homemade peanut butter cups (only 3 ingredients!)

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups: Okay, so I wish I could be one of those people that doesn’t eat an “after dinner sweet treat” but let’s be honest- that will never be me! And I’ve accepted that (haha!). Cue these healthy peanut butter cups. They’re only 3 ingredients, super quick and easy, and they give Reese’s a run for their money 😉

So, do your future self a favor and make these healthier peanut butter cups for your after dinner or mid day sweet treat. I basically eat one every night!

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what makes these homemade peanut butter cups healthier?

When you buy candy at the store, you never really know what’s truly in it. It’s absolutely delicious, but a mystery. That’s why I love making my own version of peanut butter cups so I know exactly what goes in them. This recipe is made with dark chocolate (85% cacao), sugar-free peanut butter, and a few teaspoons of coconut oil. They’re quick, easy, and made with ingredients you can trust.

what are the three ingredients?

Dark Chocolate: My personal preference for dark chocolate is Lindt 85% dark chocolate bars, or Lily’s chocolate bars (sweetened with stevia). Whatever dark chocolate you prefer and love should work great in this recipe. Choosing chocolate bars versus chocolate chips doesn’t matter, it will be melted down so whichever works.

Coconut Oil: Adding a few teaspoons of coconut oil makes the chocolate chill more easily and uniformly in the fridge. It also adds a silkiness to the peanut butter cups that is absolutely delicious!

Peanut Butter: Arguably the main ingredient here is the peanut butter. Almond butter works as great as well. There are a million and one peanut butter options out there, but I prefer to use brands with only peanuts or almonds as the ingredients. Just make sure you stir well before melting.

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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

Lexi Finke
A healthier sweet treat option made with dark chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut oil.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cups


  • Muffin Liners


  • 200 grams dark chocolate I use Lindt 85% dark or Lily's
  • 3/4 cup peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tsp coconut oil


  • In a small bowl, add the dark chocolate pieces and coconut oil. Microwave (or use the double boiler method) for about 2 minutes or until fully melted.
  • Line a muffin tin with liners. Pour in a thin layer of melted chocolate, leaving enough chocolate left for a top layer.
  • In a separate bowl, melt the peanut butter by microwaving (or double boiler method) for about 1 minute. Stir and pour on top of the first chocolate layer. Add a second layer of chocolate, or leave them as is. Optional: top with some flakey sea salt!
  • Let the cups fully chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until fully solid!


Store in the fridge after making
Keyword 3 ingredients peanut butter cups, healthy dessert options, healthy dessert recipes, peanut butter cups
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