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Vegan Dark Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups

This easy recipe for Vegan Dark Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups combines rich dark chocolate with a creamy peanut butter center for the ultimate indulgence and nostalgia. This recipe is naturally vegan, but it's one that everyone will love!

If you like making homemade candy as much as I do, be sure to check out some of my other favorites like my Homemade Mini Mounds Bars, Vegan Snickers Bars, or my Dark Chocolate Coconut Cups.

vegan mini peanut butter cups

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Dark Chocolate: These are made with dark chocolate, which is my favorite! I love the combination of the sweet peanut butter filling with dark chocolate.

Creamy Filling: These have a classic creamy peanut butter filling made with only a few ingredients. These are not as sweet as my classic Easy Mini Peanut Butter Cups and are even more peanut buttery (is that a word?!). I also use peanut flour in the filling which gives them even more peanut flavor!

Vegan: These are naturally vegan, as there’s not much in here. But if you are not vegan and want to use regular milk, then go for it, they will be just as good!

vegan mini peanut butter cups

Ingredients for Vegan Dark Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Costco Kirkland Organic Peanut Butter

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

Organic Peanut Flour

Real Coco Organic Coconut Milk

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer (or even just a bowl with a wooden spoon will work)

Piping Bags

USA Pan Mini Cupcake Pan

Mini Cupcake Liners

Heatproof Bowl

Spatula

Pyrex Measuring Cup

vegan mini peanut butter cups

How to Make Vegan Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Step 1

Line a muffin tin with liners.

Step 2

Using a double boiler, add all the chocolate. Melt completely and remove from the heat. Alternatively, you can melt in a heatproof bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one to ensure chocolate does not burn. You can just pour the chocolate out of the bowl, or you can transfer it to a squeeze bottle, piping bag, or pyrexliquid measuring cup for easier filling. Add a small amount of chocolate into the bottom of each liner, about one third of the way. Place the tray in the freezer for about 5 minutes to harden the chocolate. 

Step 3

While the chocolate is setting, make the filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the peanut butter, powdered sugar, peanut flour, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined. Transfer to a piping bag with no tip. Set aside.

Step 4

Remove the tray from the freezer, and pipe a small dollop of peanut butter filling into the middle of each liner. If you don't pipe it directly into the middle (leaving room on the sides, the cups will show peanut butter on the sides instead of chocolate). Transfer back to the freezer for about 5 minutes.

Step 5

Remove from the freezer and add the remaining chocolate into each liner until full. Place back in the freezer to set the chocolate for at least 1 hour.

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Tips for Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

• You can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate, or you can use the microwave. If you use the microwave, be sure to do only 30 second intervals and stir well in between each one as this will prevent the chocolate from burning.

• I used my Pyrex to pour the chocolate into the mini muffin liners. You can also use a squeeze bottle or a piping bag or even a spoon.

• I use my stand mixer to make the filling, but you can use a hand mixer or even a bowl with a wooden spoon, whatever you prefer!

• Store these in the fridge or in the freezer as they do have milk in them. You can also freeze them too!

vegan mini peanut butter cups

FAQ's

Can I use milk chocolate?

Yes, if you're not vegan and want to use milk chocolate (or white chocolate) you totally can!

Can I use another kind of nut butter?

Yes, these would also be delicious with almond butter or cashew butter!

How should I store homemade peanut butter cups?

These are best kept in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container. I always keep mine in the freezer, that way I don't feel pressured to eat them all right away and I just thaw out a couple whenever my craving strikes.

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Mimi Council
This easy recipe for Vegan Dark Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups combines rich dark chocolate with a creamy peanut butter center for the ultimate indulgence and nostalgia.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 24 candies
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Line a muffin tin with liners.
  • Using a double boiler, add all the chocolate. Melt completely and remove from the heat. Alternatively, you can melt in a heatproof bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each one to ensure chocolate does not burn. You can just pour the chocolate out of the bowl, or you can transfer it to a squeeze bottle, piping bag, or pyrex liquid measuring cup for easier filling. Add a small amount of chocolate into the bottom of each liner, about one third of the way. Place the tray in the freezer for about 5 minutes to harden the chocolate.
  • While the chocolate is setting, make the filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the peanut butter, powdered sugar, peanut flour, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined. Transfer to a piping bag with no tip. Set aside.
  • Remove the tray from the freezer, and pipe a small dollop of peanut butter filling into the middle of each liner. If you don't pipe it directly into the middle (leaving room on the sides, the cups will show peanut butter on the sides instead of chocolate). Transfer back to the freezer for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer and add the remaining chocolate into each liner until full. Place back in the freezer to set the chocolate for at least 1 hour.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Video

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Notes

High Altitude – Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 35mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 48IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 0.4mg
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4 Comments

  1. Mimi’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cups are amazing! Rich creamy chocolate with nice peanuts butter center. You will never be able to eat a Reese’s PB Cup again!

  2. WoW, these are a punch of chocolate. I will never be able to enjoy a Reese’s cup again after tasting these with the rich chocolate. Soooooo good!

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