Vegan Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

These healthy chocolate almond butter cups are quick and easy to make with no need to heat up the kitchen. Packed with all-natural almond butter, cocoa, and topped with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt these will be your new favorite sweet treat!

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Almond Butter cup with muffin liner openedThis post is sponsored as part of my ongoing partnership with Sprouts.

For a person who says she doesn’t like chocolate or sweets for that matter, I’m starting to take a turn. And I’m discovering that I don’t mind certain chocolates. The ones that are not overly sweet and instead delight with the deep, complex flavor of real cocoa.

And while I’m telling secrets, here’s another. As a kid I kinda liked candy. I guess I got my fill (and the fillings to match). One of my favorite sweet combinations is chocolate and nuts or chocolate and peanut butter. Yet, today I cannot eat the peanut butter cups from one popular candy maker. They are cloyingly sweet and I can’t get through a pack – though back in my high school years I could finish off a couple at once. True story.

Chocolate filling ingredients in bowl with a spoon

Chocolate filling mixed in bowl with spoon Anyway… one of my favorite things to do in life is to make over a recipe. These vegan chocolate almond butter cups are healthier than anything you’ll find in the check out aisle. They are just sweet enough to satisfy a begging sweet tooth and because I used high-quality cocoa I’ll go out in a limb and say they even give you a little health boost.

The nut butter is packed with heart-healthy fats and protein for a satisfying mini dessert. The flavanols found in cocoa powder might help keep the blood vessels in good shape and help lower blood pressure for some people. This doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to go all the way in on these. These nut butter cups are better for you but still a treat!

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This recipe took a few tries. I tried both peanut butter and almond butter with equal success. But I was making these to take with me for a food demo almost an hour away. So, I tried coconut butter thinking that it would harden enough to keep the cups from melting. Well. It did. But the coconut butter also made for a less pleasant experience. I prefer the version I’m sharing below using coconut oil for a little more melt in your mouth-abilty.

Adding peanut butter layer

Get natural unsalted and unsweetened almond butter. No Skippy allowed. Your almond butter should require a strenuous stir  – because separation is natural. If it’s instead sitting up on a spoon, it’s not going to work for this recipe. All natural nut butter should move, flow a little faster than honey. If it sticks to an upside-down spoon with no signs of hitting the floor, it’s the wrong one for this recipe and likely contains hydrogenated oils or palm oil.

Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Cups Stacked

The pink Himalayan salt on top? Yeah. It’s optional but it’s just a sprinkle and I truly believe it makes takes these peanut butter cups over the top. Leave it off if you dare but I used unsweetened and unsalted peanut butter, so you might want to add a pinch somewhere along the way.

Stash a batch in the freezer to crush that chocolate craving when it hits.

Here’s the easy recipe! Be sure to pin it for later and tag me on Instagram when you make it!

5 from 5 votes
Almond Butter cup with muffin liner opened
Vegan Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Prep Time
15 mins
Freezer Time
30 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

These healthy chocolate almond butter cups are quick and easy to make with no need to heat up the kitchen. These vegan nut butter cups are packed with all-natural almond butter, cocoa, and topped with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond butter, almond butter cups, peanut butter
Servings: 12
Calories: 200 kcal
Author: Marisa Moore
Ingredients
Chocolate Filling
  • 1/2 cup creamy all natural almond or peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp Sprouts extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Sprouts organic vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp Sprouts cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp Sprouts pure maple syrup (robust taste)
Almond Butter Filling
  • 1/2 cup creamy all natural almond or peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp Sprouts extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Sprouts organic vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Sprouts pure maple syrup (robust taste)
  • Sprouts Pink Himalayan Sea Salt grinder
  • 12 muffin liners or a silicone muffin pan
Instructions
  1. Stir the chocolate filling ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. In a second bowl, stir the almond butter filling ingredients until smooth.



  2. Place the muffin liners into a mini muffin tin. Fill each with about ½ tbsp. chocolate filling, then 1 tbsp. almond butter filling, and finish with ½ tbsp. chocolate.

  3. Freeze at least 30 minutes. Top with a sprinkle of salt. Serve and store the leftovers in an airtight, freezer-safe container to enjoy for weeks to come!

These healthy chocolate almond butter cups are quick and easy to make with no need to heat up the kitchen. These vegan nut butter cups are packed with all-natural almond butter, cocoa, and topped with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt! #healthypeanutbuttercups #peanutbutter #healthycandyrecipes #healthychocolaterecipes #chocolate #makeaheaddesserts #veganrecipes

10 Comments on Vegan Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

  1. Carissa
    June 22, 2018 at 11:55 AM (4 weeks ago)
    Mmmm... perfect craving buster! The chocolate and peanut butter combo is always super satisfying.
    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 22, 2018 at 12:35 PM (4 weeks ago)
      Exactly! These will crush that craving in an instant! Reply
  2. Catherine Brown
    June 22, 2018 at 12:18 PM (4 weeks ago)
    This looks like the absolute PERFECT dessert! I love that it's vegan too! I'll be starting my last year in the dietetics program at KSU, and loving it! I'm going to look for you on FB. Here's my page if you'd like to follow >> @aseatatmytable Always great to find another fellow plant-based dietitian!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 22, 2018 at 12:34 PM (4 weeks ago)
      Hi Catherine! Thank you so much! Great to meet you and congrats on getting through your studies. Reply
    • Marisa
      June 22, 2018 at 12:35 PM (4 weeks ago)
      They are super easy to make and once they're ready easy to grab and go! Reply
  3. Traci
    June 22, 2018 at 12:41 PM (4 weeks ago)
    Oh how I love chocolate, peanut butter, and SALT! This looks like the perfect, guilt-free treat. Just pinned...thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 22, 2018 at 6:11 PM (4 weeks ago)
      The salt really does pull it all together! Thanks, Traci! Reply
  4. Chris Collins
    June 22, 2018 at 1:02 PM (4 weeks ago)
    Your photography is gorgeous and these look so SO scrummy!!!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 22, 2018 at 6:10 PM (4 weeks ago)
      Thanks, Chris! And thanks for broadening my global vocabulary. "Scrummy' is new to me and I will be using it! Reply

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