Vegan Peanut Butter Cups are easy to make, with only 3 ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now! Everyone’s favorite candy, made vegan.
Peanut butter cups were always one of my favorite candies; I would choose them over just about anything else in a Halloween bag or Easter basket! But sadly, when you go vegan, or you can’t have dairy, you discover that all your favorite chocolate candies have milk in them. If you are lucky enough to have a natural food store, you might be able to find some vegan candy, such as Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. But they tend to be pricey and hard to find. What’s a person to do?
Make your own vegan candy from scratch, I say! These vegan peanut butter cups are, dare I say, tastier than the original, and you get to use quality ingredients that are natural and better for you.
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How to make vegan peanut butter cups:
Line a standard sized muffin tin with paper liners. Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips in the microwave (or use the double broiler method). Scoop about 1/2 a tablespoon chocolate into each cup, and spread it around the bottom and up the sides a little bit with a small spoon. Use your fingers on your other hand to stabilize the cup.
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Place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes so the chocolate can harden.
In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter and powdered sugar. If your peanut butter is unsalted, add a tiny pinch of salt here. A sort of dough will form.
Add a tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture on top of the hardened chocolate, and press down a bit with your fingers. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Melt the other cup of chocolate chips, then place 1/2 tablespoon on top of the peanut butter, spreading it and flattening it immediately. Because the peanut butter will be cold, the chocolate will harden quickly so you want to be fast here. Place them back in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
Eat and enjoy! Store vegan peanut butter cups in the refrigerator or at room temperature for a softer bite. They freeze well, too.
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
- 2 cups (12 oz) vegan chocolate chips, divided
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
- optional: tiny pinch of salt, if using unsalted peanut butter
- Line a 12 cup standard size muffin tin with paper liners.
- Place 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, microwave for 1 minute, stir, then another minute and stir until melted and smooth. If you do not have a microwave, you can use the double broiler method to melt them.
- Scoop about 1/2 a tablespoon melted chocolate, and place it in each liner. Use a small spoon to spread it around and up the sides just a little bit. Use your fingers on the other hand to stabilize the cup while you do this. Place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- While the chocolate hardens in the freezer, add the peanut butter and powdered sugar to a bowl and mix with a spoon or fork until well combined and a sort of dough is formed. Taste for sweetness, and add more sugar if desired. If using unsalted peanut butter, add a tiny pinch of salt.
- Remove the pan from the freezer. The chocolate should be quite firm and not melty anymore. Place a tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate in each cup, and press down a bit with your hands. It does not need to be flattened completely. Place the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Melt the other cup of chocolate chips as you did before. Scoop 1/2 tablespoon on top of the peanut butter and spread immediately with a small spoon. Because the peanut butter was in the freezer, the chocolate will harden quickly. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
- Enjoy! You can store peanut butter cups in the refrigerator, or at room temperature for a softer candy.
- Many brands of chocolate chips are vegan, simply check the ingredients list for milk fat, butter oil or "contains milk".
- Instead of chocolate chips, you can also use vegan chocolate bars, which may be easier to find depending on where you live. You will probably need 3 bars, or about 12 ounces total. Simply chop and melt the bar like you would the chocolate chips.
- Calories estimate is for 1 peanut butter cup.