3-Layer Nut-Free Dream Cups (Vegan, GF)

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I’m starting to twitch. That usually happens if it’s been longer than couple weeks without a blog post. Can you tell it’s been a bit crazy over here? I’ve had this draft open for over two weeks on my computer. As much as I don’t like being away from blogging, it’s refreshing to step back now and then. I’m really enjoying soaking up as much time with Adriana as I can. The weeks are flying by and it’s bittersweet when I think about how fast she’s growing. The second cookbook is also coming together really well. I’m so encouraged by how well the recipe development is going this time around! The recipes are turning out eyeball popping delicious. I’m so proud of each and every recipe that’s going into this book and I can’t wait for you to enjoy them with your loved ones!

Before I forget, I want to update you on my call for recipe testers. I know some of you assumed that you weren’t selected, but I actually haven’t contacted anyone yet as I’m running behind. I’m sorry for the delay; things tend to move at a glacial pace with a baby around! hah. It reminds me of one of my favourite quotes from the movie Devil Wears Prada: “By all means, move at a glacial pace…you know how that thrills me.” Oh Meryl, I love you. Anyway, I hope to send out email invites within the next month. We had a huge amount of volunteers – about 10,000 of you – crazy, right? Your enthusiasm is amazing. I will only be able to invite about 40 or 50 to start off with – I wish I could take you all up on your generous offer to help. Thank you all again so much!

If you’d like to see some cookbook teasers and what I’m up to behind the scenes, be sure to check out my Instagram account – I created a new hashtag called #osgcookbook2 where I will be sharing recipe teasers for the next several months.

OK, now onto this recipe! I’ve been working on the dessert chapter for my cookbook. One thing you told me loud and clear about the first book is that you want more desserts (especially cookies). And you know what? I totally agree! So for this next book, I’ve created a bigger, more awesome dessert chapter. It’s gonna blow ya mind…trust me on this one. I decided these nut-free dream cups were just too good to hold onto. This recipe is inspired by one of the most popular recipes from 2013 – my Raw Almond Butter Cups. Many of you asked for an almond-free version so I made it nut-free and added a third layer for fun. While I love the almond butter cup recipe, these are my new favourite for sure. The snappy coconut butter base provides a great contrast to the creamy middle and chocolate topping.

I have recently fallen back in love with coconut butter during my recipe testing pursuits. It’s so darn easy to make at home (the first time I made it at home was back in 2010). Have you made it before? It’s pretty life-changing. The store-bought stuff is super expensive for some reason (why are those jars soooo much?), but making it at home is really cheap! I use a 400 gram bag of No Name unsweetened medium coconut (see below). You want to be sure you are using unsweetened shredded coconut and not flaked, sweetened, or low-fat kinds. Ontario folks, you can find this No Name bag at Fortinos and I’m guessing other grocers too. I find some shredded coconut to be hit or miss when making homemade coconut butter, but this bag works perfectly every single time! I’ve also found processing 3-4 cups at a time works best – anything less and it might not break down into butter. Also, make sure the coconut you are using is fresh – if the coconut is stale it most likely won’t turn into butter. The beauty is that the leftover coconut butter will keep for a very long time in the fridge or pantry and you’ll always have some handy for baking.

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It’s such a treat to eat a spoonful of this warm homemade coconut butter!

To start off with, I added a scant teaspoon of coconut butter into each mini silicone mold. This is the one I use. They pop out so easily! I love using it for making homemade chocolate too. You can probably also use mini (or standard size if that’s all you have) cupcake paper liners.

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Pop those in the freezer while you stir together the filling.

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I made a very easy homemade chocolate for the topping using unsweetened cocoa powder, maple syrup, and coconut oil. All topped with large coconut flakes for a crunchy texture. Easily one of my favourite quick and easy desserts to come out of my kitchen in a while!

3-Layer Nut-Free Dream Cups

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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These dream cups are free of nuts, but you'd never know it! The bottom layer is made up with pure coconut butter. It adds a firm, snappy texture contrast to the naturally sweetened sunflower seed butter and homemade chocolate layers. Try these cups as a nut-free alternative to my popular Raw Almond Butter Cups.

Yield
8 mini cups
Freeze time
25 minutes
Prep Time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Total Time

Ingredients:

For the base layer:
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut butter (from a packed 1/4 cup solid coconut butter)
For the middle layer:
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, optional
  • pinch fine sea salt
For the top layer:
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 2 1/2-3 tablespoons unsweetened large flake coconut

Directions:

  1. If necessary, melt the coconut butter over the lowest heat in a saucepan until liquid.
  2. Spoon a scant teaspoon of melted coconut butter into a mini silicone cupcake mold and spread out evenly. You can probably use mini paper liners if you don't have silicone. Repeat for the rest (I made 8 mini cups). Place in the freezer.
  3. Prepare the middle layer: In a small bowl, stir together the sunflower butter, maple syrup, oil, vanilla (if using), and salt until smooth. Add a scant tablespoon of filling on top of each coconut butter layer. Smooth out and place in the freezer.
  4. Prepare the top layer: Add the coconut oil into a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt until smooth.
  5. Add a tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each cup. Top with a teaspoon of large flake coconut and gently press down.
  6. Freeze for about 25 minutes until solid. Allow to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before enjoying. Store leftovers in the fridge, or for longer storage, the freezer.

Tips:

To make homemade coconut butter, process 3-4 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut in a heavy-duty food processor for 7-10 minutes, until smooth and liquid. Make sure the coconut you are using isn't stale or it won't turn into butter. Leftovers will keep in the fridge in an air tight container for at least a month, but often much longer. You can also use store-bought coconut butter.

