Nut Butter Cups

My Nut Butter Cups are made with almond butter instead of peanut butter, making them a wonderful paleo dessert. Peanut butter is not considered a paleo food since it is made from peanuts, a legume, and legumes are not part of the paleo diet. For more on the do’s and don’ts of the paleo diet please see this helpful post, What is the Paleo Diet?

This healthier version of the classic peanut butter cup is super easy to make and totally delicious!

I figured that right after I posted the recipe for my incredible Vanilla Almond Butter I would share this easy Nut Butter Cup recipe. Alas, it was not so simple. My boys hijacked my Nut Butter Cups testing the night I tried to finalize the recipe, hacking my my project, and dumping loads of chocolate chips into the pot. After that they devoured a large portion of the results. Because of this I lost all measurements and had to start over. Thankfully, this wasn’t much of a problem since everyone in my family loves these homemade almond butter cups.

Today I had a bit of time to repeat this project with better measuring success. So here it is! Gluten-free, high-protein, vanilla almond butter cups.

Nut Butter Cups

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Servings 11 cups



  • Stir flaxseed meal into Vanilla Almond Butter
  • Melt chocolate in a small pan over very low heat
  • Using a small paint brush, coat the bottom and sides of a nut butter cup mold
  • Place mold in freezer for 10 minutes to allow chocolate to harden
  • Use a mini ice cream scoop to place a scant teaspoon of vanilla almond butter into each cup
  • Paint chocolate over nut butter
  • Place in freezer for 10 minutes
  • Turn mold upside down and pop nut butter cups out of mold
  • Serve
Prep Time 15 mins
Freeze Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins
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If you don’t have a mold there is an alternative. You’ll love homemade Nut Butter Balls! To make them use the same ingredients as for Nut Butter Cups, but chill the Vanilla Almond Butter, then roll it into balls. After that, dip the balls in melted chocolate, then let them harden and sprinkle with a bit of salt.

gluten free nut butter balls and cups

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Here are some of my other healthy paleo candy recipes for you!


45 responses to “Nut Butter Cups”

  1. I recall a certain best friend in high school who would make homemade peanut butter cups for the holidays…and they were delicious. Nice to see this favorite with a new twist!

  2. I’ve been making these for about 6 months with natural peanut butter as the almond butter was too thin, but it never occurred to me to add anything to thicken it…duh!!! I’ll try that as soon as I finish typing this post. Also, I use my silicone muffin cups and they work great…no sticking and the perfect size! I make a big batch (while my kids are napping so they’re not devoured right away!) and after chilled, pop them out and wrap in foil to keep in the fridge or freezer. Thanks again Elana!

  3. These look divine! We are intolerant to flax in this household. What purpose does the flax serve? Can it be left out or substituted? Thx!

  4. I’ve read this at work (8:43am) and am now wanting to dash back home and make them.

    Looking forward to making the Nut Butter Balls tonight. I’ll look for molds on the weekend and do a trial run of the Nut Butter Cups. I’m sure my husband won’t mind a preview ;)

  5. whaoo these look delicious! My husband is going to love love love them. Thanks for yet another great recipe Elana :)

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