Peanut butter and chocolate. Was there ever a more perfect meeting of flavors to delight our palates? We don’t think so. The ever-popular flavor combo of peanut butter and chocolate comes from humble beginnings. Unless you have an allergy, it’s highly likely that you’ve tried the candy that started it all — the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. These candies were invented by a man named Harry Burnett Reese, who became inspired after some time working in the Hershey chocolate factory. Reese began making candies of his own as a side job to help support his family. In 1928, he invented the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, which at the time was simply called a “penny cup” because it cost only a penny. Needless to say, the candy exploded in popularity and we see peanut butter and chocolate combined in desserts ranging from candy bars to ice cream and cheesecake.
If you’re cutting back on dairy, you can still indulge in one of the world’s greatest flavor combos — yes, you heard right. There are now several brands out there that offer their own rendition of Reese’s most famous creation and you can even make your own! Check out our vegan butter cups recipes for plenty of ideas.
Of course, if you’re a true peanut butter and chocolate fan, then you probably want to experience it in more forms than just a bite-sized cup of goodness. We can help with that. Here are 15 dairy-free dessert recipes that are proof that peanut butter and chocolate together is one of the greatest things to ever happen to dessert.
1. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Parfait
This Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Parfait looks incredibly rich, decadent, and delicious (which it is!), but don’t let that deter you if you’re trying to stick to healthier treats. Free of refined sugar, dairy, or any mysterious additives like so many other desserts out there, this parfait will satisfy your sweet tooth while treating your body a bit better in the process.
2. Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Protein Bars
These Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Protein Bars make the perfect post-workout (or anytime) snack. Free from protein powders, a mixture of grains and lentils is all it takes to make these bars chock-full of healthy proteins. Plus, it’s chocolate and peanut butter, so how can you lose? You can’t.
3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Pops
The world’s best flavor combo is going strong! These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Pops are rich, chocolatey, and coated in dark chocolate. They’re then topped with crunchy peanuts for taste and texture. Cake pops are the perfect snack because they’re easier to make and even easier to eat. They’ll be a hit at any party!
4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is smooth and creamy and that’s exactly the way it should be. With a rich chocolate taste and the perfect hint of peanut butter, it’s pure perfection. On top of the hemp heart crust, which is slightly chewy and packed with so many health benefits, we’re pretty sure you could argue this as breakfast pie. Or at least dessert before dinner pie. Sometimes that’s necessary.
5. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Buttercream Cups
These Peanut Butter and Chocolate Buttercream Cups are basically inside-out versions of everyone’s favorite butter cup, without the dairy. Peanut butter, tahini, and coconut oil make up the outer shell that’s stuffed with a chocolate buttercream filling. Every bite of these butter cups is a mouthful of decadence.
6. Raw Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge
Not only is this Raw Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge delicious and decadent, but it’s also good for you and super simple! Raw chocolate is mixed with crunchy peanut butter so you get a delightful contrast of smooth and crunchiness in every bite. Also, it only takes five minutes to prepare and you only need five ingredients.
7. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Coulant
This Peanut Butter and Chocolate Coulant is dark chocolate heaven! Fudgy but firm, filled with warm peanut butter, and cute to boot, this is the perfect dessert to whip up for a get-together. Serve with plenty of peanut butter drizzle and a dollop of coconut whipped cream if you’re trying to get really decadent.
8. Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Pie
This Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Pie is like a big peanut butter cup, but better. A light and fluffy peanut butter filling is set over a chocolate sandwich cookie crust that requires no baking at all. It’s then covered with a smooth, rich chocolate peanut butter ganache and sprinkled with a topping of chopped peanuts. The textures all work together in harmony to create a decadent dessert that’ll have you dreaming about this pie.
9. Triple Layer Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Krispies Bars
These Triple Layer Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Krispies Bars are a triple threat of deliciousness. They’re like decadent little bites of heaven! Though there are three separate layers, each takes just a few minutes to make — most of the time spent on these bars is in the waiting for them to cool down.
10. Chocolate Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Swirl Frosting
Does chocolatey peanut butter bliss sound like your kind of thing? Then these Chocolate Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Swirl Frosting may as well have been made just for you. Rich chocolate cupcakes are topped with a decadent buttercream frosting that just melts in your mouth. Definitely make these the next time you’re craving a cupcake!
11. Black Bean Peanut Butter Brownies
The fact that there are black beans in these Black Bean Peanut Butter Brownies will completely dissolve when you sink your pearly whites into them. It’s a great way to trick kiddies into getting some nutritious beans in their systems, and fussy family members, too! They taste incredible and will surely please most, if not all, who taste them. Chocolate peanut butter brownies to them, and a nutritious wholesome treat to you. It most certainly can be our little secret.
12. Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
If you love peanut butter cups, you will swoon over this Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake. It starts off with a crunchy base of dates and almonds, then cashews and cacao powder come together to make a dense but velvety filling, and finally it is topped with peanut butter cups and PB drizzle. Decadent is an understatement.
13. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Truffles
Guys, it’s official: the only way to make peanut butter any better is to add some pumpkin spice. Taking a bite out of these Pumpkin Peanut Butter Truffles is like taking a bite out of the best orange-leaved, scarf-wearing fall day you’ve ever had. Warming cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Rich, creamy peanut butter. Cozy maple syrup. Homemade pumpkin-kissed chocolate. Oh, and they totally melt in your mouth. And they’ll take you five whole minutes to make. Fuhgetaboutit.
14. Raw Tag-Along Cookies
These Raw Tag-Along Cookies are even better than the original. Crunchy buckwheat cookie is topped off with gooey peanut butter and coated in dark chocolate. When eating them, you will instantly be brought back to your childhood and remember that peanut butter and chocolate always rules.
15. Frozen Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
These Frozen Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites are the perfect no-fuss treat. Although they melt quickly, the eating to melting time will never be a problem. They will disappear way to fast for that to ever be a risk. Hand people a bunch of frozen chocolate peanut butter treats and they will vanish.
No matter what way, shape, or form it’s in, peanut butter and chocolate will always be a winner.
Lead image source: Sandwich Cookie Peanut Butter Pie