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1 Laura ~ Raise Your Garden March 4, 2015

Never heard of coconut butter until I read this post ~ and of course had no clue I could make it at home. I live just a hop, jump and a skip from Ontario, living just across the border in Niagara Falls so I will check out Fortinos and see if I can buy those Unsweetened Coconut Flakes next time I’m in time. These dream cakes look beyond fantastic, and although I’m impressed with the ingredient list (as always) and all the No’s, I’m most impressed you made this with no refined sugar. When I was a kid, a friends dad used to lock up the sugar in their household and told us it was pretty much poison. How we laughed at him then! And how we agree with him now =) That chocolate top is so impressive too, just had to get that off my chest. Looks smashing!

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2 Adeeba Ahmad March 11, 2015

They also have them at Loblaws, independent & Superstore.

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3 OSGMOM March 4, 2015

Someone in this house (I won’t mention names) has been going through OSG post withdrawal –ha ha. He’ll be happy to read this today and the recipe sounds Delicious. I’m all for anything that includes Coconut. I had no idea you could make your own Coconut butter! Can’t wait to make these — this might be a dessert one night for two special little boys.

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4 Joanna March 4, 2015

Did you get that coconut oil from Costco? :)

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5 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 4, 2015

It’s from Organic Garage grocery store :) I think Costco sells the huge ones too though in a dif. brand!

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6 Allyn March 4, 2015

Sooooo making these next week. My husband is allergic to dairy and nuts, so I tend to use a ton of sunflower seed butter in dessert recipes. Really loving that coconut butter base!

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7 Lucie March 4, 2015
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Love these cups! They look so pretty and sophisticated but the recipe seems fairly simple :) But I will rather skip making homemade coconut butter, my food processor would not be able to handle it I’m afraid. By the way could I use carob powder instead of cocoa or would it taste funky? Or maybe half carob half cacao? Thanks! Lucie

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8 Katharine in Brussels March 10, 2015

Hi Lucie, I’m not Angela but just wanted to reply to your question: you often can substitute 1:1 carob powder for cocoa. I prefer carob myself. If I want a more chocolate-y taste I add a bit of instant (grain) coffee. If you or anyone else tries a carob version, would you let us know how it turned out? :)

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9 Lucie March 10, 2015

Thanks Katharine! I’ll give it a try as soon as I manage and report back :)

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10 Siwe September 15, 2015
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I tried it with the carob powder today and it was delicious. Unlike my husband I have a sweet tooth so I decided to add caramel essence to the middle layer instead of vanillla extract. Turned out great, thank you for the awesome recipe, your recipes are a lifesaver for my vegan family

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11 Cristina March 4, 2015

I didn’t know you could make your own coconut butter! These look so delicious!

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12 Anna March 4, 2015

omg I think I’ll be doing this to my mum for the mother’s day!!! Thanks for the inspiration I know she will love it <3

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13 Sam @ PancakeWarriors March 4, 2015

Wow this is beautiful! Love the sunflower butter center. I’ve just recently discovered how yummy that is paired with sweet flavors!! Can’t wait to try it and see the cookbook!

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14 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 4, 2015

I can’t wait for your second cookbook! I’m so impressed that you’re able to write a cookbook and be a new mom, better yet have any time for blogging. Major kudos to you, lady!

These cups look unbelievable! It is hard to believe they’re nut free!

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15 Monica @ Mocha and Moccasins March 4, 2015

I love how you use the No Name brand! I’ll have to pick it up next time I’m at the store because I’ve never made homemade coconut butter before. The premade jars are way too expensive. I can’t wait to see more from OSG2!

M.

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16 Sarah March 4, 2015

These look delicious. Can’t wait to try!

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17 Michelle March 4, 2015

Looks amazing!! I see in the pictures for the filling you have vanilla extract but it’s nowhere in the recipe. Did it work out better without the extract or was it just left out of the recipe by mistake?

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18 Adrianne West April 16, 2015

Hi Michelle the vanilla extract is optional, listed in the ingredients and mentioned in step 3 of the recipe. I plan on trying both versions.

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19 Kari @ Cooking with Toddlers March 4, 2015

I am so excited for your new book! These look wonderful; I can’t wait to try them!!

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20 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan March 4, 2015

I don’t know how I haven’t made or even had coconut butter yet, ah!! I think these lovely little cups are calling my name and telling me it’s high time I tried it out!

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21 Brynn March 4, 2015

Love your raw almond cups! Can’t wait to give this a try.

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22 Savanna Mehrad March 4, 2015

Oh, Angela! These look absolutely to die for! I’ve been craving chocolate like none other lately and cannot wait to whip up a batch of these. They seem so simple! And coconut butter? How have I not known about this!?! Definitely going on my list of things to experiment with this weekend.

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23 Shelby March 4, 2015

Looks amazing! I love how clean your food recipes are :]

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24 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! March 4, 2015

I’ve missed your recipes and posts!! These look awesome!

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25 Cassie March 4, 2015

Magnificent! I can’t wait to check if I will be a recipe taster :D

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26 Adrienne J March 4, 2015

Holy Moly! I cannot wait to make these!!

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27 Annie March 4, 2015

You sound happy-busy! I CAN’T WAIT for the new cookbook! It’s awesome to know it’s going so well. May I put in my vote for more mains, sides, and salads? Your desserts are AMAZING, but for me, more special occasion. My sweet tooth can’t be trusted to stop once it gets started! It’s the day-to-day recipes I really treasure. My copy of your cookbook is already all sorts of worn and dog-eared in the entree section. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate those recipes! And the balsamic dressing recipe…it’s the best. I make it once or twice a week!

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28 Alexandra (Occasionally Eggs) March 4, 2015

These look amaaazing! I was so happy to see a new post, and this one is extra exiting :) You sound really busy, but in the best way!

