Cocoa Almond Butter Cups — Creamy almond butter wrapped in a chewy, sweet cocoa cake and crowned with a dollop of chocolate. The perfect balance of sweet and salt without the use of refined sugar! All while being plant-based/vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free! Not to mention no bake/raw!
Like Peanut Butter Cups, But Better!
I have loved Reese’s peanut butter cups since the moment they first came into my childhood. Like so many other little edible pleasures, I had to bid them farewell–once I discovered how unhealthy many of the ingredients were. And the biggest culprit (for me personally) was the refined sugar. Hello, migraine!
I wanted to experience that wonderful moment again. You know the one: When your mouth realizes it’s experiencing sweet chocolaty goodness at the same instant it’s savoring a creamy salty perfection.
A dessert where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Where would food blogging be without . . . Aristotle?
Cocoa Almond Butter Cups
I decided to go with almond butter instead of peanut butter for two main reasons:
- Almond butter provides more calcium and fiber than peanut butter;
- It also contains higher levels of vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant that nourishes your skin and can help protect it from the damaging UV rays of the sun.
I haven’t tried making this recipe with peanut butter yet, but I have a good feeling about it!
Why Are Dates Good for You?
The no bake cake-like bottom is made from almond flour and cocoa powder that’s bound and sweetened by Medjool dates. No added oils or refined sugars.
Dates are nutrient gems! Packed with potassium, manganese, copper, B vitamins, vitamin A, magnesium, calcium and fiber.
Plant-based/Vegan, Gluten-free and Oil-free Dessert!
What more could you ask for? A lush, moist chocolaty treat that is plant-based/vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and oil-free. Seriously! And talk about kid-friendly!
Cocoa Almond Butter Cups are delicious served chilled or at room temperature. Store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and they will last a minimum of one week…but I’m guessing you’ll never get to test that out!