Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Peanut butter cups


Valentine’s Day is only a week away! This year I wanted to do something special for Matt because he stuck with Veganuary all last month.

Some of Matt’s favorite treats are peanut butter cups. He hasn’t bought any for a while (or we’ll buy the Justin’s brand which are vegan) so I thought it would be a nice idea to try to make him some from scratch.

I tried to keep his present a surprise but it was very cloudy when I was taking pictures yesterday so I had to move my whole set up to the living room to get more light. There was no hiding 4 feet of picture craziness so Matt got his present early.


Chocolate Peanut butter cups


I wanted to make the chocolate part rich and creamy so I thought I would use some coconut butter, however, I forgot that I finished the jar last week. I looked around for something to replace it with and I found cacao butter that I forgot I had.  The recipe actually turned out really well.

These peanut butter cups are healthier than ones you’d purchase because they don’t use much sugar (only 1 tsp for the whole recipe) plus cacao powder is an antioxidant and a good source of magnesium and iron.


Dark Chocolate Peanut butter cups


I recommend keeping the cups in the freezer or the fridge because  the peanut butter part did melt a bit after I had them out of the fridge for a bit. I’m actually thinking of doubling the chocolate part of the recipe and having the chocolate both on the bottom and top of the peanut butter next time. It would be another step but I think it would be worth it so there’s less melting at the bottom.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
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  • For PB Layer:
  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 1 TB coconut oil
  • For Chocolate Layer*:
  • 1/2 C cacao/cocoa powder
  • 1/4 C cocoa butter
  • 1 TB coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of sweetener (I used coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)
  • Toppings: little candy hearts, nuts, chopped fruit...


  1. Using a double boiler (or glass bowl on top of a boiling pot) mix peanut butter and coconut oil.
  2. Once melted, add this to the bottom of your cupcake wrappers. I put the cupcake wrappers in a muffin pan to keep them all together. Put muffin pan into freezer for about 15-20 mins for the peanut butter to harden.
  3. Use the double boiler (or glass bowl on top of a boiling pot) to mix the rest of the ingredients together. Once melted, add the chocolate mixture on top of the peanut butter and add toppings.
  4. Place the muffin tin back in the freezer for about a half hour until the chocolate hardens.
  5. I recommend keeping the cups in the freezer or refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.


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18 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

  1. Yummy! Peanut butter cups are one of my favorites and favorites to make because they are so easy! I also like having fun and making my own combos with my favorite nut butters or homemade cashew or pistachio butter. How sweet of you to make them for him! Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

    1. Thanks so much Christine! They weren’t that hard to do. I was thinking of making an easier version just using dark chocolate chips instead of using all the ingredients for the chocolate but I figured I’d try this first and save some extra sugar.

  2. Woah those look good! I love the little hearts you added – so cute. I bet Matt loved his present =D
    “or we’ll buy the Justin’s brand” YES! I almost wish they weren’t vegan as I find myself buying them far more often than I should. I need to make my own more often. I can start with this recipe – they really sound super delicious and I actually have some forgotten cacao butter hiding in the back of my cupboard.
    I hope you have a wonderful heart day =)

    1. Yes, he must have loved them – they’re already all gone lol! I totally agree Kimmy – I almost wish I didn’t know about the Justin’s brand, they are so good. Have a great <3 day too!

  3. These healthy vegan chocolate peanut butter cups are so much better than the Reese’s I grew up eating. Your recipe is so easy to follow, I can’t wait to make these for my friends and family. Thank you for sharing these yummy treats at the Plant-Based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing.

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