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Better Than Reese's Cups

If you love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, you're going to fall for this much healthier and much better version. Consider this the 2014 Reese's peanut butter cup. Made with almond butter, cocoa, coconut oil and a touch of honey, these paleo treats are easy to make and delicious. The fact that they are healthy is a bonus. But don't get too crazy eating these, because they still have calories...
Course Dessert
Servings 20 - 24
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet was turned on to this recipe by a social media friend who found it on The Practical Paleo blog

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup high quality cocoa
  • 1/4 cup raw local honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher or sea salt

Add-ins: consider sprinkling a bit of shredded unsweetened coconut on top or stick a raw almond in the center to magnify the greatness of this small treat.

Instructions

  1. Using a food processor, pour the melted oil into a half-cup and add to the machine. Next scoop the almond butter into the measuring cup and the almond butter will just fall out. Next, add the cocoa and the honey or maple syrup.

  2. Add a splash of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and process until it all comes together, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. You may want to scrape the sides of the food processor and then pulse a few more times.

  3. Using a mini cupcake holder with 24 cups, place mini cupcake liners in each space.

  4. Now get two spoons. Place the food processor right next to your muffin tin and carefully fill a spoon with chocolate mixture and then use the other spoon to scrape the mixture into the liners. Repeat until finished. (This may get a little messy, so just be careful not to overload the spoon and use the second spoon to catch any overage...)

  5. When you have filled the liners with the chocolate mixture, add in nuts and/or sprinkle with unsweetened shredded coconut.

  6. Place the muffin tin in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so they harden. Take note that they will not harden completely, so expect it to melt a bit on your fingers when you eat one.

  7. Reserve minis in a plastic bag and store in the freezer so you can grab one when you need "something sweet," but want to make a healthy choice.