A thick layer of chocolate piled with peanut butter and swirled with raspberry preserves, this healthy peanut butter cups recipe is so easy to make and only require a few simple ingredients!
Ready your sweet tooths y’all because it’s about to be a chocolate, peanut butter, and jelly party!
Reeses are by far in my top favorite candies, but it’s a real drag they contain so many gross ingredients. Not only are these homemade peanut butter cups so easy to make, but the addition of a jelly swirl also makes them irresistible!
Ingredients for healthy peanut butter cups:
Okay so technically the ingredients are only chocolate, peanut butter, and jelly, HOWEVER, I start with using natural no sugar or salt added peanut butter. This way I have full control over the sweetness level.
If you are looking to cut sugar entirely, it can be omitted! The sweetness of the jelly and chocolate will help balance it out.
How to make healthy peanut butter cups:
First, you’ll want to melt your chocolate. To do this, you can either use a double boiler or create a makeshift one by filling a larger pot with about an inch of water and placing a slightly smaller pot inside like the picture above.
The reason you want to use a double boiler or double pot method is so the chocolate does not burn! Chocolate can be a little diva and without attention and care, it can get disastrous really quick!
Tip: Ensure the chocolate you use is vegan! I like to use either dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet. Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips are vegan.
As I mentioned above, I always buy all natural peanut butter, which means the ONLY ingredients are peanuts! No added oils, salt, or sugars. So if you want to follow suit, check out the ingredients next time you buy peanut butter.
With that being said, I add a little bit of sweetener (in this case agave nectar) and salt to this recipe since it is a dessert after all!
Remove the tin from the freezer and add the peanut butter layer on top of the chocolate layer. Add a little dollop of jelly and use a toothpick to swirl it!
Difference between jelly, jam, and preserves:
These terms can be used interchangeably, but they are all slightly different!
- Jelly – The fruit that is used comes in the form of juice
- Jam – The fruit that is used comes in the form of crushed fruit
- Preserves – The fruit that is used comes from jam
For this recipe, I used raspberry preserves because I like the chunkier texture it provides, but you can use whatever you’d like!
How long do these healthy peanut butter cups last:
Store the homemade peanut butter cups in the freezer for up to 3 months. The real challenge is making them last that long!
This recipe is perfect for keeping a little bit-sized sweet on hand and are enjoyed by adults and kids alike!
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If you like these PB + J Cups, you’ll LOVE:
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Healthy PB + J Cups
- 2 cups chocolate chips ensure they are vegan. You can use semi-sweet or dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter no salt, oil, sugar added
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil slightly melted
- 2 Tablespoons agave nectar can substitute with maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2-3 Tablespoons raspberry preserves can substitute with jelly or jam
- Put chocolate chips in a double boiler or double pots over medium heat on stove top.* (see notes)
- Using a rubber spatula, stir until chocolate chips are completely melted.
- Put the liners in a mini cupcake tin and fill each liner halfway with the melted chocolate. Tap sides of tin lightly to even out chocolate. Place in freezer to set.
- Put peanut butter, agave, salt, and coconut oil into a small mixing bowl and stir well. If peanut butter is stiff, microwave for 15 seconds. Peanut butter should be pourable but not too liquidy.
- Remove tins from the freezer and fill each liner with the peanut butter mixture.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of jam on top of each peanut butter cup. Use a toothpick to swirl the jam into the peanut butter. Place in freezer for at least 10 minutes to fully set.
- Store peanut butter cups in the freezer. They keep up to 3 months in the freezer or 1 month in the refrigerator.
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