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Peanut Butter Hearts

diy heart cups for valentine's day

Need a treat for Valentine’s Day? Peanut butter cups couldn’t be easier. Six ingredients and no baking required. The best part – no special pan is needed.

Marbles work great for shaping cupcakes and muffins, but if you’ve lost yours, use grapes. Place a grape, or any small fruit, between each liner and the pan to shape.

These peanut butter cups are just barely sweet. If you’re looking for a more traditional filling, skip the almond meal and maple syrup. Instead, use 3/4 cup peanut butter + 1/3 cup powdered sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla. Hearty, either way.

Heart Shaped Candy Cups


20 minutes

12-15 Hearty Peanut Butter Cups

Here's the easiest way to make heart-shaped peanut butter cups without a special pan. These treats are just barely sweetened, making them perfect for breakfast. Gluten free, vegan, and super tasty.


  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil


Place 12 candy liners in cupcake pan.

In a medium bowl, blend peanut butter, almond meal, maple syrup, and vanilla. Divide into 12 portions and roll into balls. Refrigerate balls while you prepare coating.

In a microwave safe bowl, heat coconut oil and 1 cup chocolate chips until melted. Time will vary depending on how powerful your microwave is.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips to bowl, let sit for 10 seconds, then stir until melted and glossy. This is the easiest way to fake-temper chocolate for coatings.

Drop 1 rounded teaspoon of chocolate into each paper liner, spreading out to edge and up a bit on sides. Place a small grape outside each liner to create a heart shape. Chill pan in fridge or freezer for only a few minutes to help set chocolate. Place a peanut butter ball, flattened slightly, on top of chocolate. Finish by drizzling about 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate coating over peanut butter in each cup.

Place pan in refrigerator for about 10 minutes, only long enough to set the chocolate (not longer or the coating won't hold up at room temperature).


peanut butter hearts

For a hint of color and sparkle, blend 2 drops of beet juice with 1/4 cup sugar for naturally pink sweetness.


  1. These are so cute!! We love chocolate & PB around here :). Is there a sub to use for the 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste??