Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups are like the healthier cousin to the beloved store-bought peanut butter cups. Making them at home is easy, using a handful of wholesome ingredients like almond butter, dark chocolate and maple syrup, these chocolate cups are paleo-friendly and made without any refined sugars.

Almond Butter Cups

If you like peanut butter cups (and who doesn’t?!) you’re going to love these Almond Butter Cups. They’re a healthy version of that beloved classic chocolate treat. These chocolate cups are made with simple ingredients you likely already have on-hand and they’re so easy to make, there is basically no excuse you can’t jump in the kitchen now! Having these healthy treats on hand will surely stop any chocolate craving in its tracks.

Here’s what you need to make them:

  • Dark chocolate chips (72% or higher)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Smooth Almond Butter
  • Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Coarse Sea Salt, for garnish

What type of almond butter to buy?

We prefer to use a natural style almond butter. When you buy it, it will have a layer of oil on the top. Make sure to stir that in fully before using it in this, or any, recipe. It is more drippy than the creamy version of almond butter, and easier to mix together with the sweetener and extract.

How to Melt Chocolate

Melting chocolate is really the only cooking this recipe requires. We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler. Most people don’t have a double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is an easy way to melt it, while making sure you don’t over cook the chocolate.

The microwave is a great way to melt chocolate, but you can easily cook the chocolate for too long in it, causing the chocolate to break. If you do use the microwave make sure to do it in very short bursts, no more than 20 seconds, and whisking in between each time.

How to Eat and Store Almond Butter Cups

These chocolate cups are best eaten when they are slightly warmed at room temperature (so the chocolate isn’t super hard), but they’re best stored in the refrigerator or freezer. 

They’ll keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or slightly longer. And in the freezer they’ll keep for up to 3 months. 

I like to store them in the freezer long term, and then grab out when I’m craving a healthy treat. Let it sit on a plate at room temperature for about 15 minutes and then it will be good to go!

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Sea Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Cups

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Ingredients

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl mix almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract, and place bowl in freezer
  • 2. Set out muffin liners (mini, large, or silicone muffin tins)
  • 3. Melt chocolate: in a pot of simmering water, place chocolate into a bowl resting on top, stir until smooth
  • 4. Drop about 1/2 a tablespoon of chocolate in the bottom of your muffin liners
  • 5. Take almond butter mixture out of the freezer and roll into balls
  • 6. Drop an almond butter ball into the center of your chocolate and slightly flatten
  • 7. Cover with remaining chocolate, sprinkle with sea salt, and place in the fridge or freezer until set
  • 8. Store in freezer for up to one week
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    Sea Salt Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

    Homemade Chocolate Pumpkin Cups are the easiest and most delicious DIY halloween candy to make in the fall. Plus these ones are healthy! Made with a handful of wholesome ingredients like pumpkin puree, chocolate and nut butter, these chocolate cups are paleo-friendly and made without any refined sugars.

     

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    Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

    Time to get in the Halloween spirit with these healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Cups. They taste like an indulgence but are really a well balanced treat that you won’t feel guilty about having! These pumpkin cups are made with a handful of good-for-you ingredients and healthy fats like pumpkin puree, nut butter and coconut oil, and are quite simple to put together. Make a batch now and have healthy “candy” in your freezer for whenever you need a treat.

    placing pumpkin peanut butter mixture into chocolate moldsIngredients Needed for Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

    • Dark Chocolate 
    • Coconut Oil
    • Smooth Almond Butter or Peanut Butter 
    • Pumpkin Puree
    • Pumpkin Pie Spice
    • Maple Syrup or Honey
    • Coarse Sea Salt (optional)

    What Type of Nut Butter to Use

    While we developed this recipe using almond butter, feel free to swap out any nut butter that sounds good to you! Peanut butter and cashew butter would be great choices here as well!

    Nut Free Options

    You can make this nut-free with two options. You could replace the almond butter or peanut butter with sunflower seed butter. Or, you could replace the nut butter all together and stuff these chocolate cups with 1 heaping tablespoon of homemade pumpkin butter.

    pumpkin peanut butter or almond butter

    How to Melt Chocolate

    Melting chocolate is really the only cooking that this recipe requires. We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler. Most people don’t have an actual double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is easy and it ensures you don’t over cook the chocolate. Overcooking the chocolate can make it separate, or “break”.

    The microwave is an alternative way to melt chocolate. If you do use the microwave heat the chocolate in very short bursts, no more than 20 seconds, while whisking in between each time.

    Placing chocolate on pumpkin cups

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    A bite from the pumpkin spice peanut butter cup

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    Pumpkin Butter Cups

    Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:15 Yields 12

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Melt chocolate as desired (stovetop or microwave.
    2. Place mini cups on a baking sheet.
    3. In a bowl combine almond butter, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and honey.
    4. Place 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate into each of the molds.
    5. Drop in 1 teaspoon of almond-pumpkin mixture into the center of the chocolate.
    6. Cover with remaining chocolate. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
    7. Place in refrigerator or freezer until cups harden.

