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Peanut Butter Frosting

peanut butter frosting

If you’re as big a fan of my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes as the Boulder High Freshman Baseball Team, you’ll love them topped with my luscious Peanut Butter Frosting. There’s nothing quite like the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter. You could even call this grain-free treat a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup style cupcake.

The best thing though, is that if you’re following a strict Paleo diet, or if you’re allergic to peanuts, you can easily make this Peanut Butter Frosting with sunbutter. If you’re not in love with the flavor of Sunbutter (I like it just fine) you can make this recipe with peanut butter (I made it that way for my husband who adores peanut butter, and doesn’t care as much for Sunbutter).

I’m going to ask my boys to make my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with this Peanut Butter Frosting recipe for me for Mother’s Day, along with my older son’s Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake recipe. Most likely, we’ll have a few of our neighbors over to partake in these healthy, yet decadent treats for a fun, yet quick and easy Mother’s Day tea.

Peanut Butter Frosting


  1. In a food processor combine sunflower (or peanut) butter and shortening
  2. Pulse in honey, stevia, and salt until fluffy
  3. Serve

Frosts 8 cupcakes

If you like this quick and easy Paleo, grain-free recipe, you may want to check out my Pinterest Board called Elana’s Paleo Recipes with 7 Ingredients or Less.

In another variation, I made this without stevia, so if you don’t like stevia, please know that I omitted this ingredient and although the frosting was not quite as sweet, it was still delicious. You may also want to try this Peanut Butter Frosting on my Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes –we did and it was every bit as delicious as on my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes.

Here are some of my other frosting recipes that you can mix and match with my Paleo cupcake recipes above:

What’s your favorite frosting recipe? Leave a comment and let us know your favorite way to top a cupcake!

posted on April 23, 2014, 23 comments

  1. jane macrae

    Have you tried Madeleines with almond flour? Would you? Love your blog. jane

  2. I love that you use honey for this! I have a love affair with peanut butter and frosting combine them and I am one happy camper! Thanks for the recipe

  3. NV


    I thought peanut butter is not paleo-friendly.

  4. Kristie

    I’m thinking of modifying this by making a hazelnut butter for a nutella type flavor combo with the chocolate cupcake. I’ll let you know if I do and how it turns out!

  5. Laura

    I made these to bring to a birthday party today (frosting with your chocolate cupcakes). The frosting is delicious. I had all family members try it and they all loved it! Thank you for all you do. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  6. NormaKM

    Thank you for this great recipe – I made a quick batch this evening to take for dessert to a luncheon tomorrow. I can see why the baseball team of my high school alma mater would love these so much!

  7. Nigel

    The only thing I would add is a dusting of Espresso Powder :-)
    It really brings out the flavor of most deserts. Learned that from the Barefoot Contessa!

  8. Lucinda

    Would this work with coconut oil in place of the palm shortening?

  9. Lauren

    Is palm shortening healthy? Just wondering what is In it? I

  10. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs @ thenewlywedchefs.com

    Elana, I have been following your blog for a while just because it’s delicious and beautiful, but this week I’ve decided to give Paleo a try! I’ll be coming back much more often to try some of your recipes. Yum!

  11. Laura

    Hi Elana. You haven’t posted in a while and I’ve just been hoping you’re doing well.

    Also, my family and I believe this recipe is genius, pure genius.

  12. Betsy

    This frosting is out of this world! I made it with sunbutter. Very very good!!!! Thank you!

    I did keep mine refrigerated, do you need to?

  13. Yum, this frosting looks heavenly! And it must taste heavenly too!

  14. Vitopure @ vitopure.com

    I always love peanut butter recipes.

  15. Belmarra @ belmarrahealth.com

    Thanks Elana for this wonderful recipe. I will make this for my daughter.

  16. Those Cupcakes looks so pretty – perfectly delicious for Mother’s Day. :D

  17. Thalia @ butter and brioche @ butterandbrioche.com

    i cant ever get enough of peanut butter.. definitely my next cupcakes will be sporting this frosting flavour. thanks for the idea. love it!

  18. Lisa

    My hubby made this tonight as the frosting for a King Arthur chocolate cake mix cake to celebrate a successful 1st day of school. I gave my daughter the choice of your chocolate frosting (made with chocolate chips and coconut oil) or this PB frosting, she chose PB for tonight. I altered the recipe just slightly as we do not use any sort of “artificial” sweeter (I know Stevia is plant-based, but I react to all of the others so just better for me to stay away). It wasn’t quite sweet enough with just the honey, which I suspect is the reason for the stevia, so added about 1/4 cup organic maple syrup. Since I didn’t use the stevia, I added a bit of GF vanilla as well. It was a bit runny, so I put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes then moved it to the fridge. I whipped it with the whisk attachment to our immersion blender and it came out fluffy and delicious. Thanks so much for posting such an easy and tasty frosting. I read a few other clean, paleo, etc frosting recipes and this by far was the easiest and is so good I’d serve it to people who aren’t paleo!

  19. Crystal

    DELICIOUS! Quick question: How did you get yours so nice and firm for piping so beautifully in your photo? Refrigerate for a certain length of time? Mine was a bit too runny at first to run through an icing bag.

    This on the chocolate cupcakes will be a hit at my son’s birthday party next weekend! Thank you!

  20. When you’re recipes call for shortening, would it work also to use coconut oil?

  21. Nancy

    Everything looks so yummy and easy to make, however I’m struggling with the challenge of finding delicious recipes that are gluten, dairy and sugar free……any suggestions?

  22. Christine @ D.

    Is there a way to make this a vanilla frosting instead of peanut butter?

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