Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cups

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cups are the tastiest sweet treat! I wanted to create a delicious chocolatey treat which requires no baking and is super easy to make (because nobody feels like complex baking in summer, right?).

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cups are made with totally plant based and gluten free ingredients; cocoa powder, coconut oil, peanut butter and maple syrup. They’re packed with protein and healthy fats, making them the perfect snack to keep you going. They’re rich, decadent, fudgy and super satisfying.

For more simple no bake recipes, why not check out my Double Chocolate Freezer Cookies, or my Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, or my Tahini Fudge!? (okay, one more, my Dark Chocolate Fudge Bars)

If you make this chocolate peanut butter fudge cups recipe, please make sure to comment below or tag me in your recreations over on Instagram using @ginabnutrition – I absolutely LOVE to see them!

Peanut Butter Fudge Cups

How Do You Keep Peanut Butter Fudge From Being Grainy?

To prevent your peanut butter fudge cups from becoming grainy, it’s crucial to adhere to proper preparation techniques. Begin by using high-quality, smooth peanut butter, as chunky varieties can introduce unwanted graininess. Thoroughly combine all ingredients to ensure the even integration of fats (such as peanut butter and coconut oil) and sweeteners (like maple syrup).

When melting the coconut oil and peanut butter, do so gradually over low heat, stirring frequently to avoid separation. Sift cocoa or cacao powder before incorporating it into the mixture, as this eliminates lumps and contributes to a smoother texture. Employ a heavy-bottomed saucepan for even heat distribution, and be cautious not to overheat the mixture, as excessive heat can lead to separation or crystallization.

Continuous stirring during heating prevents settling, and gradual cooling before pouring into molds helps prevent gritty texture formation. Maintain consistent peanut butter consistency, ensuring the oil doesn’t separate from the solids. Optionally, consider adding a small amount of lecithin as an emulsifier to promote smoother results. In the event of a slightly grainy texture, reheating and thorough stirring might help re-establish the desired smoothness. With careful attention to these guidelines, you can craft peanut butter fudge with a satisfyingly creamy and smooth consistency.

Peanut Butter Fudge Cups

Making These Peanut Butter Fudge Cups? You’ll Need These Ingredients…

  1. Smooth Peanut Butter: Peanut butter adds creaminess, nutty flavor, and a rich texture to the fudge cups. It’s a source of healthy fats and protein, which complements the sweetness from other ingredients. Peanut butter also acts as a binding agent, helping the fudge to hold its shape.
  2. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil adds a smooth, silky texture to the fudge cups. It is high in healthy saturated fats, which provide a pleasant mouthfeel and help the fudge set when chilled. Additionally, coconut oil lends a subtle coconut aroma that can complement the chocolate and peanut flavors.
  3. Cocoa or Cacao Powder: Cocoa or cacao powder is what gives your fudge cups their rich chocolate flavor. It’s also responsible for the deep brown color. Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants and provides a deep, intense chocolate taste that balances the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  4. Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor profile by adding a warm and sweet undertone. It helps to round out the flavors of the other ingredients, making the fudge cups more aromatic and appealing.
  5. Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that adds sweetness and a distinct caramel-like flavor. It helps balance the bitterness of cocoa powder and adds moisture to the fudge cups. The syrup also contributes to the fudge’s soft texture.
  6. Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the overall taste of the fudge cups. It doesn’t necessarily make the fudge salty; instead, it helps to bring out the flavors of the other ingredients and adds a subtle contrast to the sweetness.
  7. Partially Crushed Peanuts for Topping: Partially crushed peanuts add a satisfying crunch and a burst of nutty flavor to each bite. They also provide a visual contrast to the smooth fudge, making the cups more visually appealing. The peanuts complement the peanut butter and contribute to the overall texture of the dessert.
Peanut Butter Fudge Cups
chocolate peanut butter fudge cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cups (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Georgina Burgess
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cups are the tastiest sweet treat! I wanted to create a delicious chocolatey treat which requires no baking, because nobody feels like baking in summer, right?
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 12 Fudge Cups


  • 1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 5 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 8 tbsp Cocoa or Cacao Powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3-4 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • Partially Crushed Peanuts for topping


  • Line a cupcake tray with 12 cupcake cases
  • Melt your coconut oil in a saucepan over a low-medium heat (or in the microwave until runny)
  • Place the melted coconut oil in a blender along with the peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla and sea salt, then blend until a thick, smooth consistency forms
  • Spoon the mixture into the cups, and smooth over each one with a teaspoon
  • Sprinkle over the crushed peanuts
  • Place in the freezer for an hour until they're hardened before eating


Store them in the freezer (but let them thaw slightly before eating)
Keyword vegan dessert, vegan snacks

How Long Does Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Last?

Homemade peanut butter fudge can last for varying durations depending on factors like ingredients, storage conditions, and whether it’s refrigerated or frozen. As a general guideline:

  1. Room Temperature: If stored at room temperature in an airtight container, homemade peanut butter fudge can typically last for about 1 to 2 weeks. However, it’s important to note that fudge stored at room temperature may gradually lose its freshness and flavor over time, and there’s a higher risk of spoilage due to the presence of fats and sugars.
  2. Refrigeration: If refrigerated in an airtight container, homemade peanut butter fudge can last for up to 2 to 3 weeks. Refrigeration helps to extend its shelf life by slowing down the growth of microorganisms and maintaining its texture and flavor for a longer period.
  3. Freezing: To significantly extend the shelf life, you can freeze homemade peanut butter fudge. It can last for about 2 to 3 months in the freezer when properly wrapped in plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container. Freezing helps to preserve the freshness and prevent the growth of microorganisms.

When storing peanut butter fudge cups, follow these general tips:

  • Use airtight containers to prevent moisture and odors from affecting the fudge.
  • If stacking multiple pieces of fudge, consider placing parchment paper or wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.
  • Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Always use your judgment and your senses (sight, smell, taste) to assess the quality of the fudge. If you notice any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell, unusual texture, or mold growth, it’s best to discard the fudge.

Are You a Huge Peanut Butter Nerd?

If so, you absolutely 100% need to try my Chewy Peanut Butter Balls! They will be a huge hit in your house. Or, if you’re looking for something a little ‘fudgier’ (is that a word?), my peanut butter fudge recipe; or a drink, then my peanut butter hot chocolate; or if you’re after a bar, my chocolate peanut butter bars.

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