Only 5 ingredients needed to whip up these chocolatey almond butter cups. They're seriously addictive and will please everyone as they're vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free.
Nuts are so versatile and have a long list of health benefits which is why we include them in most of our recipes. Almonds are rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc and manganese. They're also full of B vitamins which are essential for converting our food into fuel and giving us energy. They may be high in calories due to the unsaturated fat they contain but frequent nut consumption is linked to lower rates of heart disease and a smaller waistline! These cups are also topped with dark chocolate which we also love due to its mineral content and antioxidant power. Oxidative stress can damage our cells and cause disease but antioxidants help to fight and reverse these changes. So you can enjoy these treats while knowing you're nourishing your body at the same time ;)
*Makes 8-10 Cups
- 200g almonds
- 100g dates (soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes and drained)
- 1 TBSP maple syrup
- 150g almond butter
- 100g dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Place the almonds on a baking tray and roast in the oven for ~10 minutes. Leave to cool.
- Add the almonds to the food processor and blend until it becomes a fine powder.
- Add the dates and blend until it moulds together. It will be a fine powder at first but when you keep blending the oils will release from the nuts and hold it together.
- Press the mixture into a muffin tin. Leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Melt the dark chocolate over a bain-marie.
- Put a spoon of almond butter into each tart before pouring the melted chocolate and fill to the top.
- Cover over and leave to chill in the fridge again for ~1 hour.