Vegan Chocolate PB&J Cups

Chocolate PB and J Cups (vegan and gluten free) / @loveandlemons

Ever think “I’d like to combine my favorite school lunch with my favorite halloween candy?” Well neither had I – until Jeanine (this is Jack, by the way) came up with this crazy and amazing snack idea.Β And she even put some salt on top, just to cement it as the best peanut-butter cup idea ever.

I’m sorry that this post is a bit light on the photos – I kind of… ate… the subjects before we could take more follow up shots. Sorry about that. Just make your own – you won’t regret it.

These are also vegan and gluten free, so here’s a bonus healthy Halloween tip from Jack:Β Make these little guys, eat them, then buy some apples to hand out to children.

Chocolate PB and J Cups (vegan and gluten free) / @loveandlemons

chocolate pb&j cups
 
Serves: approx. 16 pieces
Ingredients
  • 9 oz. 65% cacao chocolate chips or baking chocolate (see note below)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup natural peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar (just enough to make it less oily)
  • scant ¼ cup strawberry jelly
Instructions
  1. Over a double boiler (or in the microwave), melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together.
  2. Line a mini muffin tin with (about 16) mini cupcake liners and fill each with a small spoonful of melted chocolate, just enough to coat the bottom and sides. You can use a small brush (or a knife) to carefully nudge the chocolate up the sides of the liners. Pop in the freezer until the chocolate is completely hardened.
  3. Mix peanut butter and powdered sugar. Spoon a bit of peanut butter into each cup and a tiny bit of jelly.
  4. Spoon more melted chocolate on top to cover. Pop in the freezer. Once they chocolate on top begins to set, sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Freeze again (or refrigerate) until set.
  5. Store pb&j cups in the fridge or at room temp.
Notes
For the chocolate, I used SunSpire Organic 65% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips. You can also use baking chocolate that's around 50-65% Cacao. (not unsweetened).


If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.

54 comments

  1. these would be gone in 10 seconds flat at my house. Omg chocolate peanut butter jelly. I don’t have words. Yum!

  2. I am totally cracking up about the last line. That is the perfect plan for Halloween this year!! Love these PB+J cups and they certainly would be hard to part with!

  3. Hollyanne from hkinlove.com on said:

    Yum! I’m wondering if it might work to make these in ice trays, in lieu of a mini muffin pan?

    • Jack from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Maybe? Since the muffin pan isn’t doing any heat transference or anything it should be ok. As long as you have paper wrappers in the ice tray. Prying them out would be a problem otherwise.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      you could also make these in a regular muffin tin with regular sized muffin liners. You’ll just have to carefully spread the chocolate and peanut butter more evenly to cover a bigger space. (the mini muffin cups are pretty forgiving).

  4. oh my…these look so delish <3
    would love to have them as a midnight snack now πŸ™‚
    best wishes from berlin,
    laura & nora

  5. Lissa from theflourishingbaker.com on said:

    Of course my favorite combination! And I have a tendency on eating my subjects as well before they get photographed. Gorgeous photos anyways πŸ™‚

  6. These have my name written all over them. Love the addition of the salt!

  7. HAHA, so funny! It happens so often in my home that my husband gets his hands on my food before I get a chance to take more photos. The other day I made fluffernutters and I have zero pictures to show for it. I’ll have to remake (which I’m not entirely unhappy about because, come on, they are fluffernutters, but I pretend to be crappy so maybe he gets the hint).

  8. Dave from brisketandbagels.com on said:

    These look great!

  9. Anything salted has my approval. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve photographed and eaten my “subjects” at the same time. Your photos still look beautiful, though!

  10. Grace on said:

    This sounds delicious. I was wondering, is the powdered sugar necessary?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      you can skip it if you want, I just found that it helped things set better since natural peanut butter is really oily.

  11. Now we know what Jack will be making for Halloween and the children will NOT be getting. Love the addition of strawberry jelly. These would not last very long in my house either!

  12. Magali from uniklook.com on said:

    oulalala, it look so delicious !

  13. Carly from playingforeats.com on said:

    I never get tired of pb&j’s. This looks super easy and delicious. It will definitely be part of a Fun Food Friday very soon.

    Thanks!
    Carly
    http://www.playingforeats.com

  14. Carly from thecozytable.com on said:

    My two favorite things to eat: dark chocolate and peanut butter. I grew up having a PB&J every day and still crave those…thanks for the lovely idea of bringing these together! Also, loved your cameo, Jack!

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  16. dana from minimalistbaker.com on said:

    AAHHH! Want, now, STAT. Gorgeous!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      ha, thanks Dana πŸ™‚

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  19. Abby on said:

    What if I use pumpkin butter instead of strawberry jelly to make them a little more fall-ish?

    • Jack from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Sounds fun – let us know how it works out!

  20. ATasteOfMadness from atasteofmadness.blogspot.ca on said:

    This looks amazing!! I love peanut butter and jelly, but it never occurred to me to mix it with chocolate. This sounds like the best combo EVER!

  21. Sarah from onewindowkitchen.com on said:

    Adorable– love this idea! πŸ™‚

  22. Ahhh… excellent. I will send my kids straight to your house, ok? Just run for your life- they will destroy these πŸ˜‰ Beautiful recipe Jeanine!

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  24. These little pb&J cups are one of my favorite things to make (and eat!). I have a recipe on my site, I use a little honey mixed with the peanut butter and use raspberry jam in the middle. So yummy!

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  27. These look delicious! I love peanut butter cups and these have the added bonus of being gluten (and guilt!) free. I will definitely be making these – but I can’t guarantee that they will be around long enough for anyone else to taste.

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  28. Kelly Feller from dettecakes.com on said:

    These look absolutely amazing! I love peanut butter cups so much and I bet the jelly makes them taste even better πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe! I’ll definitely be trying these out! XO Kelly

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  33. violet from seaoflovespells,com on said:

    I just love chocolate treats! my kids love sweets so this a great mini snack!

  34. violet from seaoflovespells.com on said:

    Thank you so much. I made these for v day and they were a hit!

  35. shani storey from shanistorey.wordpress.com on said:

    These look amazing! Wow, would be a great easy quick snack! Especially because I love sweets!

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