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These homemade Peanut Butter Cups are a healthier version of my favorite candy, made with only four ingredients! They are made with a refined sugar-free + vegan homemade chocolate and sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

  • Author: Rachel Conners
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 0 about 24 cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert


  • ½ cup coconut oil (melted)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 34 tablespoons maple syrup (to taste)
  • About ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • Flaky sea salt (optional)


  1. Line a mini muffin tin with small cupcake liners. Alternatively, you can also use a peanut butter cup mold, which is what I used.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons maple syrup. Taste it, and add more maple syrup if you want it sweeter.
  3. Pour a small amount of the chocolate mixture into the bottom of each liner or mold cavity, until the bottom is thinly covered. Don’t use more than half the chocolate mixture for this. Place the liners in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to harden.
  4. Once the bottom layer of chocolate is hard, place about 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter over the chocolate. Pour enough of the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter to cover it completely (if at any point the remaining chocolate gets too thick, warm it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to remelt). Repeat until all are covered. If desired, sprinkle the top with flaky sea salt. Return to the refrigerator to harden completely.
  5. Store at cool room temperature, or in the refrigerator if you live in a warm climate.


Honey can be substituted for the maple syrup in equal amounts.