5-Ingredient Healthier Peanut Butter Cups

Make healthier peanut butter cups using just 5 simple ingredients — dark chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut oil, honey and sea salt.

Hi, my name is Brittany and I’m obsessed with the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I’m honestly shocked every time I meet someone who doesn’t feel the same about the chocolate and peanut butter. If you are one of those people, you can skip right past this recipe! This is for the fans!

Stack of homemade peanut butter cups in parchment paper.

Reese’s peanut butter cups have been my favorite candy for as long as I can remember. Isaac loves them too so I decided to take a stab at making homemade peanut butter cups that are a tad healthier. Why it’s taken me this long to try making my own peanut butter cups? I’m not sure. Turns out it’s the easiest thing ever and only requires just five simple ingredients: chocolate chips, coconut oil, peanut butter, honey and sea salt. 

Stack of homemade peanut butter cups with layers of chocolate and peanut butter filling.

Ingredients in Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

  • chocolate chips – I like dark chocolate chips, but traditional milk chocolate chips would be great as well. For cups that are lower in sugar and calories, use Lily’s Sweet chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark chocolate). They’re sweetened with stevia and if you use these chips, the cups will only have 6 grams of sugar per serving. For a vegan version, use dairy-free chocolate chips. I like the Enjoy Life brand.
  • coconut oil – melting the chocolate with coconut oil helps the chocolate harden and act more like a shell.
  • peanut butter – I prefer natural peanut butter but you can use any nut or seed butter you like! I’ve tried different flavors of peanut butter and they are delicious with fun flavors! I want to try these with my pumpkin almond butter or cinnamon vanilla peanut butter too.
  • honey or maple syrup – this sweetens the peanut butter layer and makes these homemade peanut butter cups taste like the real deal. I really like the taste of them with honey but for a vegan version you can use maple syrup or agave.
  • sea salt – this ingredient is optional, but if your peanut butter isn’t salted, I highly recommend adding a pinch of sea salt to the peanut butter mixture or sprinkling flaked sea salt on top of the cups.

Hand holding three homemade peanut butter cups with layers of chocolate and peanut butter.

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Start by lining a muffin tin with 10-12 paper or silicone liners. Cover the bottom of each liner with melted chocolate. Place the tray in the freezer so the chocolate can set.

Make the peanut butter layer by heating peanut butter, honey and coconut oil together. Pour over chocolate and place back in the freezer to set.

Spoon drizzling the top layer of chocolate onto a homemade peanut butter cup in a muffin tin with liners.

Spoon the remaining chocolate over each cup, making sure the peanut butter layer is completely covered. Place back in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour to set completely and enjoy! My mouth is watering just typing out this recipe.

One tip: Be sure to keep your peanut butter cups in the fridge or freezer for storing. They melt easily because of the coconut oil.

Homemade peanut butter cup taken out of its muffin paper liner.

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Stack of homemade peanut butter cups in parchment paper, in a bundt pan.

5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

Make your own peanut butter cups using just 5 simple ingredients — dark chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut oil, honey and sea salt. 


Ingredients

Chocolate Layer

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (use dairy-free for vegan cups)*
  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey (use maple syrup for vegan cups)
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt (if peanut butter isn’t salted)

Instructions

  1. Line a muffin tin with paper or silicone liners. The recipe should make about 10-12 pb cups depending on how thick you make your layers.
  2. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil for 1 minute in the microwave, stir and continue heating on 30 second intervals, until chocolate chips have melted and chocolate is smooth.
  3. Using a spoon pour enough chocolate (about 1-2 teaspoons) to cover the bottom of the liner into each liner. Place tray into the freezer for about 5-10 minutes for the chocolate to set.
  4. In another bowl, add peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and sea salt (if using). Microwave for about 15 – 20 seconds or until mixture is slightly melted and pourable. Stir to combine.
  5. Remove cups from the freezer and pour peanut butter mixture evenly over each cup. Place back in the freezer to set for about 5 minutes.
  6. Pour remaining chocolate over each cup, using just enough to completely cover the peanut butter layer. At this point you can also sprinkle flaked sea salt on top of the chocolate if you want!
  7. Place tin back in the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour to set completely. Remove from freezer and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  8. Store leftovers in the fridge. They should last at least 5-7 days. For longer storage, store cups in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Notes

