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Collagen Cashew Butter Cups

Collagen Cashew Butter Cups


Chocolate + Nut Butter

Heaven, happiness, beauty, other similar adjectives... YUM. I LOVE this combination.

Assuming you grew up like I did, as a kid, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were probably the greatest gift known to man. Reese definitely knew what he (she?) was doing when he put all of those flavors together in one bite-sized candy. (Let's discuss later on exactly who Reese is, because I'm really not sure).

These candy bars are, unsurprisingly, full of ingredients that our bodies don't particularly thrive on. Of particular note, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups contain TBHQ, a preservative claimed to "maintain freshness." Apparently it's FDA-approved...? Idk.

According to research conducted at Michigan State University, TBHQ causes our bodies' T-cells to release a set of proteins that trigger serious immune and allergic reactions. Nope, not into that.

Not only are there weird ingredients in these Peanut Butter cups, did you know there's 22 GRAMS of sugar per serving?! That's almost two full tablespoons of sugar. Not a great addition to your diet for regulating blood sugar, energy, and brain function, all things that I personally aim to optimize.

K, moving along.

A Healthier Alternative

As always, I was determined to come up with a healthier alternative that included only real food ingredients without the weird chemical additives.

In this recipe, I use cacao butter (one of my favorite pantry staples), coconut oil, unsweetened cocoa, stevia, cashew butter, salt, and an ingredient that contains SO MANY health benefits, collagen.

Why Collagen?

Supplementing your diet with collagen is incredibly beneficial.

Collagen is what gives our skin elasticity and helps maintain strong bones and joints to support our everyday movements. Our bodies already contain a large quantity of this protein but, as we age, our natural production of collagen begins to decline.

Adding a tablespoon of this powder into your morning coffee or into a dessert like this one provides a tasteless, power-packed amount of protein into your diet. Additionally, collagen supplementation can improve your hair, skin, nails, teethjoints, and, most importantly, your gut.

Collagen supplementation can also assist with recovering from high-intensity exercise much quicker by restoring the protein content of the muscle.

Collagen Cashew Butter Cup Time!

Follow the recipe below and behold these Collagen Cashew Butter Cups in all their chocolatey glory.

Diets This Recipe Is Compliant With

This recipe is to low-carb, keto, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free.

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Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Yields/Serving Size: 12 cups


For the chocolate:

6 oz. (170.25g) cacao butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/8 tsp stevia (NOTE: If you use a brand of stevia that is different than the one I have linked here, you may need to add more. The brand of stevia that I use in this recipe is VERY potent and a little bit goes a very long way!)
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the filling:

3/4 cup cashew butter, chilled in the refrigerator
1/16 tsp stevia (see note above!)
1 tbsp collagen
Pinch of pink Himalayan salt


  1. Line a muffin pan with paper or silicone muffin liners.
  2. In a medium glass bowl or double boiler, add cacao butter and coconut oil.
  3. In a small pan, add a small amount of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low.
  4. Place bowl with cacao butter and coconut oil over water (bowl should not be touching the water). Allow cacao butter and coconut oil to melt, which should take around 4 minutes.
  5. Remove bowl from heat, add cocoa, stevia, and vanilla, and whisk until well-combined.
  6. Using a spoon, carefully drizzle chocolate mixture into muffin liners until the bottom of the liner is just barely covered, less than 1 tbsp in each liner.
  7. Place muffin pan in freezer for 15 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.
  8. While chocolate is freezing, add cashew butter, stevia, collagen, and salt to a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix until well-combined.
  9. Using your hands, form small balls of cashew butter mixture then press to form flat circles.
  10. Place the flat circles of cashew butter on top of hardened chocolate mixture and return to freezer for 10 minutes.
  11. Add remaining chocolate to muffin pans on top of cashew butter, about 3 tbsp in each liner.
  12. Return muffin pan to freezer for 20 minutes to allow chocolate to harden.
  13. Remove from freezer, remove liners, and enjoy!

Store cups in airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

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