    Recipe Notes

    • Store in refrigerator
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    Chili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers

    These Chili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers are packed with flavor and are so simple to prepare! Serve with a delicious almond butter dipping sauce and you’re in heaven! These make a delicious appetizer or light meal and are gluten-free, Whole30 compliant and Paleo friendly.

    chili lime chicken skewers recipeChili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers Recipe

    I love Summer entertaining and am always looking for a simple, healthy, and flavorful appetizer to make during summer BBQs. These Chili Garlic Chicken Satay Skewers are loaded with flavor and are great for serving a crowd! They take less than 30 minutes to make and will be a party favorite. They’d also make a nice light summer meal when served with a side such as this Herb and Cucumber Salad or some Cauliflower Rice.
     
    To make this dish quickly marinate the chicken with a garlic and lime sauce, then threaded and cook on a hot grill. Serve with the creamy almond butter dipping sauce! Never heard of satay? It’s a popular Indonesian dish of seasoned, skewered meat serve with a dipping sauce. They are jam-packed with flavor and perfect year round because you can cook them on a grill or a grill pan.

    chicken skewers appetizer on a stickIngredients Needed

    • Chicken Breast
    • Coconut Aminos
    • Garlic Chili Paste
    • Sesame Oil
    • Honey
    • Creamy Almond Butter
    • Garlic
    • Fresh ginger

    Why do you need to soak the skewers?

    Soaking the skewers in water before you grill prevents them from burning up! If you’ve ever grilled skewers that haven’t been soaked, you’ll know what I mean. Soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling. Alternatively, if you have metal skewers you could use those here too.

    chicken satay skewers on a plate

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    Chili Garlic & Lime Chicken Satay Skewers

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Serves 4

    Ingredients

      Marinade Ingredients

      Other Ingredients

      • 1 lb. organic boneless skinless chicken tenders

      Directions

      1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together marinade ingredients and set aside.
      2.  Slice chicken into strips and skewer onto bamboo skewers.
      3. Brush chicken with marinade. Set aside extra marinade to use for later.
      4. Using a greased grill pan or grill, cook chicken skewers over medium-high heat for 8 minutes each side, or until chicken is fully cooked through and no pink remains.
      5. Brush with leftover marinade and serve!
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      Gingerbread Nut Butter

      Happy Monday! This week is a nice short one, and I am super excited to wrap things up and head to New York to spend some time with my family and friends for the holidays!

      I want to wish each and every one of you a happy, happy holiday and a happy New Year filled with everything you want– and more! I am grateful everyday that you continue to come back, make recipes, and communicate with me regularly. Thank YOU for being here!

      The last part of my holiday gift baskets that I’ve been making are something homemade using my printable labels! I made this Gingerbread Nut Butter for a few of the baskets and I have no words aside from, WOW! I love the addition of the gingerbread flavors infused into this creamy nut butter. It’s perfection- and the perfect edible holiday gift for you or your family/friends!Gingerbread Nut Butter Gingerbread Nut ButterGingerbread Nut Butter

      Gingerbread Nut Butter
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      Total Time
      25 min
      Total Time
      25 min
      Ingredients
      1. 1 cup almonds
      2. 1 cup cashews or sunflower seeds
      3. 1 tsp coconut oil
      4. 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
      5. 2 tbsp coconut sugar
      6. 1 tsp cinnamon
      7. 1/2 tsp ginger
      8. 1/4 tsp cloves
      9. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
      10. Dash sea salt (about 1/8 tsp)
      Instructions
      1. Place nuts into your food processor (I use a 10-cup food processor, this is the one I use- It is inexpensive and works great)
      2. Start your food processor and blend until nuts become flour-like for 3-5 minutes
      3. Now it's time to be patient, add in your coconut oil, put your food processor on, and let it do the work. After another 8-10 minutes or so, scrape down the sides
      4. Put the food processor back on and blend for an additional 10 minutes. Stop every few minutes or so to scrape down, add in cinnamon ginger, cloves, nutmeg, coconut sugar, and molasses- at this time it should be just about almond butter consistency- blend until fully smooth and creamy (just when you think it'll never happen, it does, so be patient)!
      5. Taste and adjust flavors as desired (I add a drop more cinnamon to the top)
      Notes
      1. -The process should take about 20-25 minutes. If you use a different size food processor you'll need to adjust the amount of nuts you use, and the time as it will vary.
      2. -I don't recommend using a food processor smaller than 10-cups (I've broken one before)!
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      Gingerbread Nut ButterGingerbread Nut ButterWhat are your holiday plans? What are your favorite edible gifts to give?