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These Vegan Peanut Butter Cups are easy to make and only require four simple ingredients. They are rich, chocolatey, and filled with peanut butter goodness!
(This recipe was originally published here on April 30th, 2016. I refreshed the photos and simplified the recipe)
Easter is right around the corner and I'm thinking Vegan Shepherd's Pie for dinner, Vegan Carrot Cake for dessert, and chocolate ALL. DAY. LONG!
These homemade peanut butter cups are perfect for your kiddo's Easter baskets, too. They taste just like Reese's, but without all the added junk.
You'll need just four ingredients - Vegan Chocolate Chips, Maple Syrup, Peanut Butter, and Vanilla Extract. That's it! Are you ready?
How to make Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
(full ingredient amounts in recipe card below)
Before you start, you'll need to fill a cupcake pan with standard-size cupcake liners and make some room in your freezer for the pan to fit. This recipe will make at least 11 vegan peanut butter cups if you measure precisely.
Also, using a spatula to scrape the chocolate from the bowl will help you get most of it out. I can sometimes stretch the ingredients to make 12 cups.
- Combine peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and place in the fridge.
- Place chocolate in a bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes with about 70% power. Stir every 30 seconds.
- Pour ½ tablespoon of chocolate on the bottom of liners and spread with a spoon to evenly cover the whole bottom. Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
- Take a ½ tablespoon of filling and roll it into a ball. Now place on top of chocolate and gently flatten with your fingers. Leave room on all sides so the top layer of chocolate can fit.
- Now pour 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate over the filling. Spread evenly with a spoon, ensuring that the chocolate has poured down the sides of the filling. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Tips for melting chocolate
- Make sure all cooking utensils are completely dry. Just one drop of water can seize up the chocolate.
- Stir often to prevent burning.
- Don't use high heat or the chocolate will harden and burn. If you're using a microwave, and it doesn't have a lower heat option, just melt in shorter increments and stir often.
Want more chocolate melting tips and step-by-step photos? This article on WikiHow is very informative.
How to store Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 weeks or in the freezer for 2-3 months. If freezing, thaw 10 minutes before eating.
You can also leave them out at room temp for a few hours. They don't melt at room temp, but they will be softer.
Want more chocolate recipes? Here are some you may like:
- Fudgy Chocolate Brownies
- Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread
- Vegan Chocolate Cake
I’d love to hear from you
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
- ½ cup peanut butter (I used a salted variety)*See note
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (sub agave nectar)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 10 ounces vegan chocolate chips (1 ½ cups)
- Add standard cupcake liners to a 12-slot cupcake pan. Set aside. Make some room in your freezer for the pan to fit. This recipe makes at least 11 peanut butter cups if measured precisely. You may be able to stretch it to 12 by scraping the chocolate from the bowl.
- Add the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and combine well with a spatula. Place in the fridge while you prepare the chocolate.
- Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 2-3 minutes on about 70% power. Stir and turn bowl every 30 seconds to prevent burning (see notes for alternative double boiler method).
- Pour ½ tablespoon of melted chocolate on the bottom of the cupcake liners. Spread with a spoon so the chocolate covers the whole bottom and touches sides of the liner. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up.
- Remove peanut butter filling from the fridge. Take a ½ tablespoon of filling and roll it into a ball. Now place on top of chocolate and gently flatten evenly with your fingers. Leave a small amount of room on all sides so the top layer of chocolate can fit. (see photos above for example)
- If the bowl of melted chocolate has firmed up a little, just stick it in the microwave for another 30-60 seconds. Now pour 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate over the peanut butter. Spread evenly with the back of a spoon, ensuring that the chocolate has poured down the sides of the peanut butter. Place back in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up (see notes for storing suggestions). Enjoy!
* If your peanut butter brand is on the oily/runny side when you first open it, you may want to give it a good stir and stick it in the fridge for a few hours to firm up.
* If your peanut butter is unsalted, you'll want to add ½ teaspoon to the filling mixture. MELTING CHOCOLATE: You can use a double boiler OR place chocolate chips in a heat-safe (plastic-free) bowl that will fit directly over a pot with simmering water (about 1-2 inches or water). The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. Simmer water in a pot over medium heat and stir chips in the bowl until melted. Be very careful not to get any water in the chocolate or it will seize up. MEASUREMENTS: I was very precise with measuring out the layers instead of just pouring into the liners. In my opinion, it provides the perfect chocolate to peanut butter ratio. Also, these measurements will ensure you get at least 11 peanut butter cups (possibly 12). I use a small spatula to scrape most of the melted chocolate out of the bowl. STORING: You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 weeks or the freezer for 2-3 months. If freezing, thaw 10 minutes before eating. They are also fine at room temp for a few hours.
These were awesome. So easy to make and perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth during this heat wave! Thank you!
Hi Tina, I'm so glad they worked out for you. Thank you for giving them a try. 🙂
These are great. I took them to our monthly vegan pot luck. I will make when again for a party. I don’ t think I want them at home😀Thanks for all your great recipes
This is so nice to hear! Thank you for making them! I have a bunch in the freezer and I'm trying to forget about them. lol!:)
I love this recipe! I shared the cups that I made with family & friends who said they loved them ! This is a keeper!Now I know what’s in this new favorite! Thank u !!
So glad everyone loved them! Thank you for sharing 🙂
I'm not completely vegan, but I do have a few food intolerances, and this was a wonderful way to get a chocolate fix! While delicious, I did have some issues with the recipe. I ran out of chocolate to top off number 11/12 and still had several tablespoons of peanut butter left over. Thank you for publishing!
Hi Rebecca. I'm so glad you liked them. Did you measure the chips before they were melted? The bag may have been a little short. Did you measure out the chocolate precisely when melted? The amount should make at least 11 peanut butter cups. I use a small spatula to scrape all the remaining chocolate from the bowl too. The peanut butter needs to be flattened too. You may have done this so disregard if you did. As for the peanut butter, there is a little extra if you measure it as directed. I still left the measurement at a 1/2 cup in case someone wanted to add a little more in the middle. I hope this helps 🙂
Omg, so easy and delicious! I made these for my boyfriend for his birthday, we are both vegan! Prior to finding this EASY recipe I ordered vegan chocolate from California to get my fix. .lol. I'm not a big sweet eater but do like a treat once in awhile. Thank you for sharing.
Hi Stephanie, This is so good to hear! Thank you for making them, and for your feedback. Such a nice birthday gesture...Your boyfriend is very lucky 🙂 Enjoy!
Yummy! My husband loved them and he's not vegan! It's nice to be able to eat chocolate treats being vegan.
Hi Natalie, thank you for stopping by. I'm so happy you both liked them. I thought I could never have chocolate after going vegan...boy, was I wrong. Vegan chocolate is everywhere! 🙂