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Jumbo Peanut Butter Caramel Dark Chocolate Cups | vegan, refined-sugar-free, gluten-free
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5 from 3 votes

Jumbo Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Cups (vegan)

Thick layers of rich homemade chocolate envelop sweet and gooey caramel centers in these vegan peanut butter caramel chocolate cups.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 5 cups


Homemade Chocolate*

  • ½ cup cacao butter
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

Peanut Butter Caramel

  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter**
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • teaspoon fine sea salt


  • Large-flake sea salt (optional)


  • Make the dark chocolate by melting the cacao butter in a double-boiler or bain marie over medium heat. Once it's melted, remove from the heat and whisk in the cacao powder and maple syrup until smooth.
  • Line a muffin tin with 5 cupcake liners. Pour 1 tablespoon of the dark chocolate into the bottom of each muffin liner and carefully rotate the pan around and around to coat the sides of the muffin liners with the chocolate. You want the chocolate to go up about ½ and inch on all sides of each liner. Place pan in freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  • Meanwhile, make the peanut butter caramel by combining the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and sea salt in a small saucepan. Whisk together over medium-low heat until completely smooth. Chill in freezer for 10 minutes to thicken.
  • Drop 1 heaping tablespoon of the peanut butter caramel into the center of the chocolate cups (use up all of the caramel) and carefully spread it out to the sides of each cup. Then, pour heaping tablespoons of the chocolate over the caramel layer, using up all of the chocolate. If needed, drop the pan on a hard surface a few times to smooth out the surface of the chocolate. If desired, sprinkle with large-flake sea salt. Return to freezer for 10 minutes to set. Store in refrigerator.


*If you don't have cacao butter to make the homemade chocolate, you can simply melt down 1 cup dark chocolate with 1 teaspoon coconut oil for the chocolate layer.
**Use sunflower butter to make this recipe nut-free.