Raw Almond Butter Cups from Oh She Glows

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.

almond butter cups flour ingredients

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.

almond butter cups almond and oatmeal processed

Almonds and oats, blended into a meal

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.

almond butter cups chocolate frosting

Chocolate sauce from melted dark chocolate, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt

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.

almond butter cups in the pan

Almond-oatmeal base, plus a drizzle of the chocolate sauce, in the pan

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.

almond butter cups finished

Finished product. Good enough to share!

This recipe from Oh She Glows is simple to make. Its perfect for a hot day because it requires no baking, no hot oven, and not too much waiting :). What dishes do you make on hot, humid days?


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