These simple 4-ingredient healthy peanut butter cups make an ideal midday snack or sweet treat! With a luscious chocolate exterior, crunchy cereal interior, and smooth peanut butter filling, they taste so delicious that you won’t even realize they are made with healthier ingredients!

Healthy peanut butter cups.

I firmly believe that chocolate and peanut butter are the ultimate pairing! That’s why I’ve always had a soft spot for Reese’s peanut butter cups. They have been my favorite chocolate treat for as long as I can remember. Rather than constantly buying them, I decided to make a homemade version. You will love these wholesome and indulgent treats!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These healthy peanut butter cups are quick and easy to make!
  • They are made with only 4 ingredients.
  • These bites are great for a healthy snack or dessert.
  • Kids love them too!
  • They are delicious right from the fridge and freezer.
  • They will remind you of Reese’s peanut butter cups.
  • This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan, and contains no refined sugar.
  • Check out these Vegan Peanut Butter Cups for another nutritious dessert! Or, check out this list of Gluten Free Dessert Recipes.

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for these homemade healthy peanut butter cups. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Use any type of chocolate chips you prefer. I suggest choosing a slightly sweetened variety, as unsweetened dark chocolate might be too strong and bitter. Enjoy Life offers excellent allergy-friendly chocolate chips.

Use all-natural creamy peanut butter. While regular brands like Jif can work, the filling might turn out thicker or drier.

Rice cereal adds a delicious crunch! Do not use Kellogg if you are gluten free. It contains malt, which is not gluten free.

Pure maple syrup adds sweetness to the peanut butter filling. You can also use honey or agave syrup if you are not strictly vegan.

If desired, sprinkle sea salt on top of the peanut butter cups.

Ingredients for healthy peanut butter cups.

Taste & Texture

These healthy peanut butter cups are rich, chocolaty, and peanut buttery! They taste like Reese’s peanut butter cups but they are not nearly as sweet.

In addition, the rice cereal adds a delicious crunch.

Overall, these treats are creamy, crunchy, and flavorful!

How to Make

Step 1

First, line a muffin pan with 6 paper liners.

Step 2

Pour melted chocolate into the bottom of each liner to completely coat the liner.

Muffin liners with melted chocolate.

Step 3

In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, rice cereal, and maple syrup. Stir until combined.

Rice cereal with peanut butter.

Step 4

Divide this mixture into 6 equal parts and place on top of the chocolate mixture.

Step 5

Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate on top.

Crunchy chocolate bites.

Step 6

Place in the fridge for 15 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.

Frozen healthy bites.

Step 7

Lastly, remove from the fridge and eat!

Expert Tips & Tricks

Follow these tips and tricks to make the best healthy peanut butter cups.

Feel free to use another type of chocolate if desired.

Line the muffin pan with liners. This makes clean up and removal easy.

Use all natural creamy peanut butter for the best texture results.

Chill in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened.

Vegan chocolate bites.

How to Serve & Store

Serve these healthy peanut butter cups once the chocolate has hardened. They are great by themselves or as an ice cream topping!

Store any leftovers in the fridge or freezer for up to 4 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store these healthy peanut butter cups?

Store them in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container. They stay fresh for about a month.

Can I use another nut butter instead of peanut butter?

Sure! Use all natural creamy almond butter or cashew butter. For a nut free option, use sunflower butter or tahini.

Are peanut butter cups healthy?

Regular peanut butter cups contain a lot of added sugar. This homemade version is healthy!

Are peanut butter cups good frozen?

Yes, these peanut butter cups are delicious frozen!

Close up of healthy peanut butter cups.

Equipment Needed

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cups: These glass cups are great for measuring your ingredients.

Muffin Pan: This is the muffin pan I always use! It works well for these healthy peanut butter cups.

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Healthy peanut butter cups.

Get the Recipe: Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

These healthy peanut butter cups are made with only 4 easy ingredients! They are smooth, crunchy, chocolaty, and creamy. This quick and easy no-bake recipe is ideal for a healthy snack or sweet treat. They are great for kids too!
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Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, line a muffin pan with 6 paper liners.
  • Pour melted chocolate into the bottom of each liner to completely coat the liner.
  • In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, rice cereal, and maple syrup. Stir until combined.
  • Divide this mixture into 6 equal parts and place on top of the chocolate mixture.
  • Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate on top.
  • Place in the fridge for 15 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.
  • Finally, remove from the fridge and eat! Store in the fridge.

Notes

  • If desired, use semisweet or milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate.
  • Kellogg rice krispie cereal is not gluten free.  I recommend using The Real Cereal Company’s brown rice cereal.
  • Use all natural creamy peanut butter.  Feel free to use almond butter or cashew butter if desired.
  • Chill in the fridge until the chocolate has completely hardened.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer for up to a month.
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Calories: 284kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 68mg, Potassium: 306mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 11IU, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 4mg

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