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. 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: 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
  • 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
  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.
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).


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  1. dana from

    AAHHH! Want, now, STAT. Gorgeous!

    • jeanine

      ha, thanks Dana 🙂

  2. Carly from

    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!

  3. Carly from

    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.


  4. Magali from

    oulalala, it look so delicious !

  5. 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!

  6. Grace

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

    • jeanine

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

  7. 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!

  8. Dave from

    These look great!

  9. 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).

  10. Lissa from

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

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

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

    • Jack

      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

      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).

  13. 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!

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

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We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.