We dare say that these decadent Carob Almond Butter Cups are more real than their popular lookalike. Made with homemade almond butter, organic cocoa butter, and organic carob powder, these are your favorite nutty butter cups but healthier because they are made with real food ingredients. Because they are easy to make, are delicious and also gluten-free, we have to warn you that there is a major possibility that making these sweet treats will be a staple in your dessert rotation. Need more reasons to love them? These snacks are dairy-free, refined sugar free, and do not contain trans fats or palm oil. No soy lecithin either.
A total of five ingredients. That’s everything we need to make these irresistibly delicious Carob Almond Butter Cups. Let’s get started! First on the list is making sure that you have prepared homemade almond butter in advance. If you have never made almond butter at home before, fret not. Here’s a simple guide.
You will only need roasted whole almonds. If you’d prefer, a pinch of salt won’t hurt. Then run the almonds in a food processor. Initially, whole almonds will turn into flour-like appearance. Continue processing it until you achieve the almond butter consistency that you require. For this recipe, a thicker texture would be better. Not all almonds are the same so we recommend looking for organic and unsalted dry roasted whole almonds.
Now to the other good parts. The key ingredient here, aside from homemade almond butter is carob powder. We used the roasted kind but feel free to use raw carob powder. It’s really just a matter of preference. Both options complement cocoa butter, which is another essential component of these delectable desserts. The flavorful tandem of carob and cocoa butter sealed this carob recipe with a “gourmet” stamp. Along with maple sugar and real vanilla extract, we have kept the ingredient list to a minimum while keeping these energy delights completely guilt-free.
What Makes These Carob Almond Butter Cups Special
- Real Gourmet. Made with five nutritious and real food ingredients that you can pronounce.
- Gluten Free. We developed this recipe so that people with gluten intolerances can enjoy these carob treats too!
- No Refined Sugar. Carob powder and organic maple sugar team up as natural sweetening agents.
- No Dairy. There is no milk product in this recipe.
- No Soy Lecithin.
- No Palm Oil.
These carob butter cups are definitely a healthy version of your favorite store-bought chocolate peanut butter cups. If you’re trying to unlearn some snacking habits, prepare these carob bites in advance, store them in the fridge so you have something ready the next time a craving kicks in.
RECIPE: Carob Almond Butter Cups
- In a small sauce pan over very low heat, or in a bowl in a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter to liquid form.
- Add the roasted carob powder a little at a time (so it doesn't get lumpy) while mixing constantly. Add salt and maple sugar. Chopsticks are great for stirring the mixture. Mix thoroughly.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir well until well-combined.
- Gently pour some of the liquid mixture into the bottom of the mold, just thick enough to cover the base. Approximately 1/8" thick. Let it cool to set or harden.
- When it's almost set or firm enough to support the filling, carefully spoon a portion of the almond butter on top of the base and in the center of each mold, making sure it doesn't touch the sides or the final outer coating won't cover it.
- Carefully pour more of the liquid carob mixture around the almond butter to fill the edges and then completely cover the top.
- Set aside to cool and harden completely.
- Remove the Carob Almond Butter Cups from the molds.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, if there are any left after tasting them.