut Butter Cups use Swerve Powdered Sugar and Lilly’s Dark Chocolate Chips. Here’s the nutritional estimates based on these ingredients:

Calories: 90 Carbs: 5g Protein: 3g Fat: 8g Fiber: 2g Net Carbs: 3g

This chocolate peanut butter vegan cup recipe is so delicious!

Love Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Recipes?

If you love these peanut cups and you want more vegan chocolate peanut butter recipes, you’ll need to try these:

A hand holds a chocolate peanut butter cup with a bite taken out over a stack of other candies.

That’s it for these vegan chocolate peanut butter cups!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A hand holds a peanut butter cup with a bite taken out of it. It's held over a stack of more candies.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Making these tasty vegan peanut butter cups is easy and delicious. It's a great to have fun treats in a versatile vegan diet!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Marly


Peanut Butter Filling

Chocolate Coating

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar free chocolate chips (see note)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil


  • Place peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 20 – 30 seconds, until peanut butter is soft and stirrable. Add powdered sugar. Stir to combine. Refrigerate.
  • Place 24 candy cup molds on a cookie sheet.
  • Add 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted. Use a teaspoon and add a generous teaspoon of melted chocolate to the bottom of each candy cup mold. Set aside the dish with any remaining chocolate to be used below.
  • Tip each candy cup mold back and forth to allow the chocolate coating to go up the sides of each cup. Rotate the baking cup so you have nice coverage of the chocolate around the sides of the cup.
  • Place the cookie sheet holding all 24 cups in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to let the chocolate harden.
  • Once the chocolate is firm, portion out a generous teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture and drop it in each of the 24 cups lined with chocolate. Wet the back of a spoon and use this to smooth out the peanut butter and flatten it. Return the tray back to the fridge for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining chocolate chips (1/2 cup) to the chocolate bowl used in the step above. Add remaining (1/2 tablespoon) coconut oil. Heat in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring in between until the chocolate is melted.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate to each cup until all the peanut butter is covered. Use the back of a spoon to spread melted chocolate evenly across each cup. Once all the cups are topped with chocolate, return the tray to the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden.
  • Store vegan chocolate peanut butter cups in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If left out at room temperature, the chocolate will get soft.

Recommended Equipment


Use regular powdered sugar or sugar-free Swerve powdered sugar for reduced sugar and carbs.
Use dairy-free chocolate chips or Lilly’s Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips for reduced sugar and carbs (see nutritional analysis in post).
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Whatever chocolate treat you’re noshing on, enjoy!

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18 Responses to Vegan Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

  1. Marly I have to try these, they look so amazing. What a great idea to buy the tin foil cups. Putting them on my list to pick up at the grocery store. I’m sure it makes it easier to coat the sides. I’ve been meaning to try my own chocolate bars but I’m afraid to start I may never stop. These look better than Reeses!

    • I think I had an experience or two like that when I was a kid. There’s something about making them yourself that causes you to eat them a little slower I think.

  2. I made basically the same recipe (pre-vegan, so I wasn’t sure on the chocolate) for a party. They were all gone before dinner was served! Everyone gushed about how much better than Reeses they were. I already have all the ingredients to make them dor thanksgiving next week, so excited!

  3. So beautiful. Not only were your peanut butter cups drool-worthy, but your precious daughter is more and more stunning each time I see her. I’m glad that you had such success with these! I’m so intimidated when it comes to making candies! Thank you for sharing…I hope that your Thursday is beautiful.

  4. Hey Marly, I’m always torn in that way too with both my blog and myself (smile) in reference to healthful foods, almost healthful foods, and just delicious vegan and vegetarian foods that, yes, aren’t so healthful but are delicious! Oh, and these cups look wonderful, and I think they are much more healthful than the regular ones so you’ve accomplished many things with this treat;-) Wish I could have one…
    p.s. your kid is real cute!

  5. Hey Marly…this looks was stunning comes with healthy for our health, i will try to making this peanut butter cups in upcoming weekend…and sound delicious..Thanks for sharing…!

    • Thanks, Braden! So glad you like it. I love pb cups so much and so many of the store-bought ones are not vegan, so this recipe just HAD to happen! 🙂 I was surprised at how much I enjoyed making them too!


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