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Almond Butter Cups

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Homemade Almond Butter Cups! rich and creamy, made with just 5 ingredients and no refined sugar.

Almond Butter Cups SAY WHATTTT!

It’s like Reese’s peanut butter cups left us, and then went and got cleaned up, and then came back to propose to us again just in time for Sugar Free January.

Raise your hand if you want to eat these right now? Your hand should be raised. Raise your hand if you just ate one of these and maybe still have a little chocolate on your mouth? Hiii it me. This is a new fridge/freezer staple in my life.

I have been generally staying away from desserts during our Sugar Free January challenge, but a few nights ago I was really getting hit hard with a craving for something a little more substantial than my humble little square of dark chocolate. So I went to the kitchen and just made what I was wishing for: a Reese’s-like chocolate situation with very nice, normal, even nutritious ingredients and very limited (or zero!) refined sugars. This was a very good moment for me and it’s about to become a good moment for you.

How To Make Our Almond Butter Cups:

Here’s What Almond Butter Cups Are All About:

  • Coconut oil
  • Cocoa powder
  • Sweetener of choice – I like both agave and real maple syrup
  • Nut butter of choice – I like both peanut butter and almond butter
  • Coarse sea salt because SALT HOG
Almond butter cups chocolate in muffin pan.

We start with the melted cocoa mixture. Just a little bit is all you need.

And now a quick little smush of almond butter. Or peanut butter. Or something else. You choose!

Almond butter cups with chocolate and almond butter.

And finally, a finishing touch of chocolate to cover up and get smooth, and sea salt for crunch and prettiness.

Almond butter cups in muffin pan.

Freeze and done.

LITERALLY DONE. Just peel the papers off and eat ’em. Not all at once, ideally, but…

Do you love this recipe or what?!

In case no one has told you yet today, you – yes, YOU! – are amazing. The universe (and me!) would like to thank you for being your unique and beautiful self by delivering you a sweet, rich, creamy almond butter cup that doesn’t include lots of icky ingredients. This is your moment. May you enjoy every sweet and creamy bite.


Almond butter cups with bite taken out.
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Almond Butter Cups in a stack.

Almond Butter Cups

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 medium/large almond butter cups 1x


Almond Butter Cups: made with five ingredients and no refined sugar. So creamy, rich, and yummy!


  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (more or less to taste)
  • 24 tablespoons natural sweetener (I like agave or maple syrup – more or less to taste)
  • pinch of salt
  • roughly 3/4 cup of almond butter (or any nut butter)
  • sea salt for topping


  1. Whisk the coconut oil, cocoa powder, sweetener, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Fill a regular size muffin tin with paper liners. Pour a small amount of the cocoa mixture (1-2 tablespoons) into the paper cups. Drop a small spoonful of the almond butter (2-3 teaspoons) into the center of each cup. Divide remaining chocolate amongst the cups.
  3. If almond butter is sticking up, just gently press it down so each cup has a smooth top layer. Sprinkle each almond butter cup with a pinch of coarse sea salt. Freeze for one hour or until solid. YUM TOWN.


These can be stored in the fridge or freezer!

They are very adaptable – I’ve used as much as 3/4 cup cocoa, and as little as 2 tablespoons agave. It just depends on how sweet / dark you want them to be. I’ve also used peanut butter which is (obviously) delicious!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour (for freezing)
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: almond butter cups, peanut butter cups, healthy almond butter cups

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OMG you read my mind!! I was just thinking last night that I really need to find a recipe for coconut oil almond butter cups… scary! 🙂 Thanks for this!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Girl YES, with those sea salt flakes??? Perfection. I got some nice fancy almond butter for Christmas (that I miraculously haven’t devoured yet) so these are definitely getting made.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These are going to be our dessert for our big family meal on Sunday. I’ve done something similar but used pomegranate instead of nut butter. Yummy little pops of juicy goodness.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh man, these look delicious. I have some leftover mini cupcakes liners that would be perfect! I was majorly craving cookies yesterday… This will probably suffice though.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Those look so good and really easy to make! I’ve been having a serious chocolate craving recently so I think I’m due to make my own!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    THIS RECIPE LOOKS AMAZING! I’ve made PB cups with melted dark chocolate plenty of times, but this cocoa+coconut+sweetener combo looks perfect. Must make! (As soon as Whole30 is over.)

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m snowed in without coconut oil and want to make these! Is there an oil/what amount of other oil could I sub in? I have olive, vegetable, and canola!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You sold me on this, even though I am not doing the sugar-free month. I think I would love them with molasses…

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Whelp, I just happen to have all the ingredients in my pantry so excuse me will you? I have to make then mouth plow an entire pan of butter cups. YUM!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Michelle Martyniuk

    In the freezer now and can’t wait to eat them! I used cashew butter, my all time fav!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I can’t seem to find the nutritional analysis. I really like to see this for stuff that could be termed ‘candy’.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Lavina Datwani

    Mind.Completely.Blown!! Wondering why I never thought of doing this! Thank you and SOOO making these ASAP!!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Maggie B.

    These look absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. Your blog has become my #1 go to page (even above Facebook) for when I need a minute of me time. It’s like sitting down with a friend for a cup of coffee, only better because I didn’t have to get presentable and go out in public lol! Also thank you for allowing commenters to link to their own blog page. I don’t have one, but I’ve found so many awesome pages that way! Congrats on your no refined sugar challenge! It’s inspiring and I know you’ll make it the whole way!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I still have my hand up as I am writting this…lol…seriously, these almond butter cups sound so devine…and your images are incredible!!

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    Alina | Cooking Journey Blog

    I love the idea of using agave syrup as a natural sweetener. Healthy chocolate 🙂