I love dark chocolate- and nut butter. There is nothing more delicious than a combination of the two. Salty and sweet. You’re definitely going to want to make some of these. Your palette might not be used to the lower sugar content of these treats, but some variations are included below. With Valentine’s Day coming up, think about whether or not giving someone the gift of sugar is really saying, “I love you” when sugar is arguably the greatest cause of many preventable diseases so many Americans are incurring. Consider a homemade alternative that says you really care– enough to give a homemade gift and a healthy candy alternative.
These homemade treats are lower in sugar than commercially-made candies, and they only take about ten minutes to make. These can be given as a gift or kept in the fridge for a quick treat.
dark chocolate almond butter cups:
- 7 ounces dark chocolate (chopped)- about two bars
- 1/4 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
10-12 mini muffin cups
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (plate a heat-safe bowl on top of a boiling pot of water and add chocolate to the bowl- stir constantly until almost melted.) Remove bowl from heat and continue stirring until all the chocolate is melted.
- Pour chocolate into each mini-muffin cup to fill about 1/4 of the cup. If you have a mini-muffin tin, line the tin with the cups first then add chocolate. Set in freezer for a few minutes.
- Drop about 1/2 tsp of almond butter on top of each layer of chocolate.
- Add about 1/2 tsp coconut on top of the almond butter.
- Drizzle remaining chocolate on top just to the tops of the muffin cups.
- Set in freezer for about an hour. Yum!
- Choose 70%+ cocoa for your chocolate for a lower sugar treat with antioxidants!
- If you’re not into almond butter, use peanut butter
- If you need something sweeter, add a tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to the nut butter, or choose a lighter chocolate or sweetened coconut
- Experiment with different fillings instead of coconut- a peanut butter and jelly cup? Or try chopped nuts, dried fruit, or a layer of melted white chocolate
- To enhance the salty-sweet flavor, sprinkle sea salt on top