  • For cups that are lower in sugar (and calories), use Lily’s Sweet chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark chocolate. They’re sweetened with stevia. If you use these chips, the cups will only have 6 grams of sugar per serving.
  • For vegan peanut butter cups, just be sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips (like Enjoy Life) and use maple syrup or agave instead of honey.
  • Because these peanut butter cups are made with coconut oil, they must be stored in the fridge or freezer and kept cold or they will melt. If you keep them in the freezer, take them out 5-10 minutes before serving because they’ll be pretty hard.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 PB cup
  • Calories: 208
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Sodium: 49mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups made with 3 simple ingredients
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    60 comments
    1. Carmen
      January 13, 2021 AT 5:22 pm

      So happy I stumbled upon this recipe! I only had mini cupcake liner’s and they turned out adorable! Thanks for sharing

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 14, 2021 AT 10:38 pm

        Yay!! So glad this recipe turned out for you, Carmen. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Rafaela
      December 7, 2020 AT 2:12 pm

      These are AMAZING. I usually don’t “bake”, but these are SO easy and absolutely delicious. This is a must try if you like Peanut Butter cups and who doesn’t like Peanut Butter cups!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 1:10 am

        Woo!! So glad you loved these pb cups. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Emma Darragh
      November 15, 2020 AT 8:45 pm

      So psyched to have this simple, delicious chocolate recipe to cure my chocolate fix. I made two batches; one with peanut butter, the other with almond butter. Cannot decide which I like more! I use freshly ground nut butters, and I did salt them, but did not sweeten them, and they were perfectly sweet for me as is!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 16, 2020 AT 3:53 pm

        I’m so glad you’re loving these, Emma! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Brittany
      November 15, 2020 AT 7:39 am

      Can we make this with regular peanut butter and just omit the honey?I know not the healthiestbut we just ran out of the natural stuff! Tia 😊

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 15, 2020 AT 7:57 pm

        Definitely! That should work just fine.

    5. Jody Pittman
      November 13, 2020 AT 3:18 pm

      These are seriously the best! They beat the original Reece cups hands down! They are also toddler approved!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 13, 2020 AT 4:05 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad they’re a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Jody. I appreciate it. 🙂

    6. Lena
      October 29, 2020 AT 2:51 pm

      I just made these for a Halloween get together and I now regret waiting until now to make them… and that I made them so early ahead of the party because they will likely be gone by then. They are so so tasty and I’m so happy they’re healthier.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 2, 2020 AT 12:32 am

        Haha! They definitely don’t last long that’s for sure. 🙂 I hope these were a hit for your party!!

    7. Stephanie
      October 8, 2020 AT 10:31 am

      Oh my goodness! These taste just like like Reese’s peanut butter cups to me, 😍 and my husband says, “even better.” I love that this is the healthy alternative, it can be dairy free and I can use fair trade chocolate. As always, thank you Brittany! It’s such a joy to be able to have desserts I haven’t been able to have in years because I didn’t know this healthy alternative existed until I found you! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 9, 2020 AT 1:39 am

        Ahh yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Stephanie! I’m glad these pb cups were a hit. Thanks so much for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    8. Ameera
      September 7, 2020 AT 8:25 pm

      Easy and perfectly delicious!

    9. Caitlyn
      July 30, 2020 AT 3:54 pm

      These are super good, but too many calories for even just one PB cup.

    10. Sintija
      July 27, 2020 AT 10:29 am

      These are absolutely delicious! I’m trying to resist eating them all in one sitting.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 27, 2020 AT 9:33 pm

        It’s definitely hard!! I’m glad you’re loving these pb cups, Sintija. Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it.

