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Peanut Butter Cups with No Refiend Sugar

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These homemade peanut butter cups are super easy to make with simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. They are no-bake and contain no refined sugar. Move over Reese's these healthier sea salted treats have you beat! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 cups


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • approximately 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter I don't measure the peanut butter. I just put a spoonful in each cup.
  • coarse sea salt for topping Be sure to use just a pinch.


  1. Line a regular size muffin pan with paper liners.

  2. Wisk cocoa powder, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, and vanilla together in a small mixing bowl.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon of chocolate mixture to each of the paper liners. Add a spoonful of peanut butter on top of the cocoa mixture. Top peanut butter with approximately 1 more tablespoon of the chocolate mixture. Use the back of a spoon or your finger to make sure peanut butter is completely covered and everything is smooth.

  4. Top each peanut butter cup with a pinch of coarse sea salt. Freeze until solid, about 45 minutes - 1 hour.

  5. Store peanut butter cups in freezer.

Recipe Notes

My recipe calls for coconut oil so they do have a slight coconut flavor. I tried making them with avocado oil instead of coconut oil, but they did not set completely in the freezer.  However, I highly recommend avocado oil if you do not like coconut.  None of my taste testers minded the slight meltiness on the top and bottom of the peanut butter cups. They are definitely finger-lickin' good!

I use peanut butter with 2 ingredients, peanuts and sea salt. Be sure to check ingredient labels. Many of the peanut butters on supermarket shelves have hydrogenated oils and added sugar. :(

You certainly do not have to use peanut butter. You can use cashew butter or whatever nut butter you prefer.

We recommend using organic ingredients whenever possible.