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Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cup Recipe

We have a healthy valentines treat for your kids today!  Chocolate pumpkin Butter cups! These are a yummy nut free option for any kid!

Blending up nuts and seeds with dates has long time been a delicious healthy snack or treat for me and the kids.  Much like a Larabar, they are dense with nutrients, and easy to take hiking or on the go.  So, what better way to turn it into a true dessert, than to cover it in chocolate! Just in time for Valentines day.

Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cup. A delicious and nut free treat for your kids!

Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cup Recipe

Dairy Free

As with many recipes we experiment with on the blog, the kids got into the kitchen to help.  We melt the chocolate using half power in the microwave, but you can definitely do it over a burner if you don’t like using the microwave.   There are a variety of chocolate chips, depending on your families preferences.  You can get some with very little sugar, some dairy free, and some vegan.   While we actually have no dietary restrictions, I wanted to try a dairy free chocolate chips. We got this Dairy Free one “Chocolate Dream” at our local health food store.  It was fine… just tasted like chocolate chips.  Nothing weird.

Once melted, spread the chocolate in any type of mold.   We chose a silicone heart mold because it’s so close to Valentines day, and it was the perfect size!  We put a small spoonful in the bottom, and simply spread the chocolate up the sides of the mold, to create a little bowl or cup of chocolate.  Then, put it in the fridge to harden.

Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cup. A delicious and nut free treat for your kids!Nut Free

To make these nut-free, we used pumpkin seeds, and no nuts. While the chocolate is getting firm, we toasted the pumpkin seeds.  I’ve done it with raw seeds, and it was fine.  Although the taste is subtle, I actually like the flavor the toasted seeds brings to this treat!  It only takes 3-4 minutes to toast in a skillet, so why not! Try toasting your seeds before you blend them up.

Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cup. A delicious and nut free treat for your kids!Once toasted, blend up the seeds with the remaining filling ingredients.  I blend for a long time in the food processor! I like it super smooth, almost like peanut butter.

Fill your hardened chocolate cups with the pumpkin seed butter, and top with more melted chocolate.

Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cup. A delicious and nut free treat for your kids!Return the chocolate mold to the fridge to harden up the rest of the way.

Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cup. A delicious and nut free treat for your kids!And you are done!!  I have not met a kid yet that hasn’t liked these~! Let us know how they turn out for you.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cup Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 cup large chips – chocolate chips, semisweet
  • 1/2 cup – pumpkin seed kernels
  • 4 date, pitted – dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon – coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon – honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon – salt
Directions
  • Melt chocolate chips.
  • Using a silicone mold or mini cupcake papers, scoop a small amount of chocolate into the bottom, and using the back of a spoon, spread up the sides.  Place in fridge to harden.
  • Toast shelled pumpkin seeds in a skillet for 2-4 minutes, stirring constantly.  When they start to crackle and become aromatic, they are toasted.
  • Blend pumpkin seeds, pitted dates, coconut oil, honey, and salt in a food processor until smooth or very well incorporated.
  • Remove chocolate cups from fridge.  Scoop pumpkin seed mixture into hardened chocolate.
  • Melt the remaining amount of chocolate and scoop on top of the pumpkin. Return to fridge until the top is hardened.

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4 Comments

Lynn

Could you subtitle nuts for pumpkin seeds? Or just simply peanut butter? Are there any adjustments to other ingredients needed if one does that?

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Claire

The supermarket was out of pumpkin seeds. Would sunflower seeds be ok?

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