It’s still summer time down in Florida!
Our kitchen turns to frozen treats to beat the summer heat and keep bellies satisfied.
Simple is a must around this house during busy summer days. These Frozen Almond Butter Cups are fun and simple for the kids to make and loaded with omegas, calcium and good fats.
You will need a cupcake pan and cupcake liners. A mini-cupcake pan would be great for this too. If you have a silicon pan, even better, skip the cupcake liners.
We have a chocolate cups tray. I make them a lot during the year so I just invested in the chocolate tray.
1. Start with Dark Chocolate
Melt dark chocolate with a bit of coconut oil in a double boiler or the microwave. Layer the bottom and sides of your cupcake cup or mold with a thin layer of chocolate.
Freeze for 10-15 minutes.
2. Almond Butter
I use it straight from the jar. Some recipes will add honey to sweeten the almond butter but I find that it doesn’t need the extra sweetener. I use a raw almond butter.
Make sure to read the ingredients in your almond butter. Many brands add salt, oils and sugars to the nut butters. Always purchase an almond butter that only has almonds listed in their ingredients.
My favorite brand is the Trader Joe’s raw almond butter. These are some other good ones that only have almonds in the ingredients (did the research for you):
1. 365 Crunchy Roasted Almond Butter – love the flavor and crunchiness of this one!
2. Kirkland (Costco) Almond Butter – quantity is great for the price and it’s so good too!
3. Betsy’s Best – this one has cinnamon and Chia seeds added!
Fill the inside of your chocolate cup with the almond butter. Leave space on the top layer to close your nut butter cup with a chocolate topping.
Then sprinkle hemp seeds along the top of the almond butter layer. The seeds will help bring out the nutty flavor and add omegas, protein and healthy fats to these summer snacks.
Then freeze again, 10-15 minutes.
3. Finish up with A Layer of Dark Chocolate
Take your frozen cups and layer the top with the remaining dark chocolate. Add almonds to the top while the chocolate is still warm to get extra nuts in your diet.
Freeze again 10 minutes and pop them out of their molds.
I like to store these in my freezer for a quick pick-me-up on a hot day when the kids are busy playing outside.
It’s a healthy and quick way to satisfy their stomachs when hunger strikes!
Let your kids make these chocolate treats with you. If you have older kids allow them to make these and guide their younger siblings.
It’s a great way to work together, follow-steps, and practice some summer reading by reading the recipe and steps.
Check out our Pinterest board on Healthy Summer Snacks for more inspiration for your family!