Keto Peanut Butter Trees
Reese’s peanut butter trees are a holiday favorite for me, but now with the keto diet I need Keto Peanut Butter Trees!
I always loved getting one of these in my stocking as a kid and putting them in someone else’s stocking as an adult. But they are filled with sugar and are not good for the Keto diet. But don’t worry, this Keto peanut butter trees recipe is here to the rescue!
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Each of these Keto peanut butter trees have about 3 net carbs (2.66 to be exact based on my ingredients) and taste really close to the real thing.
I taste tested this recipe on my sister (she is Keto) and on my partner (he is not Keto) and they both loved these. They taste very much like a real Reese’s one!!! Which is exactly what I was going for.
PLEASE NOTE: these are VERY sweet. Just like a real Reese’s tree would be. If you are new to Keto, you’ll probably enjoy this. If you’ve been on the Keto diet for awhile, the sweetness might be overpowering if you aren’t expecting it.
What do I need to make Keto Peanut Butter Trees?
The ingredients for this recipe are fairly simple and will use a lot of Keto staples you likely already have at home-salt, butter, vanilla, peanut butter, powdered sweetener, almond flour, sugar free chocolate chips, cacao butter (or coconut oil).
Since these ingredients are common, these Keto peanut butter trees won’t cost you an arm and leg. I made 12 trees out of this recipe and it cost me less than $10. Based on the ingredients I used, it worked out to be about $0.82/tree.
At my local Target store, a 6 count package of Reese’s peanut butter trees is $4.39=$0.73/tree.
This recipe cost me about $9.83 for 1=$0.82/tree.
Not bad for a sugar free, Keto peanut butter tree.
Recipe notes and substitutions
If you follow the recipe exactly as written, things will work out great. But I know sometimes you don’t have what a recipe calls for, or I might use a different brand, so here are some notes about the ingredients for Keto peanut butter trees:
- Peanut Butter – I used the all natural organic peanut butter from Aldi. This has the closest consistency to the sugar filled regular peanut butter I used to love. Justin’s brand is my second favorite. Use what you like, just avoid anything with added sugar!
2. Powdered Erythritol – I always buy the granular erythritol and grind it up in my coffee grinder, because it’s cheaper. You can also use powdered Swerve, which is erythritol that is already in powdered form. If you use regular erythritol, these Keto peanut butter trees will turn out grainy and gross, so please don’t do that.
4. The chocolate. I used Lily’s chocolate chips here. You could also melt down a Lily’s chocolate bar or another sugar free chocolate bar of your choice, just keep in mind, this changes the carb count!
5. Cacao butter or coconut oil. Don’t skip this step, trust me.
When I first tried it, I only used the chocolate chips and the melted chocolate was very clumpy and gloopy. Don’t do that, mix the chocolate chips with some cacao butter or coconut oil. If you’re don’t have coconut oil or cacao butter, you could use regular butter as a last resort, but it will change the consistency.
Keto Peanut Butter Trees
Keto copycat "Reese's" Peanut Butter Trees are a sugar free, low carb and keto friendly version of the original. Keto peanut butter trees taste just like the real thing. Make these to take to a holiday party, to have on Christmas Eve, as stocking stuffer or even a gift for a Keto friend. You will love these!
For the peanut butter base:
- 1 cup peanut butter (make sure there is no added sugar)
- 1/2 cup melted butter (use unsalted)
- 3/4 cup powdered erythritol (Swerve) Note: these will be very sweet-just like the original, if you are sensitive, you can reduce the amount of sweetener, but you will have a much less stable and stickier base
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 1sp salt
- 3 TBSP almond flour
For the chocolate coating
- 4 oz Lily's chocolate chips
- 1-2 TBSP cacao butter (can substitute coconut oil)
Add melted butter, peanut butter, vanilla, powdered erythritol, vanilla, almond flour, and salt to a food processor. Pulse 6 times and then blend together until smooth.
You can use an immersion blender or standing blender if you don't have a food processor.
Line an 8x11 pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture in. Smooth the mixture into an even layer all across the pan
Refrigerate until the mixture is set (about 1-2 hours). I don't recommend freezing at this stage, it will make the mixture too hard to cut into the tree shape in the next step
Use a christmas tree cookie cutter to cut the peanut butter mixture into as many trees as possible.
Line up the shapes as close as possible and use the space wisely. Don't space them out, or you will end up with a lot of waste
If you have leftover mixture, you can roll them into balls to dip into chocolate or you can reform a small square and continue cutting trees until you have used all of the peanut butter mixture
Place the tree cut outs in the freezer for about a half hour. You can skip this step, but it might cause the trees to melt as you dip into the warm chocolate
I like to use a double boiler. You can melt in the microwave, but be careful not to burn it. Note: Adding the butter or oil is important, because if you only use the chocolate chips, the mixture will be too thick to dip the trees into.
Let the chocolate sit for about 5-10 mins after it is heated. You don't want to put the trees in while it is too hot, they start to melt. Remember you can always reheat if the chocolate becomes solid
Cover the Keto peanut butter trees with melted chocolate
The easiest method is to use a fork, stick it in the side of the tree, dip one side in the chocolate, flip it over and dip the other side. Use a spoon or rubber spatula to cover any bare spots. Lift the tree out of the chocolate with a fork.
Place the covered Keto peanut butter tree on wax or parchment paper to dry. Once the chocolate is set, you can transfer these to the refrigerator.
These can be stored at room temperature, but I suggest storing in the fridge or freezer.
I like to wrap these in decorative Christmas treat bags (like this) to put in a Christmas stocking or give as a gift!
I hope you make these and LOVE THEM! Make sure you share this on Pinterest, spread the Keto peanut butter tree love!