Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Butter Cups

These super simple, delicious, and healthy chocolate pumpkin seed butter cups are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, and nut free. A decadent guilt-free treat!

pumpkin seed butter cups in a stack with bite out

Let’s Make Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Butter Cups

 

You might already know that I’m a big fan of dark chocolate. It’s one of my favourite treats and I enjoy it regularly… almost daily to precise. There’s nothing wrong with a little dark chocolate as it’s rich in antioxidants and does wonders to curb a sugar craving!

If there’s anything better than a few squares of rich dark chocolate, it’s dark chocolate in a cup filled with peanut butter or in this case homemade pumpkin seed butter! This delicious treat is so easy to make and is great to have on hand when you get a hankering for something sweet. 

Stack of chocolate cups and pumpkin seed butter

Why Pumpkin Seed Butter Cups?

 

This fun twist on a traditional chocolate peanut butter cup is made with my simple homemade pumpkin seed butter. Many individuals deal with nut allergies and unfortunately can’t safely enjoy peanut butter cups, and often schools and daycares have no-nut policies, so these pumpkin seed butter cups are a great alternative to the traditional version. Even without the peanut butter they have an amazing rich chocolatey flavour and a smooth, creamy filling. 

Pumpkin seed butter is also a really healthy alternative to peanut butter. It’s a great source of minerals including magnesium and iron, and also contains vitamins, protein, and omega-rich fats. In fact, just 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seed butter has 5g of protein!

display of chocolate pumpkin seed butter cups

Ingredients in Pumpkin Seed Butter Cups

 

To make these delicious chocolate cups you only need three main ingredients. That’s it, that’s all my friends! While I highly recommend using my homemade pumpkin seed butter for this recipe, if you don’t want to bother making your own, you can simply buy a pumpkin seed butter from the store. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 70% dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • Coconut oil
  • Maple cinnamon pumpkin seed butter (or store-bought pumpkin seed butter you can mix with pure maple syrup and ground cinnamon)

close up of chocolate pumpkin seed butter cups

How To Make The Best Chocolate Cups

 

To make the best chocolate to butter ratio when it comes to chocolate cups, I have come up with my 3-step trick! 

1. First pour melted dark chocolate into a muffin liner that’s in a muffin tin, then before adding the nut or seed butter filling, you take your finger or a small spoon and swirl the chocolate around so that it makes a thin layer of chocolate along the inner edge of the muffin liner about 1 cm deep.

2. Next you add in the nut or seed butter filling and press it down slightly so that you can see a thin layer of that chocolate surrounding the outer edge of the peanut butter filling.

3. Then when you pour the remaining chocolate on the top of the peanut butter filling, it will envelope it and voila! a perfectly portioned chocolate butter cup!

stack of pumpkin seed butter cups covered in chocolate

If you browse the internet or Pinterest you can find so many healthier homemade alternatives to your favourite candy or chocolate bar treats these days, it’s awesome! These chocolate pumpkin seed butter cups are definitely worth trying if you are big Reese’s peanut butter cup fan, or if you wish you could have a chocolate peanut butter cup but have a nut allergy. 

Do you ever make your own healthier homemade chocolate bar “knock-offs”? I’d love to read about it in the comments! Also, be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later and share the love!

pumpkin seed butter cups in a stack with bite out

Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Butter Cups

Yield: Makes 9 cups
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A delicious take on a classic favorite, these pumpkin seed butter cups are vegan, gluten free, and totally healthy!

Ingredients

Optional

  • pumpkin seeds to garnish

Instructions

  1. Line a regular sized muffin tin with 9 muffin liners.
  2. Melt dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small pan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
  3. Pour 1/2 tablespoon of the melted dark chocolate into the bottom of each muffin liner.
  4. Take your finger or a small spoon and swirl the chocolate around in each cup so that it creates a thin layer of chocolate along the inner edge of the muffin liner about 1 cm deep.
  5. Next, scoop 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin seed butter filling into each muffin cup to top of the chocolate layer in the muffin liner.
  6. Do this for all 9 cups.
  7. Lastly, pour the remaining melted chocolate in each muffin cup to cover the pumpkin seed butter, making sure you cannot see any of the pumpkin seed butter.
  8. Sprinkle each cup with a few pumpkin seeds (optional).
  9. Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has completely hardened.
  10. Store the pumkin seed butter cups in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

* Homemade Pumpkin Seed Butter Recipe Here: https://nutritioninthekitch.com/pumpkin-seed-butter-recipe/

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Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Butter Cups

 

More Healthier Chocolate Treats You’ll Love:

Healthy Dark Chocolate Bark with Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Pretzels

Easy Homemade Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Banana Bread Donuts

 

Have a great day, 

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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