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29 Amelia @i_heart_kale March 4, 2015

Holy heck, I was just about to make something very similar to these, but in bar form. These look like HEAVEN!!! Now I think ill pick up a mini silicone muffin pan and make them like you have above. :) One of my favorite desserts lately is coconut bark. All I do is melt down some coconut butter, spread on to wax paper, drizzle with a homemade melted chocolate mixture (like your recipe above) then sprinkle with shredded coconut and chopped nuts if I feel like it. Add a pinch of fleur de sel, freeze and its heaven! (must keep frozen) Such a great evening after dinner treat!
I can’t wait for your second cookbook. I missed out on the call for recipe testers. I think that was around the time that I had Caroline. Darn! Would have loved to help out with this (from a mom and RD standpoint). I am getting so many clients lately that are either vegan or have tons of food allergies!

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30 sandy March 4, 2015

i love you. i was just thinking how long its been since you posted something. and this is soooo worth the wait. thank you for the nut free option. nut allergy in our house. can’t wait to test this out.

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31 lynn @ the actor’s diet March 4, 2015

I WANT I WANT I WANT!!!

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32 Fanya @ Bliss half FULL March 4, 2015

This looks so delicious I want to run home and make some…
Thank you for your post, I almost obsessively was looking for your post daily for the past two weeks :P
I am so excited about your next book :)
Have a great week :)

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33 Paige March 4, 2015

3 of my favorite things!! I, too, have recently found a love of coconut butter. The texture fascinates me! And the fat/carb ratio really satisfies me at night. Looking forward to making these. And also keeping my fingers crossed to be a recipe tester! =)

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34 Irina @ Miss Irina March 4, 2015

My goodness these are gorgeous! Why is it that the simplest food creations are the best? Thanks for sharing!

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35 Jenna @ just j.faye March 4, 2015

I’ve been craving coconut butter lately and have been really wanting to make some. This recipe just solidifies the fact that I NEED to. These look
delicious!

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36 Erin March 4, 2015

You certainly got the dream part right! ;)
I don’t have a single ingredient to make these besides the salt… but chances are I might this weekend!
-E

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37 Lori March 4, 2015

NEED. THESE.

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38 S Lauren | Modern Granola March 4, 2015

These are gorgeous! How in the world do you keep your layers so perfect and neat?! Brava!

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39 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 4, 2015

This sure is one of those eat with your eyes first ones because if it’s half as delicious as it looks…swoon!

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40 Alexa [fooduzzi.com] March 4, 2015

You are Wonder Woman – a new mom, a tea shoppe, a kick-butt blog, AND a new cookbook? How do you find time for it all?!
This recipe looks amazing – I’ll definitely be giving it a try with all of my nut-free friends!

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41 Jessica @ TwoGreenPeas March 4, 2015

Oh wow, I had no idea you could make coconut butter like that! I always skip past recipes with coconut butter because as you said – ultra expensive and I never have any on hand. I’ll have to give this a try!

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42 Erin @ Erin's Inside Job March 4, 2015

Those look so good! Now if only I liked coconut…

Glad things are going well and it’s good to see you still working behind the scenes. Definitely take time for the things that matter though and we will always be here (anxiously awaiting delicious recipes) when you get around to it.

I am definitely excited for more desserts in the next cookbook; those are my favorites of yours. In fact, I plan to make a big batch of your trail mix cookies for my “graduation class” at the studio where I have been interning. Every time I make them people rave!

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43 Anna Lee March 4, 2015

I feel ya. I cannot stand the taste of coconut. In small amounts, like in a granola bar, I can do. But anything else is too much. Though I’ve made and continue to make recipes with coconut in them in hopes of my palate changing. Ha ha.

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44 Nicki March 4, 2015

Any chance you could use that coconut butter as lotion as well…. or is it a different kind of coconut butter?

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45 Jen March 14, 2015

I don’t know about the butter, but I use coconut oil as lotion all the time, and its great.

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46 K March 4, 2015

Thanks for sharing how to make coconut butter!
These look amazing and I am in need of another dessert to make besides the peanut better balls! Been making way too many of those lately:)

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47 Alex @ True Femme March 4, 2015

I want these right now! Thank you for posting the link to the mold! I really need one!

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48 Emily March 4, 2015

So excited about trying to make my own coconut butter! Love the 3 layers here. Always so impressed by your ideas. Excited for your new cookbook too!

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49 Kimberly March 4, 2015

These look amazing! I’ve already made your almond butter cups, and look forward to trying these as well. Also great news that you haven’t contacted recipe testers yet. There’s still hope for me! :D

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50 Anna Lee March 4, 2015

I definitely agree, more desserts! Who couldn’t use more though, right? ;) These look great! I love how the layers looks next to each other.

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51 Sarah March 4, 2015

I just assumed you had already chosen your testers! There is still hope after all :)
Those cups look amazing. I will definitely making them for my next family get together!

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52 Cara March 4, 2015

Will you add some planning ideas in your new cookbook for those of us who are menu-plan-challenged? Like, how is one supposed to make and eat THREE meals EVERY day? It’s hard enough to plan dinner! (I mean, I know, leftovers–but any other insights would be very welcome.) Also, SNACKS. I just can’t eat carrot sticks like my husband can, but crackers and cookies (my favorite things to snack on) … turns out they aren’t really that good for you!

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53 Mackenzie March 4, 2015

I have so missed your recipes!! I have been coming back to the site almost every day and have taken the break as a chance to go back through all of your old recipes (umm hellooo rustic banana oat cake!!) but it’s so nice to see another amazing recipe up!! I’ve got such a soft spot for anything chocolate, coconut and nutty and this looks right up my alley. Can’t wait for the second cookbook to come out, you are hands down the most talented food blogger out there. Thanks Ang.

