Dark Chocolate & Almond Protein Cups

Nicolette Stramara

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016

Save your jar of almond butter for late-night snacking by the spoonful. You won’t need it to make these chocolate-coated candy cups. Taking its place is a more filling combination of whole raw almonds and hearty rolled oats. You get a lighter, fluffier center than you would using nut butter – especially after throwing protein powder into the mix. On second thought, forget the spoon. Your new bedtime treat is chunky, chewy and has dark chocolate written all over it.

Almond-Dark Chocolate Candy Cups
Raw, whole almonds team up with oats and protein powder for a lighter, fluffier filling than the average almond butter cup.

Dark Chocolate & Almond Protein Cups

Makes 10 chocolate cups
Macros per cup: 149 calories | 5.1 g protein | 8.3 g carbs | 10.2 g fat | 2.7 g sugar | 2 g fiber


½ cup Vitacost Organic Raw Almonds
¼ cup Vitacost Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
1 Scoop ARO Vanilla Whey Protein Complex Plus
3 Tbsp. Vitacost Extra Virgin Certified Organic Coconut Oil, divided
2 Tbsp. Vitacost Certified Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup stevia-sweetened dark chocolate chips


  1. Line a mini muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add almonds and oats and pulse until mixture resembles flour.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add almond-oat mixture and protein powder, stirring until combined.
  4. Add 2 ½ tablespoons melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and stir well.
  5. Using your hands, knead the mixture until it all comes together. Scoop out about 1 ½ tablespoons, form into a ball and flatten. Repeat until you’ve made about 10 rounds.
  6. In a small bowl, microwave chocolate chips and remaining coconut oil for about 15-20 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  7. Spoon a small amount of melted chocolate into paper liners. Place almond filling rounds on top, and then spoon more chocolate over each.
  8. Place in fridge to set, about 1 hour. Once hardened, remove from fridge and eat immediately!