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July 25, 2019

by Alyssa

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

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These dark chocolate almond butter cups are a healthy version of Reese's. They're easy to make at home, are delicious and also gluten-free + vegan!

Dar Chocolate Almond Butte Cups

Are you a chocolate lover like me? I honestly have chocolate every single day. Whether it's in my morning smoothie bowls, maybe some chocolate covered almonds after lunch or one of these tasty numbers after dinner. It's a staple in my diet and I'm not mad about it!

One of my all-time favorite treats is a peanut butter cup. But I also realize they're not necessarily made with the best ingredients and the ones that are, tend to be pretty darn pricey. So I figured… let's make our own! It can't be that hard, right?

RIGHT! And that's what we're doing today. Making these most decadent dark chocolate almond butter cups that are going to be a staple in your dessert rotation from now until forever.

How to make Almond Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cup Ingredients

If you look at the label for most of the peanut/almond butter cups out there, they aren't really that long. Which is precisely why I knew they would be easy to make at home.

Here's what you need to make your dark chocolate almond butter cups:

  • dark chocolate: I like using one that is at least 80% dark. you could also totally use a flavored one too if you like!
  • maple syrup: just for a little added sweetness (it's optional though!)
  • coconut oil: helps keep them firm in the fridge/freezer
  • almond butter: use creamy (like the creamiest you can find) – you'll love how gooey it is

And I typically just sprinkle some Maldon sea salt on top to finish everything off!

Ingredients for Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

How to make Almond Butter Cups

While the process of making these little candies isn't difficult, it does take time and patience.

You have to start by melting your chocolate, syrup, and oil together. Then carefully drip it into your mold (or papers) filling it halfway up. Pop that in the freezer and let it firm up (about 30 minutes).

Next, you'll remove the frozen chocolate and working quickly add a dollop of almond butter. I use about 1/2 teaspoon per cup. Pop it back in the freezer to chill again.

The last step is to top each candy with the rest of the chocolate. Pop it back in the freezer one last time for at least another hour (but more is better).

Storage-wise, you'll want to keep these in the fridge or freezer. They'll stay nice and firm that way. You'll also want to eat them fairly quickly because they get a little melty!

Tools Needed For Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Useful Tools for Homemade Almond Butter Cups

If you want to get super technical about things, there are a few different ways you can make almond butter cups. I'll start with the jankiest (and cheapest) and work my way down:

  • mini muffin liners + baking pan: what I used here! It's cheap, but the downside is you won't have a uniform shape
  • silicone candy molds: uniform shapes and fairly inexpensive, but you might not want to invest unless you plan on making these a lot
  • mini muffin tin + mini muffin liners: I personally used to have a mini muffin tin but got rid of it because it was one of those things I never used. If you have one, awesome, if not, you could pick one up but I'm guessing you won't use it much!

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups Recipe

The Perfect No-Bake Vegan Dessert

What I personally love about making these dark chocolate almond butter cups is they don't require an oven, they make a pretty large batch, and I keep them in my freezer so they last me forever.

I know you guys love your no-bake desserts and this one is a must-try. Unlike most other no-bake vegan desserts, there's no soaking of nuts, no blending of crusts, just melting of chocolate and patience.

Also, one thing to mention before I let you scamper off and make these. The center is TOTALLY customizable! Don't have almond butter? Use peanut, cashew, or sunflower for nut allergies. Can't wait to see your recreations! dark chocolate almond butter cups

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

These dark chocolate almond butter cups are a healthy version of Reese's. They're easy to make at home, are delicious and also gluten-free + vegan!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Freeze 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 18 cups
Calories 147kcal
Author Alyssa
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  • Line a baking sheet with mini cupcake liners.
  • Melt the chocolate over a double boiler, adding the maple syrup and coconut oil. Once it has become a liquid, taste and add a sprinkle of stevia if you want it sweeter.
  • Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the melted chocolate into mini cupcake liners, using the back of the spoon to push it up the sides of the liners slightly.
  • Place pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the tin from the freezer and scoop about ½ teaspoon of almond butter into the bottom of each chocolate cup. Place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes.
  • Once chilled, top each of the almond butter cups with the remaining chocolate and sprinkle with salt. Place the cupcake tin back in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
  • Store the almond butter cups in the freezer, removing 5 minutes prior to serving.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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  1. Hi! I love your recipes 😍

    Unrefined coconut oil is a little pricey for me right now, so is it okay to use refined coconut oil instead?

  2. Hey! I saw your YouTube video, but noticed in the video, maple syrup wasn’t an ingredient. But it was on your blog, so I have no idea what I did, but as soon as I added the maple syrup it kinda stopped being soft and silky and turned into a paste 🙁 I didn’t have any more chocolate to use so any advice on what to do better next time?

  3. Made a batch of these because I wanted to have some great snacks with me while backcountry skiing. Decided on your recipe because it has way less coconut oil than the other recipes I saw online. Absolutely ADORED them. They are amazing. Thank you very much for this recipe. You rock!

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  8. I just made these – they’re so delicious. I’d run out of almond butter, so used tahini, which worked wonderfully. Thank you so much for the recipe! 🙂

    • I realize this thread is from awhile ago, but I just came across your recipe (great recipe, beautiful photos!) and thought I’d mention – for anyone else who might see this and is allergic to coconut – you can simply use a bar of dark chocolate that’s not unsweetened, and skip the oil if need be.

    • You could try another oil, but the thing about coconut oil is it solidifies so it helps the cups keep their shape. I can’t say for sure that another oil would work. Perhaps try a buttery spread?

  9. Oh wow… I came across this blog quite by chance and these were the first thing I saw. I have all the ingredients at home (sort of; Xylitol dark chocolate will be used in place of unsweetened and the honey and Stevia), so it was definitely meant to be! I’m salivating now.

  10. wow, what an interesting recipe, I’ve never heard of this Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups but this recipe sounds like a left of spicy center winner. Thanks for this info!

  11. These look really great! I’ve always been a big fan of anything peanut butter and chocolate related but it’s only recently since living in California that I’ve gotten into almond butter. Yum! I may have to give these a try 🙂

    • Thank you! I too am totally in love with almond butter. I’ve completely converted over to almond butter and am not looking back. I like it so much more!

    • Hi Tonya,

      I think you could use maple syrup, yes. You could also use agave or brown rice syrup or if sugar doesn’t bother you, try coconut palm sugar. All would work well I think.



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