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54 Deborah Hayes March 4, 2015

Thank you for this wonderful update! I am crossing my fingers, eyes, and toes that I get picked (and my basset hound is crossing his paws for added luck). To be chosen would be like winning some kind of ginormous jack-pot foodie lottery!!!

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55 Beth March 4, 2015

Thanks for sharing this; can’t wait to try making some coconut butter, and I love sunflower butter, too. I’m curious about the “nut free” aspect; isn’t coconut considered a nut? (Just wondering….)

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56 Hilary March 6, 2015

Hey Beth! I actually have nut allergies and get asked this question all the time! “Nuts” are actually in some different groups. Coconut it not a nut, it’s a fruit from the palm family. Peanuts are also not technically a nut, they are a legume. Then other nuts like walnuts, Brazil nuts and pecans are all tree nuts.
Hope that helps!

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57 Gaby March 4, 2015

Hey Angela :)

I just wanted to say a few things:
A) Your blog is, in one word, AWESOME! It’s my favorite blog of all time and not just for the recipes: the baby section is amazing and your posts sharing your wisdom about EDs really and truly was a major part in my own ongoing recovery! Thank you so so much for that!
B) Congrats on the 2nd cookbook! I absolutely cannot wait until it comes out!
C) This is a recipe question but for a recipe way way back from 2010 (the Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Cake with Cascading Caramel): Would it be possible (and if it isn’t, it’s totally fine) if you could make some sort of new and improved 2015 version?

Thanks again for absolutely everything and again, congratulations!

– Gaby

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58 Sarah March 4, 2015

I kid you not, I bought flaked unsweetened coconut today just to make coconut butter. And now I have flaked unsweetened coconut to not just make coconut butter. :) These are going to make my cup of tea + American Idol viewing heavenly tonight. Thanks, Ange!

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59 Kristen @ Glow On March 4, 2015

Great recipe! I love trying new vegan recipes…especially desserts.

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60 Jen March 4, 2015

Ontario peeps – you can buy No Name brand at Fortino’s, No Frills, Great Canadian Superstore, Box stores, and possibly some Shoppers Drug Marts since they merged with Loblaws a few years ago. Happy shopping and happy eating! (this recipe sounds amazing!)

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61 Tracye March 4, 2015

Wow! Coconut butter. Love it! Definitely making AND sharing these cups. Thanks for the inspiration!

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62 Kirsty March 5, 2015

These look like something straight out of a thorntons chocolate box, yum!

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63 Beth March 5, 2015

These look absolutely amazing, I must have an attempt at making these.

Beth x

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64 Kathy March 5, 2015

We make your Almond Butter Cups weekly in our house and I can’t wait to add these to the rotation! And thank you for explaining coconut butter and how to make it. But what I’m really excited for is your next cookbook!!! WaaHoo! Your recipes are my favorites and the first cookbook is already getting worn out (the sign of true love!). Cant wait to add another to my bookshelf…all my clients love your book too!

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65 Kate March 5, 2015

Love it!! Can’t wait to try it <3

xx

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66 Andrea March 5, 2015
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I have felt the absence of your posts in my life and am super happy to see you back! Life can get crazy with a new baby around as I will most likely find out one day!

This recipe looks absolutely amazing and I will be trying them this week for sure. It is so nice to see another Canadian food blogger (fellow Ontarian even!!) who buys products I recognize from stores I shop at! It seems like a rarity in the food blogger world.

I am excited for your cookbook. And maybe even a sneak peak if I get selected as a recipe tester (fingers crossed).

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67 Nina Vrolijk March 5, 2015

I was starting to wonder if there was anything wrong with my email:p. You’ve certainly been away for a while! I was starting to miss your posts. But you come back strong ;). Had no idea about the coconut butter either. Would like to say that I am going to try them right away but my food processor has passed away :'(. That’s really a bummer.
So I just wanted to say that it has been a year now since I have decided to become a vegan. And your blog and cookbook have helped me so much on this journey! Just a big thank you for that!! And I can not wait for your new book to come out. This week it has been the first time I have signed up for someone elses blog/recipes (vegan Richa, totally love her), but you will always be special ;). And on that bombshell… :p

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68 chrysta @ noshed March 5, 2015

I absolutely LOVE coconut. Coconut anything gets two thumbs up in my book. Love the combination of flavors in these dessert cups. What a treat. Thanks for sharing!

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69 Erin@WellPlated March 5, 2015

How exciting about the new book! I’m so happy for you. Thanks for popping in with these treats. They look absolutely fabulous. Coconut and chocolate will forever be one of my favorite flavor combinations!

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70 Eve-Marie Williams March 5, 2015

These look amazing! And I’m so glad to hear you haven’t invited your testers yet – still crossing my fingers! Your first cookbook is still my favorite of all my many vegan cookbooks :)

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71 Suze March 5, 2015

Angela: These do truly look amazing! I don’t know where you live, but – for the moment – I live in Edgewater NJ and it’s snowing so much this year I’m ready to go nuts. So thanks for a recipe that’s nuts-free. ;) And yes, we miss you when you’re on baby-hiatus, but totally understand…as long as you keep posting adorable pix of Adriana. (Beautiful name!)

Wish I could be one of your testers, but I’m still packed from my move (I’m guessing WE’D be making the recipes) and it’s a darned good thing. Turns out, the apt. is illegal and I must move everything AGAIN. I’m shooting for Maui…

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72 Marina @ Business Mind & Soul March 5, 2015
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Oh I love this recipe! I am going to try it this weekend!

Looks amazing!

The perfekt birthday treat for me :-)

Thanks!

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73 Kelly March 5, 2015

These look SO GOOD. I can’t wait to make them!!!

