Paleo Chili “Peanut Butter Cups” (No Peanuts, No Bake)

While making some Salted Chestnut “Sugar” Cookies, I realised the taste of the dough was very similar to that of a peanut butter cup. I actually do not like peanuts at all, except for maybe in a satay sauce or with this minor exception, in a candy cup. In fact, growing up, I couldn’t stand eating the traditional American peanut butter & jelly sandwich. It still upsets me to think about it…


However, the combination of sweet and salty and chocolate all in one is definitely a different story. And the best part of this, is that there are no peanuts, which are not as healthy as we used to think and cause many allergies, as they are a legume (which have a lot of anti-nutrients).


These “peanut butter cups” are made with chestnut flour, which is very versatile and fun to bake and cook with. The chocolate I used was from this Chili Chocolate recipe, which I altered as follows for the candy cups:

Chili Chocolate


  • 1 cup grated raw cacao butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (add more to taste, if you like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

To make, simply melt all the ingredients together over low heat on the stovetop or in the microwave. It takes less than a minute. If you prefer to omit the chili, do so; although I have to say I like the combination of sweet, salty and spicy, but it’s my personal preference. 😉


And as this is a “no bake” recipe (minus a little bit of heat to melt the chocolate mixture), it’s perfect for joining this month’s Sweet Adventure’s Blog Hop “Sweets Without Heat”.

I warn you though: they are addictive! I made one batch and never made it around to taking pictures, so  I had to make a second batch to be able to photograph them…. and to indulge again, of course!

Okay, let’s get started!

Paleo Chili “Peanut Butter Cups” (No Peanuts, No Bake)
Recipe Type: Raw Dessert
Cuisine: Paleo
Author: The Saffron Girl
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
Makes about 24 mini cups.
  • For the Chili Chocolate Recipe:
  • 1 cup raw cacao butter, grated
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (more to taste, if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (omit, if desired)
  • For the Chestnut Filling:
  • 1 cup chestnut flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil, solid and packed
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (add more, if desired)
  1. Make a batch of the Chili Chocolate, by melting all of the ingredients together in a saucepan over low heat, about 1 minute.
  2. Prepare a mini cup cake pan with liners.
  3. Pour 1-2 teaspoons of the melted chocolate mixture into each cup.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until set.
  5. In the meantime, mix all of the ingredients for the Chestnut Filling by hand in a mixing bowl.
  6. Place about a teaspoon of the chestnut filling on top of the set chocolate in each cup.
  7. Pour another 1-2 teaspoons of melted chocolate over top and refrigerate again until set.











The SABH is brought to you by 84th & 3rdThe Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, and moi, Dining With a Stud. This blog hop is open to all food bloggers.

This  hop is open from 9am 20 May 2013 – 11:59pm 27 May 2013 [AEST Sydney  time]. Please only link-up new posts published on or after 20 May.

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  1. 5.22.13

    Wow, just wow! Yet another reason I need to get my hands on chestnut flour!

    • 5.22.13
      thesaffrongirl said:

      Hahah.. thank you JJ! Coming from you, I’m honoured and doubly complimented! 😉

  2. 5.22.13
    Teresa Lorenzo. said:

    Debra te has superado!! Vaya pinta que tienen estos bombones!!

    • 5.22.13
      thesaffrongirl said:

      Muchísimas gracias Tere! Vaya piropazo!! Espero que los hagas (son súper sencillos) y ya me digas que te parecen.

  3. 5.23.13

    OMG I love the addition of the chilli. PBC are my faaaaave! I need to make these. NOW :o!! Thanks for joining the hop 🙂

    • 5.23.13
      thesaffrongirl said:

      Thank you for hosting it! Let me know if you make these!

  4. 5.23.13
    Monica said:

    These look great! I bet they taste even better 🙂 I really must try chestnut flour one day.

    • 5.23.13
      thesaffrongirl said:

      It’s really fun to use and provides a nice, sweet nutty flavour quite unique.

  5. 5.23.13

    Who can say no to a peanut butter cup? Sounds like a great recipe.

    • 5.23.13
      thesaffrongirl said:

      Thank you!

  6. 5.27.13
    Heather said:

    this is something I have to try.

  7. 8.18.13

    Again, thanks for sharing this recipe!

  8. 3.21.14
    Emma said:

    Have you tried this with coconut flour? I have never seen chestnut flour anywhere and I consider myself well-versed in rare foods. You have stumped me!!

    • 3.22.14
      The Saffron Girl said:

      Hi Emma,
      No, I haven’t tried this with coconut flour. Chestnut flour is very traditional in Italy and Spain. I get mine from Amazon. Where are you located? If you can get it online or at a store, make sure it’s made from roasted chestnuts because if not it will be a raw chestnut flour that doesn’t work in this recipe or any other of the recipes on my blog that call for chestnut flour; also it’s harder to digest. If you cannot find it, you can actually make it if you’re up to the task. Just roast chestnuts, peel and clean and then grind them up in a food processor. Just be careful not to grind too much, or you’ll end up with a chestnut butter.
      On another note, you can make these “peanut butter cups” with almond butter for example. Hope that helps! Debra xx