These low-carb homemade chocolate peanut butter cups are the best quick keto dessert option that you can think of. One such cup has just 1.1 grams of carbs, making it keto compatible. Moreover, these peanut butter cups are sugar-free and consist of only 5 ingredients.
Don't believe people who say that you can't eat chocolate peanut butter cups on ketosis; they don't know what they're talking about. The truth is, you CAN eat them as long as you use the right ingredients to make them.
Moreover, these keto Reese's cups are just like the real thing! Even my kid can't tell the difference between them. So what are you waiting for? Let's get cooking.
Are Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Keto Friendly?
No, not all of the store-bought chocolate peanut butter cups are compatible with the keto diet. When buying them at a store, make sure to carefully read the label since it's quite possible that there's plenty of sugar and calories in them.
If you choose to make the keto Reeses peanut butter cups by yourself, then you'll be the one adding all the ingredients. So this way, you'll be able to control what you eat and therefore make healthy chocolate peanut butter cups.
Ingredients and Equipment
There's nothing complicated in making these delicious keto peanut butter cups (aka keto fat bombs). And the best thing is that you won't need many hard-to-find ingredients to make them (just 5 ingredients that are available in almost any grocery store). And it will take about 40 minutes to make this dessert (most of the time, you'll just sit and do nothing while the cups are getting ready in your freezer).
So, here's what ingredients you need to prepare for these low-carb chocolate peanut butter cups:
- Coconut oil
- Peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
You can use white chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate for these peanut butter cups. However, you need to make sure that the chocolate that you choose is sugar-free and low-carb. My all-time favorite chocolate brand is Lily's. This chocolate is stevia-sweetened, so there is no sugar in it. And also, it is keto-friendly since it has fewer carbs than similar chocolate.
Also, when choosing your peanut butter brand, double-check its label. Buy only the kind of peanut butter that has no sugar in it and no additives. Or if you want, you can use any other nut butter (almond butter, for instance).
And since powdered sugar is not an option when making a keto dessert, you'll need to add some powdered sweetener: monkfruit, erythritol, etc.
Aside from the ingredients, you'll also need a candy mold for making peanut butter cups. And, of course, your freezer.
How to Make Low-Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Now that you have everything prepared for the keto peanut butter cups, you can move on to the cooking process. Here are the main steps that you'll need to take to make your low-carb chocolate cups:
- Melt the chocolate. To do this, prepare a large pot and fill it with boiling water. Then take a small bowl or a smaller pot and please the chocolate and coconut oil inside. Put the smaller pot inside the larger one and start to melt the chocolate over medium heat. Constantly stir the chocolate until it's completely melted and has a smooth texture.
- Make the bottom layer. Using a spoon, place some chocolate into each cup of the candy mold. Then tilt the mold to all sides to make sure that it is fully covered with chocolate. And please everything in your freezer for up to 10 minutes.
- Prepare the peanut butter filling. Take a microwave-safe bowl and put that peanut butter and coconut oil in it. Place the bowl into your microwave for 30 seconds. Then take out the bowl, stir it, and place it back into the microwave for 30 more seconds until everything is smooth.
- Place the filling on top of the bottom chocolate layer. Put equal amounts of peanut butter into each cup of the mold. Then move the candy mold back into the freezer for 10 more minutes.
- Cover the peanut butter with chocolate. If the melted chocolate becomes stiff, place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to melt it again. Then put an equal amount of the remaining chocolate on top of the peanut butter. And move the mold back into the freezer for 10 more minutes.
Tip: If you want, you can sprinkle the top layer of chocolate with some unsweetened coconut flakes or sea salt before freezing your sugar-free keto peanut butter cups.
That's it! Now you can remove your keto chocolate peanut butter cups and enjoy.
It's best to store the peanut butter cups in your freezer. This way, they'll last up to 2 months.
Then whenever you want to eat them, just place the cups into your refrigerator for about an hour and enjoy.
Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
For the chocolate coating:
- 9 oz stevia-sweetened chocolate
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
For the peanut butter filling:
- 3 tbsp sugar-free creamy peanut butter
- ½ tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp powdered monkfruit sweetener
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Using a water bath, melt the chocolate with coconut oil (stir from time to time until the chocolate melts completely).
- Use a tablespoon to scoop some of the melted chocolate and put some at the bottom of each of the candy mold cups. Slightly tilt the mold to make sure that both the bottom and the sides of the cups are coated with chocolate. Place the mold into the freezer for 10 minutes.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, place the peanut butter, coconut oil, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Melt everything in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until smooth.
- Take the candy molds out of the freezer, and using a spoon, place some peanut butter mixture into each cup. Make sure that the peanut butter is evenly spread out all over the bottom layer. Place the candy molds back into the freezer for 10 more minutes.
- If the chocolate has already thickened, place it into the microwave for 30 seconds. Take out the candy molds from the freezer and put some melted chocolate mixture on top of the peanut butter layer. Spread the chocolate evenly over it.
- Freeze the cups for 10-15 more minutes. Then take each peanut butter cup out of the mold.