Diabetes-Friendly Peanut Butter Cupcakes Recipe

Christine Zalnieraite

2022 Jan 31

4 min read

Peanut butter and diabetes may not seem like they go together very well. After all, peanut butter is high in fat and calories, and it may not be the best option if you’re trying to manage your weight. Add in the fact that cupcakes tend to be high in sugar, and peanut butter cupcakes seem like they would be off-limits for someone with diabetes. 

Fortunately, this isn’t the case. It turns out that peanut butter cupcakes can be adjusted so that they fit within sugar–free desserts for diabetics. Below, find a recipe for diabetes cupcakes, made with peanut butter and a variety of diabetes-friendly ingredients. 

We’ll cover the following information:

  • What are peanut butter cheesecake cupcakes?
  • Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Diabetes Ingredients
  • Instructions for Making the Cupcakes 
  • Nutrition Facts 

What are peanut butter cheesecake cupcakes?

Traditional cupcakes may be baked in the oven, but diabetes-friendly cupcakes are actually among the no-bake diabetic recipes. This is because instead of having the cake-like texture that we typically associate with cupcakes, this diabetic-friendly recipe is actually for peanut butter cheesecake cupcakes.

This recipe produces a low-sugar dessert that takes on the texture and taste of a mini cheesecake. Instead of baking these cupcakes in the oven, you’ll mix up your ingredients and then place them in the freezer, producing a perfectly chilled peanut butter cheesecake cupcake. 

Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Diabetes Ingredients 

To make these peanut butter cupcakes, you’ll need the following ingredients:

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  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • ¼ cup powdered erythritol 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup sugar-free chocolate
  • 2 tsp coconut oil

The above ingredients make for suitable diabetic cupcakes, because the primary sweetener, erythritol, is sugar-free. Sugar-free chocolate chips are also a key component of mastering diabetes recipes, as they add the chocolate taste without the high quantities of added sugars that can send blood glucose levels skyrocketing.

In addition to the ingredients above, you’ll need 6 silicone cupcake liners, which you can purchase online. 

Instructions for Making the Cupcakes

Not only are these peanut butter cheesecake cupcakes diabetes-friendly; they’re also incredibly easy to make. With the simple steps below, you’ll have a delicious low-sugar dessert:

  1. Mix cream cheese, erythritol, and whipping cream until smooth to make the cheesecake fluff.
  2. Next, mix in peanut butter and vanilla extract until all ingredients are well-combined, and set the fluff aside. 
  3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time. After each 30-second stint in the microwave, stir the chocolate, and return to the microwave until fully melted. Be careful not to burn. 
  4. Brush each of your silicone cupcake liners with some of the chocolate mixture, and place in the freezer for 5 minutes. 
  5. Remove cupcake liners from the freezer, brush them with the chocolate mixture once more, and return to the freezer for 10 additional minutes. 
  6. Remove liners from the freezer once again, place a few spoonfuls of the fluff in each liner, and then return to the freezer for another 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the liners from the freezer, and top with chocolate mixture to cover the fluff. Finally, freeze the peanut butter cupcakes for an additional 20 minutes, or refrigerator for an hour.
  8. Remove and enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts

These diabetic cupcakes come with the following nutrition facts:

  • 172 total calories
  • 15 grams fat
  • 7 grams carbs
  • 6 grams protein
  • 2.3 grams sugar

The above nutrition facts are for one peanut butter cheesecake cupcake. You can enjoy this treat with peace of mind, as it follows CDC nutrition guidelines for diabetes, which include limiting added sugars and keeping your carbohydrate intake within a reasonable limit. You’ll also get a nice dose of protein to keep you full and satisfied. 


There are plenty of sugar-free desserts for diabetics, and peanut butter cupcakes are among them. These peanut butter cheesecake cupcakes may not be exactly what comes to mind when you imagine your favorite peanut butter cupcakes, but they are a suitable substitute, and they allow you to enjoy a sweet treat without wrecking your diet and elevating your blood glucose levels. 

Use the Klinio app for other no bake diabetic recipes, as well as healthy diabetes meal ideas. We provide countless recipes that fit within a healthy diabetes eating plan, and we are a trusted source for diabetes nutrition. 

Written by

Christine Zalnieraite

Christine is a registered and licensed dietitian (RD, LD) with more than eight years of professional experience. Christine is an expert in dietetics that includes human nutrition and the regulation of the proper individual diet. She alters patient's nutrition based on their medical condition and individual needs. Education: Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Food Safety and two Bachelors of Science - Bachelor in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, and Human Nutrition and Food Safety. Also, she continues to deepen her knowledge in Ph.D. studies of Medical Science and Dietetics.

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