Keto Mascarpone Peanut Butter Cacao Cups

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Servings Difficulty Prep time Cook time Total time
6 Beginner 15 min 0 min 75 min

A no-bake keto dessert combining the silkiness of mascarpone with rich peanut butter and cacao.

Did you know?

Did you know that mascarpone cheese originates from the Lombardy region of Italy and is often used in desserts like tiramisu?

Indulge in a sumptuous Keto Mascarpone Peanut Butter Cacao Cups, a dessert that harmoniously intertwines the elegance of Italian cheese with the homey comfort of peanut butter accented with the rich, dark notes of cacao. This no-bake treat proudly stands as a testament to the adaptability of traditional ingredients in modern, health-conscious kitchens. Requiring no advanced pastry skills, yet yielding results that could grace the counters of a fine pasticceria, this dessert is perfect for the keto devotee seeking to satisfy their sweet tooth without straying from their dietary principles. Imagine the silky texture of mascarpone, the nutty depth of peanut butter blending seamlessly, each bite a chorus of flavors singing in low-carb harmony. A delicate dance of creamy and nutty, you'll revel in this dessert's ability to whisk you away to an Italian cafe, where time slows down and every morsel is savored.

These cups can be customized to your liking, such as adding a hint of vanilla or sprinkling with sea salt, and showcase an elegant simplicity that has become the hallmark of keto desserts. Cozy up with a cup of espresso and your Keto Mascarpone Peanut Butter Cacao Cups for a harmonious end to any meal, or a sophisticated, guilt-free mid-afternoon delight.


Below is the list of keto-friendly ingredients that will bring the decadent Mascarpone Peanut Butter Cacao Cups to life in your kitchen:

Mascarpone cheese, with its smooth, creamy texture and slightly sweet taste, is often the star in Italian desserts. Peanut butter introduces an American twist to this keto creation, providing a heart-healthy source of fats perfect for the keto dieter.

  • 200g mascarpone cheese
  • 100g natural peanut butter, smooth
  • 2 tablespoons powdered erythritol, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder
  • A pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • Chopped peanuts or cacao nibs for garnish (optional)


The assembly of these delightful Keto Mascarpone Peanut Butter Cacao Cups is simple, but the result is nothing short of exquisite:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Sweeten the mixture with powdered erythritol, adding more or less depending on your taste preferences.
  3. If using, stir in the vanilla extract to add an extra layer of complexity to the flavor profile.
  4. Sift in the unsweetened cacao powder to avoid any lumps and ensure a uniform chocolatey taste throughout.
  5. Mix in a pinch of sea salt, if desired, to enhance the flavors and add a subtle contrast.
  6. Evenly distribute the mixture into six small cups or molds, smoothing the tops with a spatula.
  7. Place the cups in the fridge to set for at least 1 hour, or until firm to the touch.
  8. Before serving, sprinkle each cup with the optional chopped peanuts or cacao nibs, adding a delightful crunch and visual appeal.

Add some extra love

For a more pronounced peanut flavor, swirl in some extra peanut butter just before setting the cups in the fridge.

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