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74 Laura March 5, 2015

Tester still available:). Wow, nice job on the nut-free version!! And congrats on new life chapter and osg2!!!

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75 Nicole March 5, 2015

Omigosh, those sound amazing and they’re so cute! Lol

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76 Chelsea March 5, 2015

Can’t wait to try these! I’ve missed your posts, but totally understand with a little princess needing your attention. When I’m looking for new inspiration I can always find it among previous posts that I haven’t tried yet.

Tip for the coconut butter: I had difficulty getting coconut butter that didn’t kill my machine and didn’t end up more grainy than smooth. I found that I get best results with my Blendtec Twister Jar by processing the coconut until it gets thick but not quite smooth, then dumping it out and letting both the coconut and blender cool off completely. I blended it a second time after it had cooled off – silky smooth within a couple minutes. Glorious!

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77 kate March 5, 2015

Hey Angela, just wondering if you think I could use my Vitamix to make coconut butter or would it heat it and change the result? I have a food processor but it doesnt make anything smooth and really doesn’t work well. I have the dry container for the Vitamix, maybe use that? Thanks!
Can’t wait for your next cook book! Love how you create great vegan, gluten free desserts that taste good AND are able to keep the sugar levels low, so rare!
Best of luck whipping up some new recipes!

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78 Rachel March 5, 2015

These look INCREDIBLE! Beautiful photos too! xx

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79 Lovely Sharice March 5, 2015

Those look delicious…can’t go wrong with healthy sweets.

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80 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen March 5, 2015

These do look dreamy! They’ll be the perfect cool treat for the warmer weather… if it ever gets here haha.

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81 Queenoffitness March 5, 2015

Angie, mind = blown.

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82 Heidi Kokborg March 6, 2015

These look amazing, Ange! :) Do you think I could substitute the sunflower butter with peanut butter? I don’t like sunflower butter very much – but I love peanut butter!

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83 Debbie March 6, 2015

Wow, 10,000 people want to be recipe testers and I’m one of them. Please pick me! Now to go and gather the ingredients for this awesome treat. My grandson will love it.

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84 Hilary March 6, 2015

Angela! Thank you so much for this nut free recipe! I am going to make to bring to a friend’s house this weekend.

To you or anyone else in the comments any ideas for a cashew substitute in creamy recipes? Please help!

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85 Marina March 6, 2015
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Oh my God, that looks delicious and easy to make. Thank you for sharing this link with us. I’m so excited, already. Can’t wait to taste it !

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86 Terri March 6, 2015

Looks devine. Another snack I can send to school. Thanks Angela.

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87 Marika March 6, 2015

10,000 people, oh my goodness—not surprising, though :) THANK you for the No Name brand coconut tip! I was seriously wondering what type would work best, and the price is right on this one: No Frills, here I come! These cups look amazing. Thanks, Angela.

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88 Lauren March 6, 2015

Oh my goodness I want to eat these for breakfast! They are so beautiful. I have such a hard time finding unsweetened coconut here in the USA. Perhaps I’m looking in the wrong spot, I’ll keep looking because I totally need to make these cups :)

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89 Queenoffitness March 8, 2015

Hey Lauren, I don’t know if you live near a Walmart but I found unsweetened shredded coconut in the baking aisle at mine today!! It is the wild oats organic brand and it was roughly $2 a bag. I live in a nutritional wasteland so I was exuberant to find this on the shelves.

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90 Lauren March 8, 2015

Thank you! I FINALLY found some today at Wegmans (greatest store)! I was starting to think grocers only thought Americans wanted sweet everything.

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91 Queenoffitness March 9, 2015

You are very welcome. OMG…love weggy’s. Are you a New Yorker or Pennsylvanian? I live in PA, not near a wegman’s but totally wish I did! That store rocks my world.

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92 Lauren March 10, 2015

I’m in Maryland, it is seriously the greatest grocery store and has completely spoiled me to any other!

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93 Suzanne March 6, 2015

Wow – these look amazing! I woke up this morning thinking of what I can bring to a friend’s house tomorrow night….your almond butter cups came to mind so I was set on that. I clicked on your sight (as I do daily!) to see if there was an update – and it was like magic popping out of the screen! mmmmmm…I have not tried making the coconut butter yet but do love it and cringe when I buy it (I justify it bc it lasts quite awhile here)…I will try making it as I can see myself using it lots more esp if your 2nd book uses it a lot :)

Thanks for another great one Angela – sounds like you have been even more inspired of late ! Motherhood is good for you!

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94 Matea March 6, 2015

These are DEFINITELY “dream cups!” And I have GOT to try making my own coconut butter :)

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95 Valerie Halston March 6, 2015

Can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m still obsessed with the latest Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe – so very good!

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96 Joslyn March 6, 2015

I have the cutest bunny shaped silicone molds and I’m dying to try this recipe in that shape! I’m thinking this would be the perfect little treat for Easter!! Hopefully they pop out well! I will try to remember to comment how the shape turns out! :D

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97 Paulette March 6, 2015

FYI, I realize that there is no vanilla extract in the recipe, but did you know that the Kirkland one from Costco actually has sugar in it.

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98 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 7, 2015

Hi Paulette,

No I wasn’t aware of that, but thanks for the heads up.

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99 Annaliese March 6, 2015

These look fantastic! I have always wanted to try coconut butter, but yes, it is expensive…and grad student stipend isn’t conducive for buying expensive specialty items like that-so I love to make stuff like this myself to save $$ !! Totally agree with the more desserts-can never have too many…especially when chocolate is involved….mmmmm….

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100 Jeni March 6, 2015

Oh my deliciousness! These look fabulous and most likely taste just as great! Can’t wait to try them!

