Detox Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Detox Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups ~ when I need a little something sweet but don’t want to wreck my diet with a pint of ice cream or a stack of cookies, I go for one of these healthy dark chocolate almond butter cups, they satisfy my cravings without putting a dent in my healthy lifestyle!

Of course I’m using the word ‘detox’ with a wink and a nod ;)  just like I did with my DARK CHOCOLATE DETOX BITES, but these luscious homemade almond butter cups definitely fall into the super food category ~ made with the darkest chocolate, pure almond butter, and lots of healthy fruits, nuts, and seeds.  In fact, these dark chocolate almond butter cups are the one of the best examples of good and good for you I’ve found.

I had fun rummaging through my cupboard for all the dried fruit, nuts, and seeds that I had stashed away.  These are the same goodies I use in my chunky fruit and nut breads, like my PALEO FRUIT AND NUT BREAD, and my CHUNKY FRUIT AND NUT QUICK BREAD.  It’s nice to have a good variety around so you can mix and match them like this.  The fruit adds sweetness and color, and the nuts and seeds add the perfect earthy crunch to a classic nut butter filled chocolate cup.

Here’s the assortment of fruits, nuts, and seeds I used on these detox dark chocolate almond butter cups~

  • dried cranberries, kiwi, figs, dates, peaches, plums, raisins, pineapple, blueberries, coconut
  • walnuts, pistachios, almonds, macadamias, peanuts, pine nuts, cashews
  • hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, pepitas

TIP: Lots of stores have bulk bins or special sections where they stock bulk dried fruit and nuts.  Look for cranberries, cherries, kiwi, pineapple, and papaya to add a pop of color to your cups.

These are the perfect little mid-day pick -me-up, or after dinner treat.  You can make them as big or as small as you like, depending on your mold.  I used standard size silicone muffin liners which are just right for a substantial cup, but you can make bite sized minis, if you like.

These reusable liners can be used for baking as well as all kinds of candy making.  They hold their shape and peel off easily.  You can buy them in all shapes and sizes, and it’s just one more way to cut down on waste in your kitchen.

Once the chocolate hardens, you can easily pop our your almond butter cups, just peel them away just like you would with paper.

TIP: Paper muffin liners will work too.  You can also use paper cups as your molds if you’re desperate for a healthy snack and you have nothing else ;)

Use your favorite chocolate for this recipe, but remember that the darker it is, the healthier.  I recommend at least a 60% cacao chocolate, and you can go as high as 90% for a super bittersweet flavor.  For convenience I use Ghirardelli 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips.  They’re always available at my supermarket and I like to have them around for baking anyway.

How to make your own nut butter with any type of nut for these cups…

  1. First roast your nuts to boost their flavor.  Put them in a single layer on a dry baking sheet in a 350F oven for about 15-20 minutes, giving the pan a shake now and then.  When you smell a nutty aroma, they’re done.  Let them cool right on the baking sheet.  There’s no need to remove the skins from your nuts, they’ll add flavor to your butter.
  2. Put your cooled nuts into a food processor or high speed blender and processing until creamy.  Scrape down the sides of your machine or blender often as you go.   First your mixture will seem dry and gritty, but keep going, it will start to break down and will finally melt into a creamy butter.
  3. If for any reason your nuts are very dry and you have trouble getting them to break down into butter, add a little bit of vegetable oil to the processor.
  4. Add salt if you like to the finished butter.  You can also add other flavors like vanilla or cinnamon.
  5. That’s all there is to it!
  6. For a visual guide you can check out my ROASTED PECAN BUTTER post

Detox Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Category: dessert, snack

Yield: makes 12 cups

Detox Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Ingredients

  • 2 10-ounce bags of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 12 Tbsp almond butter
  • assorted dried fruit, cut in small dice
  • assorted nuts, chopped
  • assorted seeds
  • shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Put 1 bag of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on full power for a minute. Stir, and if the chocolate is not completely melted, microwave for further short 15 second bursts until it is completely melted.
  2. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of chocolate into each of 12 cupcake wrapper molds. Nudge the chocolate up the side of the wrapper about 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch, to form the sides of the cup. Refrigerate until firm.
  3. Spoon about a tablespoon of almond butter into the bottom of each hardened chocolate cup. Spread it flat.
  4. Melt the remaining bag of chocolate in the same bowl (there will be some remaining melted chocolate left in the bowl, that's fine.) Working in batches, spoon enough melted chocolate onto each cup to cover the peanut butter.
  5. Arrange your toppings over the surface of each cup. Refrigerate again until the chocolate is firm.
  6. Enjoy!
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Make it your own ~

  • Use any chocolate you like, including milk or white.
  • Fill with any nut butter you like ~ I think white chocolate pistachio butter cups would be delish.

