Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter Cups


Homemade vegan snickers peanut butter cups made with homemade peanut nougat, peanuts, dates and chocolate  – a simple gluten-free treat that you will love. Perfect for the holidays! Peanut-free option included.

two stacks of vegan snickers peanut butter cups on a white plate

Looking for a sweet vegan treat that is great for gifting during the holidays or for putting on your Halloween treats table? Vegan Snickers Cups is where it’s at! I don’t think I need to explain the concept of Snickers at great length. Let’s just say that if you love chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter then these Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter Cups are the way to go!

Homemade snickers cups are made with an easy peanut nougat, peanuts, dates which act as caramel layer, and chocolate  – a vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free homemade treat that you will love.

a stack of vegan snickers cups with dates on a white plate

Traditional nougat for chocolate bars like mars or snickers bars is made with egg whites, sugar and vanilla. To make these Snickers Cups extra flavorful, I opted to make vegan peanut butter nougat using peanut butter as a base and adding maple syrup for sweetness and oat flour as a thickener. It works like a charm and only takes minutes.

Instead of caramel, we add halved, pitted dates, nature’s caramel!

Obviously, these are an amazing food gift but are also ideal for anyone who like Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but find them a tad too sweet these days.

stacked vegan peanut butter cups with peanut butter nougat and dates

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Print Recipe

Snickers Peanut Butter Cups

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time15 mins

Chill time30 mins

Total Time55 mins

Course: Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: American

Keyword: vegan peanut butter cups, vegan snickers

Servings: 12

Calories: 254kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (360 g) vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons refined coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2-3 tablespoons oat flour
  • 6 soft Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup (37 g) roasted unsalted peanuts

Instructions

  • Make the peanut butter nougat. Warm the peanut butter in the microwave, if it’s too stiff. Then mix in the maple syrup. Add in the oat flour until the mixture is slightly stiff then set aside.

  • Melt the chocolate. Add the chocolate and coconut oil to a double boiler and heat over medium heat. Start whisking when the chocolate is starting to melt and whisk until the chocolate is melted evenly. Take off heat. You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave. Melt in 30-second intervals and whisk. Once half of the chocolate has started melting and just whisk so that it’s melted evenly.

  • Prep a muffin tin by adding muffin liners.

  • Add about 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate to the liner and move the liner to spread around at the bottom so that the chocolate goes up at least half an inch on the edges. You can use up to a tablespoon of melted chocolate,  if the chocolate isn’t spreading enough.

  • Then take about 2-3 teaspoons of the peanut butter nougat mixture then make it into a ball then flatten it so that it’s almost the size of the muffin hole and place it on the melted chocolate.

  • Slice the date in half and remove the pit. Then spread out the half date into a somewhat circle so that it will fit over the peanut butter mixture and then place it on the peanut butter mixture in the muffin pan.

  • Spread some peanuts on top then add a tablespoon of the melted chocolate all over and spread it so that it covers all of the peanuts and also drips on the side.

  • Repeat to finish all the peanut nougat and chocolate. Place the muffin pan in the fridge so that the chocolate can harden.

  • Remove from the muffin liners after an hour and serve. Store refrigerated for upto 3 weeks

Notes

Peanut-free: If you want to make this without peanuts, you can also smooth almond butter. Use roasted cashews instead of peanuts.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Snickers Peanut Butter Cups

Amount Per Serving

Calories 254
Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Sodium 39mg2%

Potassium 160mg5%

Carbohydrates 32g11%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 24g27%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 18IU0%

Calcium 53mg5%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

  • vegan chocolate chips –  semi sweet  chocolate, a mix of dark and seminsweet  or all dark, depending on your taste
  • refined coconut oil – I use refined to not have any coconut flavor in these vegan peanut butter cups
  • smooth peanut butter – all natural
  • maple syrup is used to sweeten the peanut butter nougat
  •  oat flour is added to the nut butter and oat flour to thicken the nougat
  • Medjool dates are our vegan stand-in for caramel sauce. Medjool are best here as they are nice and soft
  • I used roasted unsalted peanuts but you can toast your nuts at home if you only have unroasted peanuts

Tips & Substitutions:

  • When melting your chocolate, try and keep the chocolate under 88 degrees as it melts it will hold its original crystal structure. The result: your snickers cups will be perfectly shiny and snap once bit into them.
  • Make sure no water gets into your chocolate mix or it will seize.
  • Use all-natural smooth peanut butter for best results
  • peanut-free: If you want to make this without peanuts, you can also smooth almond butter and use roasted cashews instead of peanuts. Hazelnut butter and hazelnuts would be another great substitution
  • the peanuts can be roasted or raw. If using raw, toast them in a pan until fragrant to make them more flavorful.
  • If you want, sprinkle them with some seas salt
  • Use store-bought oat flour or grind some rolled oats in a spice grinder until you have a fine meal

ingredients for vegan peanut butter cups on a marble slate

vegan snickers cups being assembled

Make the peanut butter nougat. Warm the peanut butter in the microwave, if it’s too stiff.  then mix in the maple syrup. Add in the oat flour until the mixture is slightly stiff then set aside.

melted chocolate being spread into molds to make vegan snickers cups

Melt the chocolate. Add the chocolate and coconut oil to a double boiler and heat over medium heat. Start whisking when the chocolate is starting to melt and whisk until the chocolate is melted evenly. Take off heat. You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave. Melt in 30-second intervals and whisk. Once half of the chocolate has started melting and just whisk so that it’s melted evenly.

Prep a muffin tin by adding muffin liners.

Add about 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate to the liner and move the liner to spread around at the bottom so that the chocolate goes up at least half an inch on the edges. You can use up to a tablespoon of melted chocolate if the chocolate isn’t spreading enough.

peanut butter being added to melted chocolate to make peanut butter cups

Then take about 2-3 teaspoons of the peanut butter nougat mixture then make it into a ball then flatten it so that it’s almost the size of the muffin hole and place it on the melted chocolate.

mini muffin liners being filled with melted chocolate and peanut butter to make vegan snickers cups

Slice the date in half and remove the pit. Then spread out the half date into a somewhat circle so that it will fit over the peanut butter mixture and then place it on the peanut butter mixture in the muffin pan.

halved pitted dates being added to chocolate peanut butter cups

Spread some peanuts on top.

peanuts being added to peanut nougat filled chocolate cups to make vegan snickers cups

Then add a tablespoon of the melted chocolate all over and spread it so that it covers all of the peanuts and also drips on the side.

melted chocolate being drizzled on top of peanut butter to make snickers cups

Repeat to finish all the peanut nougat and chocolate. Place the muffin pan in the fridge so that the chocolate can harden.

Remove from the muffin liners after an hour and serve.

vegan peanut butter snickers cups with dates against a black background

If you want to make this without peanuts, you can also smooth almond butter. Use roasted cashews instead of peanuts.

 

 

 



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