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101 Joanne March 6, 2015

Oh my. Those look amazingly yummy. I love sunflower butter freezer fudge so this is going to take it to a whole new level for me. Thanks for the recipe and looking forward to your next book. And you should indeed be enjoying every moment with Adriana. :)

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102 Milli March 6, 2015

As someone with a dairy intolerance and a nut allergy I can’t tell you how happy this recipe has made me. I will be trying it straight away! Thank you!

Milli
artsandgraces.com

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103 Emily March 6, 2015

The only thing I’m confused about is why there is vanilla extract in the photos of what ingredients are used, when its not listed in the instructions/ingredients used. I hope these turn out right! Crossing my fingers!! :)

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104 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 7, 2015

Hi Emily,

Thanks so much for mentioning this, I missed it when I was writting up the recipe. I used a 1/2 teaspoon, but it will work without it as well. It is now added into the recipe.

Thanks!

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105 Gemma March 7, 2015

When I used to think of healthy eating, I always just thought of a bowl of rabbit food! Now I’ve researched into it I realise there’s so much more to it and hundreds of delicious recipes out there, that are completely healthy, this baffles me slightly.. Especially the desert aspect of it all! You’re one of the people that has taught me that, I love your blog! Both of your cookbooks are on with wish list :-)

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106 Shannon March 7, 2015

Woohhoo! SOOOO making my own coconut butter! Buh bye $12 dollar jars, hello No Name

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107 Liz March 7, 2015

Shut the front door – these look amazing! Making these right now.

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108 Sarah March 8, 2015
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I made these Dream Cups today and they were delish! I made them in square chocolate molds for a handmade chocolate treat; finally, there will be a treat for me after dinner! Amazing recipe -thanks, Angela!

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109 Leslie March 8, 2015
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These are so good! I made them with peanut butter instead of sunflower butter and they turned out amazing. An easy to make and super yummy recipe. Make these tonight!

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110 Meghan April 4, 2015

Did you do a straight substitution with peanut butter? Did you need to alter the amount of any of the other ingredients for the middle layer?

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111 Danielle March 9, 2015

Could you explain the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil? I use the oil on a regular basis but I’ve never seen “butter” in stores. Now I’m looking forward to whipping up a batch just to experience the difference!

This looks like a lovely dessert!

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112 Leslie March 9, 2015

Coconut butter is thick and smooth and harder at room temperature than coconut oil. It is made from coconut meat. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature as well but melts at a lower temperature than coconut butter, it is not made with coconut meat. Sometimes coconut butter is called coconut manna. At our natural good store I found the coconut butter in the nut butter section, not in the oil section. Hope that helps!

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113 Isabel March 9, 2015

Hi Angela,

I discovered your blog a few months ago and am absolutely obsessed with it!
I have to say, Sketchie had to be one of the cutest cats I have ever seen.
Photos of him are reason enough to visit the site!
I adore your recipes though, and was wondering if you would
have a recipe for millionaire shortbread (aka caramel squares)
that would be a healthy alternative to the indulgent and
sickly original. I have found a few, but want one without
coconut milk or coconut sugar.

Thanks and keep up the fabulous recipes!

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114 Marissa @ Honey Flavored Lemonade March 9, 2015

I have been wanting to do a nutfree peanut butter cup, but I love the addition of the coconut butter.

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115 Nicole {VeganShowOff.com} March 9, 2015

Ha! I just bought my first jar of coconut butter and thought the price was crazy! Had no idea I could make it at home! These cups look amazing : )

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116 Yummy Food Pictures March 9, 2015
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Goodness! I’m drooling over that coconut butter. I am in love with your blog seriously!

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117 Sophie March 10, 2015
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I made them today & loved them! They rocked my taste buds,…ooh yes!

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118 Brooke March 10, 2015
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Made these late last night and had my first one today. They are sooooo good! I used peanut butter instead of sunflower seed butter, but I do love SS butter so I’ll be trying that next. I’m 25 weeks pregnant and my sweet tooth has been a little out of control so these dream cups were exactly what I needed for a healthy sweet snack. Thanks lady!

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119 Laura Beizer March 10, 2015

Hi, Angela. I had submitted one of those many applications to test recipes for your second cookbook and had thought about sending additional information but then didn’t. Now that I see you have not yet selected testers and having thought about how much I would like to do this I had second thoughts on sending additional info. So… Here are some reasons why I think I would be a good choice! I love cooking, food, recipes and cookbooks. I eat vegetarian and mostly vegan and cook for a vegetarian daughter and omnivore son and spouse. I have a food proccesor, Vitamix blender, and a juicer. I also have a PhD in Child Devlopment and though I am not currently doing academic research I am educated as an academic researcher so I undersand the importance of controlling variability in a research situation, be it a study or a recipe testing;)! I have take an online class with the Natural Epicurean Culinary Academy in Austin and am planning to take a modular three week class at the Academy this summer as I contemplate applying for their 900-hour course in the future. I have used your first cookbook as well as a myriad of others and read cookbooks like other people read novels. I am comfortable with and good at writing so would provide you with feedback easily. I would love to work with you on this project!! Thanks for listening.

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120 Linda March 10, 2015
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Made these on Sunday and gone today! So pretty and delish!

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121 Tedi March 10, 2015

These sound so delicious I cannot wait to try them and to make homemade coconut butter. Thanks for always coming up with the best recipes.

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122 Camille March 11, 2015

Wow, these little treats look scrumptious… I have looked at your recipes and you have so many creative and delicious ideas! Keep going :-)

https://oishivegan.wordpress.com/

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123 Katie March 11, 2015

I liked seeing the pic of the actual products you used! Especially being a Canadian reader, it kind of makes the receipe(s) seem not as daunting when I realize how accessible the ingredients are :)

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124 Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday March 11, 2015

Those dream cups are indeed, dreamy!

