Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cups (Vegan)

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cups.  Let’s face it.  We all need a little something sweet every once and a while.  Who says you need to give up peanut butter cups?  While I will never eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups again, I will have a homemade peanut butter cup every now and then!


clean eating peanut butter cups


I made these with homemade peanut butter and also almond butter.  Both worked out well, but I think I liked the peanut butter cups better.  Most homemade peanut butter cup recipes call for powdered sugar.  This does not.  I just dropped some freshly made peanut butter in the middle of these.

So much better that way and also much less sugar too!  The chips I used are from Enjoy Life.  You can also make your own chocolate with 1 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup cacao powder and a few tablespoons of liquid sweetener.  Or you could melt a couple of bars of dark chocolate with a bit of milk.  Any way works.

The Enjoy Life chips have a pretty clean ingredient list and are gluten free as well.  They do contain a bit of processed sugar which is why I gave some other options.  I have tried the chips and the coconut oil chocolate.

I chopped one of these homemade peanut butter cups and ate it in my 5 Minute Banana Ice Cream.  OMG!  Best.Thing.Ever.  A healthier dessert option.

If you don’t want to use chocolate chips, you can use my 3 ingredient chocolate recipe in this video.

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Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cups

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cups

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Serves 12     adjust servings

It's a healthier version of a Reece's Cup.


  • 1 bag chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life gluten free and soy free chips)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Roughly 3/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter


  1. Get out a couple of muffin tins and line them with paper or silicone cups. . I used standard sized muffin pans, but the mini cups would work well too.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the chips and milk in a glass bowl, stirring constantly to get the lumps out. It makes a great arm workout.
  3. Once the chocolate and milk have combined and are smooth, pour a little bit of chocolate in the bottom of each muffin cup.
  4. Place them in the freezer for about 20 minutes to set.
  5. When they are hard, pull them out and put a dollop on nut butter on top of each one.
  6. Fill the remaining cup with chocolate.
  7. Repeat until all the cups are filled.
  8. Place back in the freezer.


Recipe Notes

I would give them a few hours to set. Actually, I store mine in the freezer as well. I think they would get too soft in the fridge. That’s it!

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110 thoughts to “Clean Eating Peanut Butter Cups (Vegan)”

  1. Ok I was disappointed :( I used about two cups milk. And it looked like too much milk so I only used half a cup... And they just didn't get hard enough. They a pile of mush in the little cups. I really don't get it, I guess even less milk next time
        1. Maybe the bag is more than 2 cups? I was taking a guess. I'm really sorry it didn't work out for you. Maybe it's more like 3 cups chocolate chips then?
  2. Ooh so excited to try! Thanks for tip about gluten free chocolate chips; going to our co-op to get them so I can get these made for V-Day!!! Thanks again :)
  3. Sounds so easy and yummy. Making these for my family as their valentine's day sweets :) I'm sure they will love them. Thanks for the recipe!
    1. Thanks! Feel free to share a photo and a link. Thanks for asking! Please don't copy and paste the recipe though. I hope you enjoy my recipes!
  4. Hello! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried it today, and the PB cups turned out awesome! Just wanted to check - why do you add milk / almond milk? Mine turned out fine, but they melt almost immediately on touch, and I was wondering if they will turn out harder without milk? Thanks!
    1. Glad you liked them! I add the milk to mine to stir the chocolate easier. I have done it without milk and I burned the chocolate. They do melt quickly though and are best out of the freezer.
  5. Made these this week using the 3 ingredient chocolate recipe and they turned out delicious! I used almond butter but would like to try peanut butter next.
  6. So I just wanted to add something for people that are interested in a almond butter cup and can't tolerate peanut butter for digestive reasons. By itself raw almond butter does not taste that great as a Reese comparison . However adding a couple ingredients to it and wow even better than peanut butter and healthier for your gut. I either make my own raw chocolate or use the enjoy life chocolate chips. I have never added almond milk to them just coconut oil and vanilla bean powder for flavor add hardening agents. The almond butter middle mixture is, 1/2cup raw almond butter, 1/4 tsp nutritional yeast (optional but gives it a richness like Reese's ) pinch of Himalayan salt or sea salt, 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, 1 tbsp coconut sugar ( run in blender to resemble powder) finally 1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix and scoop onto bottom layer of the melted chocolate then top with another layer of chocolate . Add sliced or chopped almonds on top for decorations
      1. I know right?! Who'd a thunk it! It just works and it tastes yummy. Try it out. Sometimes I do use 3/4 cup of almond butter if it thickens too much but the consistency is just like the middle of a Reese

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