Recipe: 5-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

by JJ Virgin on February 5, 2019

One of the things that bothers me most about traditional dieting is how often it means going deprived and hungry. This recipe is proof that you can eat healthily and still enjoy delicious, decadent treats!

I love that these almond butter cups work for so many popular food plans: Paleo, keto, vegan… That’s ideal because I believe diets should be used as a tool to learn what works best for your body and needs. There’s no need to limit yourself to one and try to follow it for life!

Start with The Virgin Diet to learn which foods work best for your body, and use that knowledge to make healthy choices. Next, follow the cycles of Sugar Impact Diet to ensure you burn fat for fuel and find out how many carbs are right for you.

After that may come keto to break through a weight loss plateau (assuming you’re not suffering from any hormone or adrenal issues – then it’s best to choose a different option). Next might be a liver detox or an eating plan that nurtures your thyroid.

Whatever you learn from each of these diets comes together to create what I call your “365” – the daily food choices you make to look and feel your best. And your needs will certainly change as you age!

The key is to have versatile, nutritious recipes like this one at the ready. That way, you never have to go without your favorite foods as you dial in your diet and health.

One final note: recipes like this are only a good idea if you can limit yourself to one or two almond butter cups a day.

If any of the ingredients in this recipe are a trigger food for you, please try another that won’t be a source of ongoing temptation. The point is to find options that help you achieve your goals, not stand in your way!

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5-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Cups


February 5, 2019

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1 and 3

These delicious Paleo keto-friendly almond butter cups have added protein and less than 1 gram of sugar each, plus healthy fats from superfood almonds and coconut oil.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 12 cups


1/2 cup unsalted, unsweetened almond butter

1 scoop Vanilla JJ Virgin Paleo-Inspired All-In-One Protein Shake powder*

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 cup stevia-sweetened dark chocolate chips (We like Lily’s)

1 tbsp coconut oil


1Line 12 openings of a mini muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside; clear some space in the freezer for the pan.

2To make the filling: In a small bowl, stir together the almond butter, protein powder, and salt until well incorporated.

3Cover the bowl and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, until the filling is firm enough to handle and mold easily.

4While the filling chills, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a medium glass bowl.

5Half-fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; place the glass bowl of chocolate and oil on top of the pan of water and stir until the chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is smooth.

6Drop 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate into each mini muffin cup and tap the pan to smooth the chocolate into an even layer.

7Remove the almond butter filling from the freezer, and scoop 2 heaping teaspoons into your hands and mold into a ball, then flatten slightly.

8Gently lay the almond butter disc on top of the melted chocolate in one of the mini muffin cups; repeat for all the cups.

9Spoon another teaspoon of melted chocolate on top of each almond butter round and gently spread until even; repeat for all 12 cups.

10Place muffin pan into freezer, and freeze for 15-20 minutes, until set.

11Remove from freezer and place cups in an airtight container.

12Peel off cupcake liners before enjoying. Cups can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, whatever you prefer. (If stored in the freezer, you can allow to thaw 10-20 minutes before eating for a softer texture.)

*Find out more about JJ Virgin All-In-One Protein Shakes in our store, including FAQs and why our shakes are better than all the rest…

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Nutrition Facts

Sodium5 mg
Protein4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sugar0.8 g
Total Fat12 g
Total Carbohydrates5 g
Dietary Fiber3 g

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