Recipe: Chocolate-Almond Butter Cups

This is a great vegan sweet treat to satisfy that sweet tooth!

About this recipe:

This vegan dessert is great in so many ways, but what pops out at me, is the great flavor combination of chocolate and almonds.  Not too many people are unfamiliar with this great combo, but what you may not know is how healthy it is for you.

Almonds are among the most healthy nuts you can eat.  They have a great number of health benefits that can help you in a very tasty way.  Some of these benefits include:

  • They deliver a massive amount of nutrients like, fiber, protein, vitamin E, and magnesium.
  • They are Loaded with antioxidants that largely concentrated in the brown layer of the skin.
  • High in Vitamin E
  • Can assist with blood sugar levels
  • Benefits blood pressure levels
  • Can lower cholesterol levels

This great butter cup recipe comes from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where our community believes that nutrition exists both on and off the plate.  This sweet treat often seems to satisfy both.

Health Benefits:

Antioxidant, Anti inflammatory, Anti Cancer, Anti Aging, Healthy Fats, Low Carb, Nutrient Dense "Superfood", Supports Healthy Immune System, Supports Gut Health, Supports Brain Function, Supports Detoxification

Servings: 7

Prep Level: Pure Foodie

Prep Time: 90

Special Diet Friendly:

Sugar Free yes
Gluten Free yes
Egg Free yes
Dairy Free yes
Vegetarian yes
Vegan yes
Diabetic Friendly yes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds, ground
  • 2 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp quinoa flakes, ground
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fine Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fine Himalayan salt

Directions:

  1. Whisk cacao powder into coconut oil in double boiler until smooth.
  2. Turn off heat and add salt and vanilla extract. Set aside in bowl.
  3. Grind almonds and quinoa flakes in food processor and add to bowl.
  4. Add coconut oil, raw honey, vanilla extract, and salt.
  5. Combine well with spoon until thick paste forms.
  6. Line small muffin tray with paper cups.
  7. Drizzle one tablespoon chocolate into the bottom of each liner then freeze for 15 minutes or until firm.
  8. Remove from freezer and top with one teaspoon almond mixture then another tablespoon of chocolate.
  9. Return to freezer after 20–30 minutes or until mixture is firm.
  10. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator. 
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