Vegan Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

These vegan peanut butter cups are a tasty treat just like the one you can buy in the store, but healthier! This recipe is dairy-free and low sugar and therefore can be enjoyed by vegans and people with dairy intolerances.

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 this thing for sweets. That’s why these homemade vegan peanut butter cups are rocking my world right now! They’re like a Resse’s peanut butter cup, but better, because they’re made without dairy! It’s a perfect snack for my sweet tooth and yours too!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Melting dark chocolate with coconut oil makes it easy to spread, quick to firm up, and absolutely delicious to eat
  • The amount of peanut butter filling is up to you — if you like a thick or thinner filler, you get to decide when you make your own
  • Using sugar-free powdered sugar and chocolate chips can transform this guilty pleasure into a reasonable treat any day of the week!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered Sugar — You can use regular powdered sugar, or you can substitute a zero-calorie powdered sugar such as Swerve. See nutritional information below for a comparison between the two.
  • Dairy-free Chocolate Chips — You can use regular dairy-free chocolate chips or substitute sugar-free chocolate chips (such as Lily’s or other brands that are both dairy-free and sweetened with stevia).
  • Coconut oil — Use refined coconut oil for a more neutral flavor or virgin coconut oil for a stronger coconut flavor.

How to Make Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

  1. Make the peanut butter filling by warming the peanut butter in a microwave for 20 to 30 seconds, until soft and stirrable. Stir in the powdered sugar and refrigerate.
  2. Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave in 30-second increments until melted, stirring the chocolate until smooth.
  3. Spoon melted chocolate to the bottom of 24 candy cup molds situated on a cookie sheet. Tip the molds back and forth to allow the chocolate coating to go up the sides of each cup.
  4. Set the chocolate by placing the cookie sheet holding the molds in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Spoon the peanut butter filling over the set chocolate.
  6. Smooth out the peanut butter and flatten it using dampened fingers or the back of a spoon. Return the tray to the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes. 
  7. Melt remaining chocolate chips with remaining coconut oil in a microwave in 20-second increments until melted. Stir until the chocolate is smooth.
  8. Drizzle melted chocolate on top of each mold until all the peanut butter is covered. Use the back of a spoon to spread melted chocolate evenly across each cup.
  9. Set the candies by retrning the tray to the fridge until the chocolate is firm.. 

Here is a more detailed list of step-by-step instructions:

Step One: Peanut Butter Cup Filling

Make the filling by placing peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it for 20 to 30 seconds, until the peanut butter is soft and stirrable. Add the powdered sugar and stir to combine. Refrigerate the filling while you proceed to the next steps.

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

Step Two: Melt the Chocolate

Add 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat this for 30 seconds, and then stir. Repeat these steps until the chocolate is melted.

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

Step Three: Make Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Cups

Place candy molds on a cookie sheet. Then use a teaspoon and add a generous teaspoonful of melted chocolate to the bottom of each candy cup mold.

Tip each candy cup mold back and forth to allow the chocolate coating to go up the sides of each cup.

Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes to let the chocolate harden.

Set aside the dish with any remaining chocolate to be used below.

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

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 to 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. 

Marly’s Tips

A tray of a mini muffin pan holds chocolate candies being made into peanut butter cups.

If you don’t have candy papers or the mini candy mold, add strips of waxed paper to candy pan compartments. This helps remove the candy when it’s set, but you won’t get the crinkly lines in the set chocolate.

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. 

Storage Tips

Store 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.

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 future, but for now, stick with specific vegan brands or make homemade vegan peanut butter cups.

Are Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups vegan?

You can buy Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups because it appears to be dairy-free. The package indicates it’s dairy-free, but it is processed in the same plant as milk products.

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

Nutritional Information

You can make these peanut butter cups using traditional powdered sugar and dairy-free dark chocolate and here are 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 are the nutritional estimates based on these ingredients:

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

More Chocolate Candies

If you love these peanut cups and you want more chocolate candy 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!

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 they're delicious. It's great to have fun treats in a versatile vegan diet!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Filling

Chocolate Coating

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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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Notes

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 the 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!

21 Responses to Vegan Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGrace Reply

    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!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySMITH BITES Reply

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm – can’t talk. Eyes fixated on recipe because I ate these (the bad kind) by the box full when I was a kid!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      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.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPachecopatty Reply

    I’m also fixated, lol! The powers of soy milk, margarine and coconut oil are amazing. They do look scrumptious:)

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTiffany S Reply

    My husband has been begging me to make these…I really should get on it!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Oh, I think you should make your hubby happy!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyfooddreamer Reply

    Nice thing about making your own is that you can tailor them to your dietary needs. Yum! Your daughter is beautiful.

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJulie Reply

    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!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMonet Reply

    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.

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStella Reply

    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!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJuliana Reply

    Wow, we love peanut butter cup…but never thought in making them…they look awesome…great pictures as well 🙂

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNicoleB Reply

    *faint*
    They sound (once again) delicious!
    Yummy!

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyImwaytoobusy Reply

    Those peanut butter cups look so decadent! I love it 🙂

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySantosh Kumar Reply

    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…!

  13. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBraden Reply

    Beautiful post Marly! I can’t wait to try this peanut butter cup recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      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!

  14. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMia Reply

    Holy, Seems seriously delicious and mouth watering, I can’t wait to give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing Marly

  15. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGaurav Sharma Reply

    It is looking so tasty. Yummy

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks!

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