Ridiculously Easy Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

These healthy vegan peanut butter cups {low FODMAP & gluten free} are ridiculously easy to make! With only 4 ingredients, plus {optional} sea salt, you’ll be satisfying your cravings in no time at all!

Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Happy Birthday Recipe ReDux. ย You are one year old today, and what a healthy and delicious year you’ve had, thanks to your fabulous founders Reganย andย Serena and Deanna!

To celebrate this month’s theme, “Small Bites“, I’m pairing two of my {almost daily} favorites, dark chocolate and peanut butter, with just a few other ingredients, to make these healthy vegan peanut butter cups, that are no less delicious than the original, but a “tad bit” on the healthier side.

In this case “healthier” meaning, higher in protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants. and almost half the amount of sugar in the “original” version.  At 140 calories per “cup”, they’re not calorie free though, so indulge in one now, and save the rest for another day.

Or, better yet…

Share them with a friend!

chocolate face

“Miss Lexie”  My sweet neighbor, and taste tester!

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups Gluten Free

Healthy Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

These healthy vegan peanut butter cups are so easy to make! With only 4 ingredients, plus {optional} sea salt, you’ll be satisfying your cravings in no time at all!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Cooling Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 18 peanut butter cups


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped {vegan if desired}
  • Sea Salt, optional


  • Combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, and ground flax seed in a bowl.
  • Place chopped chocolate {or chocolate chips} in a microwave safe bowl. Heat chocolate in microwave for one minute and stir. Continue heating/stirring in 1 minute increments until chocolate is melted. Allow to cool before using.
  • While chocolate is cooling, shape peanut butter mixture in to balls. You will have approximately 18 1-inch balls. Place them on a tray lined with parchment paper, and place tray in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • When chocolate has cooled, remove peanut butter balls from the refrigerator. Dip them in chocolate mixture until thoroughly coated and place on parchment lined tray.
  • Sprinkle sea salt on top, if desired, and place tray in refrigerator to cool for at least 20 minutes. Your healthy peanut butter cups are now ready to eat. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer as desired.


Low Sugar Version: Try making these with Swerve powdered sugar in the peanut butter mixture, and low sugar/low carb chocolate chips.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.9mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword peanut butter cup recipe
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Shape your peanut butter mixture into balls…

chocolate coated peanut butter balls

Dip in dark chocolate…

healthier peanut butter cups

Sprinkle with sea salt, and allow to cool.

Happy Birthday Recipe ReDux!

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  1. Chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect combination. These look fabulous!!
    Definitely be making these for a little treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. OK…now I can post! Maybe it was just me??? Love the pic of your little girl…and I love the easy quick and few ingredients…my kind o recipe!

  3. Peanut butter & chocolate is such a nice combo!!! Your healthier peanut butter cups sound fabulous! As always, your photos are gorgeous!

  4. Ashley Oswald says:

    Hi! My name is Ashley and I’m interning with the Meal Makeover Moms this week. These cookies look great! There are so many health benefits to peanut butter, but only in moderation!

  5. I love the chocolately mouth picture – too cute! My boss literally eats a half a bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups a day, and she’s a size 6 so it makes me sick.

    These look insulin worthy to me though! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Oh my days! How good would that be with a tall glass of (almond) milk?? I do something quite similar but nowhere as pretty. Lovely, EA. Bet lots of folk while be mixing these up over the weekend (and polished off over the weekend too) Pinteresting now.

  7. I actually just made a “grown-up” PB cup that I haven’t posted yet. But I love the addition of flax seed to the PB. I actually ground up roasted peanuts to make my PB – next time I’ll have to add flax seed!

  8. love this easy and fun to make with little ones wish they liked peanut butter

    1. Thanks Rebecca! No peanut butter? Do they like any kind of nut butter? I bet these would be amazing with almond butter or walnut butter too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. EA – I’m giddy over this recipe – dark chocolate and peanut butter is an almost daily delight for me too and I can’t wait to make these. It’s been so great having you along for The Recipe ReDux ride – one of the original members who took the plunge with us – so grateful to know you thru this little project ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I love that these made you giddy Deanna! And, the feeling you expressed above is quite mutual ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. PB cups are my favorite indulgence …thanks for creating a less guilty version for me!

  11. Love this healthier peanut butter cup you came up with, so clever adding flax seeds.

    1. Thanks Jeanette! I love adding flax to a lot of different recipes-so healthy, yet, even my kids don’t complain about the taste!