These homemade Reese’s peanut butter eggs taste better than the store bought version! They are made with 3 simple ingredients and are also gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free. These copycat Reese’s eggs have a rich and creamy peanut butter filling and are covered in melted chocolate. These no-bake treats are healthy and delicious, you’re going to love them!
This healthy dessert is delicious any time of year, but is especially fun to make for Spring and Easter! Decorate the top of the chocolate covered peanut butter eggs with colorful sprinkles, flaky salt or a drizzle of white chocolate to make them extra festive.
If you’re looking for more Spring and Easter recipes, you have to try these delicious Cadbury Egg Cookies, Key Lime Pie Bars and Sprinkle Sugar Cookies. These recipes are perfect for spring and will bring some color to the dessert table at your next gathering.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- This recipe does not call for any baking! No-bake desserts are easy to make and so are these healthy peanut butter eggs.
- The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is irresistible. Top with a pinch of flaky sea salt and you’ll want to eat 10 of these!
- These copycat Reese’s eggs are healthier than the store bought ones and only have 3 simple ingredients.
- This recipe is gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar free so people with these dietary restrictions can enjoy these chocolate treats too.
- These chocolate peanut butter eggs are perfect to enjoy during Spring or Easter. You can decorate them in fun ways with sprinkles and melted chocolate to create an interesting design or colorful look that is great for this time of year!
- This recipe calls for ingredients you probably already have at home!
- Natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt!)
- Pure maple syrup
- Chocolate chips
- Coconut oil
- Sprinkles and flaky sea salt, for topping (optional)
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Need to make a substitution or missing an ingredient? Here are some ways you can alter this recipe to fit your unique dietary needs.
- Dairy-free? You’ll want to use dairy-free chocolate or chocolate chips to make this recipe without any dairy.
- Gluten-free? These treats are already gluten-free since the recipe does not call for any flour or ingredients with gluten.
- Vegan? Use dairy-free chocolate or chocolate chips to make these treats vegan.
- Peanut butter? I have only made these homemade Reese’s eggs with natural, drippy peanut butter (just peanuts and salt), so I cannot speak to how it would be with a traditional peanut butter like Jif or Skippy.
Here are a few ideas for customizing this recipe and making different flavor variations:
- You can use a variety of chocolate to coat the peanut butter eggs. I prefer dark chocolate, but you can use milk, bittersweet, semi-sweet, or even white chocolate.
- Change up the toppings. You can top some of your homemade Reese’s eggs with rainbow or chocolate sprinkles, decorating sugar, flaky sea salt or an extra drizzle of chocolate.
- Flavor your peanut butter mixture with some extra salt, vanilla extract, or cinnamon to mix up the taste.
- Add some chopped peanuts or use a chunky natural peanut butter for some crunch! You can also top the chocolate covered eggs with chopped peanuts.
- Use a different nut or seed butter. I have not tried making this recipe with any other nut butter, so I can’t say how these would turn out. If you try making these with another nut or seed butter, let me know how they turned out.
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
How To Make Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
Step 1: Add natural peanut butter and pure maple syrup to a bowl. Mix thoroughly until fully combined.
Step 2: The peanut butter mixture should thicken and look like a soft cookie dough.
Step 3: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a small cookie scoop or spoon to portion out the peanut butter mixture.
Step 4: Use your hands to shape the peanut butter balls into egg shapes. Start by forming an oval and use your fingers to tap in the edges on one end to form an egg shape.
Step 5: Add chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat using 30-second intervals and stir in between each until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Step 6: Stir 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil or another neutral-tasting oil into the melted chocolate to thin out the consistency. This makes it easier to coat the eggs.
Step 7: Use a fork to dunk a peanut butter egg into the chocolate mixture. Flip the egg over to coat the other side. This step can get a little messy!
Step 8: Once fully coated, return to the baking sheet and decorate with the topping of your choosing.
Step 9: Repeat this process until all eggs are coated in chocolate and decorated.
Step 10: Refrigerate finished Reese's eggs until the chocolate is set. Store eggs in an airtight container in the fridge.
Expert Baking Tips
- If using natural peanut butter (recommended), make sure it has a drippy, smooth consistency. You don’t want your peanut butter to be too thick or lumpy. This typically occurs when you are using the end of the jar.
- Use a freshly opened jar of natural peanut butter for the best results. Stir the peanut butter to incorporate any separated oil before measuring. This will ensure you have smooth, drippy peanut butter that will mix well with the pure maple syrup.
- Stir the natural peanut butter and pure maple syrup mixture well. The mixture will be runny at first and will continue to thicken as you keep stirring. Once the mixture is nice and thick, you can start scooping your peanut butter eggs.
- If your peanut butter and maple syrup mixture is not thick enough to hold its shape when scooped and shaped, you can try adding some coconut flour, almond flour or powdered sugar. I have not tried this since my peanut butter mixture was already thick enough without added ingredients.
- Freeze or refrigerate the peanut butter eggs before coating them with melted chocolate. This helps them hold their shape and encourages the chocolate to harden faster.
- Add some coconut oil to the melted chocolate to create a thinner consistency. This will help the chocolate spread easier over the peanut butter eggs. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can substitute another neutral-tasting oil.
- If you are adding any sprinkles, flaky salt or chopped nuts on top of the chocolate covered eggs, you’ll want to work quickly so you add the toppings before the chocolate starts to harden. Add any toppings while the chocolate is still melted so they stick better.
- If you want to decorate your homemade eggs with an extra drizzle of chocolate, wait until the initial chocolate coating is set. Once the chocolate shell has hardened, then you can drizzle extra melted chocolate on top and return the eggs to the fridge to set. This creates a more defined drizzle. If you try to add the chocolate drizzle before the chocolate shell has set, it will not hold its shape and will melt into the other chocolate.
- Store the finished chocolate eggs in the fridge so the chocolate remains hardened.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about this recipe? Here are some additional tips and commonly asked questions:
Yes! These copycat Reese's eggs are gluten-free because this recipe does not call for flour or ingredients that contain gluten.
Yes! Place chocolate-covered peanut butter eggs in a freezer storage bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Enjoy frozen or thaw in the fridge before enjoying so the candy can soften a bit.
This recipe does not require any baking and therefore does not require many baking tools. You will need two mixing bowls, measuring cups, a rubber spatula, cookie scoop, a baking sheet, parchment paper and a spoon to make this recipe.
Store finished Reese's eggs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days. Storing the chocolate-covered peanut butter eggs in the fridge helps maintain freshness and ensures the chocolate stays set. Plus, these treats taste better chilled. They are just like a cold candy bar.
Place finished Reese's eggs in a freezer storage bag and place in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can enjoy this candy frozen or thaw in the fridge for a bit so it can slightly soften, making it easier to chew.