Creamy peanut butter meets chocolaty goodness in these incredible Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits. Layer and top with cute mini chocolate peanut butter cups and you have a delicious dessert anyone would love.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

Creamy decadent peanut butter and sweet silky chocolate pudding combine to make a treat that is the perfect ending to any meal.

If you love easy, chocolate and peanut butter recipes, you might also love our Peanut Butter Chocolate Stuffed Ebelskivers or maybe our Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake. You can even throwback with these fun Lunch Lady Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.

The chocolate layer is a delicious creamy chocolate pudding that has chunks of Reese’s peanut butter cup mixed in.

Then a center layer of whipped cream.

Then the last layer of a very easy three ingredient Creamy Peanut Butter Pudding. We finished them by topping each parfait with a few chocolate peanut butter mini cups.

A row of mini chocolate peanut butter parfaits

Why You’ll Love These Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

  • It’s a super easy, six ingredient dessert recipe
  • If you love the chocolate and peanut butter combination, this delicious recipe combines the flavors for a mouth watering parfait.
  • These Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Parfaits can be adapted to your families taste. (more below)
  • The recipe is budget friendly by today’s standards (is anything really budget friendly these days with the high cost of groceries anymore!) as is – it’s inexpensive ingredients and makes a lot.
  • This recipe is easy to double or triple and can be made ahead and simply layered when ready.

A glass full of chocolate peanut butter parfait

Ingredients and Substitutions for Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

The best part of this dessert is that it has only six ingredients. These parfaits are super easy and use easily sourced ingredients!

  • chocolate instant pudding – when we first started making these, the box sizes were 3.9 oz. so you may see that mentioned, but now when we go to find instant pudding, we find 3.4oz. Buy either size, as following the recipe instructions will still work.
  • vanilla instant pudding – in order to make the actual recipe – the peanut butter pudding out of this, you will definitely need the vanilla pudding, but if you wanted to change the flavor, you can omit the vanilla and peanut butter here and use a different flavor for a different kind of dessert.
  • milk – you can use whatever milk you like, but we have found that 2% or whole milk seems to make this dessert creamier and give it a richer flavor.
  • peanut butter – any peanut butter will do but we either use reese’s peanut butter or skippy peanut butter in these. creamy, not chunky.
  • whipped cream – store-bought or homemade
  • mini peanut butter cups – you can use just finely chopped chocolate or even mini chocolate chips we just like chopping the peanut butter cups up for more delicious chocolate peanut butter flavor.
A large platter of peanut butter chocolate parfaits

Meal Ideas and Serving Suggestions

Dessert Table for a Basket ball party featuring peanut butter chocolate parfaits

How To Make, Store and Serve Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

As I have mentioned, this recipe can be made up ahead of time. I suggest waiting to layer them until right before serving since you’re using a delicate middle layer of fluffy, whipped cream.

  • To make Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits: simply follow the recipe directions below and ensure you have a full 1-2 hours for the pudding to chill and fully set.
  • To store Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits: It is best to store the separate puddings unlayered in the refrigerator in sealed containers for 5-7 days. The whipped cream will not last that long if homemade. If you have layered desserts leftover at the end, cover with saran wrap and enjoy within 24-48 hours.
  • To Serve Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits: We made ours for a gameday party we were hosting the day we took these photos. We make them all the time for dessert at home, we just serve in any clear glass bowl, mini trifle dish, pudding dish or glass. If hosting a party, we recommend these mini plastic trifle bowls because they are perfect and even come with the mini spoons! We always have these on hand.

Recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

Nicole Cook
Creamy peanut butter meets chocolaty goodness in these incredible decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits. Simply layer and top with cute mini peanut butter cups and you have a delicious dessert anyone would love.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Mini Parfaits
Calories 256 kcal


Chocolate Pudding Layer:

  • 3.4 ounces instant chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups milk cold
  • 6 mini chocolate peanut butter cups chopped

Whipped Cream Layer:

  • 1 cups of Whipped Cream

Peanut Butter Layer:

  • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk cold
  • 1 cups peanut butter
  • mini chocolate peanut butter cups optional


Chocolate Pudding Layer:

  • Prepare pudding as directed on package and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Once ready to serve, gently stir in the chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Spoon into serving glass as bottom layer.

Whipped Cream Layer:

  • Scoop whipped cream on top of the chocolate pudding layer.

Peanut Butter Layer:

  • Prepare pudding as directed on package and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Once nearly thickened (about 30-45 minutes chilled), whisk in peanut butter until thoroughly combined. Spoon final layer of peanut butter pudding on top of whipped cream.
  • Place a mini chocolate peanut butter cup on top, or crumble and sprinkle on top of each.
  • Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve chilled.


Serving: 187gCalories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 8gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 293mgPotassium: 275mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 167IUVitamin C: 0.003mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword 6 ingredient recipes, easy dessert recipes
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  1. Those look ssoooo good–I will definitely have to try them! I also love the idea to have tablescape decor that doubles as an awesome take home goodie for your guests like the basketballs were! #client

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