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Vegan Almond Butter Cups with Crispy Quinoa

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

VEGAN ALMOND BUTTER CUPS -- only 6 ingredients, easy to make and super healthy!

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Reese's are hands down one of my favorite candies of all time. I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Love that they're a sandwich and you get the flavor combo in every bite. Love that they're portable. Love that they're sweet. Love that they're not pure sugar. Love pretty much everything about them.

Well, except for the ingredient list.

While I admit they aren't the worst option on the market, not only is there milk inside, making them not so friendly for my dairy-free lifestyle, but there is definitely way to much sugar in there for my liking. But since they're a pretty epic sweet treat, I decided it would be fun to remake them and give you a healthy, vegan spin on this classic candy.

One of the things that stands out to me about reese's cups is the the fluffy peanut butter layer. It's fluffier than just regular peanut butter; it doesn't ooze over the sides when you bite into it and it doesn't really seem to melt. What's their secret? Coconut flour!

…okay KIDDING! (although that would be pretty amazing) My secret to a perfectly fluffy interior nut butter layer actually is coconut flour though! 😉

The secret to these fluffy almond butter cups? COCONUT FLOUR!

My coconut flour of choice is from Bob's Red Mill who I have partnered up with today for this recipe. I've tested a bunch of different coconut flours and theirs is definitely my favorite. It has an awesome texture, makes the most fluffy pancakes and as it turns out also helps turn almond butter in a fluffy candy filling.

So that's what we're doing here today: making vegan almond butter cups with a fluffy filling!

Vegan Almond Butter Cups -- with only 6 ingredients and a decadently fluffy interior!

Oh but wait…there's one more thing that makes these almond butter cups the best thing ever. Quinoa crispies!

You guys know how much I love adding quinoa crispies to things and these cups were the perfect place. We just stir them into the filling and it's perfection.

The center is light and fluffy but then there is a little crunch. Kind of like if a chocolate crunch bar and a peanut butter cup hooked up. Their two worlds would collide and create these amazing treats.

These almond butter cups are not only VEGAN, they're also super simple to make and require just SIX ingredients!!

So now it's your turn…

What is your favorite candy that you would like to see made healthier? I'm open to suggestions because playing with sweets just so happens to be one of my fave things ever!

xo Alyssa

Vegan Almond Butter Cups -- a decadent sweet treat that is simple to make and HEALTHY!

VEGAN ALMOND BUTTER CUPS -- only 6 ingredients, easy to make and super healthy!
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Vegan Almond Butter Cups with Crispy Quinoa

The center is light and fluffy but then there is a little crunch. Kind of like if a chocolate crunch bar and a peanut butter cup hooked up. Their two worlds would collide and create these amazing treats.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy quinoa, peanut butter, peanut butter cups, vegan chocolate
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 30 cups
Calories 55 kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a heat proof bowl melt the chocolate over a double boiler (or in the microwave). Once melted, using a silicone candy mold (in whatever shape you want!) or mini muffin tin lined with small paper liners, fill each cup with about 1/2 teaspoon of the melted chocolate. Pop the mold into the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
  2. Once the chocolate has set, mix together the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut flour and salt until it comes together to form a thick paste. Fold in the quinoa crispies.
  3. Take 1/4 teaspoon of this mixture between your fingers and roll it into a little ball. Place the ball in the center of the chocolate, then press it down slightly with your finger. Repeat with the rest of the batch.
  4. Cover the almond butter mixture with 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon of melted chocolate and repeat until all the candies are covered. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired and place the molds back into the freezer for another 30 minutes.
  5. Remove and pop the candies out the molds and enjoy!
  6. These are best stored in the fridge or freezer and last for up to 1 week in the fridge and 1 - 2 months in the freezer.

Recipe Notes

The amount of coconut flour you need will depend on how creamy your almond butter is. Start with 1 teaspoon and then add more if necessary.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Almond Butter Cups with Crispy Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


This post was written in partnership with Bob’s Red Mill, who is a company that I absolutely adore! Thank you for supporting the companies I believe in! xo

 

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  1. these look terrific ! so appreciate you sharing! my fam and I are huge pb cup fans so we are looking forward to trying these delectable bites!

  2. Thanks, Alyssa, for all the great recipes!! They are appreciated 🙂

    How about Fig Newtons? Is there a gluten/milk-free recipe in your magic recipe box?

    I am trying your Almond Butter Cup recipe tonight – looks deeeeeelicious!

    • LOVE that idea!! I saw a paleo one on Pinterest a little while ago that I’ve been meaning to try and perhaps recreate to use some quinoa flour 🙂

  3. I would really appreciate seeing nutritional info for this (and all) recipes. How much sugar is in your version? Calories? Carbs? They look delicious, but I would like t make an informed decision before I make anything, even candy.

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