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Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups

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These coconut butter cups are like my coconut clusters, but easier to make and without the coconut texture many kids don’t like. They provide a lot of healthy fats and are a way to sneak some extra coconut into your kids’ diets.

If you liked Reese’s cups before your real-food days (*ahem*) these are a good healthy substitute. They don’t taste exactly like Reese’s (no peanut butter or high fructose corn syrup) but are a good alternative. A little cashew butter, almond butter, or other nut butter in the middle would make a delicious candy as well.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups

I love that these are a healthy and nourishing way to satisfy my family’s sweet tooth. We’ll sometimes bring these to events where there will be treats for the kids so they have a healthier choice. It’s one of the ways I help my kids develop healthy food habits. They’re naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and use natural sweeteners.

For the chocolate, you’ve got options. I like using allergen-friendly dairy-free chocolate, but regular organic works well too. You could even chop up a good-quality chocolate bar if that’s what you have on hand. Add a little sprinkle of sea salt on the top when you’re done assembling the coconut butter cups if desired.

A Cheaper Alternative to Keto Cups

It seems like keto snacks and keto cups are all the rage now. While they can be a healthier, sugar-free option, many of them contain junky ingredients I try to avoid. Plus they can easily get expensive!

If you want to make a nutrient-dense, keto-friendly version, simply opt for sugar-free chocolate, like this one. I avoid artificial sweeteners, but monk fruit and stevia are good sugar-free alternatives. Regular organic dark chocolate is very low in sugar anyway and high in antioxidants so I feel fine using it. I cover keto‘s benefits and the best way to do the keto diet here.

What You’ll Need

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Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups

Coconut butter cups are similar to peanut butter cups, but without the high fructose corn syrup or peanut butter. They're fun to make and a great, natural treat.
Prep Time 23 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Calories 239kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a double boiler or bowl on top of a small pot of boiling water, melt the chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over low heat.
  • Once it's melty, remove it from the heat.
  • Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, combine the remaining coconut oil, shredded coconut, vanilla, and stevia extract.
  • Blend/process until the coconut becomes thick and paste-like. It will eventually start to resemble the thickness of coconut cream concentrate.
  • Pour about half a tablespoon of the melted chocolate into the bottom of each of 12 cupcake wrappers. Individual silicone wrappers work best. Paper cupcake liners or muffin liners work fine, but they're a little flimsy and harder to work with.
  • Use a silicone brush to brush the melted chocolate halfway up the sides of each cupcake wrapper.
  • Place the cupcake wrappers upside down on the prepared baking sheet and place them in the freezer to harden.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of the coconut mixture into each cup and press down gently with the back of the spoon or your fingers to flatten.
  • Cover the tops of the coconut mixture with an additional half a tablespoon of the remaining chocolate, spreading it to cover the coconut.
  • Put the baking sheet back into the freezer to harden.
  • Once completely firm, remove the coconut butter cups from the cupcake liners and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The coconut oil can become too soft at room temperature.


Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 64IU1%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Want a fancier version? Sprinkle a little shredded coconut or chopped nuts on top while the chocolate is still melted.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


32 responses to “Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups”

  1. Christy Avatar

    Everyone keeps talking about mini muffin cups but I don’t see you mention mini in your recipe. Did you use the mini or the regular size muffin cups?

    1. Suzanne Avatar

      Hey Christy. The recipe as written will make 12 coconut butter cups using regular-size muffin cups. But you could absolutely use the mini ones instead. Just use a smaller amount of chocolate and coconut for each cup.

  2. Julie Avatar

    Maybe I’m the only one having issues (I live in Zambia and our internet is wonky a lot of the time) but I am not seeing any instructions with this recipe. Even when I click print, all it lists is the ingredients. Could someone enlighten me on the process of making them? Thanks! These look amazing!

  3. Kristen Avatar

    What brand of stevia do you use? I’m having a hard time finding a healthy one.

  4. Keren Avatar

    5 stars
    I just made a version of these with organic cocoa powder (superfoods brand, with no sugar added: it was pretty good value on Amazon), coconut oil, almond butter, a bit of date honey, vanilla extract and raw hazelnuts (which I added in before freezing). I had to heat everything up in a pan first, except hazelnuts, to get it to mix and then freeze. It was a massive success, one of the nicest treats I’ve ever had and a great way to get my family to have coconut oil (which they hate) and nuts as well as the nutritional benefits of cocoa without the sugar. Usually I feel a bit sick after having chocolate from the extra sugar rush but this felt like eating a piece of fruit, really not too sweet and quite nourishing and even filling. Thank you so much!!

