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Recipe: Paleo Valentine's Day | Chocolate Hazelnut Cups

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Once, when I had a lot less to do, I sat in the kitchen of my college apartment and literally painted melted chocolate onto the insides of a pack of muffin liners in an attempt to make homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. It kind of worked, but come on. Most of them did fall apart when you unwrapped them. Also, that was an embarrassing use of my time. I can't believe I even told you about it.

I decided to make some more reasonable ones this year, so I used candy molds (duh) and made them Paleo with dark chocolate and homemade hazelnut butter. I don't know if you've ever made your own nut butter, but it was so easy that I feel like I practically made up for the four hours I spent with a paintbrush that one afternoon, five years ago.

These ones are not nearly as pretty as packaged chocolates, but they taste like Nutella and they're made with love.

And they'll be gone before you know it. 

Makes about 16-18 cups.
Two 10 ounce bags of chopped hazelnuts (or almonds, or any nut)
One 10 ounce bag of dark chocolate chips
Two tablespoons of coconut oil--one for the chocolate and one for the nuts

Peanut Butter Cup Candy Mold--I used this one.

1. Melt the chocolate over low heat, stirring in a tablespoon of coconut oil once the chips are melted.
2. While your chocolate is melting, add the hazelnuts to a food processor and blend. That's seriously it. It takes a few minutes, but you'll have hazelnut butter before you know it. Throw in a tablespoon of coconut oil for good measure.
3. Spoon some melted chocolate into the bottoms of your candy molds. Add a bit of hazelnut butter. Top it with another spoonful of chocolate.
4. Stick them in the freezer until they've hardened and pop them out. 
5. Store them in the refrigerator. Share them with someone you really like.


It's almost Valentine's Day. What are you making?


  1. Uh, looks amazingly delicious. My bf has a love of PB cups, but these might be nice to try for something new on Vday - thanks for the tutorial/recipe :)


  2. I'm so excited about these! They look so yummy and fun to make! -Jessica L

  3. Oh my goodness those look delicious! I will be making banana bread {unfortunately not paleo or gluten-free}.

  4. I cant wait to try these...great vday treat!

  5. So yes... I am making these tonight...

    X Kenzie


  6. Your blog is just so delicious...these look amazing! yum!
    The Compass Rose

  7. these look delicious and so easy--i would have topped them with a tiny sprinkle of sea salt to counter the bitterness of dark chocolate!

  8. you think you can send me some?? hazelnut butter sounds divine. you win.

  9. Oh Yummmy! These look amazing, I will definitely have to give these wee go :).

    Rachael xx.


  10. I love making these - silicone cupcake holders are also a great way to make them because you can peel them out. I've never had hazelnut butter before though..

  11. I'm obsessed with peanut butter and Reeses are definitely my favorite candy. I can't easily find PB in Italy, but hazelnut candy/Nutella is seriously everywhere. Maybe this is the way I can finally compromise with the country as a whole on where we stand in candy terms.

  12. Hazelnut butter! That's what makes this all make sense. I've seen these with almond butter before, and had a very meh reaction. But I think hazelnuts are going to bring it to the next level. Thanks for sharing these!

    1. Hazelnuts DO bring it to the next level! I loved the combination of the flavors.

  13. Lovely photographs! I would eat that!

    I won't be making anything, my world weary traveler is on the east coast. He left me a card on the kitchen counter that I will try to resist opening until Thursday.

  14. You're making me hungry! *u*

    I would love to do this except I'm not allowed to cook, yet alone bake, at the place I'm staying at. Plus, my boyfriend is not going to be here on Valentine's Day. I did, however, made a rainbow cake tower before and that was fun. :)

    Kisty of The Style Mermaid

  15. These look AMAZING! And the fact that they're Paleo is an awesome bonus!!

  16. Wowsers! These look amazing! You definitely have the photograph think down. Great pics. Pretty sure my girlfriend will love them. Will be making them this week.


    1. Thank you! I hope you guys love them!


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