No need to waste your money on bags of unhealthy candies that are full of questionable ingredients. You’re gonna love these 4-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups!

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

One of my favorite childhood candies was peanut butter cups. My mom would splurge on them every holiday season and I always looked forward to it! Since my dad hated peanut butter, there was no risk of them disappearing over-night because he’d eaten them after I went to bed.

Of course, peanut butter cups from the grocery store aren’t the healthiest treats. The usually contain soy (even the organic ones!) and can contain other ingredients like PGPR* and TBHQ*, which nobody should be eating. Thankfully, peanut butter cups are super easy to make at home! These homemade peanut butter cups only have a few ingredients that most people have in their kitchen!

peanut butter cups from the top

peanut butter cups layout

The players.

Coconut oil. To keep the peanut butter cups dairy-free, I use coconut oil in the recipe. You can use half butter and half coconut oil instead, but the cups will be softer. I wouldn’t suggest using any other fan in exchange. I love using coconut oil because it is so amazingly good for you. It’s great for your heart, helps control your blood pressure, and full of antimicrobial properties.

Honey. I love sweetening all the things with honey, and these homemade peanut butter cups are no exception! If you’re not a fan of honey, you should be. It’s one of the world’s most nutrient-dense foods, packed with minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Honey is also high in vitamins B6, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin, and it contains amino acids and enzymes, as well!

I use Azure Standard’s organic honey, but you can use whatever kind you have. You could also use maple syrup instead, though it will change the flavor slightly.

Cocoa powderAzure Standard’s fair-trade, organic cocoa powder is absolutely the best. It has a deep, delicious flavor, and it’s the cheapest cocoa I can find! If you don’t order from Azure Standard, the Anthony’s brand on Amazon is also good, or you can just use whatever cocoa powder you like.

Peanut butter. I like to make my own peanut butter and use it for this recipe (and all the other things one uses peanut butter for). If you’re not into making peanut butter, you really should try it, it’s so delicious! Otherwise you can use any old organic peanut butter you have.

stack of homemade peanut butter cups

More homemade candies.

If you’re on the lookout for more delicious homemade candies that aren’t full of ridiculous ingredients, here are a few of my family’s favorites!

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Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.


For the chocolate shell:

For the peanut butter filling:


Line a mini muffin tin with mini muffin liners. Set aside.

For the chocolate shell:

In a small pot, melt the coconut oil.

Stir in the remaining shell ingredients until smooth.

Pour a tablespoonful of the chocolate onto the bottom of the muffin liners.

Set in the freezer to solidify.

For the peanut butter filling:

In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter filling ingredients until smooth.

Place a dollop of peanut butter onto the chilled chocolate base.

Set in the freezer to solidify.

To finish:

Cover the chilled peanut butter dollop with remaining chocolate shell.

Stick in the fridge to solidify.


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a bite of homemade peanut butter cup