 

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Detox Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups ~ do you need a little something sweet every day? Don't wreck your diet with a pint of ice cream or a package of cookies, try one of these healthy dark chocolate almond butter cups. They'll satisfy your cravings without putting a dent in your healthy lifestyle!

32 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    September 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    These are the prettiest cups! Such a delicious, guilt-free treat! :)

  • Reply
    Maria
    August 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    OMG, these are totally decadent and satisfying. I made them the day after you posted b/c I couldn’t stop thinking about them. And the pecan nut butter–much better than almond and peanut butter! Thanks for sharing such an amazing treat.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      You’re so welcome Maria, and I really appreciate your taking time to come back and report on these :) I need to make them with the pecan butter myself.

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    Christina
    August 24, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I’m sorry, did you use detox AND chocolate in the same sentence? You are now my hero!! I want to detox and eat chocolate All. Day. Long. The cups look adorable and tasty! Great post :)

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    Monique
    August 23, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Oh gorgeous!Can I use some coconut oil instead of almond butter?
    Want to make some tomorrow!!????

    • Reply
      Shelley
      August 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      They look amazing! A tablespoon of coconut oil inside would not taste good, but for those who like coconut, perhaps some coconut butter or ground coconut would work. Just my thoughts.

      • Reply
        Sue
        August 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm

        I think that would work, Shelley…maybe some shredded coconut and sweetened condensed milk filling?

    • Reply
      Monique
      August 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Reread your recipe..need to rethink lol

      • Reply
        Sue
        August 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        I’m thinking something like Trader Joe’s Sunbutter?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      The almond butter is the filling. just like in a peanut butter cup, Monique, so I don’t think you can substitute coconut butter, but if you can’t tolerate nuts, you might try sunflower seed butter.

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 23, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Ha – this is way better than the spoon full of peanut butter I just ate topped with chocolate chips! These are so gorgeous and no doubt delicious. Sharing and pinning :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      I do that too, Tricia, and yes, this is definitely an upgrade!

  • Reply
    Alexandra
    August 23, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    This is more like intox than detox; the combination of dark chocolate with nuts and fruits in just a small bite is wonderful. Thank you, Sue! What do you think about adding some hot pepper?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      You’re a woman after my own heart, Alexandra :)

  • Reply
    Maria White
    August 23, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Now you have me wanting to try these! Usually, I scroll past homemade peanut butter cups – but almond butter and the fruit?? Yeah baby!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 10:03 am

      :)) The almond butter really does sound better than pb, doesn’t it?

  • Reply
    John/Kitchen Riffs
    August 23, 2017 at 7:41 am

    These look great! I need to get all toxed up just so I can make a batch and detox. :-)

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 8:23 am

      You always make me laugh :)

  • Reply
    Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen
    August 23, 2017 at 6:35 am

    These are gorgeous!!! A great healthy snack to handle those chocolate cravings!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Chocolate cravings are too powerful to resist!

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    August 23, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I will detox all day every day from here on out! YUM! Beautiful photography, too!

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    August 23, 2017 at 6:02 am

    These are awesome, Sue. Calorie bombs, but good for the soul and body.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 6:03 am

      Good calorie bombs ;)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 23, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Perfect little bites! Great for satisfying the cravings without the guilt :)

  • Reply
    Amy | The Cook Report
    August 23, 2017 at 5:42 am

    These look beautiful, I love that they’re a healthy treat

  • Reply
    Kaitie
    August 23, 2017 at 5:41 am

    First off, your photos are absolutely beautiful! These look amazing – a total treat while you detox ;) although I couldn’t confidently say they would last long!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 5:44 am

      Thanks Katie, I had fun shooting these :)

  • Reply
    Calleigh - TheForkBite
    August 23, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I have a sweet tooth, and these treats will satisfy my sugar cravings. Plus, each bite-sized morsel is perfectly portioned.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 5:35 am

      I’m definitely going to make the ‘minis’ next time, these were the decadent detox version ;)

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    August 23, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Yes, please! These are so pretty and I love that they’re decently guilt-free! I have everything I need to make them, woohoo!

  • Reply
    Patty
    August 23, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Delicious bites, yum! Plus they’re “detox”, can’t wit to try them! :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 23, 2017 at 5:19 am

      It’s nice when delicious and healthy can coexist!

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