Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Hello, weekend.

Hello no alarm clocks, time with family, snuggles with puppies and nephews, and lots of time in the kitchen.

I’ve got plans this weekend for an epic Saturday morning brunch. A few new recipe trials, lots of time cooking with my nephews, and probably some shopping time with my sister in law and mom in law.

It’s Friday. Time to start the weekend off right.

I know I already gave you some baking homework for this weekend, but here’s another: make something this weekend with chocolate. It can be these or something else. Just make something – anything – using your favorite chocolate.

That’s all you need for a great weekend, anyway, right? Fresh bread and chocolate.

Homemade peanut butter or almond butter cups are the easiest thing to make, plus you can make them as healthy or unhealthy as you want!

These little beauties have no added sugar and are a mix of deep, rich cocoa flavor and roasty toasty almond butter. A.k.a = the perfect combination.

News flash: coconut oil + cocoa powder makes a pretty incredible solid chocolate once it’s set. Fill that mixture with crunchy almond butter and you’ve got yourself a dessert that’s ready in minutes.

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Makes: 4 cups


  • 1.5 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1.5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp almond butter


  1. In a small bowl, melt the coconut oil with the cocoa powder. Stir together until the cocoa is dissolved into the oil.
  2. Drop about a teaspoon of the cocoa mixture into 4 muffin liners and swirl it around the liner so that the cocoa mixture comes up onto the sides of the liner.
  3. Put the liners in the fridge so the chocolate will set, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add a spoonful of almond butter on top of the bottom layer of chocolate.
  5. Add another layer of the melted coconut oil and cocoa mixture (reheating, if needed) and tilt the liners so that the chocolate layer covers the almond butter.
  6. Place back in the fridge to let the chocolate set, about 10-15 minutes.


  1. I’ve never tried one of these without some sort of sweetener, but either way it’s definitely something I could go for right now to cap off the week.

    • i wanted to use some honey, but i was out! they were still good – very dark and rich, but that’s how i like my chocolate :)

  2. Oh my goodness these look too good to be real!!!

  3. This is awesome! I cant wait to try it as i have some coconut oil to use up.

  4. I just had to buy a container of the Hershey’s dark cocoa powder..think I might have to make these this weekend!

  5. Sounds like you have a FABULOUS weekend on tap!! The cups- YUM! I just baked some bars with chocolate- check!

  6. Sounds like you have a fantastic weekend ahead! Can’t wait to hear all about this epic brunch!! And I’m so excited about this recipe and will definitely be making it this weekend! Love that it’s actually pretty healthy and I have all the ingredients at home! SCORE!

    • let me know if you try them! they’re VERY dark and rich – you could definitely add some sweetened to the chocolate mix if you wanted.

      i can’t wait for the brunch either!!! i’m so excited.

  7. This is definitely my kind of recipe! I’ve also been using cocoa powder and coconut oil together lately as a chocolate substitute, but I add some honey. :)

    They look awesome. I love that first picture!

  8. Oh my gosh, we are geniuses.

  9. yummm, this is certainly a great start to the weekend :)

  10. I have dark chocolate cocoa powder but no coconut oil… These look so tasty, I think I need to go to the store ASAP :P

  11. Let’s be honest…one can never have too much baking homework. These look awesome! A definite addiction waiting to happen.

  12. Wow…so simple, yet I’d never have thought to make these myself. Thank you SOOO much for the idea, the recipe and the inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  13. I’ve always wanted to make peanut butter cups and these look absolutely awesome! I already failed my baking homework for the weekend (no chocolate here :(), but I did finally get the chance to hang out in the kitchen a little bit!

  14. I love how simple this recipe is!

  15. these look unreal!!! i just baked with almond butter for the first time over the weekend.. i love almond butter so much, no idea why i never thought to use it in a recipe! i adore anything and everything chocolate/peanut butter so i know i would LOOOOVE these. great recipe Brandi!

  16. I now must buy silicone cups.

  17. I need to makes these asap! Peanut butter cups are one of my favorites :) I love that you used almond butter instead, these look sooo soo good!!

  18. I love how you scaled down the recipe – so I’m not too tempted to eat 5 dozen at a time!


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