1 Sep 2013

GIVE ME CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER CUPS


Nothing fancy today, folks - just simple deliciousness. Raw chocolate almond butter cups with four ingredients? Gimme! I don't think I'll ever get tired of these, and believe me - I would know. I've eaten quite a number in my life thus far. As a bonus, this is one of those recipes that every kind of person can enjoy, not just vegans or raw food lovers. If you give them to your carnivorous, junk food-worshiping brother, I guarantee he won't even know they're healthy. My guarantee comes from personal experience.


So... how ARE you, anyway!? Is your summer turning out to be everything you hoped it would? As it winds up, I can't help but feel pretty great about myself and what I've accomplished in the past three months. If someone had told me that over the sunny season I was going to write a book and be nominated for the VegNews Veggie Awards (please vote! hehe)... I would have laughed and asked them to pinch me.

Yet here I am. I am so grateful for all these amazing opportunities that have landed in my lap! That being said, I AM looking forward to going back to school and returning to my "normal" routine. I put that in quotes because my regular routine is still pretty weird compared to the average fellow. Anyhoo. My classes start back up on my birthday (turnin' 20 on September 3rd, baby) and I am really excited about them all. I am taking a history course on Renaissance Europe, a gender and women's studies course called Gender Talk (!!!) and a philosophy course on religion. I cannot wait to sit down in my lectures and write some essays!

No, that was not sarcastic. I really do love writing essays. 


Enough about me though. I know what you came here for. RAW CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTAH CUPS. Yeeeah, maan. These guys are everything you want them to be and more, and on top of all that they are actually super good for you... in moderation *cough cough*! I'd say two or three is a decent single serving size? But I'm not one to count calories or anything else. I do what I feel and eat what makes me feel good. These make me feel like I'm flying!

I recommend you try out a raw cacao-based super food blend called Jump Up and Go Go instead of regular cacao powder. My new super cool friend Vanessa (who has an awesome blog of her own) gave me a bag of it to try out. I used it all up in no time! It's basically like cacao, but better. The powder blend includes powerful healing ingredients like maca, wheatgrass, chaga mushrooms, hemp, noni, goji berries and more! Use it just like you would cacao powder for an extra nutrition boost. I feel amazing after having it. And (hopefully this isn't too much information) I'm on my period right now so all the extra iron, etc. helps me to feel balanced.


raw chocolate almond butter cups: makes about six

Chocolate:
1/4 cup Jump Up and Go Go or cacao powder
1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
1/6 cup preferred liquid sweetener (like date syrup, agave syrup, maple syrup, coconut nectar, etc.)

Filling:
6 teaspoons almond butter

To make the chocolate: whisk together the ingredients until smooth. Optional add-ins: salt, cinnamon, maca, berry powders, nutmeg, chili, ginger, etc. Pour about 1 teaspoon of the liquid chocolate into the bottom of 6 cupcake papers, or at least enough to cover the bottoms. Put in the freezer for 5 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened. Scoop 1 teaspoon of almond butter onto each chocolate base, then cover with the remaining liquid chocolate. Put in the fridge for 10-20 minutes or until hardened. 

Chomp.

53 comments:

  1. Ok, how is it possible that something so delicious looking can be so simple? seriously, I love your recipes because I usually have most if not all of the stuff on hand. As for this nummy looking number, I'm off to grab some almond butter, which was actually already on my shopping list :D

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  2. I was wondering if you think this would be just as delicious with cashew butter? if so I can just make them now without running out to the store!

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  3. 4 ingredients? Amazing! I honestly thought that making raw chocolate involved many expensive ingredients. Actually, I KNOW that! I went to a raw chocolate masterclass some time ago and came out feeling I would never be able to afford making them!

    I assume these will only survive in the fridge/freezer... (correct me if I am wrong!)... but still!!! Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

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  4. These look AMAZING! Thanks for the shout-out, BTW ;)

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  5. Give me some of these!!! I've made ab cups before but just used melted down choc chips. I'll have to try with coconut oil and cacao.
    How are you only 19??!! Have a great birthday and good luck with school.

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  6. Made these last night for a staff party. They lost their mind.
    You are an inspiration. Seriously.
    Happy birthday tomorrow! I hope someone makes YOU a dessert as delicious as you would make.
    -Meghan

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  7. I cannot tell you how happy it makes my heart to see other people innovating with my modest line of products!! I get so frustrated with the apparent lack of concern for our health that many so called health products show that I am fighting back with GoGo and it's SO nice to know that I'm not alone. THANK YOU.

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  8. Hey Emily!
    First of all I really enjoy your blog! It's actually one of the few blogs that I actually READ and not just scroll down to the recipe haha.
    Anyways - is it possible to prepare this chocolate with stevia? Or does the sweetener have to be liquid?
    I have the powder on hand but I could also go out and get the stevia drops, would that work?
    I'd love to try those as I'm constantly craving Reese's PB Cups! x

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    1. Aw thank you :D

      You can use stevia powder! But obviously in a super small amount. If you use stevia regularly - you know what I'm talkin' about! You'll want to increase the amounts of cacao powder and coconut oil then. Feel free to use peanut butter to get the real Reeses experience! x

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  9. Hells to the yes - please!

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  10. I made them yesterday, they're absolutely decadent and so easy and quick... thank you for the recipe !

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  11. I tried them out today and they are AMAZING!! so delicious!
    I've been trying and eating pretty much vegan lately and I have to say you are a big inspiration! I love your approach to food and your recipes, especially the desserts!! I will be trying lots of them :) i'm also excited about your upcoming book keep up the great work and inspiration!!! xxx

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  12. Oh my god you have just made my day. I also feel like flying! We used to have a raw vegan restaurant around us and they served these to us, but for some reason we have never tried to make them ourselves. So glad I found this post - I will be making them tonight, and chances are they will be GONE tonight!

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  13. can you substitute the almost butter for almost spread at all?

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    1. Do you mean almond spread? Probably... but I don't know what that is haha

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  14. They are definitely awesome! :)

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  15. made this with walnut butter instead of almond butter and flavored the chocolate with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. tastes like chocolate pumpkin pie. 8)

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  16. No chocolate in the house? No problem! Thanks for saving my chocolate shortage with this post!

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  17. I made these today and although they are delicious, the coconut nectar did not harden in the freezer. The taste was still good but I couldn't serve them like that. Any suggestions?

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  18. I made these today and although they are delicious, the coconut nectar did not harden in the freezer. The taste was still good but I couldn't serve them like that. Any suggestions?

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    1. I don't think coconut nectar DOES harden in the freezer? Did you mean coconut oil?

      Em

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    2. No, I used coconut nectar instead of maple syrup as a sweetener. I didn't realize it wouldn't harden. I am going to try them again with a different sweetener. Thanks!

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  19. How many days/nights can this stay refrigerated??

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    1. Oh quite awhile (a couple weeks or so?) and if you put them in the freezer they can last for months!

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  20. I am hating myself for not coming across your blog earlier. I am a vegetarian from India who always gives up making things due to the sheer need of eggs or meat. So HAPPY now. :D
    Thanks much
    Minal :)

    PS: Are you there on instagram?

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  21. Hey its Minal here again. Its hard to find cacao powder, hemp powder etc here in Mumbai, is there any other substitute i could use? Maybe cocoa powder, im not too sure.
    And for the sweetener ill be using honey, will that be fine?

    I am super excited to make them for my family and boyfriend. :)

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    1. Hi! Thanks :) You can cocoa powder instead of cacao

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  22. Who'd have thought this delectable treat could be so simple to make?- I'll give it a go and see if they come out as well as yours did! Thanks so much for sharing, and best of luck with your studies this term :) I had a good Summer of cooking and blogging but no sadly no holiday away this year as our kids had to wait for their exam results and we were busy fixing up the house. Luckily the weather here was great, though, so plenty of sunshine anyway!

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  23. Hi Emily! I have made these buttercups a couple of times now and they have been a smash hit!!! Can't believe how easy and fabulous they are. Following your blog from Brisbane :) Heidi xx

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  24. Hi! will these remain hard when put outside the fridge? I'm planning to take them to a party and I have to travel and bring them. I was wondering if they will melt or not? Thanks!!!! :)

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    1. They should be okay as long they are kept in a cool-ish / room temperature space.

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  25. Would it also be possible to replace the coconut oil by cocoa butter? I prefer this in raw chocolate because I feel it gives a more chocolate-like result.

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  26. I made my own version of these this evening, in the 15 minute gap I had between finishing dinner and going to rehearsal. I added himalayan crystal salt and a pecan on top! They don't look half as professional as yours but it's a miracle that I'm making anything like this, having never really cooked and especially having never considered that I could eat raw before. You are a true inspiration, Emily!

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  27. Wonderfully yummy looking and the almond butter in the recipe could also be used to make almond milk...mmmm

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  28. Yummy!! I love to the chocolate butter cups. Hope someone will give me this right now. I think you know how the chocolate lovers are passionate about it. Love to all the recipes of chocolate, but every time I found new recipe and my hunger will increase to see it. I found more recipe and products on here http://www.chocholik.com/shop/person/, which I think the best online store.

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  29. I'm 14, and made these for my family today! They were amazing :)

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  30. what is liquid coconut? is it the oil?

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  31. Are the GoGo products available in US?

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  32. I think they can be shipped there yeah? Not totally sure though.

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  33. I made these!!! They are amazing!!! My roommate and I aren't making them again, they were toooo dangerous, couldn't stop eating them...

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  34. can you give exact example for how much Stevia liquid to use in this recipe and what other liquid you would use to make up the difference since you would use 1/3rd less than normal amount for the liquid part of recipe. Anything come to mind?

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  35. @Anonymous - just use more of the other two ingredients, or try nut milk! You'll probably only need a couple drops of liquid stevia, or a pinch of the powder.

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  36. AnonymousJune 13, 2014

    If you are lazy like me, mix all the ingredients together (I use coconut oil, lyles golden syrup, peanut butter), pour into a parchment paper lined pan (size determines thickness), place in freezer to firm up, cut into six (or more) bars. :-)

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  37. Flamin' Nora! These are just the most divine little darlings I have ever had the pleasure of making (and it must be said) eating all for myself! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  38. Hi Emily!
    Amazing recipe! I'm making them right now... just can' wait to try.....
    I'd love to share your recipe on my blog http://sharelovenotsecrets.com, with source link to you of course. Is that oke by you?

    Cheers,
    Marleen

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  39. Hi Emily- I recently bought your book but oddly enough this is the first recipe I'm making. HOLY AMAZING. I used a mix of stevia and maple syrup for the sugar and added a tiiiiiny bit of almond extract to the chocolate. WOW.
    This. Is. To. Die. For.

    I heart you for this recipe.
    Thank you!

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  40. Can I use Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder instead of jump a go go?

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