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125 Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen March 11, 2015

These do look totally dreamy! Can’t wait to try them.

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126 Sanja March 13, 2015

Hi,

I love this recipe. And, after reading it, I’ve made home made coconut butter as well.
Now, my question is: when and in which amount I can use coconut butter? For what is it good for? Only for sweet treats? Also, as I am new in using coconut oil and all those healthy things, can someone please explain me the differents between coconut oil and coconut butter? Can I use coconut butter for cooking as well? And while I am bothering everybody with coconut butter and oil, can I pop few questions for peanut butter? For what and in which amount are you using it for? I put inside little bit of honey and cinnamon….
Thank you very much for all your help,
Sanja

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127 Elise March 14, 2015
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These were amazingly easy to make and even better to eat! We devoured them tonight after dinner!

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128 The Vegan Junction March 15, 2015

Homemade coconut butter, very nice. And I like the use of sunflower seed butter, it’s not quite as ‘heavy’ as a nut butter.

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129 Anna March 16, 2015
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I made these on the weekend and they were amazing. My daughter who is 3 and usually doesn’t like sweets loved them even more than my 5 year old with the sweet tooth. I wish I made more than 12 mini ones. I’ll be making some more this weekend. I just need more coconut. 3 cups made a tad more than I needed but the rest is sitting in the fridge. I’m assuming that I can keep the butter in there for a week.

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130 kylie March 16, 2015

These are awesome, I just finished the last one. Even my partner who claims not to like coconut loved them, pity for me, I wasn’t expecting to have to share!
I made my own coconut butter, and ended up having to add a little coconut oil as it wouldn’t turn liquid. I’m not sure what was up, I processed for probably 15mins and I usually make almond butter in 5 mins. Maybe my coconut was too old. Still, with a little oil it turned out and worked perfectly.

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131 Leslie Rossi March 16, 2015

How many calories and fat are in per cup?

Leslie
alifewellconsumed.com

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132 BritishCappuccino March 17, 2015
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I made this the other night and since I didn’t have anything to make the bottom layer I just left it out. Also, I didn’t have any sunflower seeds butter, so I tried with almond butter.
Still amazing, next time I’ll be prepared though!
xx G

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133 Erena DiGonis March 17, 2015

I loved your raw almond butter cups, so can’t wait to try these. Thanks!

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134 Whitney March 17, 2015

Hi Angela,

I just made these and they are sooo good. Also, I found that your recipe proportions worked out perfectly. I’ll be sure to share this recipe around the office and I’ll definitely be making it again. Thanks!

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135 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2015

So happy to hear that Whitney!

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136 Briana March 18, 2015
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I want to give these 100 stars. My boyfriend and I are in love with these. And one mini cup is the perfect size. Also, thank you for the coconut butter tip. I’ve definitely been missing out.

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137 matt March 18, 2015
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can’t wait to try making this :)

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138 LaReine March 19, 2015
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You could make the coconut butter in a vitamix correct??

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139 Bethanie Rose March 19, 2015

These look incredible! I’ve gone gluten free for Lent and have been struggling to find something to satisfy my sweet tooth but definitely going to try this recipe out.
xox

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140 dawn March 20, 2015
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I never had luck making coconut butter, my poor food processor protested, but Artisana coconut butter is awesome, and my Shoprite even has it now. I used natural peanut butter and skipped the coconut flakes, and these put store bought peanut butter cups to shame. I am addicted to coconut butter ( yes, I will eat it right out of the jar), so I was so happy to find a recipe using it.

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141 Mary March 23, 2015
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Just made these and they are an easy and great tasting treat!

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142 Jenn March 27, 2015

NOT nut- free!! I just wanted to let people know that the sunflower butter is contaminated with tree nuts and peanuts:( the labeling is awkward!! If you have a family member with allergies this recipe needs to be modified.

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143 Jason F March 28, 2015
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This may have already been mentioned (I didn’t read all the comments), but the FDA does classify coconut as a tree nut with regards to allergens (obviously it’s not botanically a nut, but I’m sure your already-savvy readership knows that). Although many people with tree nut allergies can still safely eat coconut, these aren’t actually nut-free.

That being said, they are delicious and I would absolutely recommend them to all who like coconut but can’t have peanut/nut butters!

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144 Sophie March 30, 2015

Amazing! I usually have to pass up a lot of vegan desserts with my nut allergy, but this is very exciting! I also had never heard of coconut butter.
P.S. In Alberta, you can get that shredded cocounut at No Frills or Superstore :)

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145 Sarah April 3, 2015

yummy. These look so good! You always seem to make things extra delicious. I was wondering if you could make a spin off of reeses Easter eggs? I am trying to make as many Easter treats as possible and already made edible bird nests. The recipe is from Niomi Smart and i just posted it on my blog. But i couldn’t find and recipes for reeses peanut butter cups. It you could healthify them, it would help me out so much! Thanks!

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146 Laurie Butler April 4, 2015

Question: doing the Eat to Live plan which is more nutrient dense foods. Everything except the oil and maple syrup are a go. Can you substitute apple sauce and dates for sweetness……wondering if the flavor would be too off. Thanks, Laurie

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147 janine gilarde April 4, 2015

I can’t eat nuts either and I just placed an order for sugar free sunflower nut spread because I couldn’t find it at my local grocery stores. Looking forward to trying this out!

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148 Kat April 14, 2015

This looks like a great recipe to try for my boyfriend since he is allergic to all nuts. He is also allergic to sunflower seeds though. Is there something I could substitute the sunflower seed butter for?

Thanks!

