Homemade nut butter is a healthy snack, high in protein, energy and so easy to make with raw nuts and a high speed processor. I sandwiched my nut butter here between slabs of dark chocolate.
Homemade Nut Butter in Dark Chocolate Cups
Homemade nut butter is healthy and delicious and the best filling for homemade chocolate cups.
In this post, I give you two options for this delicious nut butter dark chocolate cup! Full of magnesium, protein and iron!
Either use store-bought quality nut butter (only nuts in the ingredients such as Once Again or Barneys), or make your own. Of course homemade nut butter won’t be as glossy, but still healthy and fresher in flavor.
How to Make Homemade Nut Butter
Cashews, almonds, walnuts, macadamias, any nut will do. Nuts are magic.
Spin them in a processor or blender and their natural oils are released and, magic, nut butter!
Of course you can add salt, sweeteners, even quality cacao powder if you wish (Hello nutella!).
Peanuts too but did you know they grow underground as opposed to cashews, almonds and walnuts which grow on trees? So technically, peanuts are considered part of the beans and peas family!
Tips to Make Chocolate Layers
For the chocolate layers in this cup, you also have choices.
You can buy a high quality dark chocolate (70% cacao and up is great!), melt it with a bit of coconut oil or make homemade chocolate using cacao paste and cacao butter. I give you both recipes.
Either way, between the magnesium and iron in the chocolate and the protein in the nut butter, you really can’t go wrong. This could be dinner!
Nut Butter Chocolate Cups Are Easy & No Bake
Just melt up the chocolate, pour half into cupcake liners, refrigerate. Make nut butter, or melt store bought, and pour a layer on top of the chocolate. Refrigerate that and melt more chocolate. Pour that on the top and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, maybe more. Peel off paper liner, store refrigerated. Delicious treat!
Try My Other Vegan Chocolate Treats
Chocolate Bark Recipe with Nutella
Homemade Protein Bars
Chocolate Protein Bars
Vegan White Chocolate
Chocolate Quinoa Scotcheroos
Chocolate Covered Chickpea Snack
Butternut Squash Fudge Recipe
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Homemade Nut Butter in Dark Chocolate Cups
Homemade Nut Butter (if you don't use store bought)
- 2 cups nuts (cashews, almonds, macadamias, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts) soaked overnight, rinsed, and roasted 8 minutes)
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
Make Homemade Chocolate
OR Use a Store-bought Chocolate Bar
- 1 2-cup pyrex measuring cup
- 1 6-cup muffin pan
To Make Homemade Nut Butter
- Soak your nuts in water overnight. Rinse and spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and roast dry, about 5-8 minutes, at 350 F. If the nuts have skins (like hazelnuts), rub them in a soft towels after toasting to remove that skin.
Let the nuts cool, then add them to a blender or food processor and spin about 8-12 minutes until they dissolve into a fairly creamy consistency. Depending on the oils the nuts release, you might want to add a tbsp or two of coconut oil, melted, to achieve a smoother texture.Add salt and any other addins (think chia seeds, flax seeds, a bit of maple syrup, even cacao powder). Then keep blending or processing until as smooth as you can get it. Store refrigerated in air-tight container.
To Make Homemade Chocolate
- Combine homemade chocolate ingredients in a sauce pan and melt on very low heat. Do not burn. To be safe, instead of melting directly in a sauce pan, melt them instead in a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup sitting in a boiling water bath but do not let water enter the measuring cup or the chocolate will seize.
To Make Cups
- If you opt to use store-bought, melt the chocolate in a microwave at 30 second intervals, adding a tbsp of coconut oil per bar. Once you have melted chocolate ready (either homemade or store bought), pour a thin layer on to the bottom of six cupcake-sized paper cups and set each paper cup into a 6-cup muffin pan.
- Put the pan in the refrigerator for 30 min or freezer for 10 min.
- Meanwhile prepare the nut butter. If it is stiff from the refrigerator or if your store bought nut butter is stiff in the jar, melt it gently in the microwave in 10 second intervals (or in a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup in a water bath on the stove).
- Spoon this glossy nut butter into each cup and return the pan to the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or freezer if you want that layer hard, we did not).
- Then pour on second chocolate layer and set in refrigerator or freezer until the cups are ready for you to eat!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.