Peanut butter cups have been a favorite treat of mine since I was a kid. I always looked for them in treat bags, at parties, and they were always the first to be eaten on Easter. So, naturally I wanted to make some at home. Almond butter is a new favorite of mine, so these cups were made with almond butter instead of peanut butter. I still achieved the same texture and great flavors of peanut butter cups, but the almond butter provides a richer texture and creaminess. You need three ingredients and some patience to make the almond butter cups, but they are definitely worth the extra steps.
6 oz dark chocolate
3 oz almond butter
1 tbs coconut oil
Add-ins (Goji berries, coarse sea salt, cacao nibs)
Set your mold on a baking sheet and fill in some of the cups with your add-ins. You can make these plain almond butter cups, but I chose to add some different flavors and textures for variety. Set the sheet pan aside and prepare the rest of your ingredients. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler. Stir occasionally and make sure it melts evenly. Do not overheat the chocolate. Using a one-half tablespoon, scoop out the melted chocolate into your molds and make sure they spread evenly. Put the molds in the freezer and let them set for about 15 minutes. Place the chocolate back on the double boiler to keep it melted while the molds set. Turn the heat off and let the steam keep the chocolate warm. Remove the molds from the freezer. Melt the almond butter in the microwave for 10 seconds. Place 1 teaspoon of almond butter in the center of the molds and place back in the freezer for 15 minutes. When the butter is set, top with the remaining chocolate and let them set completely in the freezer. When the chocolate cups are set, remove them from the molds and store them in a tupperware container in the freezer or refrigerator. You should yield 9-12 cups, depending on the size of your molds. The coconut oil will help keep the chocolate soft and the almond butter will stay creamy in the center of the chocolate. If you store them in the freezer, let them sit out for about 3 minutes before eating so they soften. Storing the cups in the refrigerator will keep them soft enough to eat.
These are a nice little treat to keep around when you have a sweet craving. I always have my chia bites on hand for my every day snacks, but these provide a little something extra. This is a treat, and you only need one because they are so rich. Play around with the add ins and choose some different items. I left some of mine plain and used add-ins to enhance the others.