Vegan Nut Butter Cups (refined sugar free!)

I have been looking at recipes for peanut butter cups because one of my littles loves, I mean LOVES, peanut butter cups. He has asked me to make them over & over. I’m not big on making sugary sweets but I was having trouble resisting his toothless first grader smile. It was time. Every time I looked all of the recipes called for chocolate chips and sugar. I decided I needed to create my own recipe using unsweetened chocolate and a healthier nut butter, almond butter.

I gotta say these are really, really good. Even after you freeze them the nut butter center stays deliciously soft and yummy. So yummy that a little toothless smile flashed at me between every single bite. I couldn’t help but wonder how on earth I resisted for so long. :)

Yeilds: 12 Nut Butter Cups


Chocolate Base:

  • 4 squares unsweetened bakers chocolate
  • 1/4 cup soy margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Agave

Nut Butter Filling:

  • 1/2 cup Almond butter (I used a drippy almond butter)
  • 2 T agave
  • 1 Tbsp Soy butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1/2 cup Raw crushed nuts (I used Cashews)


Line a muffin pan with paper liners. In a small bowl combine and mix thoroughly nut butter filling ingredients. Set aside.

In a second small bowl, microwave chocolate and soy butter 1-3 minutes depending on strength of microwave. Watch closely so as not to burn chocolate. Remove and stir. Stir in agave and vanilla. It will be a little watery, don’t worry!  Using a tablespoon fill each liner with chocolate base.

Fill a plastic sandwich bag or pastry bag with peanut butter filling, cut corner and pipe a dallop of filling into the center of each cup. Feel free to use a spoon to add a drop of filling to the center if you don’t care about the swirl! Top with crushed nuts. Freeze at least 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in freezer.

4 thoughts on “Vegan Nut Butter Cups (refined sugar free!)

  1. Hey Kara & Co.,
    Love your blog and your efforts to get healthy food/recipes out to other athletes and people! We need more health centered people like you in mainstream media/professional sports! I wanted to give you some suggestions for ingredient upgrades if you are interested in making this wonderful treat lower on the glycemic scale and one step healthier.
    Use coconut nectar as your sweetener, Agave has a ton of fructose and is sort of “out” as far as a healthy sweetener. Stevia and Lakanto are also amazing as they are literally no glycemic, your body doesn’t even register them as sugars.
    Also, upgrade the soy margarine (not sure what that is) so some delicious coconut butter! Coconut butter could change your life if you haven’t had it! Soy products unless fermented should be used sparingly but coconut butter could be a great addition to you diet. Coconut products are Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s) and they are anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial AND they support the thyroid gland which in turns runs your metabolism.

    Hope you find these ingredient upgrades useful as you continue to inspire millions to live a healthier life with delicious food!
    I played college basketball and I wished I was more aware of health/wellness then :)

    All the best !


    • Hey Elisa

      Thank you so much for following us on Laws On Wellness.

      Coconut nectar is an amazing product that we use in many of our other recipes, as is Stevia. One thing we try to be conscious of when putting together recipes is how the ingredients will compliment each other and how well they’ll “fit” together. Coconut nectar is thicker and fuller then agave.

      Coconut butter is another great product we use in a number of recipes. The problem with using coconut butter/oil, in this recipe is 1) it would alter the flavor, 2) it would create a very oily base that would make the nut butter cup difficult to settle and harden.

      What’s important to remember about the dessert section of our website is, just like any other dessert – they’re a treat. They shouldn’t be a part of a daily diet. They’re for fun, or for special occasions. he ingredients are certainly healthier then there regular alternatives (Peanut Butter Cup) but they’re still very much a treat.

      Again, thank you so much for following us, and thank you for your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you again soon.

      Laws On Wellness

      • Thanks for the reply and you are right, some sweeteners/ingredients lend themselves better than others for certain recipes.
        I’ll def. drop by the blog more often and refer some of my friends/clients to it as well. Please feel free to visit my blog/website below and see what I do with health and wellness.


        All the best, keep making delicious food!!

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