You only need 5 ingredients to make these sugar-free peanut butter cups! I call them keto Reeses cups, because they are a low carb copycat version of the popular chocolate candy: a creamy peanut butter filling encased in crisp dark chocolate.
I first came across Reeses peanut butter cups in the 80's when I was an exchange student in Walterboro, South Carolina, for a year. The memories!
Alas, they are packed with sugar. So, instead of waiting for Reese's to come up with a proper sugar-free version (theirs uses maltitol, which raises blood sugar levels), I decided to make my own.
My keto peanut butter cup recipe uses only 5 ingredients that you probably have in your cupboard right now.
They are a great bite sized afternoon treat and taste just as good as the original.
I also like them as a smaller dessert that does not leave you stuffed after a meal.
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Authentic flavor
- Creamy texture
- Naturally dairy-free
- Sugar free and keto-friendly
- Easy recipe - just 5 ingredients
- Only 2.6g net carbs
Here are our main ingredients: chocolate, peanut butter, coconut oil and salt. The sweetener is optional!
Chocolate: I recommend that you use either sugar-free chocolate chips such as Lily's or dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 90%. I like Lindt because it's extra creamy. (Amazon aff links) You can also use my recipe for homemade low carb chocolate!
Coconut oil: to make the chocolate a little softer. You can swap it out with butter if you prefer.
Peanut butter: I like Whole Earth . It is a little firmer than other brands, which works well here.
Salt: This is a wonderful flavour enhancer. Of course, if your peanut butter is already salty, you don't need to add more.
Sweetener: I used a powdered erythritol / monk fruit blend. Any sweetener will work, from erythritol to xylitol to allulose. Just make sure it's powdered so you don't get crunchy bits.
This section contains step-by-step instructions and photos that show how to make this recipe. See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Step 1: Melt the chocolate. Then, wait until the chocolate has cooled and thickened a little. This makes it easier to work with.
- Water bath method: Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a heat proof bowl and melt over a pan filled with a little water. Stir a couple of times. Remove the bowl from the pan and allow to cool a little.
- Microwave method: Heat the chocolate and coconut oil on high for 1 minute. Check and stir. Then heat another 30 seconds. Stir until the chocolate is fully melted.
Note - It is important that you stop microwaving BEFORE all chocolate is melted. When chocolate gets too hot it can seize and separate.
Step 2: Line cups with chocolate base.
- Get yourself mini cupcake silicone molds or paper moulds. Add 1 teaspoon of chocolate to each cup and use the back of a teaspoon to coat the sides. Or, swirl the melted chocolate up the sides.
- Place in the freezer to set for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Add the filling.
- Mix the peanut butter with the sweetener and the salt, if using.
- Add 1 teaspoon of peanut butter mixture on top of the frozen chocolate base, or just enough to sit in the centre of the cup.
- Flatten with the top of the spoon.
Step 4: Cover with chocolate.
- Top with the rest of the melted chocolate and place back in the freezer to set.
- If the melted chocolate has set too much during waiting, simply re-heat it a little to make it spoonable or pourable.
- Top with sea salt flakes if you wish!
There's always someone who shouts that peanut butter is "not keto". I disagree. True, peanut is a legume, which we normally avoid on keto. But peanuts are higher in fat than other beans, and low in carbs. Nutritionally speaking, they are very similar to almonds. Peanuts are also gluten free.
Watch out though - not all peanut butter brands are keto friendly because some add sugar to their product. Always read the label! Alternatively, you can also make your own peanut butter.
I picked a peanut butter brand that is naturally firm. If your peanut butter is more on the runny side, you have two choices.
Choice 1: Dig into the bottom of the pot where the peanut butter is normally firmer.
Choice 2: Add ½ tablespoon melted coconut oil (or butter) to the peanut butter mix. This will help firm it up. However, you'll have to add an extra step and freeze the peanut butter layer for 10 minutes because initially it will be liquid.
Once it's cooled, add the top chocolate layer and freeze again.
Yes. You can use another nut butter such as almond butter or sunflower seed butter for a nut free alternative.
Store keto reeses cups in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Or, store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Keto Reeses peanut butter cupsfrom Sugar Free Londoner
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- mini cupcake silicone moulds (1.8 inch diameter at the bottom) or mini paper cupcake liners
- Line a muffin tin with paper liners or use silicone cupcake moulds.
- Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a heat proof bowl and melt over a pan filled with a little water. Stir a couple of times. Remove the bowl from the pan and allow to cool a little. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.**)
- Mix the peanut butter with the sweetener (if using) and salt. Use firmer peanut butter from the bottom of the pot.
- Add about 1 teaspoon of chocolate to each cup and use the back of a teaspoon to coat the sides. Place in the freezer to set for 10 minutes.
- Add 1 teaspoon of peanut butter, or just enough to sit in the centre of the cup. Flatten with the top of the spoon.
- Cover with the rest of the chocolate. Place back in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or until fully set. Store in the fridge.