Vegan & Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Try to not get addicted to these. Out of all the baked goods in the universe, THIS recipe is the one that I've followed and used the most -- I've made them into giant cups, upside-down cups, mini cups, peanut butter cups...pretty much any and all variation. Almond butter combined with chocolate is my favorite flavor mixture; sometimes, I plop chocolate chips into the almond butter jar and spoon them out to enjoy the dreamy combination. My roommates look at me in awe -- this is what happens when I don't have a stash of these cups in the house. 

Vegan & Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Yields: 12 | Time: 45 minutes 

Vegan, paleo, and refined sugar free. The most delightful treat for any occasion!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces dark chocolate*

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 cup crunchy or smooth almond butter

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Process

  • Line a muffin tray with baking cups**

  • In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Once melted, add the dark chocolate and heat on low, being really careful to not burn it. Only heat it enough so that is just melted.

  • In a large bowl, stir together almond butter (any nut/seed butter will work), the other tablespoon of coconut oil, vanilla extract, sea salt and maple syrup

  • Place this mixture into a muffin tray, adding a spoonful of the almond butter mix to each cup

  • Pour chocolate sauce over each almond butter pod until the cup fills up

  • Store in freezer for 30 minutes. Then, top with more sea salt, eat, & ENJOY!

  • If you have leftovers, or you are making them ahead of time for a party, store them in the fridge for a fudgy consistency (after the 30 minutes in the freezer)

Notes

  • *This could be in the form of: about three/three and a half, 4-ounce dark chocolate bars. Or, a 1.5 to 2 cups of chocolate chips. I've used both, and both work wonderfully! 

  • **If you don't have baking cups, no worries! Most of the time, I don't use them because they are not vital to the success of the almond butter cups. When you do use them, they simply give the finished product a little bit of added décor.

This is what they look like when you flip them upside-down! 

This is what they look like when you flip them upside-down!