I have a longstanding love for dark chocolate, but I don’t love the calories from all the enticing fudge-y, gooey desserts out there. This recipe from Angela Liddon at Oh She Glows is a great and delicious alternative to those calorie-dense desserts.
I started by making the base for the almond butter cups. I combined raw almonds and rolled oats in the food processor.
After I blended it, it had a “meal-like” consistency. I then blended in almond butter, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of kosher salt. The dough was fairly sticky, sort of like a loose cookie dough.
I put the base aside and melted some dark chocolate chips for the topping. (The recipe called for cocoa powder, but dark chocolate worked just fine.) I added more coconut oil and maple syrup, plus another pinch of salt, whisked it together, and it combined to make a smooth and decadent chocolate sauce.
I spooned the almond-oatmeal base into paper liners in a muffin pan, then drizzled the chocolate sauce on top. I stuck the pan into the freezer (make sure the pan is flat, and not tilted!) and waited for about 30 minutes.
The cups were melt-in-your-mouth delicious, sort of like a Reese’s peanut butter cup – but so much healthier! If you’re like me, I sometimes equate “healthy” with “tasteless” or “bland.” These almond butter cups are anything but. The almonds give the cups a smooth, creamy taste, and the chocolate sauce added buttery richness – just what you’d want from a delectable dessert.