  5. Gina Avatar

    These look really good and I LOVE coconut. I followed the link for the chocolate you use and it says semi-sweet, not dark chocolate. They are 2 different things right?

    1. Christi Avatar

      5 stars
      Made these yummy coconut cups for the first time. The shredded coconut + oil didn’t really get almond butter consistency when preparing, not like a paste. The filling pressed into the cups alright, but crumbly when eating. Any suggestions?

  6. Tabitha Avatar

    What can be used in place of Stevia? I’m not a fan of it; but, it seems to be a common ingredient in healthier treats.

  7. Jade Avatar

    Hi! I am in Lombok, Indonesia right now and feeling deprived because I can’t make any of the wonderful food and beauty recipes. It’s hard to find ingredients (except coconut oil in abundance!). Can’t wait to get back to Australia and try them out! Love your site Wellnessmummy! (Mom is Mummy is Australia)

      1. Ashley Avatar

        Thank you! I’d love to try these out! I also picked up some coconut sugar today, just in case.

  8. Melis Avatar

    Since you ask, my favorite way to eat coconut is just cracked out of the shell. YUUUMMM! My favorite go-to snack when I have the munchies and a little satisfies.

  9. Val Avatar

    I just joined. I have been on you web page a few times. I have been adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to my tea in the morning. I like the taste. I just started using the c-oil on my face and neck at night. Today I printed a few choc. recipes I am anxious to try out. Thanks for all the ideas. Val

  10. Valerie Caldas Avatar
    Valerie Caldas

    Hi there!
    I am just new to your site and have already made a body scrub and just put a batch of these tasty treats in the freezer. I am now looking into making the lotion bars. Love your site! Thank you all the super, healthy and surprisingly easy ideas!

  11. Jessica Avatar

    I made these as soon as I read the recipe and really enjoy them. Although, they were much more time consuming than I originally thought they would be to make since I used mini muffin tins. Any ideas on how to speed this up while still using the mini muffin tins?

    I did use the paper muffin liners and they worked REALLY well. They peeled right off the cups without any issue whatsoever.

  12. renee d Avatar

    these sound so great! should i be concerned about the silicone muffin pan? what type of chemicals are known to be emitted from it?

  13. Wilma Bodrak Avatar
    Wilma Bodrak

    I LOVE these….however, we live in the tropics and they tend to melt almost faster than we can eat them……any ideas on how to make them serve-able for more than 2-3 min.?

    1. Jen Avatar

      5 stars
      Store them in the refrigerator, or even the freezer. I have a friend who loves all his treats frozen.

  14. angela Avatar

    I just made your coconut clusters yesterday and my husband and I love them!!! I really wanted my kids to like them so they’d get their daily coconut oil, but they didn’t really love them and I am thinking it is b/c of the texture, like you mentioned. So I am going to try these for the kids. I have been looking all over Amazon and searching the web for silicon mini muffin trays that have the ridges so they look like yours (Reeses!) I would love to know where you got yours or the brand. Everything has no ridges. Thanks!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I actually got them from Amazon, but a friend recently found some at a kitchen supply store in the mall.

      1. Kelley Avatar

        Could you please give the brand name for the silicone cups so I can order them please?

  15. Laelle Martin Avatar
    Laelle Martin

    I also wonder what to substitute for stevia since it’s not something I’ve gotten into using yet.  Mostly because my husband really doesn’t like it.  

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      You could use honey, maple syrup, or even cane sugar instead.

  16. Laelle Martin Avatar
    Laelle Martin

    These look awesome!  Do you have a mini muffin cup that makes the ridges in them like in the photo?  You said you didn’t use paper with them, but searching online didn’t come up with any silicone muffin cups with ridges in them…  

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Yep… you can actually fill them with almond butter…

  17. Alex Koolhof Avatar
    Alex Koolhof

    mmm, I don’t have any stevia. I wonder if some honey or maple syrup would suffice as a sweetener.

  18. Amy Stadler Avatar
    Amy Stadler

    those look so YUMMY! i use to love reese’s peanut butter cups but i can’t eat milk chocolate anymore since it causes me to get migraines 🙁  but i still love my dark chocolate!  will definitely need to try these!

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