Paleo Chocolate Cashew Buttercups

We love guest recipes from Monica at The Movement Menu and today she is sharing her version of paleo peanut butter cups, sans peanuts. Think of these as mini paleo chocolate cupcakes or truffles. This recipe has three different kinds of nuts, but Monica says you can use whatever nuts and nut butter you have on hand. We can’t wait to try these!



Paleo Chocolate Cashew Buttercups – Guest Recipe

  • Author: Monica from The Movement Menu
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert



  • 2 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter (raw or roasted is fine)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Grade B maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, crushed
  • 1/3 cup raw or roasted pistachios
  • sea salt crystals and crushed pistachios for dusting


  1. Line a mini cupcake pan with with 24 liners.
  2. Melt 1 1/4 cups of the chocolate chips. You can either use a double boiler or heat them in a bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval. Drop 1 teaspoon of the melted chocolate into each liner. Now, smooth the chocolate up the sides of the liner either with a brush or the back of your spoon. Place the tray into the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes is up, add 1 teaspoon of the cashew butter into each cup.
  4. Return the tray to the freezer. Heat a skillet over medium heat and toast the pistachios and macadamia nuts. Toss them over the heat for 3-5 minutes, until they turn slightly golden. Remove from heat.
  5. Grab a medium sized saucepan, and combine the coconut sugar and maple syrup over a medium-high flame. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly. Now, add the toasted nuts and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes until the mixture reaches between 240 and 265 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut oil and vanilla extract. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
  6. Take the tray out of the freezer, and distribute the mixture between the chocolate chips. Melt the remaining chocolate chips (another 1 1/4 cups) and cover the candy with it. Now, sprinkle the tops with some course sea salt or crushed nuts of your choice. Let them harden in the refrigerator for a few hours, and store in an air-tight container.

About Monica from The Movement Menu

Monica is obsessed with all things food and fitness.  Although she is not professionally trained as a nutritionist or doctor, her blog is dedicated to her experiences with food and through it she shares her delicious recipes and lessons from her journey to better health. Find more recipes and ideas from Monica on her Facebook and Instagram (@movementmenu).

Other guest recipes from Monica on the blog

Paleo Chocolate Ice-Cream Recipe

Baked Apple & Pork Meatballs Recipe


About the author: I share tasty recipes, tips, and meal plans to help you get healthier and lose weight. I am a qualified nutrition coach with an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Weight Management. More about me here.

PS. Some posts contain affiliate links. I may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you!) for purchases made through these links. This income helps to cover the operational costs of the blog. Thank you xo

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