Paleo Nut Butter Cups

I Can’t Believe it’s Nut Butter! Part I – Attack of the Cups

Paleo Nut Butter Cups

Paleo Nut Butter Cups

Who doesn’t love Reese’s Peanut Butter cups? Show of hands. Anyone? Anyone? I for one will just go ahead and shout it from the rooftops, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my FAVORITE! Favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite!!! Can you tell I like them? More like love them…in a creepy obsessed stalker hanging pictures of them in a scary basement kind of way. I love them all, King Size, Fun Size, Regular Size, Jumbo Size, Big Cup, Mini, Egg Shaped, Pumpkin Shaped, Christmas Tree Shaped…Oh wait where was I?…ah yes, I’m writing a blog post. Okay back to that…so unfortunately as most of you know peanuts aren’t Paleo, since technically they are a legume and not a nut. UGH then who named them PeaNUTs?! And then made peanut butter out of them and then made it SO delicious?! It’s just mean I tell you. Mean. Hmph. Uh-oh, it looks like Bitter Betty got out again, sorry about that, she’s supposed to be in the basement hanging newspaper clippings of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, I have no idea where she came from. How embarrassing!

The truth is, Reese’s may be one of the tastiest treats imaginable but they’re pretty bad for you. Lots of sugar and tons of preservatives. I mean how else do they get the peanut butter to have this chalk like consistency?! It’s (delicious) not natural I tell you! So here’s Part I of this week’s Two Part blog post! What?! A Two Part Blog Post?! I swear my blog is a Harry Potter or Star Wars movie. But you don’t even have to camp out in line for like 8 hours. However, the cool costume is required. Well go put it on, I’ll wait.


    Paleo Nut Butter Cups

    1 & 1/2 cups Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips (soy free, dairy free)
    1 cup sunflower seed butter (Sunbutter, Trader Joe’s or any nut butter you prefer)
    1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
    1/3 cup raw honey
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla


    1. Line a cupcake pan with silicone cupcake liners.

    2. Melt your chocolate chips. What I find works best is to put the chocolate chips in a large stainless steel bowl over a boiling pot of water and stir until the chocolate is completely melted.

    3. Then take a spoon sized dollop of melted chocolate and put it in the bottom of the silicone liners. Use the spoon to coat the bottom and sides of the liners by spreading the chocolate around and kind of twirling the cup lightly around the spoon. Coat the bottom and the sides well, I went halfway up the sides of my silicone liners. Then place the pan in the freezer to harden while you prepare your nut butter filling.

    4. Put the nut butter, coconut oil, raw honey, sea salt, and vanilla in a food processor and mix until combined.

    5. After your chocolate has hardened in the freezer, put a dollop of nut butter filling into the center of the cups and freeze again for about 30 minutes.

    6. After your nut butter filling is solid use a spoon to coat the tops with the rest of the melted chocolate (by this point you may need to re-melt your chocolate if it’s started to harden, no biggie). Then place in the freezer again until hard.

    7. Store nut butter cups in the refrigerator between stuffing your face with them. Enjoy!


So what did you think of Part 1? Can you believe the scene when Bitter Betty came out?! I know! Stay tuned for Part II when I take it one step further and…stuff the nut butter cup inside of a chocolate chip cookie. Scandalous! It’s like the sequel to Paleo Sea-Salted Nutella Stuffed Cookies and you didn’t even have to wait a year.

Vanessa Barajas
Vanessa Barajas


  1. Genius. Pure genius, I say.

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  3. ahhh… NOW I see! I’m reading your lovely posts out of order! :-)

  4. MyMagicPill Says: April 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Must. Make. These. *heads off to kitchen, fixated*

  5. Reblogged this on Gone Paleo (With the occasional FAILeo) and commented:
    Tuesday Treat = something I WILL be making within the next 7 days. Drool

  6. Oh yes please! What a perfect little treat 😉

  7. OH MY YUMMM!! So so good. I made these last night and couldn’t stop eating the nut butter batter. Then I ate one after breakfast this morning (luckily I crossfitted this morning). It’s like a cross between a reeses (but better) and the girl scout cookie samoas (thank you coconut oil!). So delicious. I’m waiting for the cookie batter to harden up in the fridge now, so I can make the cookies.

  8. I think I might love you.

  9. Did you use mini tins? How many cups does this recipe make?

  10. No attribution to you, but this is a word-for-word copy of your recipe. Don’t know if you care about that stuff.

    • Well I’ll be damned, they took everything, even my photography. Thanks for the heads up, I wouldn’t mind if they linked it back to my site but they don’t. I will look into it and I appreciate you letting me know!

      • No problem. I am so looking forward to making these! Thanks for getting back to me on the yield.

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  12. Brianna Says: July 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

    What if I don’t have silicon baking cups? Can u use paper?

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  15. Thank you. I have these chilling up now, can not wait to eat the whole thing together vs licking the individual spoons ( which I may or may not have done).

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  17. Ridiculous, stupid easy and fun. Reese’s are my favorite (were), and with Halloween around the corner, they are everywhere! Thank you for saving me! I, too, may or may not have licked the spoon. And bowl. Gonna share the recipe, but not the goods!

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  19. I just made this to go along with the Paleo “Reeses” Cheesecake. For those of you who are wondering, I used paper muffin cups in place of silicone cups and it worked fine. I just sprayed a little coconut oil in each one before filling with chocolate. For some reason though, I had WAY too much nut butter filling, and barely enough chocolate. Perhaps because I measured my coconut oil as a solid, not melted? I ended up using the extra nut butter filling as the topping for the cheesecake. Perfect!

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  21. how many does this recipe make?

    • That’s a good question! I made this recipe soooooo long ago it’s hard to remember, so sorry! I believe it made 12 because then I stuffed them inside chocolate chip cookies! :)

  22. Elizabeth cobcroft Says: September 5, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Could you use almond butter in place of the sunflower seed butter?

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