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149 Ashley April 16, 2015
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Two thumbs up! The coconut butter was easy to make,the filling is delicious, and the chocolate just tops it all off. So. Freaking. Good.

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150 Nichole April 17, 2015

These look SO amazing! I love the idea of making my own coconut butter! I never would have thought of that!

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151 Rosemary April 26, 2015

Love your recipes, planning to do this one but sunflower seed butter isnt a favourite of minem so when I buy it, I hope there are other recipes to use it in. Its ok when in something

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152 a April 28, 2015

Almonds aren’t nuts. I wonder if people with tree nut allergies know this or many happened to be allergic to almonds as well or are just assuming they are.

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153 katrina May 3, 2015

They are still considered part of the tree nut family . I believe it has to do with the protein in the “nut”, at least that is what my daughters doctors have told us .

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154 katrina May 3, 2015

I did not read through all the post, but I wanted to mention that people with nut allergies should not eat coconuts . My daughter has a severe nut allergies and her doctor’s have told us to keep this coconut outof her diet as well. It is considered to be a part of the tree nut family. I am by no means an expert, just passing along what were told.

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155 Chantelle May 12, 2015
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I made these to take to a friends house a couple weeks ago. They were gobbled up in no time!! Then my kids were talking about making frozen bannana’s. The chocolate for the top layer worked beautifully to make chocolate dipped frozen banannas! Sprinkled with coconut of course! Thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

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156 Cate May 30, 2015

Thank you so much for this nut-free recipe. I was beginning to worry that it was going to be impossible to work on significantly improving my diet with a serious nut allergy.

I can’t thank you more! If you need a tester in England then let me know!

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157 Heather June 2, 2015

Easy dessert = 6 oz of high quality chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life Mega Chinks) + 1 tbsp coconut oil in a glass measuring cup. Microwave 1 minute at a time stirring after each minute until melted. Pour over non-dairy ice cream. Sort of an adaptation from your recipes and what’s cool is that the sauce hardens over the ice cream. My husband and daughter cannot get enough :)

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158 Grace June 6, 2015
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Guys you have to try this recipe its out of this world! Grace x

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159 Elisabetta June 7, 2015

An simply amazing pure chocolate that I discovered is chocolate form Modica in Sicily.. It is a very old chocolate recipe which they say date from the Aztecs. The production process use no butter and no milk but the pure selected chocolate is cold pressed with sugar. I find it just unique, super healthy and so delicious. I found it on this site: https://www.maisondelgusto.com/en/antica_dolceria_bonajuto/

Amazing!!!!

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160 Jicsi June 8, 2015

Oh wow, these look actually amazing! I definitely need to give these a try soon! I should use coconuts more in my life!

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161 evi July 2, 2015
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Is it possible to make coconut butter from fresh shredded coconut ? Since it’s much more easier to get fresh shredded coconut in my country

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162 jimmy July 18, 2015

Hi Angela… you’ve heard this more than a million times may be, but let me say once more… Your recipes looks so delicious. And easy as well. I got to your blog through a comment on Twogrand. And I’m so glad I did. Well, there r so many yummy things I wanna say about your recipes, but since I haven’t commented on any blog anywhere before, I don’t know how to put it in good words :-D
but these droolworthy and easy-to-make cups just blew my mind..I’m practically drooling on my phone screen right now
anyway, quick questions.. can I replace sunflower seed butter with anything else, say regular butter? ’cause from where I come from nobody has even heard of sunflower seed butter..and also, my family doesn’t like coconut oil, so can I use any other oil?
thanx a lot :-)

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163 Caroline July 31, 2015

Thank you doing a nutfree version! My allergic children will love this.

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164 Laura August 18, 2015

AMAZING…just made them for the family (all meat eating junk food loving grain consuming) and they were a hit. We are up north at the cottage so the local grocery store doesn’t carry coconut butter and we don’t have a food processor here so instead of using coconut butter for the bottom layer I mixed coconut oil with unsweetened coconut to make a thick, buttery like consistency. Excited to try with coconut butter but that was a great option given the circumstances!!!!! Keep up the fantastic work- looking forward to the bigger and better dessert section in the new cook book

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165 naimi October 3, 2015

That looks so delicious …is coconut butter not the same as coconut oil ?

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166 Jane October 15, 2015
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Angela, you did it again!! I don’t know how you can make my mouth so happy every single time! I have your coconut chocolate bark and these in my freezer right now. I take a bark and I take a cup and then back for more….yum!

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167 Cecilia October 29, 2015

Wow.
Never think about coconut butter until I found your post. These look amazing.
This definitely going on my desert list next weekend.

So excited for your new cookbook, as well.

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168 Caitlyn December 11, 2015

Does anyone else have issues with the chocolate layer not setting correctly? Sometimes it sinks when i make it, or it isn’t smooth across the top. Any help would be much appreciated–thanks!

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169 Abigail February 10, 2016
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This recipe is amazing. I have made these twice now with peanut butter. Absolutely delicious. I have also had them made for me – once according to the recipe, and once with cashew butter. All of the variations were great! Thank you!

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170 Scott February 20, 2016
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These are a dream (excuse the pun). I love the photography how you have laid the photos out in layers. Looks delicious :)

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171 Lina March 10, 2016
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Amazone! Just made them last night and fell IN LOVE. First time making my own HEALTHY chocolate!!! Thanks Angela!!

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172 Angela Liddon March 11, 2016

Glad you enjoyed them, Lina!

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173 Lindsay July 9, 2016

Has anyone made these with papers? I have not been able to find a mini silicone muffin pan anywhere. I have all the ingredients sitting and waiting patiently in my pantry. But I don’t want them to go to waste if the paper won’t come off. Is there a good online eco nerve housewares site? Thanks for any info.

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