    11. Pamela
      July 19, 2020 AT 5:46 am

      How is this healthier? One of these PB cups has more calories, fat, and saturated fat than a package of two Reese’s cups. They sound delicious, but I don’t understand how that is healthier….?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 19, 2020 AT 10:59 pm

        Hey Pamela – I know these might not seem “healthier” than Reese’s when you look at the calories / sugar content, but in this recipe we’re using healthier, all-natural ingredients and only 5 of them. A regular Reese’s contains preservatives, white sugar, palm oil and other ingredients that aren’t the greatest.

        1. Brandon
          September 21, 2020 AT 8:02 pm

          Just let you know coconut oil is a saturated oil, same as palm oil, and both are on the same level of beef tallow. A better oil would vegetable oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, and flax seed oil which has omega-3. My source is my wife who was the Director of Nutritional Therapy; she taught me well. Another source is American Heart Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    12. Kim
      July 5, 2020 AT 12:45 am

      This was so delicious and easy! Mine came out ugly because I didn’t proportion it right, but it was still amazing! Will definitely make it again. Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 5, 2020 AT 9:16 am

        Hi Kim! As long as they taste good, that’s all that really matters. 🙂

    13. Lea Prodromou
      July 1, 2020 AT 6:54 am

      Absolutely delicious.
      They were a hit, everyone enjoyed them and they were so easy to make. Loved them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 1, 2020 AT 12:18 pm

        Yay!! So glad these pb cups were a hit. Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    14. Robyn
      June 21, 2020 AT 3:25 pm

      LOVE these! The last two batches I’ve made, I used my mini muffin tins and they are perfect! We keep them in the freezer for a nice treat!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2020 AT 6:51 pm

        Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Robyn! So glad you’re loving these pb cups. Thanks for taking the time to come back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    15. Cassie
      June 13, 2020 AT 1:38 pm

      10/10 would recommend!!! Made these for me and my bf last night and he asked immediately if he was allowed to have more than one lol! So good, so decadent, and healthier than a reeces!

    16. Allyson
      June 11, 2020 AT 3:02 pm

      Can I use something other than coconut oil? I’m allergic to it 🙁

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 11, 2020 AT 5:33 pm

        Hey Allyson! You could try just melting the chocolate without the oil and see how that works for you. I just like adding coconut oil to make the chocolate more liquidy for pouring into the cups and melting the chocolate with coconut oil helps the chocolate harden and act more like a shell. Let me know how these turn out if you try them. 🙂

    17. Yummsicles
      June 8, 2020 AT 11:14 pm

      So quick and easy to make something so delicious ! I love it.

    18. Sophie
      May 31, 2020 AT 4:14 pm

      Loved this recipe! Made these peanut butter cups a week ago, and I’ll be making them again today! 🙂

    19. Anne-Marie
      May 31, 2020 AT 2:04 am

      Just made my first lot; I have my new go-to quick recipe for convincing people how easy it is to remove dairy. Cancel wait to try them with other nut butters.

    20. LC
      May 25, 2020 AT 9:56 am

      Can I use VCO? (Virgin coconut oil)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 25, 2020 AT 8:59 pm

        Definitely!

    21. Lola
      May 19, 2020 AT 10:42 am

      I don’t have coconut oil, can you advise on another oil I can use? I really want to try these! My husband’s favourite! Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 19, 2020 AT 12:41 pm

        Hi Lola. I find that coconut oil is best for this recipe because it’s solid at cooler temps. I highly recommend purchasing some coconut oil if you want to make these. 🙂

    22. Lori Rhodes
      May 1, 2020 AT 7:55 am

      You can you use some other type of oil besides coconut oil

    23. Michelle
      April 30, 2020 AT 1:43 am

      so good! My boyfriend yelled wow, wow, wow! After eating one of the cups. I added some raspberry jelly inside a few and that was really good as well. 5stars!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 10:45 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Michelle! I’m so glad these pb cups were a hit. Thanks so much for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    24. Jenny
      April 24, 2020 AT 4:11 pm

      So delicious and super easy!! I love that I had all the ingredients that I needed to satisfy the craving! Thank you, thank you!

    25. Naomi Morson
      April 4, 2020 AT 10:42 am

      I love these! So easy. I use half the amount of honey to make them a little less sweet, and they taste perfect!

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