Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

These healthy peanut butter cups are nutritious, delicious and made with good-for-you ingredients. All you need are a few simple ingredients including all-natural peanut butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and Himalayan sea salt!

Stack of peanut butter cups

These healthy peanut butter cups are a FFF reader favorite recipe. They’ve been made and rated 5-stars by so many of you and we can’t wait for you to make them!

BEST Peanut Butter Cups

If you’re anything like me, it’s going to be hard to eat just one of these. I mean…peanut butter + chocolate = love and that’s just the truth.

This peanut butter cup recipe is amazing for so many reasons, but mostly because everybody loves peanut butter cups. I’m totally the type of person that always needs something sweet after dinner and these for sure hit the spot.

These healthy peanut butter cups double as a freezer fudge because, well, they’re made with coconut oil! They live in the freezer until you need to sink your teeth into them, but don’t worry, they don’t even need to thaw in order to eat them!

Guess what else? They triple as a peanut butter fat bomb because they’re made with a peanut butter and coconut oil base, which makes the healthy fats count super high.

melted Chocolate and peanut butter in cups

Ingredients for Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

You need 6 total ingredients for this healthy dessert recipe. Guess what else? There’s no unrefined sugar involved.

  • All-Natural Peanut Butter – make sure to use drippy, all-natural peanut butter. The kind that you can easily stir.
  • Coconut Oil – you’ll be using coconut oil in both the chocolate and peanut butter layers.
  • Maple Syrup – maple syrup is an all-natural sweetener that adds warmth and the perfect sweetness to this recipe.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – make sure to buy unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Himalayan Sea Salt – don’t skip the salt! Salt will bring out the peanut butter + chocolate flavors of these peanut butter cups.
  • Vanilla Extract – vanilla is like the cherry on top. It adds just the right flavor profile.

ingredient swaps

peanut butter – can’ t do peanut butter? Feel free to use any kind of drippy nut butter such as cashew or almond.

maple syrup – honey is an easy 1:1 swap for maple syrup.

healthy peanut butter with a bite taken out

Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Tips

Since these are a fan favorite and have been made time and time again, I thought I would give some tips on how to have the most success when making these homemade peanut butter cups.

Coconut Oil: Unfortunately we don’t recommend swapping any other oil for the coconut oil in these healthy peanut butter cups. The only other alternative that I can think of is using extremely oily peanut butter, which essentially has more peanut oil in it than actual peanut butter!

Peanut Butter: We recommend using an all natural, drippy peanut butter for this recipe. Brands we love include Smuckers All Natural, Trader Joe’s All Natural, or Fresh Thyme All Natural.

Freezer: You’ll notice in the recipe that these homemade peanut butter cups need to live in the freezer. This is because they are part coconut oil, which can melt easily at room temperature. With that said, these cups will last in the freezer for up to 3 months!

Consistency: If your peanut butter cups are too thick, add a tablespoon more of coconut oil. If they are too thick add a tablespoon more of peanut butter!

stack of 5 homemade peanut butter cups


Once your peanut butter cups have frozen, we suggest transferring them out of the muffin tin and into a large, freezer-safe gallon-size bag and storing them in the freezer. They should last for about 3 months or longer.

stack of 4 peanut butter cups

4.9 from 36 reviews

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Healthy peanut butter cups made with just 5 real-food ingredients. These peanut butter cups are truly irresistible and the best on the internet!

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 0 minutesTotal: 15 minutes

Fat 13 Carbs 8 Protein 4

Yield 12 1x


Bottom Layer (chocolate)

Top Layer (peanut butter)

  • 1/3 cup all-natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Himalayan sea salt


  1. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and then spray with coconut oil cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir all ingredients for the bottom layer (chocolate) together until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, stir all ingredients for the top layer (peanut butter) together until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Scoop a heaping 1/2 tablespoon of the chocolate layer into each muffin cup. Repeat until you’ve filled 12 cups. Then, pick up the entire muffin tin and shake/tap it until the layer is set evenly.
  5. Repeat the same thing with the peanut butter layer, adding around a heaping 1/2 tablespoon on top of the chocolate layer. Pick up the entire muffin tin one more time and shake/tap it until your cups are even.
  6. Finally, sprinkle each cup with some Himalayan sea salt.
  7. Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm. Enjoy!
  8. Store healthy peanut butter cups in the freezer to enjoy for later.

Tips & Notes

  • Make sure you are using an all natural, drippy peanut butter for this recipe. We recommend Smuckers All Natural, Trader Joe’s All Natural, or Fresh Thyme All Natural.
  • Store healthy peanut butter cups in the freezer to enjoy for later.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Calories: 157 Sugar: 5 Fat: 13 Saturated Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 8 Fiber: 1 Protein: 4

Author: Lee HershCategory: DessertMethod: No BakeCuisine: AmericanDiet: Vegan

Keywords: Peanut Butter Cups, healthy peanut butter cups

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